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Kensington Celebrates 35 Years of Technology Innovation

  • November 15, 2016

Solutions for Security, Desktop Productivity and Ergonomic Well-Being Improve User Computing Experience

Kensington®, a worldwide leader of desktop computing and mobility solutions for IT, business and home office professionals and The Professionals’ Choice, is celebrating 35 years of innovating new solutions that create a better, more productive computing experience.

“It is a real milestone to celebrate 35 years of success in the technology industry, and we’re proud to look back and know that Kensington has delivered innovative products that have had a positive impact for both users and the industry,” said Christopher Franey, President, Kensington and Executive Vice President, ACCO Brands. “Kensington’s achievements are attributed to our employees, past and present, and customers around the world. We look forward to expanding on the technology foundation we have built over the last 35 years, and continuing our unwavering commitment to excellence in engineering, industrial design, product quality and responsive customer support.”

Founded in 1981 by Philip Damiano and Andrew Newmark, Kensington has evolved into a company whose products are recognized worldwide for their innovation, superior quality and reliability. The company provides a comprehensive portfolio of products for security, desktop productivity and ergonomic well-being to customers in 39 countries on six continents.


Kensington predicted that laptop theft would become a major problem for corporate America, and in the 1990s, invented a simple, universal security solution with the Kensington Security Slot and the MicroSaver® Keyed Laptop Lock. Today, the Kensington Security Slot is the leading industry standard in security slot design, integrated across products of leading brands such as Microsoft®, Lenovo®, Dell®, HP®, Samsung®, Cisco®, Canon® and more. Kensington has also earned more than 60 percent market share in laptop security locks.

With the growing trend toward lighter, smaller and thinner devices, Kensington has stayed ahead of the curve by creating slot specifications and locks that accommodate this trend. The company introduced the MiniSaver Mobile Lock, the industry’s thinnest security lock system with the Kensington Mini Security Slot – for use on ultra-thin mobile devices including Ultrabooks and tablets. Later, Kensington released the MicroSaver® 2.0 Keyed Laptop Lock, engineered under strict specifications to work with the thinnest laptops without compromising strength, and represents the next generation of laptop security.

Desktop Productivity

While the mobile experience is increasingly enriched and users have gained more freedom in how they interact and do business, companies often struggle to create an integrated computing solution when users return to their main workstations. The same is often true of home office professionals. Kensington has increased its focus on how to make the desktop computing experience as seamless as possible with accessories that integrate equipment, maximize technology’s value, and reduce clutter – all for the purpose of improving productivity.

Key products Kensington has introduced in this area include the KP400 Switchable Keyboard. With the ability to alternate between wired and Bluetooth connectivity, the Kensington KP400 Switchable Keyboard lets users switch back and forth between a laptop, a tablet, or smartphone while using a single keyboard to enter data and interact with each device.

Struggling with multiple cables when plugging in or out, detracts from the ease and mobility of having a laptop in the first place. The Kensington SD3600 Universal USB 3.0 Docking Station – selected as a Best Product in the Technology Products Category in the North American Office Products Awards (NAOPA) 2016 – was designed to minimize this detraction, by connecting laptops and peripherals with just one cable. Furthermore, the dock is mountable to the back of a VESA-compatible monitor, helping to keep the desktop environment less cluttered.

The number of new products featuring USB-C ports continues to grow, given the significant advantages that allow users to power, charge, and sync with only one cable. Kensington recognizes the increasing importance of this type of convenient connectivity, which is reflected by the expansion of its USB-C line with several exciting new products that include USB-C ports. Among these, are the SD4600P USB-C Universal Dock with PowerSD4500 USB-CUniversal Dock and SD1500 USB-C Mobile Dock.


Kensington is deeply committed to improving the user experience by providing personalized ergonomic options through its SmartFit® System and other ergonomic products. The SmartFit System demystifies ergonomics, making it easy for users to install and customize their workspace with accessories that fit their ergonomic comfort requirements. The company developed SmartFit using U.S. Army research that found a direct correlation between the size of hand and body measurements. Every SmartFit product includes a hand chart in the box, helping each user find the correct SmartFit color setting that will deliver optimum ergonomic comfort.

Most recently the company expanded its SmartFit line with three new products to make the desktop environment more comfortable and productive for users, exemplifying this commitment: The Kensington SmartFit Sit/Stand Workstation, SmartFit Conform Back Rest, and SmartFit Mouse Pad.

Kensington’s family of trackballs deliver exceptional comfort and ease-of-use, setting the industry standard for more than 20 years. When Kensington launched the Expert Mouse® 4.0, it was the first trackball to completely integrate hardware and software. Today, the Expert Mouse Wired Trackball and recently introduced Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball remain Kensington's best selling trackballs and incorporate the best technology, such as DiamondEyetracking for superior accuracy and the award-winning Scroll Ring for precise fingertip scrolling. And with the company’s free TrackballWorks software, users can customize the trackball to suit their personal needs for greater productivity.

“Kensington is a valued member of the ACCO Brands family, and we are very proud of the many achievements the company has reached,” said Boris Elisman, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, ACCO Brands. “We share in the celebration of this 35th anniversary and are excited about Kensington’s continued growth and success as a leading technology innovator.”

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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.