Product Information

MicroSaver Guaranteed

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November 01, 2003
SC Magazine Best Buy
Vendor:

Kensington Technology Group

Product:

MicroSaver Guaranteed (Mobile Security group test)

Website:

http://www.kensington.com

Price

$54.99

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QUICK READ

  • Strengths:

    Easy to use, light enough to carry with a Velcro strap to aid tidy packing.

  • Weaknesses:

    As with all guarantees, read the small print..

  • Verdict:

    This cable provides an extra benefit at a slightly increased price that can be extended annually. A good visual deterrent and one that should hamper the would-be thief.

Cables for laptop security are a good visual deterrent to the opportunist thief, but tests have proven that, with just a little effort and a cutting implement, they are a removable feature.

Kensington has responded with its newest security cable lock, providing more than a deterrent with its aircraft grade steel and Kevlar brand fiber and stainless steel braiding. This latest solution boasts, as standard, a new promise: a replacement laptop up to the value of $1,500 and $10,000 protection per registered purchaser per year.

So confident is Kensington that its latest computer security cable lock, the MicroSaver, won't be beaten that a registered user can make a claim if their laptop is stolen. There are limitations to this warranty, both keys must be returned under the conditions. But it is reassuring to know that at least the hardware is replaceable.

The MicroSaver uses a patented locking T bar that fits into the universal security slot found on most modern laptops and other equipment and is especially suited to slim-line laptops. Its cable extends to six feet and is lightweight.

The only drawback to this solution is the need to carry a key. If it is lost or misplaced, the user will not be able to remove the cable without first locating the spare key, so be careful here.

As with most security cables, the MicroSaver has a robust locking mechanism at one end and a loop at the other. This allows the user to wrap the MicroSaver around a sturdy immovable object before passing the locking end through. Once this has been accomplished, the T bar lock can be locked to the laptop, making a secure and visible connection.

As for performance, this cable proved extremely strong and could not be easily sliced through. The plastic coating and a few stray pieces of the strong steel braiding were all that could be loosened on the test bench. We used an old laptop and more than reasonable force to try to dislodge the lock from the universal security slot - this too proved futile. It would

be necessary to use excessive force and damage the laptop.

We were impressed with the progress Kensington has made and, although a little more expensive than a similar brand of the more conventional design, we felt it was well worth it.

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