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Belkin launches Flip for Mac mini

Device allows sharing of peripherals between computers

Belkin has introduced the Flip for Mac mini, a $100 (about £57) device that lets you share a VGA monitor, USB keyboard and mouse between Apple's Mac mini and a second computer.

The Flip for Mac mini, set to be released in early autumn 2005, is designed to fit underneath the tiny computer. Touch-sensitive buttons let you switch computers, eject a CD and adjust volume. You can plug speakers directly into the Flip using a headphone cable.

The backplane of the Flip features a power connector, headphone/speaker jack, two USB connectors and an HD-15 VGA monitor port. No additional cables or connectors are required (although a VGA-to-DVI converter may be necessary if you've hooked up a DVI-based flat panel to your mini).

The Flip for Mac mini supports all Mac keyboards and function keys – for PC keyboard users, the CD eject button and volume controls will be a welcome addition, since those functions are found on Apple and Mac-compatible keyboards.


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