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Marathon Computer Ships RePorter Port Extender

Port Extender can't tip over because it has no top or bottom (November 12, 2004)

Marathon Computer's RePorter Port Extender

Marathon Computer's RePorter Port Extender

Marathon Computer announces the rollout of its RePorter Port Extender.

"The idea is simple," said Marathon spokesman, David Soch. "There are so many nifty digital devices that people use with their computers these days, we were looking for a convenient way to get to the computer's rear ports."

Thus, the RePorter was born. "We were turned off by the idea of another box that sits on the desktop," continued Soch. "With the number of cables that would end up being connected to it, it would become another case of the tail wagging the dog. We were tired of the kind of thing that is obviously designed to sit on a flat surface but doesn't really work well that way, since you have to pick up to steady it while you plug or unplug a cable. And we picture plugging and unplugging a lot. So we got the idea of an extender for the rear ports that has no obvious orientation, a shape designed more to fit your hand instead of the desktop. It's easy to pick up and hold, and when you put it down, it can't tip over, because it has no top or bottom."

RePorter is round -- a spherical body made of high-impact injection-molded plastic, with a flat front face for USB, FireWire and Audio ports. A single 1.5-meter cable reaches around to the computer's rear panel. The cable splits apart into one-foot lengths with separate connectors for:

- USB (two of the familiar, flat Type A connectors)
- FireWire 400
- FireWire 800
- Audio In (a 1/8" stereo minijack)
- Audio Out (1/8" stereo minijack, compatible with most headphones, earbuds, etc.)

Pricing and Availability:
Marathon RePorter
Part Number: ACC-595

More RePorter information is available at:

RePorter is immediately available for shipping. Interested parties are invited to contact Marathon by fax, phone or email, or to purchase through the many local dealers who carry Marathon products, or to purchase directly through Marathon's Online Store:

About Marathon Computer
Marathon Computer is the premier designer and manufacturer of rackmount solutions and enhancements for the Macintosh platform since 1997.

For more information, contact Marathon directly at (800) 832-6326, or visit the Web site at for complete product descriptions.


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