An assortment of ingenious products

An assortment of ingenious products

By PHIL BAKER, Daily Transcript Technology Correspondent
Monday, September 11, 2006

If you thought ingenuity was dead, these products tell a different story. Here’s a roundup of a variety of new products that I have tried in recent weeks.

 

High-speed connection without a PC card slot

 

The new CDU-550 USB modem from San Diego’s Franklin-Wireless (www.fklt.com) solves the problem of going online using notebooks without PC card slots.

 

The 2.5-by-1.5-inch card plugs into the USB port of a PC or Mac and connects to Sprint’s Mobile Broadband service. I tried the modem on an Apple MacBook, which has no card slot, and had good results, obtaining similar speeds to Sprint’s PC card modem on a PC. From Sprint, about $100 after rebates.