Ever Wondered What This Small Slot In Laptops Are For That We’ve Never Used?

Just imagine! We are so engrossed in our laptops that we have missed some of its important features. It is time to look beyond your laptop screens, at the sides of our laptops. This slot is just beside the USB slot on your laptop. It can be on the right or left side. Just think what all it can be used for. To expel the heat from the laptop? To let some air in, to cool the laptop while functioning?

Well, read on to discover the actual use.


You will be surprised to discover that this is one of the crucial features of a laptop. It grants your laptop SECURITY. But what kind of security? Hardware or software?

What kind of security purpose?

Well, these slots exist for users to use a laptop lock, preventing these expensive and portable devices to be stolen. One method of laptop theft is using a laptop lock, consisting of a long cable with a locking device on each end.


The cable is usually long and is intended to be wrapped around an immovable object, with the lock inserted securely into the laptop.

The slot is called the Kensington Security Slot because Kensington is the primary manufacturer of such security slot anti-theft systems and, hence, the slots are often called the Kensington Slots.


The small hole for the slot goes through the laptop’s exterior and connects to an inner metal panel which provides strength and makes it impossible to remove the lock without making the device almost unusable.


The mechanism of the lock is that it has a T-shaped knob that rotates 90 degrees after insertion into the slot. A cable that is attached to the lock key, which wraps around an immovable object, such as a pipe or desk and it can only be unlocked by inserting the same number that was earlier set.

And now that you finally know it is for, you can pass on the knowledge to your friends. Do not forget to share this with others. It will definitely help them.

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