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Lenovo Charger with 4 Built-in USB Ports is Genius

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A shortage of USB ports is a problem tons of people are familiar with. It's easily solved with any one of the countless USB hubs available. But what's a USB hub if it's not also a laptop charger? A one-trick pony, that's what.

After speaking to customers about what they buy and use the most in conjunction with their laptops, Lenovo learned that a large amount of people buy a spare adapter as well as a USB hub. Last week, the company revealed the Lenovo Power Hub, a device they describe as "one part power adapter and one part USB hub."

The Lenovo Power Hub combines those two devices, resulting in a single $75 purchase. Though it takes up a USB port, it more than makes up by giving users access to four ports located on the end of the power brick.

It's on sale now from Lenovo. Who wants one? More importantly, who wants the rest of the big name companies to follow suit?

Source: Lenovo via Giz

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    sabot00 , September 15, 2010 12:04 AM
    That's customer feedback at its best.
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    chess , September 15, 2010 12:11 AM
    Apple is gonna get the credit and call it "magic"
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    scook9 , September 15, 2010 12:17 AM
    That is actually a really good idea. Whoever came up with this deserves a raise
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  • 25 Hide
    sabot00 , September 15, 2010 12:04 AM
    That's customer feedback at its best.
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    nforce4max , September 15, 2010 12:07 AM
    Yay more ways to charge our digital trinkets while charging the laptop.
  • 25 Hide
    chess , September 15, 2010 12:11 AM
    Apple is gonna get the credit and call it "magic"
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    mikem_90 , September 15, 2010 12:12 AM
    Lots of the universal chargers have been doing this for a while now. Though not four, not bad.
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    scook9 , September 15, 2010 12:17 AM
    That is actually a really good idea. Whoever came up with this deserves a raise
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    Gin Fushicho , September 15, 2010 12:38 AM
    I like this. I think every company should follow now.
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    bsbsbsbs , September 15, 2010 1:27 AM
    I wonder if they're actual "powered" USB ports and not just feeding power off the usb connected.
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    face-plants , September 15, 2010 2:23 AM
    They are for powering devices that charge off of USB and also gives full USB connectivity to up to four devices. A four port hub that doesn't have additional power besides drawing off the host port will almost always cause problems with more than 2 devices connected (or even just one external HD).

    Two thumbs up to Lenovo for actually listening to customers' feedback and implementing it in a simple yet ingenious way. Other universal adapters have done this but the fact that it's built into the standard adapter that comes with the computer is great. Now you don't have to lose your original adapter and wait to replace it to gain this extra functionality.

    It's so simple yet no one thought of it until now. I love when a company comes up with a feature that we didn't even realize we needed. Any laptop without this built in will soon be behind.

    One or two less cords to trip on and keep neat for the win!
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    gerohmygosh , September 15, 2010 2:40 AM
    chessApple is gonna get the credit and call it "magic"

    In 2 years and it'll be considered revolutionary.
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    dotaloc , September 15, 2010 2:43 AM
    the real trick would be to use the usb port as the power brick's interface to charge the battery.

    talk about standardizing power connectors. usb ports are smart, there could be some type of data transmit to ensure the 'correct' (or a correct enough) brick was charging the battery. get on it, guys.
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    sgdidache , September 15, 2010 3:23 AM
    Great idea! Another one of those "why didn't I think of that myself" solutions. Every other company should be ashamed of themselves for not listening to their customers more.

    And KUDOs to Lenovo! I'll buy one if they have one for my Tosh.
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    stingstang , September 15, 2010 3:31 AM
    Quick! Patent it, wait 5 years for every company to use it, then sue them all!
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    Memoscorp , September 15, 2010 3:58 AM
    stingstangQuick! Patent it, wait 5 years for every company to use it, then sue them all!


    This. Lmao.
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    theoutbound , September 15, 2010 4:18 AM
    Impressive. Getting powered USB ports in something you will be carrying around anyway is amazing. Lenovo once again proves why they are the kings of mobile computing.
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    pythy , September 15, 2010 4:35 AM
    I actually leave that brick under my desk which makes using those usb ports a bit difficult. If the usb ports can still provide power without the laptop being plugged in then it might still be worth it. If not then I might as well use a rubber band and tie a usb hub around my power adapter.
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    dEAne , September 15, 2010 4:50 AM
    they just extend the usb port, very good idea.
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    kingssman , September 15, 2010 5:46 AM
    Ever since the magsafe power adaptor was a "DUH" moment for one company, this may be a great selling factor for Lenovo. GRATS on having a good "duh" moment in innovation and design :-)
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    success , September 15, 2010 7:16 AM
    of course the chinese could not do with a SINGLE proprietary USB/power cord from the adapter to the laptop.
    They had to have the two cord mess and use up a perfectly good usb slot.
    Anyhow, apple will show you how this is done properly shortly.
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    success , September 15, 2010 7:16 AM
    of course the chinese could not do with a SINGLE proprietary USB/power cord from the adapter to the laptop.
    They had to have the two cord mess and use up a perfectly good usb slot.
    Anyhow, apple will show you how this is done properly shortly.
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