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Belkin Cable-Free USB Hub Wins 2006 Popular Science “Best of What’s New” Award


Critically-acclaimed Cable-Free USB Hub is recognized for its innovation in the Computing category

(Compton, CA) - November 7, 2006 - Belkin Corporation wins Popular Science Magazine’s “Best of What’s New” Award for its Cable-Free USB Hub.

To earn the “Best of What’s New” recognition, the product or technology must “represent a significant step forward in its category.” Using the WisAir chipset, the Cable-Free USB Hub allows you to maintain wireless access to your USB devices from anywhere in the room. This is the first UWB-enabled product to be introduced in the U.S. market.

The complete list of winners will be featured in the December 2006 issue of Popular Science.

The Cable-Free USB has been honored with 2 Best of CES Awards from CNET and Laptop Magazine as well as an Editor’s Choice Award from Popular Mechanics. Various other publications such as the Wall Street Journal, PC Magazine, PC World, and Network World have also heralded the Cable-Free USB Hub for its innovation.

This is the second consecutive year that Popular Science has recognized Belkin for its product innovation. Last year, Belkin’s Wireless Pre-N Router was honored in the same category.

Cable-Free USB Hub and Dongle (set) (F5U301) - $129.99 ESP

The Cable-free USB Hub lets you place your computer anywhere in the room without running long cables. With four ports enabling high-speed wireless connectivity, laptop users gain the freedom to roam wirelessly with their laptop while maintaining access to their stationary USB devices.

Mark Reynoso, Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing for Belkin

With the proliferation of USB devices and increasing demand for wireless functionality, this honor proves Cable-Free USB to be a desktop necessity. It is important for Belkin to continue bringing innovative wireless products to the marketplace and bolstering them with easy installation. With Cable-Free USB, you can now have the ease of USB without wires.”

Mark Jannot, editor for Popular Science

“Best of What’s New is the ultimate Popular Science accolade, representing a year’s worth of work evaluating thousands of products. These awards honor innovations that not only influence the way we live today, but that change the way we think about the future.”
About “Best of What’s New”

Each year, the editors of Popular Science review thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year; breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leap in their categories. The winners — the Best of What’s New — are awarded inclusion in the much-anticipated December issue of Popular Science, the most widely read issue of the year since the debut of Best of What’s New in 1987. Best of What’s New awards are presented to 100 new products and technologies in 10 categories: Automotive, Aviation & Space, Computing, Engineering, Gadgets, General Innovation, Home Entertainment, Home Tech, Personal Health and Recreation.
About Popular Science

Founded in 1872, Popular Science is the world’s largest science and technology magazine; with a circulation of1.45 million and 6.5 million monthly readers. Each month, Popular Science reports on the intersection of science and everyday life, with an eye toward what’s new and why it matters. Popular Science is published byTime4 Media, a subsidiary of Time Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc.

About Belkin Corporation

Belkin offers a diverse product mix that provides people with seamless electronics integration in their homes, cars, and on the go. Founded in California in 1983, Belkin is a privately held company and the recognized leader in connectivity solutions, in addition to accessories for iPod® devices, computers, and more. We provide extensive solutions for networking, home theater—with our PureAV® line of cables, power, and digital wireless accessories—and many more categories. You can view and purchase them at, as well as through a network of major distributors, resellers, and superstores.

Belkin’s phenomenal growth has led to our expanding global presence. In addition to corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, we now have offices throughout Europe—in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Germany, among others—and in the Asia Pacific region, including Australia, Shanghai, and our regional headquarters in Hong Kong.


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