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Back to School Already? Kensington Eases the Transition with Affordable Tech Accessories

  • July 12, 2016

These 7 Essential Mobile and Desktop Gadgets Make It Easier and More Fun for Students to Head Back to Campus

Kensington®, a worldwide leader of desktop computing and mobility solutions for IT, business and home office professionals, today revealed seven products that were named to its annual list of “Back to School” products. The company’s top picks for 2016 include accessories that students can use to enhance their educational experience and productivity, while keeping their devices connected and protected both on and off campus. With some products priced under $30, and all less than $100, students are sure to find something to fit their budgets.

“Going back to school can feel a little easier when you have the right tech tools and accessories to bring with you,” said Gwen Hsu, senior director of product management at Kensington. “We’ve named a range of easy-to-use, cost-effective essentials to this year’s list that can help students manage everything from carrying and securing their devices, to improving their experience while giving presentations, to enhancing their mobility while traveling.”

Kensington’s 2016 list of “Back to School” products includes:

Kensington Keyboard for Life Desktop Set (K72436AM; $21.99) – Hardworking students need a keyboard and mouse that work as hard as they do. With a spill-proof design that resists liquids, including student staples like coffee and soda, the Keyboard for Life Desktop Set is designed with the student’s high-energy lifestyle in mind. Featuring a standard 104-key layout, a mouse with ambidextrous design, and a high-definition optical sensor, the Keyboard for Life delivers the responsive control that students need to succeed.

Kensington Combination Laptop Lock (K64673AM; $29.99) – Smart students know that there is safety in numbers, and that’s doubly true when it comes to the Combination Laptop Lock. The efficient resettable 4-wheel number code offers 10,000 possible combinations to protect a laptop and the private information it contains, and Kensington’s Register & Retrieve™ program allows only the user to look up forgotten codes. The lock also features a handy push-button design, which allows for one-handed engagement to easily attach a lock, as well as T-Bar™ locking Technology™ that attaches to the Kensington Security Slot™ found on most laptops. Students can anchor the cut-resistant carbon steel-cut cable to their desk, a table, or any fixed structure.    

Kensington Hi-Fi Headphones with Mic (K33323WW; $24.99) – No back-to-school collection is complete without Hi-Fi Headphones with Mic, which allows students to hear and speak with complete clarity. Designed for the transition to computer-based learning and testing, this unique headset provides high-quality sound that delivers deep bass and a wide dynamic range along with a built-in microphone for verbal responses. Students will enjoy the comfort and style of an adjustable, padded headband and plush, sealed earpads plus the durability of a robust 9-foot cord and a gold-plated audio jack.

Kensington LM150 Backpack – 15.6”/39.6cm – Cool Gray (K62622WW; $59.99) – Students can enjoy fashion plus function with the LM150 Backpack, which blends contemporary style with a modern design that keeps electronic device transport front and center. The pack offers padded pockets for snug laptop and tablet storage, plus extensive accessory storage for smartphones, school supplies, and more. When listening to music between classes, students will enjoy the convenience of a specially designed pass-through for earbuds that simplifies cord management. And busy learners will appreciate the ergonomic back cushion and shoulder straps, which provide comfort and relief even when the backpack is fully loaded with books and digital gear. 

Kensington BlackBelt 2nd Degree Rugged Case for Microsoft® Surface Pro 4 (SKU K97442WW; SRP $59.99) – Many students rely on the Surface Pro 4 for the tablet’s laptop-like power combined with portability. The BlackBelt 2nd Degree Rugged Case helps to protect this valuable mobile investment against drops or other accidents with a flexible hand strap and a rugged TPU body that is designed just for the Surface Pro 4. Other features like a Type Cover channel and cutouts for full access to the USB 3.0 port and buttons will make this tool indispensible for today’s student.

Kensington Expert Wireless Presenter with Red Laser Pointer & Cursor Control (K72425AM; $59.99) – Students can take control of the classroom — and a laptop’s cursor — like professionals with the Expert Wireless Presenter with Red Laser Pointer & Cursor Control. The Expert Wireless Presenter allows students to toggle between presentation and cursor control modes with a simple flick of a switch. It’s both convenient — the wireless 2.4GHz receiver stores neatly inside the remote — and uniquely paired, saving worries about device interference.

Kensington SD1500 USB-C Mobile Dock (K33969WW; $89.99) – The growing popularity of devices using USB-C connectors makes this compact docking station a must for mobile students. Compatible with Windows®, Mac®, and Chrome OS® systems — as well as Thunderbolt 3 ports — the SD1500 USB-C Mobile Dock offers a productive desktop environment to students on the go, whether between classes or semesters. The docking station not only offers USB port expansion for a mouse, keyboard, or memory device but also allows a user to connect via Ethernet to a wired network. What’s more, students can have their USB-C laptop display video out to a 4K or 1080p HD monitor or projector. 

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About Kensington

Kensington is a leading provider of desktop and mobile device accessories, trusted by IT, educators, business and home office professionals around the world for more than 35 years. Kensington products empower people to dynamically interact with content, creating a better working experience for productive performance. In both office and mobile environments, Kensington’s extensive portfolio of award-winning products provides trusted security, desktop productivity innovations, and ergonomic well-being. Our core competencies in engineering, industrial design, product quality and responsive customer support make Kensington The Professionals’ Choice.

Headquartered in San Mateo, California, Kensington operates as the technology division of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO), one of the world’s largest designers, marketers and manufacturers of branded business, academic and consumer products, sold in more than 100 countries across the globe.

Kensington is the inventor and worldwide leader in laptop security locks, the acknowledged leader of Trackball innovation and offers a broad range of premium-branded desktop productivity solutions.