IMHO, any lock is,, as they say, a tool to keep the honest; honest.
How and where these attach to your computer will determine what you buy.
Some computers have an insertable lock; where the cable you buy will have
a 'male' end on it that inserts and latches in place. Other computers have a
relatively simple metal tab with a hole in it; in which case you will need a lock
that inserts into that tab.
All in all, a cable cutters means a stolen laptop (assuming the intruder has
gained enrance into your trunk where you have locked it).
They are a requirement at any larger company and are standard issue with
the company's machine.
Personally I would think either mechanism to be roughly the same strength
regarding picking or guessing. But, like I said, anyone determine and who
has gotten their way to the computer can get it easily with a cutter or torch.
It's disgustingly easy to open open most locks. I stumbled across a list of
methods while googling this for you.
I recently bought a new Kensington lock having been very pleased with my previous one.
The new one is a twin lock on one cable, so I can lock the laptop with one and the other goes on up to my 24" TFT. It has a decent thick cable (just over 5mm or about 7/32" including the plastic sheath) that a well-equipped thief would be able to cut through with bolt cutters, but I would expect most opportunist burglars to struggle with lesser tools such as normal pliers or wire cutters.
If you are buying as a network admin, look into the options for keyed-alike or master key versions (which you have to get by special order).
I just wonder what it is you are protecting there.
I am paranoid about my data, but instead of locking the laptop, I keep it all on a small portable hard drive, which I plug into the USB when I use it. The laptop therefore becomes just a piece of general hardware (ok, hardware with the usual apps installed on it).
It is much easier to protect a drive than a laptop, and the drive can even be a flash-key or similar for extra portability.
It may not fit your situation, but it's a thought.
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