Accell USB-C to DisplayPort Cable and UltraAV Mini Dual Display MST Hub

It has been a while since I reviewed a good Accell product, and I really liked the Powramid. They make a lot of excellent accessories that are good for the office, and I was pleased to review two of them.

Accell 6-Feet USB-C to DisplayPort Cable

Accell 1This first device takes advantage of two ports that have become very popular: the USB-C and DisplayPort. Since there are many displays that have that DisplayPort port, and many devices with USB C (MacBook Retina, MacBook Pro 2016, and Chromebook Pixel, as well as the HTC 10 that I use and have reviewed), it just makes sense to combine the two.

In this case, this is one nice 6 foot cable made to support 4K at 60Hz resolution, at up to 5.4Gbps per lane, which is good for games, video, or just about anything that you want on the screen. Best of all, it works from all operating systems like Mac, Windows, or Google, provided it will support DisplayPort Alternate (ALT) mode.

All that, and it is compliant to VESA DP Alt mode on USB-C ver. 1.0. If this is something that you want or need (or both), head on over to the Accell site and lay down $31.99 for it.

UltraAV Mini Dual Display MST Hub

Accell 2Now, if you are looking to expand your device into two monitors, you can use the UltraAV Mini DisplayPort 1.2 to 2 DisplayPort Multi-Display MST Hub. Yes, that is a long name, and this particular device is ready-to-use for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 3, or Surface Pro 2, but will also work for a DisplayPort Windows PC.

The setup of this particular device is simple allowing you to plug it in to Microsoft’s favorite all-in-one PC/laptop, and there is a scan button that refreshes . It uses a multi-stream transport (MST) protocol, which supports up to 2 displays independently at 2560 x 1600 at 60Hz or 3840 x 2160 at 30 Hz with DP 1.2.

For those that don’t have two DisplayPort Monitors, the MST Hub has Dual Mode or DisplayPort ++. This is where it directly outputs with single-link HDMI, VGA, and DVI signals using either an active or passive adapter.

For those that want to get in on this, head on over to the Accell site and lay down a good $79.99 for it.

The Accell Powramid Air Power Center and USB Charging Station

Powramid AirIt’s been a few years since I have reviewed an Accell product, and I am back to reviewing the Powramid once again. This is the Powramid Air Power Center and USB Charging Station, and it is a sequel better than the original.

I believe that the original was called the Powramid because its shape resembled a pyramid. I believe that worked well because you know how certain plug-ins are big these days? However, the new Powramid Air is more of a discus. It is not totally flat, but it can hold a lot of big plug-ins (six), as well as two USB ports.

There is a six-foot power cord, and a scratch-resistant base. There is an odd on-off power button like right in the middle. I hope that won’t get triggered by accident and shut off the whole thing.

So if you are looking for a surge protector that is pretty good with 1080 Joules of surge protection, then head on over to the Accell Cables site and get the Powramid Air in white or black.

Accell Powramid can handle all your cords

Accell PowramidPerhaps I spoke to soon when I said that the GreenGenius was the king of all surge protectors. You can read the article that I wrote on that if you want to see those features, but the Powramid has quite a lot of cool stuff on it as well.

As you can see, the Powramid is set up like a traditional surge protector with six outlets. The difference, as you can see, is that it is circular. This means that it can handle all kinds of cords, unlike traditional ones where the outlet holes are too close together.

Another bonus is that it is green. Let’s say you are charging a handful of smartphones or tablets on the Powramid. Thanks to its Power Stop technology, the Powramid will stop bringing power once the device has reached capacity. That means you are going to save some money on your power bill and run less risk of overcharging your mobiles.

Another feature is the X3 MOV technology which is the safest surge conditions, reacting by directing excess energy away from the equipment through the electrical grounding system. All this, and two USB ports.

Yeah, this is another fine Accell product that can be purchased on their website for a low price of $34.99.

Accell’s GreenGenius could be the king of Surge Protectors

Accell GreenGeniusThis will be one of two Accell products that I will be reviewing today, and as you can see, it is a surge protector. You will notice that it does not resemble a typical surge protector, and I am not just referring to the fact that it is more than double the width.

I think we all know that surge protectors protect people against…surges, but even devices connected to surge protectors still drain some energy. In fact, studies show that 15 percent of all energy in a household is done on standby. Imagine if you had a surge protector that would automatically shut off a device if it was not in use.

Here’s how it works. You plug a device like a computer or television into the Master outlet, and then plug in all their accessories (like a printer or DVD player) into the Energy Saver outlets. When the power is off on the Master, it will soon be cut to all of the devices plugged into the Energy Saver outlets. There is also the option of always on plugs for when you need something…always on.

In addition to this feature, the GreenGenius also has X3 MOV (Metal Oxide Varistor) which can detect surge conditions and reacts by directing excess energy away from the equipment. I didn’t get a chance to try out that, but I did try out the USB charging ports and Ethernet and Phone line protection.

All in all, the Green Genius is quite something. You can purchase it on the Accell site for about $44.99.