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Review: Kensington Media Sharing Cable

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Quick Version: Sometimes e-mailing files to yourself or dumping stuff onto a USB drive gets old. Kensington’s plug-and-play USB cable makes sharing files between two computers stupidly easy. If you’ve used a USB port before, you’re pretty much set.

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Overview and Features:

  • No software. Just plug the cable into each computer and you’re up and running.
  • Simple drag-and-drop interface, or you can open files directly.
  • Option to make files read-only for security purposes.
  • Works with PC and/or Mac.
  • MSRP of $59.99 (Amazon has it for $53.89 and a $15 mail-in rebate until 12/17/08)

It’s pretty simple, really. You plug one end of the cable into a USB port on your first PC and plug the other end of the cable into a USB port on your second PC.

After that’s done, a window like the one shown above appears on both machines. Simply drag and drop files between “THIS COMPUTER” and “CONNECTED COMPUTER” and you’re all set. You can also just double click a file from your connected computer and it’ll open up on the computer you’re using. It works equally well with Macs, too. I had a Sony VAIO and a MacBook swapping files with the greatest of ease.

It’s good for…

…service technicians, temporary computer setups, people who need to share files with others quickly, and people who use two computers and want to push and pull files from both machines without dealing with network settings.

Not so good for…

…people who don’t want to spend $60 just to drag and drop files between two computers. What the cable does isn’t rocket science, it just does it quickly and painlessly, which may or may not be worth $60 to you.

Recommendation

If you think you’d use something like this, go ahead and buy it. I used to do tech support and this would have been a great thing to have in my bag for quick file transfers between my laptop and a client’s machine. I could also see value in having a couple of these cables when Team CrunchGear is covering a big show like CES and we need to quickly toss files back and forth at the end of the day.

Media Sharing Cable for PC and Mac [Kensington]

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