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Emerge Tech Etcablestar Usb 2.0 A-male To A-female Cable With Multi-tip "star" Adapter Reviews
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Excellent product; not quite perfect

By Wubbo Verified Reviewer from Raleigh, NC on 03/26/2008


Lacks Usb Plug I Need

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Fast, Reliable Performance, Sleek Design, Unique And Useful, Easy To Setup, Easy To Use, Easy To Set Up

Best Uses:

External Hard Drive, Sync Smartphone, Digital Camera Interface

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Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The Emerge Tech/ReTrak retractable USB cable with 5-way star adapter is a very useful, innovative product. Both parts are constructed well. There is no feeling of "cheapness" that is so typical in the industry. I confirmed that the cable is fully USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compliant; data transfers very quickly. The retractable cable extends smoothly and neatly, though mine - bearing in mind that it is brand new and hasn't been "broken in" - tends to stick a bit when retracting. I like that the cable has a female USB type A plug on one end, allowing it to be used as a USB extension cable. The cable length is also a plus: 3.2 feet, while most other retractable USB cables are only 2 feet. The 5-way star adapter is awesome. Also because the standard-A connector on the star adapter is male, it can be used on the end of ANY USB extension cable - not just the retractable one it came with. The star adapter is built very solidly, it's as compact as possible, and the 4 different plugs - standard-B, mini-B 5-pin, mini-B 4-pin, and "mini 4P" - are likely to suit almost everyone's USB needs. However, unfortunately the star adapter does NOT include the plug I was hoping for: an 8-pin mini-B flat USB plug that is required for both my bluetooth headset and my wife's digital camera. All things considered, I rate this product 4/5 stars. If it had the extra mini USB plug I needed, it would have been a definite 5/5.

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