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How Can I Secure a Laptop with no Security Cable Slot?

Historically laptops included a slot in the side for attaching security cables–as seen in the photo here–but increasingly more slender laptops like ultrabooks are omitting the lock-slot from their case design. How do you properly secure a laptop without one?

Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us courtesy of SuperUser—a subdivision of Stack Exchange, a community-driven grouping of Q&A web sites.

The Question

SuperUser reader Kiranu needs to secure a laptop the public will have access to:

My company is planning to buy several laptops for demonstration purposes in a convention stand. Previously, we always bought laptops that have Kensington slots for the typical cable locks.

Now, the laptop we are liking most is an ultrabook with no Kensington slot, and we are looking for a mechanism that does not need the slot.

How can they secure the laptop without a traditional lock-slot?

The Answers

SuperUser contributor Carl B. suggests a modern lock system designed for slender laptops and ultrabooks:

It would seem that Kensington has identified the lack of a lock slot on ultrabooks and the like. They have a solution:

That they sell here: Security Slot Adapter Kit for Ultrabook™ and at the time of this post, it seems reasonably priced at $12.99 US.

For those who don’t want to glue something onto their sleek new ultrabook, Shinrai offers the following solution:

Kensington does have a device that actually locks arms in place around the screens…depending on the exact laptop in question it may interfere with the visuals, though. They claim it will work on any standard 13″-17″ laptop.’

Kensington Laptop Locking Station


Have something to add to the explanation? Sound off in the the comments. Want to read more answers from other tech-savvy Stack Exchange users? Check out the full discussion thread here.

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/7/13

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