Trusted Security for MacBook and Thin Laptops
Once upon a time, I was sitting in a computer lab. In that computer lab were rows of computers with keyboards and mouses attached. I always wondered how the people who kept up the lab made sure that thefts were not a regular occurrence. Not long after that, I started noticing the security locks that were placed on certain places around the computer lab. Once I reached college, I what looked like a bicycle lock wrapped around a cart that contained a school laptop and other A/V equipment. At that time, I started looking into finding one of those security locks for my laptop. Unfortunately, since I had an Apple laptop, it wasn’t something that was particularly easy to find. The world was PC-based so the security options were limited for someone who had a MacBook. I’m really happy that today, Apple users have more options for security. The Laptop Locking Station 2.0 from Kensington is a really nice option for a secure, stationary workspace.
The Laptop Locking Station 2.0 is designed to work specifically with the Apple MacBook and other ultra-thin laptops. The locking station is finished with a brushed aluminum so that it blends in well with Apple ecosystems. It features a non-invasive locking technology that doesn’t require any modifications to laptops. The locking station has adjustable security arms that will work with laptops between 11″ and 15.6″. You have the option of a MicroSaver 2.0 Keyed Laptop Lock, No lock, or a combination lock to be installed in the locking station. I chose to go with the one that has the MicroSaver lock. In addition to the adjustable security arms, the locking station features non-skid feet to prevent unwanted slipping, and contact pads to protect the shell of your laptop.
My use of the locking station was somewhat limited as I don’t typically work in a public place. Set-up was very easy because the locking station does not require assembly. Out of the box, you can set your laptop into the station and adjust the arms to fit your specific size of the computer then turn the lock so that it’s secured. There are screw holes on the bottom of the base that provide you an option to mount the station to desk or workspace. I did not do that while I was testing, but Kensington made it very easy to complete this step with the pre-drilled holes.
The locking station is well built. It looks good with my MacBook Pro and it’s easy to set up. I like that it’s adjustable and can be used with a variety of laptops. The only things I don’t like about it are its weight (because it makes it harder to travel with) and that you can’t close the laptop when you are using it. I almost always close my laptop lid to put it to sleep and people who work with a closed clamshell/external monitor setup would have a hard time using this. Other than that, It’s really a nice option for securing an Apple laptop. I have a 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. I keep it in a slim form hard shell case and I did not have any issues getting the locking station to fit with my laptop. I think this is a good investment for anyone who is looking to lock down their laptop.
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