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I am in the market for a new laptop and have my eye on the new MacBook Air (13" model). It's perfect in every way, except one. Unlike the white MacBook (RIP) and MacBook Pros, the Air lacks a Kensington lock slot. I spend a great deal of time in cafes and don't like worrying about my laptop while I'm going to the restroom or standing in line to get a refill, etc.

Do you have any ideas for securing the MacBook Air for use in a public area? I haven't found other options that I find satisfactory.

I understand the Kensington cable lock isn't a perfectly secure system. (What is?) But it's been enough of a deterrent that I've never had even a concern using my current MacBook in cafes since I got it in 2006. Whereas other friends have had their unsecured, unattended laptops stolen while working in local cafes, I've never had even a hint of a problem while using the cable lock on my MacBook.

Note: Services like Prey Project are great, and I'm signed up for the service, but I'm searching in particular for a deterrent that will make it so that I don't have to ever actually call upon the service.

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Would you accept a solution that modified your case. There are 4 places where you could drill 2mm holes and thread a ABC coated stainless steel wire and end up with a small flexible hoop that would allow a larger cable to be employed. –  bmike Jul 22 '11 at 21:51
    
bmike: Thanks for the suggestion, but I don't trust myself to drill into my Macbook Air. –  Trieu Aug 2 '11 at 20:17
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It is so light, I just rarely need to leave it unsupervised. I'll hand it to the staff to set behind the counter if I need to leave to feed a meter or use the facilities on the rare occasion when I don't have a shoulder bag.

They are so light and thin, it's not a hassle carrying it.

If you must, audible alarms that plug into USB ports are available, but who wants to be the guy with the alarm going off unintentionally? Not recommended.

I would bet Kensington comes out with a leash that goes around the display hinge and tightens before college starts in the fall.

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PNY make a lock for MacBooks: http://www3.pny.com/category_buymulti.aspx?Category_ID=541

It's a small steel plate with a metal tongue that pokes through the screen hinge. Then a cable lock attaches to the end of the tongue. A pack contains one cable lock, several tongue pieces for various MacBooks, and a Kensington lock connector as well.

I bought a set through work, and it fits my MacBook Pro Retina, but I can't get any of the lock parts to slide through the hinge part of my 11" MacBook Air. So, not recommended if you have a recent 11" Air (I guess you should check in store for fit).

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There are some other options.

These are compatible with other models such as the MacbookPro Retina. I haven't used these personally so can't comment on their performance but they look better than nothing and less likely to cause damage than a hinge bracket (http://marianneschultz.com/2009/03/27/macbook).

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