Belkin releases MIXIT DuraTek USB-C cable and takes a trip down memory lane

Few accessory manufacturers have been around since the dawn of the Mac, but one was actually in existence pre-Mac: Belkin. The company was founded by Chet Pipkin (current CEO), who started building cables on his parents' dining room table in 1983. Now the company is well-known to most Apple users for its wide range of accessories, and today Belkin released its latest product -- the US$29.99 MIXIT DuraTek USB-C cable.

The new USB-C cable is a far cry from the original Belkin cables, featuring reinforced conductors with Kevlar® fiber added to improve durability and make a 5-year limited warranty possible. The MIXIT DuraTek USB-C cable is 4 feet long, and comes in black, silver, rose gold and gold colors. The cable looks good with its long and flexible strain relief connectors. 

Belkin was the first cable manufacturer to produce cables certified by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF). The certification requires rigorous testing, and you can be sure that the MIXIT DuraTek USB-C cables are going to perform up to specifications.

About those first Belkin products; the company was kind enough to send along a photo of the top of a box for the Belkin Hamlet ACT II, which was a cable that connected the Apple IIc or Mac to any parallel printer:

Picture via Belkin

Picture via Belkin

You know you're old when you remember seeing this product on the shelves at a pre-Apple Store retail outlet...