(Welcome to Julie, one of the "techettes" vying for a blogging position at the upcoming AT:Home Tech. Comment away.)
No matter how many wireless products you use, you probably still have several wires coming off your laptop. If you want access to a printer, scanner, and synching bases for your mobile devices, it's hard to enjoy the look and convenience of working at a computer without wires.
Things can really get ugly if you work in your living room, if you've gotten yourself a sleek desk with no room for wires, or if you want to be able to use your computer in more than one place; spreading out on the dining table one day and curling up on the couch the next. When you want a workspace that disappears at the end of the day, wires can definitely be a problem.
After many delays getting to market, Belkin promises to finally release their Cable-Free USB hub this month.
The hub connects to up to 4 peripherals (with cables) while a small dongle connects to a computer USB port giving you cable-free access from your computer to all of the devices. This allows you to keep bulky and ugly USB devices and their wires tucked away and out of sight.
Belkin claims that the hub will work up to 30 feet away from the dongle and that it won't slow down transfer rates for USB 2.0 devices. They've set the MSRP at $199.