Not very long ago when we wanted to buy something, we were limited to whatever the local retailers decided to stock or turned to department store and mail order catalogs. The barriers to entry that a small company faced was enormous, whether it was the cost of direct marketing, periodical advertising or even slotting fees to guarantee you space on the shelf locally. Thanks to the internet and our global economy this is no longer the case. SahmReviews enjoys bringing information about companies that you might have never heard of before like Tego, SOL REPUBLIC and Jackery. Today we want to tell you about another one, Inateck.
Based out of Germany (mmm…schnitzel…), Inateck is a consumer electronics company focusing on computer peripherals and portable accessories. Probably more well known for the items that connect to your computer (PCI-E cards, HDD enclosures, etc.), they also now have a line of portable Bluetooth speakers as well as presentation laser pointers and Kindle protective covers.
Sometimes it is the inexpensive items that have the most impact on your organization, and we found that to be the case with their 4-Port USB Wall Charger. As you can see, our outlets are full with a mix of different brands of charging adapters, each one not-so-conveniently designed to handle just one specific device. We easily replaced them all with just one of Inateck’s wall chargers, and when hidden behind a table or chair, disappears so we no longer see the tangled mess.
We also have a similar issue with our computer, where we are constantly plugging and unplugging devices into the limited number of USB ports when we need to transfer photos and videos, sync phones with iTunes or upload data from our fitness devices.
Inateck has a solution for that as well in their 3-Port USB 3.0 Hub. While designed to be a portable item you can take with a laptop or to a hotel room to expand the number of available ports, it is also well-suited for permanent attachment to your computer. Using a USB extension, we were able to bring three live USB ports from the computer tower up to the keyboard. No more bending and searching to plug in the USB cable, it is literally right at our fingertips. As a bonus it also has a built-in SD card reader – again putting this connection within arm’s reach.
But as I mentioned previously, Inateck has begun expanding into the more traditional consumer electronics market with the debut of their latest Bluetooth speaker, the BP2001 10W model. The design of this speaker bar allows you to cradle your phone or tablet into the top and connect wirelessly to the system. An extendable leg in the back of the bar keeps the speaker from tipping over when you have tablets and larger phones attached. Recharging is easily done by plugging it into any USB port (hmm, wonder where we can find an open USB port now?!).
As expected, the connection to the speaker was easy to set up and features 2.1 channel stereo sound. A built in speaker allows you to answer calls, and the included mini-jack doesn’t limit you to only wireless devices. Considering you can find this on Amazon for around $25, we can easily say it is one of the best values in this price range.
As for the USB peripherals above – this is a case of they either work or they don’t. And they do. After putting them through regular usage over the past couple of weeks they continue to do exactly as advertised. The USB hub gets the most use as devices are switched in and out, and is a great deal at only $20. The 4-port charger will also be a great traveler instead of packing all of those different adapters and is priced around $14! Cheaper than one replacement from any of the phone companies!
Curious what other devices Inateck might have for you? See their full line on their website (or Amazon) and be sure to check out what they’re working on next by following them on Twitter and Facebook.
Like what you see here? The good Herren (gentlemen) at Inateck are going to give away one each of the above products to one lucky SahmReviews reader! Enter below, and don’t forget to come back tomorrow (and the next day, and the next) for additional daily entries. With this package you’ll be shopping for additional devices to plug into all those ports!