Comments on: Review: Visor and Clié USB HotSync & Charger Cables

While many people want to carry their handhelds with them on trips, few people want to go to the hassle of carrying along the cradle to HotSync and recharge it. Robert Zach brings us this look at two USB cables from Brando that can both charge and HotSync a Visor or Sony Clié.
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Anyone Tried These With A Mac?

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/27/2001 11:48:36 AM #
Hello there! I am using a Clie N710-C with a Mac, and the software from MarkSpace to do the synching is working like a charm.

However, I would love a cable that does the charging as well as the synching, instead of having to carry around that damn cradle with my iBook.

Anyone used or tested these cables with a Mac? Just curious if there are drivers/extensions needed to use the cable, or if its just plug-and-play...


RE: Anyone Tried These With A Mac?
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/27/2001 10:30:32 PM #
Brando's got a good joint.

The Visor cable for my Prism arrived in about two days. It syncs and charges the Prism with my PowerBook perfectly. The difference in recharging speed (if any) is negligible.

I used to carry my PB, the charger and the USB cable on trips. This should make things a little simpler and besides, the Visor traveling charger was a huge wall wart without folding prongs(?!).

I also use a Vaja case and I never liked having to take the Prism out of the case to sync and charge it in the cradle. Now, I just plug this cord through the cutout in the bottom of the case. One thing to remember: don't let the computer sleep if you want to charge the Visor overnite, it needs the juice from the USB.

I give it five little mousies.


RoofusPennymore @ 8/27/2001 3:09:09 PM #
"the software provides an emulated COM port"

I'm assuming nothing special is need for the Visor. This cable should act just like the orginal USB cable that came with the Visor.

RE: Visor
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/27/2001 11:04:01 PM #
Yes, with the Visor, it's Plug and Play!

No required software for Clie

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/27/2001 11:20:33 PM #
What special software is he talking about? The 710C Clie always emulates a serial port via USB because it uses version 3.5.2 of Palm OS. This is transparent to the user and using the Brano cable doesn't change anything or require any special software. (My guess is he mixed up his review of the Palm V version with the Clie/Visor versions...)

My only complaint with this excellent cable is that it is physically a bit too long for a travel cable (maybe 5'?), but I love it regardless.

RE: No required software for Clie
Rob @ 8/28/2001 10:05:56 AM #
You are correct. There is no special software required for these two cables. My apologies for the confusion.

However, I did notice on the Visor that on occasion Windows would get confused and be looking for the USB driver that is installed with the Desktop.

For the record, I am not actually running the Handspring desktop. I am running Palm's 4.01.

I usually use PInstall to just install apps. If I run this to HotSync the Visor, and select USB, all works just fine with this cable. No "special" software (except for whatever PInstall does), and the transfer is very fast.




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