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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2009
this little cord is the bomb... I went to a computer store and asked for a packable cord.. described something with a retractable mechanism. not too long.. thin..etc.

they looked at me like I was retarded.

I went to amazon and put in my description and the perfect item popped up... this thing is perfect for the person who has to pack a cat5 to go...
Perfect for netbooks.. perfect in general.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2012
I bought 25 of these for a conference room that needed to have the cabling cleaned up. So far they have worked out great. My experience has not been like some of the other reviewers. The room that they are installed in is used 10-16 hours per day and the cables are extended and retracted over and over. Occasionaly they wont go all the way back in and get tangled but to date I have not had one fail on me and for the price, when they do fail, they are disposable. So far I have been using them for about 9 months in a very busy office environment.

I am now looking to buy another 30-50 of them for some new conference rooms and for spares.

Also bought some of the black box cables that were longer but they were twice the size. I needed one that was very small and would fit into a cabling recess when not in use. These were exactly what I needed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2008
I am in law school and this is the perfect product for a student. It is great for portability and for quick connecting. The only drawback I would say is that it is a little short in length. I knew the length when I ordered it, but it could be a little bit longer and therefore could improve efficiency.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2009
As someone who travels quite a bit for work I am always looking for ways to carry less. This product is both small and light and a much better alternative to carrying a longer Cat 5 cable in my bag. It is well constructed and feels very solid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2010
The cable failed to work when connected to my HP laptop. After a couple of attempts with other devices and then a second attempt with the laptop and with some additional fiddling I was able to get it to connect.

The connectors are a bit non-standard (shorter than usual) which I assume is why it didn't connect correctly and it also made it very difficult to disconnect as well (from deeper sockets).

The retracting mechanism works very well, but the overall length (at 3 feet) is quite short for most applications. As an emergency cable in my bag it will suffice, but I would strongly encourage you to look at a longer cable and to consider other brands before buying...
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2011
Simply put, it came out of their box already broken. Not even once did the product work for me to use, and in addition I was charged to pay the shipping and handling for it to get replaced. While it's size is comparable to Belkin's other portable devices, each with a similar retractable concept for portability, many cases with their equipment breaks due to the sheer weakness in the method they use to bind the main part of the device with the rest of it. If this is the case then this is much better recommended if you do not use it on a regular basis, but instead need it for once in a while for when you need to connect one laptop to another via Ethernet cable. This item is subject to wear and tear and will break after constant use long before the warranty is up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2011
I opened the package carefully and tested the mechanism for this retractable cable. It broke on the first try. Part of the plastic inside snapped and the cable could not retract. Thankfully I planned on removing the cable from the housing for another purpose but be warned if you planned on using this often. I've used a similar type of retractable cable for audio cables and the like and they've lasted me more than a year.
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VINE VOICEon November 3, 2013
As someone who frequently has to visit clients, I grabbed this retractable Cat5e cable to keep in my briefcase. For the most part, it works well, but a few things to know about:

(1) This is my second cable of this type. The first one just stopped working after a while. The construction is much flimsier than a typical CAT5 cable, so I assume that they wear out a little more quickly.

(2) It's pretty short. So you'll need to be pretty close to the port that you'll be plugging into.

Still, it is very good at what it is intended to be: a highly portable CAT5 cable to use when needed. If this one wears out, I'll purchase another just like it.
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on August 5, 2011
I bought this cord because I work offshore and travel to many different rigs. Wireless isn't always an option and I needed an Ethernet cord to plug my netbook to the interwebz. I got the netbook for it's small package and ease of portability, and carrying around a 6 foot cable around would just ruin that. This cable it small and light, fitting perfectly into my netbook's case without adding to much bulk. The only two complaints I have with it are: it is a little short, which isn't a problem 99% of the time and the clip are a little small. It doesn't snap into my netbook's port and it's a little tuff to get it out of wall ports at times. Over all it's good though.
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on October 8, 2011
I really really like the retraction mechanism on this particular Belkin model, so much so that I bought two.

Actually I only got two because what tends to happen is that the plastic clips at the ends keep on losing their tension. What ultimately happened to my first one and is now happening to my second one is eventually you lose the "click" you get when inserting it into your laptop or PC. Then you have to basically either hold it in or just hope that it doesn't come loose. I really wish they made a more durable one. I would pay for it.
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