USB accessory


Last December, I reviewed the i-FlashDrive external storage for iOS device from Brando.  It was basically a flash drive that plugged into an iOS device with a Lightning connector to serve as a backup and/or external storage device, and it could work with a computer as a flash drive.  It was a convenient way to [...]

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The 2-in-1 micro USB Mini Fan from Brando is a cool (see what I did there) little fan that is powered via a USB connection. What makes it unique is the fact that you can plug it into a regular sized USB port on your computer, or you can slide out the micro USB connector [...]

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So you've got two computers on your desk.  Windows, Mac, or one of each?  OK, now what if you wanted to move files between the two?  Instead of flash drives, setting up a home network and storage, or even emailing yourself a file (we've all done that before!), how about just one USB device that [...]

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My husband, Butch, has helped me review a few methods of directly recording guitar music into music-recording software.  Some methods required an interface between the guitar and the computer with the software, and he also reviewed the Squier by Fender Strat guitar with the USB interface built in.  Both methods worked well, but having the [...]

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I loved my 27" iMac for its sheer beauty and gorgeous display. But what I didn't love was all the ports hidden on the back side of the computer. Although the location of the ports allowed the iMac to have a very clean look and design, accessing the ports was a big pain in the [...]

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Winter is here with a vengeance, and you may be plagued with dry skin and static shocks as a result of the dry air the extreme cold brings.  The VapOrb USB Ultrasonic Humidifier can moisten your air and reduce your discomfort.  Best of all, it's only 2" in diameter, so you can take it with [...]

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Granted, the description is a little confusing, but Allputer has a USB-to-Lightning adapter that's only a fraction of the cost of the official Apple adapter ($5 vs $19 for the Apple version).  You should be able to connect a USB stick to the adapter and transfer photos from the stick to the iPad or iPhone. [...]

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The XtremeMac Tango Bar looks deceptively simple at first glance.  It has a single USB cable that's used to deliver power and sound from your computer.  It's not minimalist inside, though.  This 10W speaker has a "six-speaker configuration with dual dome tweeters, midrange/bass drivers, and passive radiators gives you best-in-class audio."  It also has an [...]

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Those ultra-small computers are a boon for travelers, but you find one of the costs of the light and small form-factor when you need to plug in more than 2 or so USB devices.  My 11" MacBook Air has only two USB jacks, and the simpleDock from Kanex would be a perfect accessory to use [...]

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If you find that charging your USB-chargeable devices takes too long, you may be interested in the ChargeDr USB Charge Booster from Digital Innovations.  The ChargeDr uses an unspecified method of boosting the power from your computer's USB port, so that a normal 5V, 0.5A-2.1A port always outputs 5V, up to 2.1A of power.  The ChargeDr is [...]

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This small USB keyboard from Brando combines a keyboard, mouse, and multi-touch functions into one compact device.  The FelTouch Bonepad 2.4GHz Wireless Keyboard is 5.9" X 3.3" X 0.7" and weighs only 3 ounces.  It comes with a USB dongle to pair the Bonepad with Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac, or Linux computers with USB HID keyboard/mouse, [...]

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