updated 03:30 pm EST, Mon January 7, 2008
Belkin has taken wraps off a slew of new products at CES 2008, including new iPhone/iPod cases, an upgraded FM transmitter for Apple's media players, a series of other backpacks and cases, a new KVM switch and a desktop Internet phone for Skype. RockStar is a hub that connects a combination of MP3 players and headphones. Users can attach headphones and hear another user's play list. Or, additional iPods can be added another to mix songs and listen together. The RockStar will be available in March 2008 in the US, priced at $20. Also on the iPhone/iPod roster are the TuneBase FM ($90) and TuneCast Auto, FM transmitters that use ClearScan to seek out the best FM frequency to play the music from your media player. The devices will be available in April and February respectively. Finally, a series of new iPhone/iPod cases, including a slim fit, armband, and travel case have debuted. Prices range from $20 to $30.
Other case announcements include the new Belkin Ceylon Messenger a new Backpack boasts a slim design that allows you to carry your laptop and other notebook accessories. the Laptop Hideaway. Prices range from $50 to $60.
A new $100 desktop phone for Skype features speaker, speed dial, call hold/release, call pickup/park, mute, redial, hold, call-timer display, and contact list. The contact list supports over 500 sets of Skype and SkypeOut contacts, and the device plugs into port on wired/wireless router or a live Ethernet port so you can immediately start making calls. Also supported is SkypeIn, a personal and portable Skype number that people can call you..
Belkin's new SOHO KVM lets you share one monitor, keyboard, and mouse between two or more computers, saving space on your desktop. Its new design incorporates a built-in USB 2.0 2-port hub and touch sensitive buttons on the front for switching. A USB port on the front is useful for connecting your iPod and playing music while you switch between computers. The switch varies in price from $160 to $270 depending on port configurations.