Review of the Kensington Wall/Air Ultra Compact Notebook Power Adapter
The Kensington Wall/Air Ultra Compact Notebook Power Adapter is simple; to be the lightest, most energy efficient power adapter that can also be used to charge your laptop as well as other mobile devices. And compared to other regular 90 watt adapter, Kensington says the Ultra Compact Notebook Power Adapter is 43% smaller and 32% lighter.
In addition, the adapter also comes with over voltage, current, short circuit and temperature protection to make it an excellent long-term investment even if you switch or upgrade your machine.
As with other generic power adapters, support for various laptop brands are achieved by interchangeable power tips. In this case, all common laptops (HP, Compaq, Dell, Acer, Toshiba, Lenovo, Sony, Gateway, Asus) should be supported, though you can take a look at the Power Compatibility Chart here to set your mind at ease.
Included with the various tips to get you started is an airline charging cable, retractable mini USB charging cable and travel pouch. Other USB Power Tip Packs are sold separately if you require support for phones such as those from Motorola, Nokia, LG or Sony-Ericsson, among others.
I have been using the Wall/Air Ultra Compact Notebook Power Adapter for a few weeks now, and I must say that I am very happy with its slimmer profile and reduced weight. I was initially concerned that the adapter will not be able to handle my Sony Z series behemoth (It requires a power adapter of at least 85 watts) but I was assured by Kensington that it would not be a problem.
And who would have imagined that the simple built-in USB charger would prove to be useful; I am a convert on this now. By using various USB cables that I already owned, I was able charge various devices such as my BlackBerry and iPhone much faster than via my laptop’s USB port.
So yes, the Ultra Compact Notebook Power Adapter has found a permanent home in my laptop bag, allowing me to leave my existing power adapter as a fixture for when I am at my workstation. Indeed, I also have the assurance that its usefulness will extend to my next laptop and beyond – simply by swapping out the tip.
The Kensington Wall/Air Ultra Compact Notebook Power Adapter is currently priced at $95.99.
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