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PIC reviewer Steve Gingras brings us a review of the new Innopocket SyncGear 3-in-1 Cable. The cable combines a USB hotsync cable, charger and an SD card reader into one convenient cable.
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Nice

Doo @ 6/6/2003 2:10:52 PM #
Innopocket thinking out side the box. Way to go.

RE: Nice... and tres elegante!
mikemusick @ 6/6/2003 3:41:17 PM #
This is an incredible solution obviously thought through by somebody who uses their Palm every day. Great job!

But sadly, for me it won't do anything for my briefcase clutter because I have to support multiple devices, and need to read/write both SD and MemoryStick. Now if they took the next step and built a comparable Sony cable I'd buy the pair in a heartbeat!

Why no one cares?
ray00pal @ 6/6/2003 9:16:15 PM #
I think if this is for a Clie, maybe there will be more interests.

RE: Nice
posterboy @ 6/7/2003 2:41:01 AM #
Quote: "No USB to automobile cigarette lighter adapter"

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I suggest you try out the USB Plug Adapter of Brando.

Got Palm? Don't keep it, flaunt it!

RE: Nice
rsc1000 @ 6/7/2003 3:24:43 AM #
>>I think if this is for a Clie, maybe there will be more interests.


Why do you thinbk this? Because you can't understand basic mathematics? Sony devices make up a smaller marketshare than PalmSG devices - so there is obviously less interest in a Sony version. This is not to say that there is no interest - obviously if this is successful then a Sony version is in order. Honestly - "if this is for a Clie, maybe there will be more interests." - are you 2 yrs old?


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Lucky Bob @ 6/8/2003 8:45:01 AM #
"Why no one cares?

I think if this is for a Clie, maybe there will be more interests."

Hmm...ok, two things:

1. Who's "no one?"

2. Other than the entry-level Zire, all of the handhelds in Palm's line now have the Universal Connector, whereas the Clies have how many connectors floating around? And since Palm holds the market share, it means Innopocket has the oppurtunity to sell a product to a much larger group of handheld owners.

(Why do some people say you can kill two birds with one stone when it's hard enough killing one bird with two stones?)

RE: Nice
nXt @ 6/9/2003 1:50:27 AM #
"2. Other than the entry-level Zire, all of the handhelds in Palm's line now have the Universal Connector, whereas the Clies have how many connectors floating around?"

The Clie has had 2 different connector types. And the models that have the older have has been LONG TIME discountinued, so there's only ONE (1) connector type. for the SJ/SL/T/NR/X/Z series. The Z serious, the hotsync port is in a different location than normal pdas are. So basically, Sony Clie has IT'S OWN "universal" connector. Sony just didn't make some marketing gimmick/feature and call it their "universal connector" like Palm did.

I still don't believe how many people THINK the clie has a gazzilion different hotsync ports.

nXt's Clie Club
Place To Be For Sony Clie Discussion
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nxtclieclub

RE: Nice
Lucky Bob @ 6/9/2003 4:00:30 PM #
"Sony just didn't make some marketing gimmick/feature and call it their "universal connector" like Palm did."

It's not really a gimmick. Remember when Kodak stopped making stuff for Palm because it didn't want to keep on releasing new products every time a new series (and connector) came along?

(Why do some people say you can kill two birds with one stone when it's hard enough killing one bird with two stones?)

No, CLIE alread has MS Import-
madmaxmedia @ 6/9/2003 4:07:53 PM #
There would be no interest on the CLIE, because the CLIE already has the excellend MS Import program which really eliminates the need for a separate reader. Maybe not as fast as a hardware reader, but much faster than the Palm software options.

It's almost enough by itself to keep me with a CLIE, but this new cable is nice.

Ex-Wife's Attorney!

Davy Fields @ 6/6/2003 3:20:20 PM #
Lol! I love these review today... informative, and amusing! Wonderful!

-Davy Fields
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Palm_OS_5/
RE: Ex-Wife's Attorney!
Pepper @ 6/6/2003 5:17:46 PM #
I agree -- great review! It's always nice to have some humor involved!

-Pepper

I love my Palm . . . do you?

RE: Ex-Wife's Attorney!
sgingras @ 6/7/2003 11:36:56 PM #
Thanks :-)

cheers,
Steve

No Driver needed for Win' 98?

bringer @ 6/6/2003 5:12:32 PM #
No drivers need to be loaded, even for Windoze 98? This would be the first card reader that I've seen that can do that. If that's the case, I would be very impressed.

Bob

RE: No Driver needed for Win' 98?
bringer @ 6/6/2003 5:34:47 PM #
Oh, I see. It only supports ME, 2000 and XP. I guess the days of my Win98 machine are just about over.

Darn :(

RE: No Driver needed for Win' 98?
Lucky Bob @ 6/8/2003 8:50:16 AM #
Windows 98 is still a good operating system. I wonder why they didn't want to develop any software...

(Why do some people say you can kill two birds with one stone when it's hard enough killing one bird with two stones?)
RE: No Driver needed for Win' 98?
Lucky Bob @ 6/8/2003 8:52:29 AM #
Maybe to keep the price down???

(Why do some people say you can kill two birds with one stone when it's hard enough killing one bird with two stones?)
RE: No Driver needed for Win' 98?
Tubaguy47 @ 6/11/2003 7:04:05 PM #
Does it work with linux???


-Mr. Tuba

Recomend a snug cable?

PFloyd @ 6/6/2003 8:55:34 PM #
I really enjoyed the review and it reminds me after trying two charging/hotsync cables on my TT I still don't have one with a snug, positive fit. Can any one recommend a charging/hotsync cable that will hang on well without fussing?

RE: Recomend a snug cable?
gregaber @ 6/7/2003 3:59:00 AM #
I just bought the MiniSync cable from;

http://boxwave.com/products/minisync/index.htm

and I love it. It's recoilable on both ends of the cable, charge/sync, and small/light; perfect for travel. I have the Innopocket hard case and do not have to remove the Tungsten from the case (this was important to me). It's on sale for US $18.50 at their website.

If you also own a digital camera I would recommend getting one of the 6-1 card readers (I own a Imation FlashGo!) and the MiniSync rather than the cable reviewed here. You can minimize to total hardware you have to tote around when traveling and maximize your ability to hotsync, charge, and transfer files from many media types.

RE: Recomend a snug cable?
gregaber @ 6/7/2003 4:10:08 AM #
Forgot to mention;

- charges via USB cable
- has a positive locking connection which releases at the push of a button
- apparently they also have an adapter to charge via a 12V auto outlet (listed on same webpage)

RE: Recomend a snug cable?
PFloyd @ 6/7/2003 8:22:23 PM #
Thanks much. I'm going to try one and I may try that hard case too. :-)

RE: Recomend a snug cable?
sgingras @ 6/9/2003 11:03:00 AM #
I own three portable charge/synch cables and the new SyncGear cable by Innopocket blows the other two away in terms of the quality of the connection. The cable plug is very easy to line up and, once mated, the connection is extremely firm. There is no button, however, to release the cable. One simply just pulls on the plug with a firm tug to disconnect.

cheers,
Steve

Wow, great product, and a great review!

Strider_mt2k @ 6/7/2003 10:19:20 AM #
I enjoyed this review so much, and was so enthused by the product that I actually logged back in to this joint to say well done!

Well done!

strider_mt2k@yahoo.com

I want one if it has good quality!

neoyuan @ 6/7/2003 4:14:36 PM #
Bought one form iBIZ in local MicroCenter store. For $19.99, it seems a bargain with hotsyc/CHG cable, USB A/C adapter, and 12V car adapter. Then, damn, it discharges my TT, whichever charge option is used. How poor quality!!!


RE: I want one if it has good quality!
xerxes @ 6/7/2003 6:28:25 PM #
I have a Belkin sync and charge cable.

It comes with a car adaptor, a wall socket adapter, and enough plug format adapters to cover most of the world.

The fit is ok (wouldn't call it great though) and it works perfectly. The only thing it lacks is a hotsync button.

RE: I want one if it has good quality!
neoyuan @ 6/8/2003 12:51:25 AM #
The USB cable does have a Belkin label. Maybe this iBIZ thing is a repackaged Belkin.

Looks like I have a lemon. I will exchange to give it another try. Thanks.

Excellent, and useful, review

Palmary @ 6/13/2003 9:00:06 PM #
Dear Steve,
An excellent review, as usual, which was both informative and helpful. After reading this review and your review of the Innopocket hard case I took the plunge and ordered both products - and I'm delighted with the products and the customer service from Innopocket. It's very useful to get a (virtual) look before one leaps.

"Earnestness is just stupidity sent to college" P.J. O'Rourke

What sized SD card did you use?

xman @ 8/4/2003 2:06:00 PM #
Hi, I bought the same SyncGear 3-in-1 cable and I'm having a huge problem with it and Windows XP. I have two cards, 128MB and 256MB SD card and 128MB works fine with it, but it doesn't let me write to 256MB card at all! My T|C can write to 256MB card without problems though.

It just whines about write protection and the write protection for SURE is not on!

I guess this is a driver issue in Windows XP. I don't have any servicepacks installed.

Any advice is strongly welcomed..

xman

RE: What sized SD card did you use?
marunga @ 8/28/2003 8:38:47 AM #
Hi,

I have the same problem: 256 Mb SD card and a message that the card is "write protected" every time I try to delete or write a file.

Any solution ?

TIA

RE: What sized SD card did you use?
kkbass @ 10/1/2003 6:10:41 PM #
I also have this 256mb card issue, i spoke via email to ben over at innopocket, he stated that they dont have a fix, but they expect it to be soon. This was back on aug 24 2003. I havent heard anything from them since. The innopocket makes for a nice 2in1 cable, but its supposed to be a 3in1, i wonder when they will actually fix this?

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