Bluelounge CableBox Review
Welcome to the tangle-free zone.
I realized that the mess of cables under my desk in my home office was a problem when Hazel, our Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner, refused to go near them. Despite the great strides in wireless technology, it seems that we not only haven’t done away with the cables we already have but we are continuing to add to the spaghetti-like tangle under our desks and near our AV equipment as new equipment gets installed.
The fact is that nothing has really replaced the electrical cord and the increasing number of devices we have means that our desks all have cables that need a home.
Underneath my desk was a power strip with ten electrical cords attached to it. Until recently, there wasn’t much that could be done until the designers at Bluelounge came up with the strikingly simple CableBox. It’s a plastic box, available in black or white, and rubber feet on the bottom keep it from moving.
Installing the CableBox was easy. I didn’t even have to unplug anything. I simply dusted off the power strip, placed it inside the box, hid the excess lengths of cable inside the box as well (plenty of room in there), and put the cover back on. There are holes on the left and right sides of the box for cables to enter the box and Hazel has been cleaning around it ever since I put it in.
Bluelounge also makes a smaller version, the CableBox Mini, suitable for a four-outlet power strip. It’s available in six colors at the same price as the full-sized model.
$29.95 at www.bluelounge.com
–Jonathan B. Spira is the Editor of Executive Road Warrior and Chief Analyst at Basex, a knowledge economy research firm.