Archive for the ‘USB News’ Category

Archive for the ‘USB News’ Category

USB To RS-232 (Serial) Adapters Now Back In Stock

Monday, May 24th, 2010

One of the most popular products we sell is the humble little USB to RS232 adapter so its somewhat embarrasing when we run out of stock of them. Unfortunately this was the position we found ourself in during the last couple of weeks but after a period of mild panic and frantic organisation we’ve now flown new stocks of them in.

So if you’re looking for a good quality USB to Serial Adatper then our popular VE229 and AUM-100’s are now both back in stock. These 2 cables and adatpers use the highly regarded FTDI chipset rather than the Prolific Chipset and thats

USB to Serial Adapter

USB to 9 Pin Male Serial Adapter

simply because we know they work and they work with pretty much anything and connected to anything. Our early experiences of the Prolific version were not as positive and whilst they might be cheaper it shows and for our Corporate clients reliability and performance was key and thats why we now only stock these two cables.

Both the VE229 and AUM-100 have been sold by us for around 5 years and they work – simple as that! Yes, we know you can buy cheaper versions that might “look” the same but we know to our cost that its the chipset thats all important.

If you have multiple devices that you need to connect to a single USB port then take a couple of minutes to check out our AUM-120, AUM-140 and AUM-180 USB to RS232 cables – these connect to 2, 4 or 8 RS-232 ports at the same time.

Spend over £30 with us and we’ll ship your order for free but if you can’t find a reason to spend £30 then carriage is only a tiny £1.95

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Add an RS232 connector (serial port) using an Express Card Slot

Monday, March 1st, 2010

If you’ve just purchased a new laptop and you were hoping to plug your old RS-232 9 Pin serial cables into it them you might be in for nasty suprise. Very few new laptops ship with any RS232 or Serial Port capability. This is partly because of cost, partly because the laptop manufacturers are trying to keep the entry price and weights down and partly because less and less people are using peripherals that connect via RS-232.

Don’t despair though unless you’ve bought one of the very small notepads that are really designed for web browsing and not much else your new laptop should have an Express Card Slot on the side of it. These new express card slots come in two different sizes (34mm and 54mm widths) but the standard seems to be settling around the smaller 34mm version. The slots are basically ways in which you can add new capabilities to your laptop after you’ve purchased it.  You don’t have to worry about unscrewing the laptop or fitting things inside it you simply buy an express card with the capability you need and slide the card into the slot on your latop – that’s it. Simple.

Express cards are now available for all sorts of things including adding Firewire (ieee1394a) which is a popular way of transferring video and movie footage from your Camcorder, adding integral card readers (for things like CF cards, SD cards, xd Card etc.) adding ethernet cabaiity and of course adding a 9 Pin Serial Port (RS-232).

Even if you’ve got a 54mm express card slot any 34mm card will still fit and work because the inteface on the 54mm cards is only 34mm (its an “L” shaped card) andthe 54mm standard was designed to work with all 34mm cards.

Apiotek Classic Serial Port Express Card Adapter Apiotek Classic Serial Port Express Card Adapter

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Now Shipping Our Products to EU

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

With an ever increasing amount of requests for products such as USB Cables, USB Adapters, USB to SATA, Express Cards and Hard Drive Enclosures from overseas enquiries, the team at USBNow has decided to broaden our horizons and enable EU/International country selection on our checkout page.

For us, it’s a simple flick of the switch and an opening of doors but for new overseas customers it means you can now order the same great quality USB products, Gifts & Gadgets and Peripherals and get same fantastic service our UK mainland USB customers receive. If you don’t believe us, you might want to read just a couple of hundreds of testimonials we’ve collected: USBNow Testimonials.

If you’re located in the following countries, you now can order direct to your doorstep:

UK, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain (including Canary Islands) and Sweden.

So, how much does it cost?
For anywhere except Mainland UK, we charge at flat rate of £7.50 for International Priority Service.

Please Note: We do not operate on Saturday or Sunday. Orders placed after the cut-off time (4.30pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be processed on the following Monday – Tuesday if Public/Bank Holiday). Please bear this in mind when placing your order and make sure you order nice and early to avoid disappointment. International/EU order should allow 3-5 days for delivery.

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Monitor your electricity usage without damaging your pocket!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

With today’s energy usage being as important as it is we all could do with cutting back but it’s not until you get that bill through the door until you know what estimates you’ve been given! The answer to saving the planet is simple… purchase a Wireless Electricity Monitor for a mere £44.99!

Wireless Electricity Monitor

Okay, so you won’t save the planet with one of these alone but you can surely save yourself a lot of money – Up to 20% infact! If you’re spending £200 a quarter, that’s £800 a year on electricity… Imagine cutting that down to £600 p/a or even less!

The problem with using energy is you really don’t know what your using unless you’re on energy cards, even then you can’t really be sure of what your appliances are costing you. With this handy unit you can monitor every electrical appliance including… TV’s, DVD, Hi-Fi, Desk Lights, Dishwashers, Fridge Freezers, Microwave Ovens, Blenders, Food Processors, Kettles, Toasters, Telephones, Boilers, Heaters & Coolers, Home Gadgets, Electric Cookers, Electric Hobs, Coffee Machines, Tumble Dryers, Washing Machines etc.

Having the information instantly in front of you is an effective way of cutting back and saving energy:

  • See instant cost in £/hour of the electricity used in your home
  • See instant savings when you turn off an appliance or light
  • Check the display before leaving the house and see if you have left something on!

How it works:

Wireless Electricity Monitor

Discover and reduce the size of your carbon footprint! Buy a Wireless Electricity Monitor and start saving! Click here.

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Satzuma – Some sweet new stock!

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Christmas is almost upon us all and the time in which to order online is getting nearer. Beat the rush and get them wrapped up early! Spend over £30 and delivery is FREE or if you don’t quite make the mark then we’ll only charge you a mere £1.95 anyway.

If nothing takes you fancy, then head over to the Stocking Fillers category… You’ll be sure to find that ideal gift. As well as this we’ve put together a Gifts for Him and a Gifts for Her section full of perfect for that loved one.

Gifts for Him
Gifts for Him
Gifts for Her
Gifts for Her

Lots of new stock arrived today. We’ve taken order or Satzuma products before, but these are something else…

Satzuma USB 2.0 Diamante Mouse

Satzuma USB 2.0 Diamante Mouse
Doing a lot of shopping over the internet this Christmas? Then get this Diamante Mouse and surf in style!

As the packaging states… “A girl’s best friend”. They are of course not real diamonds but they sure do bling! The mouse is completely covered in pink and white diamonds. More importantly, it’s comfortable to hold in your hand and great for everyday use! An ideal Stocking Filler or gift. Brings a glimmer of hope to those of you who’s workstations are a little dim and depressing.

More info

Satzuma USB Mousepad Calculator with 2.0 Hub

USB Mousepad Calculator with 2.0 Hub
You’ve seen mouse pads before, sure you’ve also seen calculators too… But not this one!

Very nifty USB calculator that doubles as a mousemat and a 4-Port USB 2.0 hub! You’re in no danger of accidentially pushing buttons whilst your mouse is in full flow over it’s smooth plastic body, they are pressure sensitive you see. Great for Stocking Fillers or for that person in your life that’s terrible at basic math and just can’t pry him/herself away from the computer.

You’ll find the full speed 2.0 USB port on the back and out of the way, this eliminatesthose messy cables hanging about.

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Satzuma Aqua 4-port USB 2.0 Hub & Phone Holder

Aqua 4-port USB 2.0 Hub & Phone Holder
Running out of desk space? Combine a place for you phone, extend those USB ports for ease of use and enjoy this novelty aqua hub/holder!

These 4 port USB hubs come with fish floating in or on their own little pond. But if you thought that was special enough in itself you thought wrong, yes siree. Because the Aqua USB Hubs also work as pen holder or mobile phone holders. It’s almost more excitement than one person can take. – seriously though a great little USB hub thats a little different!

More info

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USB Snowmen – only £4.99

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Our USB Snowmen are going fast and we’re a little concerned we’re not going to have enough stock for everyone that wants one this Christmas. Its no surprise really as the cute little Blue USB Snowman is adorable.  You have the choice of a musical or non musical version (don’t worry the music is just a nice melody of Christmas tunes and at the touch of a button you can turn the music off), he “glows” when connected to your PC and he does not need any batteries!

Be the envy of your colleagues in the office or if you’re feeling generous why not buy one of our Office USB Decoration packs and hand a few around – you’ll save a few pounds and make some freinds on the way and its a much better idea than Christmas cards!

USB Snowman USB Snowman

USB Musical Christmas Tree & Snowman Bundle USB Musical Christmas Tree & Snowman Bundle

Christmas USB Non-Musical Bundle Christmas USB Non-Musical Bundle

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USB Fairy Lights – Only £4.99

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

You’ve gotta get yourself a set of these USB Fairy Lights. They look fantastic and will make you the envy of your colleagues/freinds. They are USB powered, they have a nice gentle glow and change colour. Ideal for putting around your monitor or desk.

Our USB Fairy lights are now only £4.99 or better still buy our popular Festive “desktop” pack and get a USB Christmas Tree and USB Snowman to go with the USB Fairy Lights!! – this terrific value pack is only £11.99

USB Fairy Lights USB Fairy Lights

Christmas Desktop Lightup Package Christmas Desktop Lightup Package

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TP-Link – No.1 Share Holder now with Top class Support

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

You may not be fully aware of TP-Link but they are huge, so much so as they are the No.1 market share holder of networking products in China. Their product range is available in over 50 countries and reach tens of millions customers.


Committed to powerful R&D, effective production and strict quality management, TP-LINK continues to provide award-winning networking products in Wireless, ADSL, Routers, Switches, Media Converters and Network Adapters for Global end-users.


By Award winning we mean they have a whole host of awards from Science & Technology and Education bodies to commercial and consumer magazine’s such as PC Magazine and PC User.

Goliath, a distributer in the UK for TP-Link products have anounced it’s partnership with the Chinese firm to offer dedicated support lines for TP-Link products.

USBNow customers can now benefit from quick and friendly advice over the phone. We here at USBNow are positive you’ll enjoy your TP-Link product(s) and be up and running without so much as a glitch, however should you have issues we now can offer the support consumers may need in the future. The number? 0845 147 0017.

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Monday, November 16th, 2009



Because the SATA interface is very different from the others its been important to know which type you have otherwise you’ll end up with a caddy that does not fit or connect to your hard disk drive.

Now, we have in stock, a new 2.5″ hard drive enclosure that supports all types of hard disk drive so it doesn’t matter what type you have. This clever bit of kit is slightly longer than  a standard 2.5″ caddy to allow it to accomodate both types of interface but the difference is marginal so its still a neat, compact bit of kit.

As with all of our Hard Drive cases it comes with all the cables and connects you need

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USB Fairy Lights – Brighten Up Your Desk

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Its that time of the year again and we’re expecting a big interest in our range of USB Christmas Gadgets and USB

USB Fairy Lights

USB Fairy Lights

Christmas Decorations.  Last year the most popular of our USB gadgets were the glowing USB Fairy Lights and we expect them to be equally as popular this year. Last year we ran out early and whilst we’ve bought some extra stocks in this year we’re not sure if we have enough.

After the year we’ve all been through it looks like everyone is determined to enjoy themselves this Christmas albeit with one eye on the cost. So, what better a way to bring a little bit of seasonal cheer to your own working space than these fantastic glowing USB fairy lights. There are 8 little glowing stars on each string and the whole thing is long enough to reach from under your desk to wrap around your PC monitor or wherever else you want to display them. They don’t need batteries or a mains supply – just plug them into any spare USB port and away you go. – they’ll rotate through a range of colours and emit a great soft glow!

We’ve also got some cracking office USB decoration bundles so why not get together with a few of your colleagues and buy one of these packages and save yourself a few £’s in the bargain.

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