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USB has been a convenient way of hot-syncing devices to a PC, but most new computers have only a pair of USB ports on the front, and multiple slots on the back. This meant you’d often have to reach behind the machine to plug and unplug your USB devices or use a wired USB hub. Hardly convenient. But finally, USB has gone wireless, with Belkin’s Cable-Free USB Hub ($199.99 list), which will be available in mid-December.
Any USB device–thumb drives, MP3 players, digital cameras, or whatever–can be plugged into the four-port hub, which uses Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology to transmit to a USB dongle connected to the PC. This system’s range is 30 feet, and data transfers at speeds of up to 480 Mbps, making for a great alternative to Bluetooth and one that much easier to connect.