Kensington Launches BlackBelt 1st Degree Rugged Case for Surface Pro 3 - Offers Users Protection

Company Will Also Participate in Microsoft's "Designed For Surface" Program to Help Address Growing Demand for Surface Accessories

Online PR News – 25-June-2015 – San Mateo, CA – San Mateo, CA, June 25, 2015 - Kensington, a worldwide leader in delivering smart. safe. simple.™ desktop and mobile computing accessories, today announced the launch of its Kensington® BlackBelt™ 1st Degree Rugged Case for Microsoft® Surface™ Pro 3. The case allows users to invest in valuable drop protection that retains full functionality and access to core features, such as the Surface kickstand and Type Cover keyboard.

The Surface Pro 3 has become increasingly popular with professionals, offering an ideal combination of portability and productivity to replace the laptop. But because accidents can happen, Kensington's engineers worked closely with Microsoft in designing the BlackBelt 1st Degree Rugged Case. The case offers military-grade protection for the Surface Pro 3 while maintaining full functionality for the Surface kickstand and Type Cover keyboard, as well as access to the USB port, charging port, buttons and cameras.

"The Kensington BlackBelt offers users the absolute best value in tablet drop protection for the Surface Pro 3," said Jim Murakami, Global Product Manager, Kensington. "The BlackBelt has passed military-grade testing protocols against drops and scratches — plus it provides non-slip grip. Strategic cutouts in the case offer full functionality for the Surface kickstand and Type Cover, as well as easy access to other ports and buttons. This rugged case doesn't disappoint when it comes to protection, portability, and productivity."

Kensington also announced its participation in the Microsoft "Designed for Surface" Program, empowering the organization to develop Surface-specific accessories for business and consumer use. The goal of the Microsoft Designed for Surface Program is to provide third-party hardware accessory manufacturers specific technical guidance to help create exceptional accessories that work seamlessly with Surface devices.

"We are pleased to welcome Kensington as a member of our Designed for Surface program, which was created to address the growing demand for Surface accessories for use in business, at home, and on the go," said Brian Crum, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Surface. "With its rugged specifications and design that preserves the full functionality of the tablet, Kensington's new BlackBelt 1st Degree for Surface Pro 3 meets our requirement for accessories that make Surface more useful, and users more productive as a result. We look forward to further collaboration with Kensington as the company brings more innovative Surface accessories to market."

"People are increasingly seeking devices that span work and play, can be easily managed and configured, and have the right software to get the job done," added Murakami. "We're excited to participate in the Microsoft Designed for Surface Program for these reasons — particularly in conjunction with the launch of Kensington's BlackBelt 1st Degree Rugged Case. Kensington's participation further demonstrates our commitment to serving the needs of customers relying on Microsoft devices and services."

Key features of the Kensington® BlackBelt™ 1st Degree Rugged Case for Microsoft® Surface™ Pro 3 (SKU K97416WW) SRP $39.99

Military-Grade Drop Protection – A strong, cushioned layer of TPU surrounds the Surface Pro 3 and meets the MIL-STD-810G testing protocols for all-around protection against drops and scratches.
Unobstructed Access – Strategic cutouts in the case allow users to take full advantage of the Surface kick stand, Type Cover, buttons, ports and cameras.
Non-Slip Grip – Rubberized texture makes the case easier to hold and prevents it from sliding off a table or desk.
Raised Bezel – Protects the corners and screen from scratches and damage.
Stylus Holder – Elastic loop can be removed or attached any time.

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About Kensington:
Kensington, a leader in smart. safe. simple.™ desktop and mobile computing accessories is the recognized industry standard trusted by enterprises around the world. Kensington's mobile security product offerings include laptop and mobile security locks providing a new generation of front-line protection for mobile devices. In addition, Kensington offers accessories including power adapters, chargers, mice, keyboards, trackballs, universal docking stations, desktop accessories, carrying cases and iPad/iPhone/iPod accessories. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, Kensington is the technology division of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO), a world leader in branded office products, with products marketed in more than 100 countries across the globe. For more information, visit or call Kensington toll-free at 1-800-235-6708.

Kensington is a registered trademark of ACCO Brands. smart. safe. simple. and BlackBelt are trademarks of ACCO Brands. Surface is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other registered and unregistered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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