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First Published: Wed, Mar 12 2008. 12 54 AM IST

Updated: Wed, Mar 12 2008. 12 54 AM IST
Belkin Clip-On Hub
Frustrated that your “must-connect” USB devices outnumber the available ports on a PC or laptop? Maybe you could look at the Belkin Clip-On Hub—it gives you four additional high-speed USB 2.0 ports (with transfer speeds of up to 480 Mbps). This includes two easy-to-access top-loading ports.
Before you celebrate, do keep in mind that the device can only clamp on to table edges that are 1.25 inches or less in thickness. The good news, however, is that you can secure it to grip a bunch of cables and also manage to keep your desktop more clutter-free in the bargain. Available in silver, chocolate brown and blue, the Belkin Clip-On Hub works with Windows 98, 2000, ME, XP, Vista and Mac OS 9 or above, and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Price: $30
Memorex Money Clip USB Flash Drive
That you need to cart important digital data around is a given these days. From PDF files, photos, MP3 music and video clips to various kinds of binary information or documents, the list of must-haves you need on a regular basis is a long one. And the most convenient way to do it is on a USB flash disk drive that lets you save, delete, write, rewrite and share files at will. Compatible everywhere, the 1GB Memorex Money Clip portable USB 2.0 “cash and carry” drive works on Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Mac OS 8.6 or above, and Linux 2.4.x. As a bonus, with it you will also find a Big Fish Texas Hold ‘em game in this very useful clip-on gadget.
Price: $18
Brando USB Crystal Clip Cam
If you are wondering how to add a webcam that doesn’t look clunky to your slick-looking LCD monitor, check out the Crystal Clip Cam. You can hook up this clip-on contraption as and when you need it. And even otherwise, it looks impressive enough to add to the futuristic aura of your machine. The compact 80x95x62mm, 101gm plug-and-play camera has a USB 2.0 interface and dangles a 145cm cable. It has a 480K CMOS image sensor, a VGA resolution of 640x480 with a frame rate of 30 frames per second in 320x240 and 15fps in 640x480.
The adjustable manual focus has a range between 30mm and infinity. White balancing and electronic exposure are set to auto. It can be rotated 180 degrees, is embellished with adjustable LED lights that allow you to use it even in a dark room and is compatible with ICQ, MSN and Skype.
Price: $18.50
If you are a wingsuit flyer, skydiver, snowboarder, ski jumper, mountain biker or, for that matter, an adventure sport enthusiast, try this souped-up multifunction stopwatch which comes with a built-in tri-axis accelerometer (an accelerometer is a micro electro-mechanical system device, which measures acceleration forces that a person experiences when hurtling through air). With its electro-luminescent display, the gadget records the last 10 “hang” (air) times; stores the best, total and average times; features five sensitivity settings from 0.25 to two seconds; displays temperature, time and date; features a stopwatch with lap time and is water-resistant up to three metres. And a carabiner pledges to keep the twin AAA battery powered HangTimer clipped securely to your person during one of those gravity-defying plunges.
Price: $75
Sansa Clip
There’s no denying that the iPod is the god of small things musical, or that every cellphone worth its name can trill more than a tune or two. Sadly, both these gizmos are a handful.
You need to be more careful when you tote them around—and about where you place them.
How about tuning into this hands-free personal digital music machine, which can be worn
as a little clip-on? With a very small, solid state flash memory player, 40-station FM radio and recorder with built-in microphone, the Sansa Clip possesses a largish (for its size) OLED screen, and an uncomplicated user interface. It is capable of producing 92 decibels (pretty loud for its matchbox size) of WMA, MP3 and WAV audio through its single earphone jack and has a rechargeable battery that lasts 15 hours. Available in black, red, pink and blue, the 2GB Sansa Clip is priced at $60, while the 4GB one costs $80.
Price: $40
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First Published: Wed, Mar 12 2008. 12 54 AM IST
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