The FastMac U-Socket combination AC and USB outlet - first spotted back in December 2009 - has finally gone on sale, offering a straightforward way to charge up USB gadgets like smartphones, PMPs and even your iPad without having to reach for the AC adapter. Priced at $19.95 for those willing to preorder (or $29.95 after that), the outlet only supplies power to the USB ports when there's something plugged in.
It's also had a redesign since the prototype first shown, moving the two USB ports to one side of the outlet rather than, as before, flanking either side of them. That may spoil the symmetry but it also means you'll still be able to plug in a USB even with two reasonably bulky wall-warts taking up the AC slots.
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