Belkin gear

by Volker Weber

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Today, Belkin sent me another bag of goodies to try out. And I have become quite fond of them. I used to know them for their iPod accessories like the Rockstar pictured above, but they actually have some interesting other gear, which does not have the "dork chic". A 7-port USB-hub does not have to be ugly or bulky:

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I also have this hub sitting on my table to quickly dock memory keys and cameras. The Universal Media Reader comes with a short USB cable that does not crawl all over the table. Unfortunately the Travel Adapter does not work with Magsafe-equipped Macbooks. It would be cool to charge both the notebook and USB accessories from the same device. What I do use however is the Micro USB car adapter and several cables. I love the Laptop Hideaway and this line of bags which come in different sizes.

I have only been disappointed twice because I could not get the Mini Bluetooth Adapter to work with the Samsung NC10 without the awful protocol stack and the Network USB Hub to work with my Mac. It does work with Windows, but the drivers for the Mac broke with Mac OS X 10.5.6.

Comments

So laptop hideaway is uhm a Magazine rack renamed?

Carl Tyler, 2009-05-22

Der USB-Hub ist wirklich deutlich hübscher als der 7-Port-Hub von Digitus, den ich mir mal zugelegt habe. Schade, das man an iMac ohne einen nicht auskommt.

Hier der von digitus: http://www.idealo.de/preisvergleich/PopProduct/862499.html

Dirk Steins, 2009-05-22

Ich habe diverse Dinge von Belkin, die alle ihren Zweck erfüllen und kein abgrundtief scheußliches Design haben, obwohl sie praktisch sind. Nützlich: Laptop Cooling Stand und Laptop Cooling Hub. Wenn man die USB-Power nicht aus dem Rechner zieht, natürlich.

Armin Roth, 2009-05-23

Den 7er Plus-Hub habe ich auch im Einsatz und finde ihn recht ansehnlich und praktisch. Leider ist er jedoch etwas schwach in der Stromversorgung, anscheinend ist sein Netzteil nicht leistungsfähig genug: schon bei 2 USB-Geräten mit Bedarf an aktiver Stromversorgung (z.b. externe 2,5"-Festplatten) schwächelt der Hub. Neu einstöpseln hilft dann meistens, nervt aber.

Dieter Schmidt, 2009-05-23

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