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Specialized docking cables ease connection pains

- January 18th, 2013

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StarTech.com has come up with a new line of Apple docking cables for people who use multiple gadgets and are looking to maximize their utility and help make those connections that much easier. While the latest iDevices port the new Lightning connector, these new offerings are designed primarily for those who are currently using USB and microUSB cables with the classic 30-pin Apple connector with their iOS devices.

“The growing popularity of Apple mobile devices and the variety of different applications they are used in led us to develop these unique cables,” said Keith Rodrigues, Senior Product Manager for StarTech.com’s Cables product line. “With features such as angled connectors and our exclusive ‘stepped’ connector design, we are dedicated to creating connectivity solutions that help users get the most out of devices such as the iPad, iPhone and iPod.”

Angled, connectors, what a concept! The docking cables are similar to Apple’s standard comes-in-the-box offering, with the exception that the 30-pin docking connector, depending on the model, is designed to sit at either a right or left angle. While this may not sound revolutionary, angled connectors can make life so much easier, especially if you’re using cradles without a pass-through or using your iPhone, iPad or even iPod touch in widescreen mode. Sometimes, I’ve found, a standard cable can limit the physical movement of your iDevice, for example, when plugged into the wall.

An additional feature which is particularly handy when you want more or less cable is that they are available in 0.5m, 1m and 2m lengths. In addition, the 30-pin end has a stepped connector, as Rodrigues refers to, which allows you to snugly attach it to your iOS device when it’s housed in a case. And finally, the connector is designed in such a way so that you don’t have to guess, as you do with the current cable, as to which way it actually fits. Now this might seem like a very small thing, but trust me, there have been a few times where this has caused no end of frustration, especially when you are in a hurry, in the dark or reaching to connect when you’re hunched over in a tight space.

Another nifty new offering is the 2-in-1 Apple Dock/micro USB cable. This is an interesting cable as it’s designed with a USB connector on one end and interchangeable 30-pin connector and micro/USB connector on the other. This allows you to carry one cable instead of two. To use the 30-pin simple insert the microUSB connector into the back of the 30-pin connector. To use the micro side only, simply pull it out. I find this particularly handy, since many of today’s Bluetooth earbuds use a micro-USB connector.

The Startech.com specialized Apple docking cables are reasonably priced ranging on the average from $15-$20 and come with a lifetime warranty. There available from many of your favourite retailers as well as at Amazon.com and Amazon.ca. Additional information on StarTech.com’s full line of specialized cables for iPod, iPhone and iPad can be found at www.startech.com/apple.

Photo courtesy StarTech.com. 

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Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.

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2 comments

  1. Barton M. Parsons | February 9, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    A small detail on the accessories that come with the new iPad. The 30-pin dock connector cable that comes with the new iPad has a slightly different design from the older cables that come with previous iPad models.

  2. Greg Gazin | February 9, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Barton, thanks for the heads up on that.

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