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REVIEW: BoxWave miniSync USB Charger and Synchronization Cable
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 29.11.02 - 14:29:00 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 8468x
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Synchronization and specially charging of your Pocket PC is always critical and while all Pocket PCs includes a synchronization cable and a charger, mostly you have to carry two accessories with you to synchronize your Pocket PC with your Notebook and charge it after a working day in the hotel.
Thankfully a lot of 3rd party companies closed the gap with releasing integrated sync and charge USB cables. One of the most interesting solutions comes from BoxWave - its miniSync sync and charge cable.

BoxWave's miniSync is compact and its extendable and retractable cable allows it to be organized. When it's retracted, it won't become a tangled mess however you carry it.

Retracted it's small enough to fits even if your shirt pocket while extended it is up to 35". This is so convenient because you will not have any knotted cables if you take it out of your pocket.

The whole system reminds me to the well known and widely used retractable telephone cords for Notebook modems and in fact the idea is the same.

While you can use it for synchronization between your Pocket PC and your PC with USB port, it would also work with other 3rd party power adapters.

Even if the miniSync cable uses an ultra-thin reinforced cable, it is durable and able to withstand heavy usage.
miniSync is capable of supporting the weight of two heavy bricks (according to BoxWave), which is far more force than would be normally exerted on it in everyday use!

Currently miniSync is available for the following devices:

  • AT&T SX56 Pocket PC Phone
    o2 xda Pocket PC Phone
    T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone
  • HP iPAQ 3800/3900 series
  • Palm m500 series
  • Sony Clie PEG-NR series
  • Sony Clie PEG-NX series
  • Sony Clie PEG-T series
  • Toshiba e310
  • Toshiba e330
  • Toshiba e740

and costs regular US$ 24.95. However currently BoxWave is running a Holiday Sale Price which gives you the cable for US$ 17.47 only!

Final Conclusion

Since I got my first USB sync and charge cable, I mostly don't use a cradle anymore. At least I don't have to buy an additional cradle and power-plug to sync my Pocket PC in the office and at home! And while I can't use the USB cables in my office only but when ever I travel, I love it even more as it heavily reduces my luggage weight!

Now, the BoxWave miniSync solution is to most amazing USB sync and charge cable. It not reduces the weight only but also the volume as it requires less space in my bags! That's fantastic and works pretty good. I've charged my xda yesterday through my Desktop PC as well as with a third party power-plug and I didn't noticed any problems but a fully charged battery.
So for sure the miniSync is part of my standard accessories now I'm carrying with me, right beside the retractable modem cord which is part of my "gadget" backpack as well!

Highly recommended for every mobile professional!

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Lin Chi Liang on 12.03.03 - 00:00:00

When do you expect to have MiniSync ready for Viewsonic V35 Pocket PC ?

Posted by Denny S on 23.04.05 - 16:31:31

Could the low voltage from USB charge damage the PDA battery in the long run?

Posted by Jason on 24.06.05 - 03:28:37

Would i be able to use this minisync with my new I-mate PDA2, since it would work for O2XDAII?



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