updated 03:05 pm EST, Mon January 8, 2007
Belkin debuts Dock Adapter
Belkin today unveiled numerous Apple-related accessories (site not updated) ranging from a battery backup flashlight to a cooling stand for notebooks. Belkin's Bluetooth Dock Adapter for iPod is designed to function like a wireless remote, enabling users to play songs through an iPod stereo dock. The device offers full control over the music as it plays from the iPod wirelessly to a stereo, and boasts a 30-foot operating range with no software installation required and no batteries needed. The accessory offers five hours of play time, is compatible with other Bluetooth stereo devices, and includes a Bluetooth stereo dock adapter as well as a Bluetooth iPod adapter. Belkin's Bluetooth Dock Adapter for iPod is priced at $130, and is expected to launch in March.
Belkin also unveiled its Flip DVI-D KVM switch designed to support dual-link DVI monitors, such as Apple Cinema Displays. The switch allows users to share a keyboard, mouse, speakers, and a DVI monitor between two computers, using a simple remote button to flip between the two systems. The Flip DVI-D supports both single link (1600x1200) and dual link (2560x1600) video modes, providing full support for all USB-based Mac and PC keyboards with special function keys. Belkin plans to ship the device next month for $150 with a 3-year warranty.
Belkin introduced its Battery Backup with Flashlight, designed to protect equipment as well as data while safeguarding personal security with a detachable flashlight that turns on immediately when the power goes off. The battery backup provides ample time to shut down equipment properly after a power outage to prevent data loss and hardware damage. The device features cable management loops to organize cables; a rechargeable and removable LED flashlight; four battery-backup outlets with surge protection for two outlets; 1-in, 2-out RJ11 telephone/fax surge protection; data transfer via USB; power management software for automatic shutdowns, proactive alerts, messaging, and diagnostic support; and a $50,000 connected equipment warranty.
The accessory maker today also revealed its Cooling Stand designed to keep portable notebooks cool. The device is powered by the laptop's USB port, and features a unique wave design to create a channel between the laptop and the stand to assist in natural airflow. A high-capacity blower fan drives heat away from the system without the need for a bulky power supply, while the gentle slope is meant to improve typing comfort and reduce wrist strain. Constructed to fit inside a laptop bag, the accessory also raises the notebook screen height to help reduce neck strain. Belkin will ship the Cooling Stand for $30 in February.