Computer 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.