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kensington-power-adapterComputer accessory maker Kensington has launched a line of products for netbooks, including at least one item you didn’t know you needed until Kensington came up with it. The company is also selling a Netbook security lock for $24.99 and taking pre-orders for a reversible black/gray protective sleeve for 10 inch netbooks for $15.

But the stand-out device is a universal power adapter with a USB port. This adapter can be used to replace your netbook power supply cable if you lose it, or purchased as an extra power supply for when you’re on the road. It’s designed to work with mini-laptops from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and MSI and comes with a series of tips that you can use to plug it into each netbook model. The adapter also has a USB port which you can use to charge your cellphone, iPod, or any other device that can be powered via a USB cable. The Kensington Mobile Power Adapter is available for pre-order for $49.99.

I’m not entirely convinced that a power supply with a USB port is a must-have. But if you find the 2 or 3 USB ports that are included on most netbooks to be too limiting, this adapter could free one up — provided all you need that extra port for is charging gadgets.

Kensington also launched a new $25 wireless mouse and a 5 USB travel mouse5 for netbooks or anyone else with small hands.

via GottaBeMobile

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7 replies on “Kensington launches line of netbook accessories”

  1. 1) Is the power from the USB port sufficient to power a DRAINED cell phone, camera, etc.? The power from the USB port on a netbook is NOT, so you end up lugging those chargers along when you travel.

    2) Can we see photos of the cord that plugs into the electricity? On the HP Mini, it is huge, so let’s see what the full story is here.

  2. Well, one of the major selling points of these little laptops is their stellar battery life. Why would I want to rob some of that computing time to charge another device when I don’t have to?

    1. Because at the point you are talking about, you’ve already got a netbook power adapter plugged in, so why not use the netbook’s USB now that they’re being powered by the wall instead of the battery?

      1. Maybe I’m using them all. Or maybe I’m far away from the outlet, comfy there, and don’t want to use it, but still have this USB gadget that’s discharged.

        Still, good point. I’m not sure this thing is something I’d buy…but I can see its uses, especially away from home when I *don’t* have my PC around.

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