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December 21, 2006 • Reviews

Targus 3-in-1 Retractable Phone/Ethernet/USB Cable

[Ed. note: Larry originally wrote this pictorial and comments for the Palm is Life site, and he has also translated it for posting here. To see this pictorial with comments in the original Chinese, click here.]

The Targus ACC82AP is a 3-in-1 retractable Phone(RJ-11)/Ethernet(RJ-45)/USB cable set. Let’s take a look before unboxing…

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All functions are printed on the back of the pack. (See?…a one year limited warranty!)

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Here are all of the things in the pack: The 3-in-1 cables, warranty letter and the Quick Start Guide.

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Here are some close-ups of the cable roll.

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The model name and country of origin are shown on the back.

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What is the “close open” for? I will tell you later…

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Two red buttons are used for retracting the cables when they have been extended.

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USB to mini USB cable is on the left side, with a separated “mini USB to USB B type male” adaptor; the Ethernet/Phone cable is on the right.

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A close-up of the USB connectors…

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A close-up of the Ethernet connectors…

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All available connectors are shown here: USB B type, Mini USBUSB A type, RJ-45/ RJ-11 (with the blue cover pulled back).

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The length each cable set can reach is at least 5 feet.

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The cable contraption is actually a combination of a retractable Ethernet and a USB cable set; they can be separated as two independent units. This is what the “close open” means.

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Each unit?becomes thinner after they are separated.

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The Targus 3in1 Retractable Phone/USB Ethernet Cable is available from Think Different in Taiwan, and from the UK Targus site.
MSRP: approx. $25

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2 Responses to " Targus 3-in-1 Retractable Phone/Ethernet/USB Cable "

  1. MitchellO says:

    These kind of things are a great idea!! Takes up so much less space than those cables separately. Very clever that the same plug card be used for both network and modem connections.

  2. Allen Hong says:

    Very nice cable solution… would have been nice though if they included a additional USB plug adaptor to covert the cable into a extension for use with USB flash drives.

    Also just checked amazon.com and they have it through various sellers ranging from 20.94 to 27.21.

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