If you’ve stared cluelessly at the connector on your palm cradle wondering how you’ll plug it into your new USB-savvy Mac, Palm’s got an answer. The PalmConnect USB Kit can have you HotSyncing in no time. The attachment is easy to set up — it provides a female PC-style serial port on one side, and a male USB plug on the other. Just plug it into your computer’s USB port or a USB hub, and install the software. (By buying the PalmConnect USB Kit, you don’t need to buy Palm’s MacPac, which includes a PC serial to Mac serial adapter.)
Once the software is installed, it will ask how you want to connect to your desktop, offering the PalmConnect USB as an option. After you select it, and restart your computer, you can begin HotSyncing. It was easy to use, and the price is right. However, if you’ve got a USB Mac and have other serial-based devices you want to use, this kit isn’t for you — instead, you should buy a USB-to-Mac-serial adapter such as Keyspan’s $79 USB Twin Serial Adapter (see ” Bridge the Gap ” for more information about USB converters).
RATING: PROS: Easy to set up and it works. CONS: Doesn’t let you connect other Mac serial devices. COMPANY: Palm (800/881-7256, https://www.palm.com ). LIST PRICE: $40.