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CES 2019 | Belkin and its assorted brands are back

The new Belkin USB-C to -A cable with DuraTek. (Source: Belkin)
The new Belkin USB-C to -A cable with DuraTek. (Source: Belkin)
At one point, Belkin was the go-to brand for third-party Apple accessories, not to mention USB power banks and cables. However, it had gone quiet for a good while following its amalgamation with Foxconn. This year, Belkin and its current international brands (Linksys, Wemo and Phyn) have made a comeback to CES this year to showcase their new products.

Belkin was once strongly associated with third-party Lightning-port accessories, in addition to general USB cables and chargers. Then again, it has not appeared at CES since its merger with Foxconn. However, it is back this year, along with its other brands: Linksys, Wemo and Phyn. They have a wide range of new products to showcase in 2019. 

People will still need Apple-specific phone cables this year; therefore, Belkin has them covered with the new  ROCKSTAR Lightning Connector Headphones. Surprisingly, they are not accompanied by their increasingly-necessary USB-C counterparts at the show. Belkin says that these products are coming later this year, however. The brand does also have BOOST↑CHARGE USB-A to USB-C cables, as well as USB-A to Lightning and USB-C to Lightning variants, with DuraTek shielding for a high-end appeal. Belkin is also debuting the USB-C Car and Home Chargers, both of which come with cables. The new 20,000mAh Belkin Power Bank with USB-C and a USB-C Cable will support 30-watt Power Delivery 2.0, for the 2018 iPad Pro and other compatible devices.

Linksys is unveiling its new MAX STREAM AC2200 Tri-Band Mesh WiFi Router, as well as the Linksys Shield for added security, content-filtering and browsing protection. The Wemo Light Switches are the latest additional to Wemo's iOS-compatible HomeKit line of smart-home controls. Finally, the Phyn Plus Smart Water Assistant helps monitor and control home-grade water use. It also has Alexa integration, so that this smart assistant can be asked to carry out the Phyn Plus' functions, as well as shut a water supply off at need. 


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-01- 7 (Update: 2019-01- 7)