idg.netPCWorld.com
Technology Advice You Can Trust
HomeNewsReviewsHere's HowFeaturesDownloadsChannels
Search for    in    within     
Do an
Advanced Search

May 03, 2001
See All Topics
Related Links
 
In Brief

New in the Top 100

Mitsubishi Diamond Pro 2060u

ViewSonic P225F

Samsung SyncMaster 1200NF

Product Finder
 
PC World's advice on what to buy, plus prices and specs on thousands of products.
 
Editors' Picks:

Check Latest Prices For:

Free Newsletters
 
Daily Product Review
Daily Best Buy
 
Enter your e-mail:


See all newsletters
 
Instant Alerts
 
Get email Alerts on stories that match your interest. To choose a keyword, click here.
 
 
Expert Help
 
Need help with your computer question? Choose the right expert at the right price, anytime day or night, at
PC World Expert Help.
 
 
 
No-Hassle Hookups
 
Could it be that real plug-and-play is here? Our latest tests connecting USB peripherals were mostly problem-free.

David English
From the May 1998 issue of PC World magazine
Posted Tuesday, March 31, 1998


USB? Oh no, not another computer connector! You already have trouble finding your way through the current maze of wires on the back of your PC. Isn't it enough to match the round plug with the round jack and the oblong plug with the oblong jack? Why can't PC manufacturers leave well enough alone?

We agree. But as you may have heard, Universal Serial Bus is different. This new industry standard features a one-size-fits-all connector to replace all the other ports on your PC. You can plug just about anything into a USB port: monitors, keyboards, mice, modems, joysticks, printers, scanners, video cameras. What's more, you can plug some USB peripherals into each other, which means you can have a string of equipment all running off a single port on your PC--no more groping around the back of the case, looking for another connector. Some USB products, such as scanners and digital cameras, even work without a separate power cord--the USB wire can deliver electrical power. Finally, USB lets you install and remove peripherals without restarting the PC.

Next Page:  Most Improved
Jump to Page:  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20  21  22  23  24  25  26  27  28  29  30  31  32  
Printer Friendly Version
 
Sponsor Offers and Demos

PC World Magazine

Get 2 Risk-Free Issues
of PC World Magazine!


Magazine Subscriptions and Services

Check Out This Month's Issue
 

About Us   |   Contact Us   |   Advertise  |   Site Map   |   Corrections   |   Subscribe to the Magazine

Copyright & Permissions   |   Terms of Service Agreement   |   ASME Guidelines   |   Privacy Statement