By: Davy Fields (firstname.lastname@example.org)
March 17, 2003
The BoxWave miniSync USB Cable can both charge and sync a wide range of palm os handhelds. Its most remarkable feature is its ability to extend from a compact 5 inch cord to almost three feet long.
The miniSync comes in a small box with brief instructions on the back. Since it is essentially simple cable, it's pretty self-explanatory and no additional drivers are necessary. To install, plug it into a computer's USB port and connect your handheld. There is no physical hotsync button, so you must tap the icon in the hotsync software to initiate a sync.
Just to set the tone, If you're looking for quantity in this review, you're not in the right place. It is a simply a cable, with an innovative twist. First and foremost, it syncs great? I did not notice any difference in the Hotsync speed. Secondly, the miniSync cable can also supply a power charge to your handheld. There's some caveats with that... obviously, your computer has to be on and if you're using a laptop on battery power, it can add a bit of a battery drain.
So, we know that it works great as a hotsync-charger unit, but what about the design? The miniSync is a tiny 5 inches when closed, and pulls out to a generous 35 inches of cord when extended. You pull it out as far as you want, and it will stay in position. When you're done, just pull it out a little bit and the cord retracts back in. But be careful? it really snaps back! Check out this quicktime movie clip (116k) to see it in action. Overall, it's a really smart design, and darn if it doesn't look like something off of the batman utility belt.
So, if you're a frequent traveler or you're looking for a fancy way to reduce desk clutter, the miniSync is deserves a look. Besides being a great hotsync-charger solutions, it has a really spiffy design as well, and is a must for anyone who's a real palm aficionado. The miniSync is available for $24.95 from Boxwave, there is a $18.50 web special.
RATING: 9 / 10
|Design:||stores small, reduces clutter|
|Features:||extends to 35"|
|Value:||not much more than replacement cables|
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