Adding Ports, Without Adding a Hub, to G3 and G4 Macs

There are few times I envy my PC using friends. Prior to the G5, I wondered why many Windows-based computers came with USB ports on the front, while Mac users had to move to the back of the computer to plug in an external device. With the G5, all that changed. Most of us havenít converted all our systems to G5, meaning there are still plenty of G3 and G4 desktops in newspapers throughout the land. The Sweet Multiport is now available for those of us harboring front port resentment.

The Sweet Multiport, from GeeThree, brings many of the ports you need from the back of your computer to the front where they belong. Installing directly beneath the CD/DVD drive in most G4 and G3 (blue and white) systems, the Sweet Multiport includes two FireWire ports, one USB port, and a 5-in-1 card reader for most digital cameras. Also included is a PCI card which fits into one of the built-in ports at the back of your computer. It provides two additional FireWire ports and two USB ports. Thatís a total of four new Firewire ports, three USB ports and a 5-in-1 card reader.

Three models are available, one for each of the three major G4 case designs (Graphite, Dual Optical, and Quicksilver). Due to reduced space on the Quicksilver model, only the Compact Flash reader - along with the Firewire and USB ports - fits in the front panel. Installation isnít for the inexperienced Mac user. Itís not that hard, however, and the results are well worth the effort. How they sell it for $50/US (recently reduced from $129), Iíll never know. For more information, visit
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