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Logitec Solves Ultrabook Problem: Connectivity

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Logitec is releasing two USB hubs that should solve the majority of connectivity problems that Ultrabooks and ultrathins face.

Not to be confused with Logitech, Logitec has released two USB hubs into the market that are specifically aimed towards ultrabooks. While there might be other applications, the presence of three USB ports and a network port make it right for ultrabooks.

The two units are called the LAN-GTJU3H3 and the LAN-TXU2H3A. Both weigh only 50 grams and measure just 80 x 60 x 20 mm.

The black version is the LAN-GTJU3H3. The uplink is handled by a USB 3.0 plug and it features three USB 3.0 ports. Users will also find a Gbit Ethernet port. The white version, the LAN-TXU2H3A, is based off of the USB 2.0. It has three USB 2.0 ports and a 10/100 Mbit Ethernet port. Both devices are powered by USB 3.0/2.0 ports.

A Japan launch is scheduled for later this month with no word on US availability yet. The Black LAN-GTJU3H3 will cost 5133¥, and the white LAN-TXU2H3A will cost 2,541¥. This translates to about $53.80 and $26.50, respectively.

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    adgjlsfhk , March 25, 2013 8:42 PM
    I really feel that the company names is just a lawsuit waiting to happen. It's also one of the few justified ones, and both companies would benefit by not being associated with the others problems.
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    Draeg , March 25, 2013 9:11 PM
    I was cringing so much reading Logitec until you guys mentioned that it is a different company.
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    game junky , March 25, 2013 8:32 PM
    My Surface Pro will get major benefit from them when on the road. We shall see how the price is...
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    adgjlsfhk , March 25, 2013 8:42 PM
    I really feel that the company names is just a lawsuit waiting to happen. It's also one of the few justified ones, and both companies would benefit by not being associated with the others problems.
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    Draeg , March 25, 2013 9:11 PM
    I was cringing so much reading Logitec until you guys mentioned that it is a different company.
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    JOSHSKORN , March 25, 2013 10:11 PM
    So, is there also a company named Logitek?
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    lp231 , March 25, 2013 10:20 PM
    In Japan, Logitech is called LogiCool.
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    viper666 , March 26, 2013 12:09 AM
    JOSHSKORNSo, is there also a company named Logitek?

    From a simple Google search it seems there are at least 5 companies under that name
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    Solandri , March 26, 2013 12:15 AM
    lp231In Japan, Logitech is called LogiCool.

    Looks like Logitech was founded Oct 1981, while Logitec was founded June 1982 but the parent company has been using the name since 1974.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logitech
    http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%AD%E3%82%B8%E3%83%86%E3%83%83%E3%82%AF

    So likely Logitech owns the trademark on the name in the U.S. and probably most of the world, while Logitec owns it in Japan (hence why Logitech changed their name in Japan). Sorta like how gmail is called googlemail in Germany because another company owns the trademark to gmail there. Fun, fun, fun.

    Personally I'd like to see the old x-jack connector (from PCMCIA cards in the 1990s) revived for ethernet ports on ultrabooks. It's spring-loaded and pops out/in when you press it. Despite how fragile it looks, it survived several drops of my laptop onto it without breaking. And several times when I tripped over the LAN cable it ended up yanking the PCMCIA card out and dumping the laptop on the ground (Thinkpads FTW), instead of breaking the jack.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:XJACK_network_card_extended.jpg
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    doive1231 , March 26, 2013 1:11 AM
    Go Logitech!
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    Aoyagi , March 26, 2013 1:22 AM
    Haha, people buying notebooks without LAN knowing they could use it some day or the things with only one USB...
    The name is pretty bad too, I hope whoever got that idea will be neutered.
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    Aoyagi , March 26, 2013 1:29 AM
    Also, I'm pretty sure I saw at least two different brands making very similar pieces a year ago.
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    janetonly42 , March 26, 2013 3:34 AM
    The problem with Ultrabooks is tiles. aka Windows 8.
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    ojas , March 26, 2013 3:58 AM
    adgjlsfhkI really feel that the company names is just a lawsuit waiting to happen. It's also one of the few justified ones, and both companies would benefit by not being associated with the others problems.

    Lol yeah i didn't realise this was a different company till they mentioned it.
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    cats_Paw , March 26, 2013 4:41 AM
    So... its basicly a USB hub?
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    teh_chem , March 26, 2013 5:29 AM
    This doesn't really "solve" the connectivity problem.

    And very few people who actually need a LAN connection are going to buy an ultrabook that lacks a LAN port. Lastly, bulky inconvenient connector is bulky and inconvenient. Negates the purpose of having and using an ultrabook...
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    kyuuketsuki , March 26, 2013 10:24 AM
    janetonly42The problem with Ultrabooks is tiles. aka Windows 8.
    Except that has zero to do with Ultrabooks. And FFS, you can get into the desktop with one goddamn click or keystroke. Would you people just shut up already.