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Best Laptop Locks for Students 2022

A laptop lock cable
A laptop lock cable (Image credit: Windows Central)

It's almost time for classes to begin once more, and students will surely be bringing their laptops with them to campus for note-taking and to complete assignments. In such a public space, though, you're going to want to ensure that your laptop is protected from physical theft in case someone tries to swipe it from you. For that, you need a good laptop lock. Here are some of the best laptop locks for students.

What we would choose

All of these laptop locks are excellent, and each one has something to offer to a potential buyer. Overall, though, I think that the best laptop lock for students is the Kensington ClickSafe Keyed Lock (opens in new tab), as it's the perfect combination of durability and compactness. It's not the toughest lock on this list, nor is it the easiest to carry around. However, it achieves an excellent balance between these two factors, making it a great way to get the best of both worlds.

People who want something smaller and easy to carry around should opt for the Kensington MicroSaver Retractable Keyed Lock (opens in new tab), as the ability to retract the cable into a carry chassis means that it will take up much less space than the other locks on this list.

If maximum protection is what you're after, however, I recommend the CTA Digital Heavy Duty Security Station (opens in new tab) since it has a combination of surface-mounting, laptop-clamping, and the ability to lock it to an object with a cable. It'll easily prevent any thief from stealing your device without having to resort to destructive measures that would likely ruin the computer anyway.

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.