It may look like Belkin's Darth Vader answer to the Apple TV, but this unassuming slab is in fact a WiFi-enabled USB hub. In effect a tiny system running embedded Linux, it has five USB 2.0 ports that communicate with any PC on a network via 802.11n - devices plugged in show up as if they're connected directly to the PC itself.
Seeing Mitchell Oke's review of the Belkin N1 Router came at quite an opportune time for me, since I'm thinking of upgrading my network to accommodate all the media that's drifting round it. Taking advantage of draft-N WiFi, which promises 300mbit speeds, Belkin sent him the surprisingly chunky base station and an N1 ExpressCard to test it with and Mitchell took it to task to see how worthy the $149.95 & $119.95 successors are to existing 802.11g wireless.
Gear Diary's Judie is a lot more accepting than I am. When faced with Belkin's TunePower external battery pack for her Zune, she's capable of overlooking its brick-like appearance and trying to find its inner charm. Admittedly, it does promise a lot: doubling the DAP's battery life from the roughly eleven hours of audio and five of video Judie has been enjoying. But still, five-inches long and an extra 4oz?!
While the form-factor is inconvenient, Belkin have made sure the rest of the TunePower is full of useful features. The same AC adaptor will charge both the Zune and the external battery simultaneously, and the pack takes five hours to fully recharge. There's also a handy kick-stand which props the Zune up for hands-free video viewing, and the cradle has cut-outs for all the ports.
When is a cable not a cable? When it's a Belkin Easy Transfer Cable for Vista, that's when! So set off some fireworks and kiss the nearest person on their rosy-red lips, because the bandwagon jumping is in full force. Belkin are advertising this as the easy way to transfer all files, audio and video multimedia, application data, OS settings and internet settings from an XP-based PC to a new computer running Vista.
Now it's entirely possible that I could be missing something here, but isn't this just a USB-to-USB networking cable, such as has been available for ages now? I get the feeling that the only difference from existing products is the "Premium Vista Logo".
If power outtages have you worried over your precious computer servers, then Belkin’s Battery Backup with Flashlight will give you peace of mind. Just plug all your equipment into the device so that when the power goes off it will keep your connected equipment on long enough to let you shut them down and prevent data loss or hardware damage.
The detachable flashlight will automatically light up during power outtages so that you can use it to see when shutting down your system and finding your way to the exit. The Battery Backup with Flashlight will be available in mid-February for $99.99.