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USB from Hong Kong 

Brando from Hong Kong has cornered the market in quirky devices that are in some way powered by USB. Here a USB hub with a touch responsive Plasma Ball, the second DJ Mix Turntable, both these items are fun things.

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USB Hub Plasma Ball

It is 14cm to the top of the ball which starts 6.5cm from the base. The hub is the base and is 9cm across but there are the four ports  - two on each side with the spaces in between filled by the USB to mini USB lead and a simple on/off switch that controls only the Plasma ball the USB ports are live all the time the cable is connected.

Of course from the point of view of a man this is not perfect, the glass sphere is of course clear but the Plasma when idle is P I N K. Touch any part of the sphere and the part that moves to you is blue, a fun talking point.

The USB ports are of course USB2 and need no external power other than that of the provided (just over a metre) mini USB to USB lead.

As a hub its fine it’s just with the Plasma sphere it takes up more room than a conventional hub. However the hub when turned on is the talking point and I found when musing at it that thought processes started to accelerate and things that had stubbornly stayed on the tip of my tongue suddenly came back into my main mind.

I suppose its no more than an executive toy but while the ball is switched off it performs a useful task as indeed you could say it does when the Plasma is switched on and indeed they will work together without problem.

It is available from the link below for $16 US plus $3 US P&P whatever the size of the order.

http://www.usb.brando.com/usb-plasma-ball-with-4-port-hub_p02068c039d15.html

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DJ Mix Turntable

Was it luck or did they know from reading some of my anti pink reviews? This unit comes in pink or green and I was sent the green one.

It consists of a small rather garish box7x5.5x1.5cm that has four controls on its face, three connections on the front edge and an on/off slider on the left side. You also get two leads a 30cm USB one and a 40cm 3.5mm to 3.5mm jack lead.

The USB lead is to recharge the internal battery on the device. The 3.5mm jack lead is to interrupt the transfer from whatever music source (this could be a PC, mobile or even an MP3 player) and your external speakers.

While of course any real DJ would be horrified to use such a simple piece of kit as no doubt would his or her employers it can link and even scratch between or even during tracks, a fun toy or perhaps something for a young child to cut their teeth on.

You can interrupt or vary the tempo amount other things this small box can do.

The link at the end has a short video to show what you can achieve with a little practice, certainly a more flippant use of USB but as it only needs a PC to recharge the battery no reason for the user to be in the same room when in use.

It is available from the link below for $19 US plus $3 US whatever the size of your order. http://usb.brando.com/usb-dj-mix-turntable-speaker_p01976c035d15.html

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