No Kensington Lock on Retina Mac Book Pro's

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Hullmet, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. Hullmet macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2009

    I was going to purchase the top end MBP today, but, without a port to bolt the thing down with (i work in a Hospital, sensitive data and public spaces close etc) how can i even consider it. They offer software protection but this really isnt enough since they will only pay out $1000, and the machines come in at $3200 (with my config).

    Am i out of date in wanting this? I guess i will go down a level but am a little disappointed.



    I should add i really wanted the solid state and retina display but its not much of a downgrade to miss out i guess
  2. macimby macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2011
    +1. $2k-$3k price + great looks + no way to lock it down from "walking away" = really stupid designers.
  3. riptideMBP macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2011
  4. Amigaman macrumors regular


    Sep 29, 2007
    Greenville, MI
    Probably won't work. I have this lock and it will not work with a MacBook Air or the 2011 MacBook Pro models. Disappointed to say the least.
  5. MisterSensitive macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2012
    I always thought Kensington locks were minor obstacles for thieves with little regard for whether the laptop they wanted to turn into a rock of crack had a gaping hole on the side where they yanked it hard.
  6. shurcooL macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    It's not impossible to "get around" it, but it does increase the security.

    No security is completely secure, it can only raise your defence to protect you from more lesser-determined thieves. There's always someone in the world who will not be stopped by a Kensington slot, or even a super-secure safe. But there are less people like that, so the goal is to defend against the thieves who'll only go for a laptop if it's not secured at all.


    That said, I enjoy the fact it's gone because I never use it, so it makes the minimalist in me happy.

    However, I do wonder how they expect other people who don't have the luxury of not needing a Kensington slot to make do... Did Apple figure out a better solution for those people? I don't know what it is.
  7. PracticalMac macrumors 68030


    Jan 22, 2009
    Houston, TX
    Keeps honest people honest! ;)

    Opportunity to get super cool high $$$$ laptop because no one around, see the cable, temptation is gone.
  8. Eriksrocks macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2012
    Not going to stop a serious thief, but will stop someone from slipping your laptop in their bag because you left it at a table while in line to get coffee...

    Especially in public places, you can't remove that thing without being noticed.
  9. MagicBoy macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    It's enough of a casual deterrent. We used the decent Kensington ones in a PC Superstore I worked in about 15 years ago. Stopped everything other than a gang who came in tooled up with bolt croppers and machete's.
  10. Jazwire macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2009
  11. danetello macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2010
    London, UK
    I guess for the slimness they had to sacrifice the Kensington lock
  12. LioryNYC macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2012
    New York,NY
    Kensington aren't the only one who makes MBP/MBA locks

    I found Maclocks after I was looking for a lock to my MBA for school, was googling around and ran into this review for Maclocks MBA Lock and Security Case Bundle, they actually got some really nice products!

    Try to look here:

    Not sure they already have a lock for the new MBP but I guess it's just a matter of weeks :p
  13. Exponent macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley

    Make a USB cable that includes a squealing alarm system that goes off if disconnected before unlocking.

    Or a lock that LOOKS like it's a kensington lock, but actually plugs into any of the slots....
  14. Nostromo macrumors 65816


    Dec 26, 2009
    Deep Space
    James Bond uses plastic explosives for notebook protection.
  15. marcosscriven macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2006
    I'm curious as to your role in a hospital such that you'd have a personal laptop there?
  16. SlickShoes macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    Researcher, consultant, doctor, office worker, IT support and so on.

    I worked in IT Support in a hospital in the UK and had my laptop there almost every day, researchers also would more often than not have laptops and not desktops, and many consultants and doctors will have both a desktop and a laptop.

    The only people working in the hospital without laptops and other computers per person are nurses and domestic staff.
  17. sprawl2 macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2012
    I'm using the Kensington TechSafe lock right now on my rMBP, and it does work. The apparatus doesn't sit perfectly, probably becuase of how thin the laptop is, but it certainly is fully functional, and the best option I have been able to find.
  18. frabber macrumors regular

    Nov 28, 2008
    since it is a pro laptop which you will likely bring to work Apple should have designed it with physical security in mind, possibly to go with some accessoires. I am seriously considering cancelling my order, will research the techsafe though.., I have a need to prevent casual thiefs.


    since it is a pro laptop which you will likely bring to work Apple should have designed it with physical security in mind, possibly to go with some accessoires. I am seriously considering cancelling my order, will research the techsafe though.., I have a need to prevent casual thiefs.
  19. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    I would've never thought something like a kensington lock would be considered important. You can disable the lock in 2 seconds with fairly simple methods.

    I personally wouldn't bring the Pro to work as I have a work assigned laptop but even if I did, I wouldn't have an issue having it in my office. I wouldn't leave it there overnight because well its my personal property and you do never know. I've taken my iPad to work and left it on my desk without concern.
  20. doh123 macrumors 65816

    Dec 28, 2009
    seriously? People would leave something this expensive laying on a table in a public area without being able to see it? I don't even leave my laptop in my car... if I get up from the table everything goes with me. Do you leave your wallet/purse and car keys sitting on the table and leave off to go to the rest room for a few minutes too?
  21. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    Depends on your workplace. In a hospital, like where the OP works, lots of strangers come and go. In my office, it's pretty much only the people who work there, plus contractors, vendors, etc., but not open to the general pubic.
  22. Faaiez macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2012
    The link doesnt work

    I've seen this on other sites but the link you provided doesnt work.
    Can you post a pic of your rMBP and the lock?
  23. shurcooL macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    So the link doesn't work. You can either:

    1. Look at the URL and see if there are any obvious errors in it:

    2. Not in this case, so most likely the URL has changed. Then, see if there are any human-readable hints as to where to find pictures of this thing.

    3. Take the "techsafe-cable-lock-system" part of the URL and put it into Google search.

    4. Click on any of the first 5 results to see everything you want to know about it.


    1. Post a reply here saying "the link doesn't work, can you find a working link for me please?"

    2. Wait some hours.

  24. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Isn't that keeping a dishonest person honest?

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