Controlling an outlet and whatever is plugged into that outlet from your smartphone from anywhere in the world is cool. But controlling that outlet while seeing exactly how much energy the item is using is even cooler. That’s exactly what the latest addition to the WeMo line, the Insight Switch, allows you to do.
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Shortly after Apple unveiled the latest specs and size changes of the iPad Air, case and accessory makers were sent scrambling to come out with updated products. The process didn’t take too long for Belkin, as it’s already had keyboards on the market for some time now. I’ve spent a few weeks with the Ultimate Keyboard Case for the iPad Air. Here are my thoughts on this productivity tool.
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The Belkin Matte Screen Protector for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a screen protector with anti-glare properties. I normally don’t use screen protectors on the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but was curious how well the Belkin would do against glare on the glossy screen.
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I ordered the Belkin Slim Ultra Durable Case because I was looking for an attractive no-frills bag. When I opened the shipping box, I knew I had made the right decision.
The main compartment is just large enough to hold a 15.6″ HP dv6t laptop with a standard battery. It’s cushioned fairly well on the sides and bottom. The interior lining is a standard fabric and won’t scratch the currently prevalent glossy plastic finishes on laptops. The zipper opens and closes smoothly and the teeth have sufficient clearance so I don’t worry about it scratching the laptop during use. The zipper pulls, made of brass, also have lock holes so you can secure it with a luggage lock.
There is only a single pocket on this case but it encompasses the entire front of the case. The zipper is about 1/4 of the way down. The zipper teeth are hidden for a more attractive appearance and glide smoothly as well. This pocket is definitely large enough to hold papers, legal pads, file folders, etc. I use it to hold my AC adapter and a notebook mouse.
The clips on the shoulder strap are very nice and swivel in all directions but the pad could use more cushioning. Most 15.6″ laptops weigh anywhere from 6-9 pounds so more padding would’ve really helped with comfort. On the other hand, there are two comfortable handles for easy carrying when your shoulders get sore. Lastly, Belkin’s website states the bag has a lifetime warranty but the tags on the bag all say 1 year. I printed a copy of the website just in case.
Belkin Wilshire Collection, Slim Ultra Durable Case is the perfect slim business laptop case. It has a classy and professional appearance and has just enough utility for the minimalist. Road warriors would be wise to stay far far away because the case only has a single large pocket and isn’t as comfortable as you’d like. But for those of us who want a simple and attractive bag, this one is just right.
Available from Amazon.com.
My old Belkin must have taken some surges and was no longer protecting my electronics so I purchased the 12-outlet as a replacement for my office. My computer, monitor, printer, phone charger, speakers, router, cable modem and cordless phone are all plugged into it.
The spacing of the outlets is pretty efficient to allow for large brick adapters as well as the normal plugs. This model also has phone, Ethernet and coax protection. The cord management clip is only marginally useful but nice to have anyways. My only complaint is that the 10-foot cord is just too long for my use and wish they’d come up with a retractable cord or maybe removable cords in different sizes. The surge protector sits right under my desk so I only need about a foot of cord length. The extra 9 feet add to the jungle of cables and the right angle plug does not rotate.
As I mentioned my old Belkin surge protector died. I didn’t really think about the warranty on it until after I purchased the replacement but I called them up and got great service. They offered me a comparably priced replacement so I ended up trying out the Belkin Conserve Energy Saving Surge Strip. They sent me the replacement first and I mailed the old surge protector back at a cost of about $7.
This 12-outlet Belkin surge protector is a great value. You get good protection for 12 devices in a slim form factor at Amazon’s fantastic price.
I purchased the Belkin 15″ Messenger Bag because I thought it looked nice and because I prefer messenger style bags in general over briefcase or backpack designs. I find the Belkin bag to be a really good value, but I do have some nitpicks.
First, I have a Dell 15.4″ laptop with a 9-cell battery. The 9-cell protrudes out from the back of the laptop and adds about an inch to the depth. It does fit in the Belkin case okay. However, because the padded compartment for the laptop rests slightly under the main zipper, I’m paranoid that the zipper teeth will scratch the laptop. I live with it by putting the bottom of the laptop towards the back of the case. I’m able to throw my AC adapter in along with it and it’s somewhat of a snug fit.
Inside, there are 2 pen pockets, 2 card pockets, and 2 larger general pockets. There is also one smaller zippered pocket that runs along the top of the case, which looks large enough to put cables in. Oddly, the outside has one large zippered pocket that does not go through the inside of the case at all. The headphone passthrough can only be accessed from the zippered OUTSIDE pocket. This means you can only put your audio player in the outside pocket, which offers less protection for your god-knows-how-expensive music player.
Though the zippers work well and have a nice plastic colored pulls that matches the case, I wish the material was less slippery. A rubber coated one may have made zipping and unzipping a bit easier. Also, I wish that the strap were attached to 360 degree moving hinges and that it were removable.
All in all, it’s a decent bag for the money. It’s no Tumi bag, but of course the Belkin costs hundreds less.