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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 4:01 pm    Post subject: Belkin Flips for the Mac mini Reply with quote

Belkin Flips for the Mac mini
Wednesday July 13, 2005

Belkin has unveiled the Flip for the Mac mini. Flip is the first solution designed to share one monitor, keyboard, and mouse between the Mac mini and a second computer, saving money and desktop space. Flip is ideal for using the Mac mini as a second computer, without the expense or desktop real estate requirements of a second monitor. Flip will be available in North America in early fall 2005 with a suggested retail price of $99.99.

Touch-sensitive buttons make it fast and easy to switch computers, eject a CD, and adjust volume. Connect your speakers to Flip and use them with both computers—without unplugging and reconnecting them each time you switch. Setup is a breeze: Flip requires no additional cables or software for installation.

Flip is the only peripheral switching product that fully supports all Mac keyboards and function keys, including the built-in mouse hub on Mac keyboards. For PC keyboard users, Flip includes touch-sensitive buttons to control volume and eject disks on the Mac mini—function keys that are found only on Mac keyboards.


Features Include:
- Works with USB-based Mac and PC desktop and notebook computers
- Stacks below or on top of the Mac mini to save desktop space
- Allows users to also share one set of speakers for both computers
- Features touch-sensitive buttons to switch computers, control volume, and eject disks
- Includes built-in cables to simplify installation and reduce desktop clutter
- Supports all USB-type Mac and PC keyboards and mice
- Works with any LCD or CRT monitor with a VGA 15-pin HDDB connector
- Requires no software installation or additional cables



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

:sigh: No DVI-D out.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey pretty cool! Cool

DVI would be better but I like those audio features.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

needs no software? woohoo
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No DVI connector. Who are they making this for again?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 5:29 pm    Post subject: Two USB out? Reply with quote

I notice it's got two USB out, one marked mouse, the other keyboard. Is it actually a 2-port switched hub, or is it actually doing something special with the keyboard port? That might explain this otherwise inexplicable comment: "Flip is the only peripheral switching product that fully supports all Mac keyboards and function keys, including the built in mouse hub on Mac keyboards. For PC keyboard users, Flip includes touch sensitive buttons to control volume and eject disks on the Mac mini function keys that are found only on Mac keyboards." I've never had any problems using a Mac keyboard... including all Mac function keys... on any dumb USB KVM.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the bright side it looks like LaCie and Belkin are getting more involved in manufacturing Mac mini products. It's good to see these mainstream companies get going.

After that being said.

No DVI, what were they thinking!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 5:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Two USB out? Reply with quote

resuna wrote:
I notice it's got two USB out, one marked mouse, the other keyboard. Is it actually a 2-port switched hub, or is it actually doing something special with the keyboard port? That might explain this otherwise inexplicable comment: "Flip is the only peripheral switching product that fully supports all Mac keyboards and function keys, including the built in mouse hub on Mac keyboards. For PC keyboard users, Flip includes touch sensitive buttons to control volume and eject disks on the Mac mini function keys that are found only on Mac keyboards." I've never had any problems using a Mac keyboard... including all Mac function keys... on any dumb USB KVM.


That's a good question. I bet its just a basic KVM. I would like to see what's on the end of those cables. What plugs into the USB ports on the computers?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All I have to say is that even without DVI support (big oops for Belkin as DVI->VGA converters are easy to find) that is the prettiest KBMA switch I've ever seen. Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same here! Almost enough to make me wonder if giving DVI might be worth it... but not quite .. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Susurrus wrote:
that is the prettiest KBMA switch I've ever seen. Razz


I have to agree! Those touch sensitive buttons look cool as hell. I wonder if they light up. Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 8:46 pm    Post subject: Wonder how good an insulator it is? Reply with quote

Stick it between your MiniMate and your Mac mini to keep it from overheating. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 9:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Wonder how good an insulator it is? Reply with quote

resuna wrote:
Stick it between your MiniMate and your Mac mini to keep it from overheating. Smile


Or you can buy the LaCie mini and stick it underneath them. Wink

This is one great looking KVM switch. It would look good with those white hubs they make. Does anyone know when those Belkin hubs are coming out? They were annouced like two months ago.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know how the underside of the LaCie looks, but if it's anything like the M9 where there's a giant heatsink on the bottom, I would be hesitant to put much of anything underneath it, especially other electronics.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two cool Mac mini accessories in one week! First the LaCie drive and now this. I hope we are setting a trend here.
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