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GeeThree Sweet Multiport provides front-mounted ports

updated 02:45 am EST, Thu December 18, 2003

Sweet Multiport available

GeeThree has announced the , which provides both USB and FireWire ports as well as 5-in-one memory card reader at the front of G4 and G3 Macs as well as additional rear ports: "In the location of the lower optical/Zip drive bay sits the front interface card that provides two FireWire, one USB and a 5-in-one memory card ready. In addition there are 2 additional FireWire and 2 USB ports on the PCI card." The Sweet Multiport works with all G4 desktops, and the blue G3 Macs; its does not require software. Sweet Multiport is available immediately for $130.




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    hmmm

    USB 2.0 would have made this a good buy.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    re: hmmm

    My feelings exactly. That is the primary spec I was looking for on the site.

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    Outdated Name

    Guess they weren't thinking ahead when they chose the name Gee three. We are up to Gee Five now. At least Gateway2000 was able to drop the 2000. Maybe they can drop the three and call themself Gee.

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    It's just a hub (or two)

    The reason it doesn't have USB 2.0 is because it's not actually giving you any additional busses, AFAICT. You have to plug the card into your existing firewire and USB ports on the back of the computer, which must mean it's really just a hub of sorts. I would consider it if it would help with my internal Firewire issues (B&W G3), but appaerntly it won't.

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    Re: It's just a hub...

    AFAICT, FW and USB is on a PCI card that fills one slot and provides new ports for the back. A ribbon cable is proved to connect this PCI card to front ports.

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    Acumen has it

    At $100 Acumen has the features without the 5-in-1 card reader (which you can buy for under 30 bucks anyway).

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    Re: It is just a hub

    If the PCI card actually gives additional USB and Firewire busses, then why does the installation require you to plug two cables from the Sweet Multiport card to the existing USB and Firewire ports on the back of your computer? See the installation instructions on the GeeThree website.

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    $130?!? Get real

    I might pay $30 to move ports to the front, but not $130. Guess I'll just have to do it myself with a Firewire/USB card, a spare bezel and a couple of extension cables.

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    For that price

    I would expect it to have its own FW & USB controllers.
    And that would make it worth trowing away my aging altho still useful (sneaker net) Zip 100 drive.

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    supercard + card reader

    $100 for supercard FW800 & USB2
    $30 for card reader

    maybe even find a cheep 3.5" bay card reader

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