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Weighed Down By Power Bricks

Today's column started germinating in my mind after the first day of the CES tech convention--a show that I arrived at without a power brick for my laptop. Until I spent two days scrounging for spare chargers, I hadn't realized the dimensions of this problem.

I've always been annoyed by unnecessarily heavy power adapters--notice how my laptop reviews include the weight of this unavoidable accessory--but the fact that you can't swap these things among different devices is a much bigger problem.

Now, eight months later, I've gotten this rant off my chest. Hopefully I'm preaching to the converted (but if you'll put up with a bulkier, less compatible AC adapter to save a few bucks, I'm willing to be corrected.)

Now--at the risk of making this a total geekfest--I'd like to hear about what tech companies are putting some thought into their power adapters.

I'll start by throwing out two names: Motorola and Research In Motion, both of which have moved to standard USB plugs and also ship some of the lightest, most compact power bricks around, complete with nifty little flip-out prongs. Who else is trying to make this situation a little less annoying?

By Rob Pegoraro  |  September 6, 2007; 10:18 AM ET
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