The mCube Pro is a universal power adaptor/charger for the gadget enthusiast. With a solid build in a small package, the mCube Pro is bound to come in handy for those who regularly carry a combination of laptops, netbooks, mobile phones and other gadgets.
Despite great strides in portability and power the holy grail of mobile computing has yet to arrive, and that means many of us carry a number of gadgets and computers every day. But just because we've got bags full of tech gear, we don't have to carry bags full of gadget chargers and adaptors. All-in-one universal adaptors cater for our charging needs, meaning we can leave the dedicated chargers for our mobile phone, laptop, netbook and digital camera at home.
Power specialist Innergie offers a number of solutions for the road warrior and gadget enthusiast, with its top-of-the-range mCube Pro capable of charging a variety of devices from a mains socket, car lighter and even an aeroplane.
Formed in 2008 with a focus on slim and compact power technology, Innergie is a part of Delta Electronics – which is, among other things, one of the world's biggest producers of power supplies.
Innergie is keen to highlight its association with Delta, pointing out that many laptop users believe that if they lose their power supply, they need to buy a vendor-specific replacement from the same brand, rather than a third-party. Since Delta makes the power supplies that ship with systems from many tier-one brands, Innergie should be a reliable source of such products.
The mCube Pro ships with ten different tips for laptop and netbook brands including Acer, Asus, Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu, Gateway, HP, IBM, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba. In our tests, it worked perfectly with a four-year-old Samsung laptop, but we couldn't get it to work with an eight-year-old Toshiba machine.
The supplied user manual details which tip's right for your computer, with each one labelled with a letter from 'a' to 'j'. Also included are AC/DC input cables, a laptop DC cable, Air and car plugs.
The mCube Pro comes in two parts: AC adaptor, and a DC-DC convertor for use with low-voltage DC sources such as car cigarette lighter or airline seat power
The mCube Pro supports a voltage range of 15-21 volts, with a small switch on one end of the device allowing you to change between 15V – 17V and 18V – 21V. The voltage of your laptop or netbook can usually be established from the label on the bottom of the machine.
The main unit is an AC adaptor for plugging into the mains, but the mCube Pro is two devices in one. Press the two clips on the side and a small DC adaptor detaches for charging consumer electronics devices in a car or on an aeroplane via its USB port.
But would you pay £90 for a power adaptor? Many people would balk at paying so much when they've only spent £300 on a netbook, for example.
But part of the attraction of the mCube Pro is that it has a great-looking design in a small, compact unit. Innergie makes the point that if you're a netbook user, it's unlikely you're using the mini laptop as your primary computer. You have a netbook because you're a technology enthusiast with a number of gadgets who's willing to splash out for a flexible, premium adaptor with a great-looking design.
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