|Mon Jul 1, 2002 - 11:15 PM EDT - By James Hromadka|
The USB Sync&Charge Cable is simply a USB cable with a Treo connector on one end. The connector has a HotSync button on it that you press when you want to HotSync.
There are two sizes available. I reviewed the 5 ft. cable, but there is also an 8 inch cable available, which is handy for users that have a keyboard with USB ports or a laptop. For some reason, the shorter cable costs more!
The beauty of a cable like the USB Sync&Charge Cable is that you just plug it in and you're done. Using my PowerBook, I connected a Treo 270 to it using the USB Sync&Charge Cable and immediately saw the recharge light come on the Treo. The Treo continued to charge even with the PowerBook in Sleep mode. You can also charge the Treo from a powered USB hub.
Just to make things complicated, I did a USB Hotsync on Mac OS X 10.1.5 with the Treo 270 connected to the USB Sync&Charge Cable, which was plugged into a seven-port USB hub connected to my PowerBook. The HotSync performed flawlessly.
I thought about comparing recharge times for the USB Sync&Charge Cable versus the normal HotSync cable setup that comes with the Treo, but decided that recharge times could vary depending on your computer setup. Besides, the purpose of the USB Sync&Charge Cable is not one of quick charging the Treo, but to charge and HotSync with only one cable. And that the USB Sync&Charge Cable does very well.
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