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iBuyPower's USB IES Controller Adds Power To Front Ports, Bluetooth Internally

iBuyPower's USB IES Controller Adds Power To Front Ports, Bluetooth Internally

iBuyPower is a company generally associated with custom gaming PCs and notebooks. If you need a high-octane machine to handle the latest games, they're the company to turn to. What they aren't known for, however, are things such as this. Of course, you won't find us griping about a company spreading its wings and trying new things, particularly when it delivers something as unique and useful as the Internal USB Expansion System.



The all new IES Controller system is a proprietary development designed to add all sorts of functionality to SFF boxes and machines that were left for dead (or the thrift store). Not only does this device enable front-panel USB ports to power devices such as iPods and the like by boosting power to them, it also adds an internal USB port that can be used for storage expansion with a flash drive or for adding USB wireless router.

The first goal here is accomplished by connecting the front USB ports directly to a computer's power supply, while the second adds nearly limitless possibilities by giving users an internal USB socket where they can install a Bluetooth receiver, Wi-Fi module or any number of other USB devices. Just think--you could now use your BT keyboard and mouse with your otherwise plain nettop. The iBUYPOWER USB Internal Expansion System is available with any new iBUYPOWER tower PC for $14 or $24 with Bluetooth capabilities, and we can only hope that the company starts offering it as a standalone part in the near future.



New IES Controller system boosts power to front panel ports & devices and adds internal USB port

El Monte, CA – August 18, 2009 – iBUYPOWER, a leading innovator in gaming PCs, is excited to announce its proprietary USB Internal Expansion System (IES Controller), adding to a  growing list of exclusive system innovations developed this year, including upgrades such as the Harmony Sound reduction system and iBUYPOWER specialized advanced packaging system.   The new system will enhance control and boost power to front panel USB ports and add-ons like card readers.  The IES Controller accomplishes this by connecting front panel ports, which often struggle to power USB devices, directly to the computer’s power supply.  The system also adds an internal USB port that can be used for storage expansion with a flash drive or for adding USB wireless router.

Wireless device users can also add a Bluetooth module to the IES Controller to free up a front panel USB port.  The Bluetooth module simply plugs into the added internal USB port on the IES allowing peripherals to remain constantly connected to the PC. The transmitter can sync with a mouse, keyboard, printer, speakers, headset, or mobile phone.
The iBUYPOWER USB Internal Expansion System is available with any new iBUYPOWER tower PC for $14 or $24 with Bluetooth capabilities at www.iBUYPOWER.com.  iBUYPOWER systems come standard with 3 year limited warranty and lifetime technical support.

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After an article on this site, I put together an AMD system at iBP just to see whether I liked it. I saw that they're giving away their USB Expansion System with a purchase, or charging a mere $10 for the Bluetooth-enabled version. Not bad!

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