5 Tips on How to Choose the Right Desk Grommet
Think that a grommet's just a grommet? These snap-in desk accessories may seem like mere pieces of plastic at first glance, but when you look a little closer, you'll find that they come in a world of different sizes, shapes and materials, and can carry out a few functions that you wouldn't necessarily expect them to. Given all the choices out there, it's important to know all of your options before choosing a desk grommet to compliment your workspace.
Here are a few easy tips on things to consider in your search for the right desk grommet:
Diameter: How many cables are you planning to run through the grommet?
To find out exactly what size grommet you'll need, loosely bundle all the cables you'll be working with in one hand, and then break out a ruler or tape measure. Measure across the cable bundle's widest point; this dimension is the minimum grommet diameter that will work for your particular application. However, cables always perform better with room to breathe, so always size up a little bit. Giving your cables a roomier space to pass through will prevent signal attenuation, make the cables easier to route in different directions on your desktop, and can even give you some leeway for future additions.
Function: Do you need to organize and route your cables, or do you just want to protect them?
Flexible grommets are covered in a soft, rubber-like, self-healing material that has been radially slit, or cut like a pie, to let cables come through it. Being that these slits are flexible and radiate outward in all directions, they let you decide which direction you want each cord to go in, and then gently grip onto the cables to keep them on the right track. Any unused routing slits lay flat and stay together for a neat appearance.
Much like Flexible Grommets, SoftTop grommets also use a cleverly perforated membrane-like top to route cables, but instead of simple pie-cut slits, this grommet features a unique, stylish cutout that will remind you of the Cingular logo (in a good way). The three curvy arms of this opening allow cords to be sent in any one of three directions, and add a little hip and modern detailing to otherwise blah work surfaces.
Style: What kind of look are you going for?
Storage: Do you need extra help getting your desk organized?
Connectivity: Looking for a convenient place to dock an iPod® or plug into USB ports?
First, meet the Belkin USB Hub Grommet, which not only provides 4 ready-to-plug-into USB ports, but also has 2 side channels that allow non-USB cables to work their way through to your desktop. Cords stay neat and avoid abrasion, and your days of awkward bending are over.And then there's the In-Desk iPod® Dock, also by Belkin. This totally modern grommet takes care of its primary cord-routing function with front and back cable openings, but also has the added bonus of serving as the Seat of Honor for your Apple iPod®. Whether you need to charge your MP3 player or just want to get down to work with a motivating playlist at your side, just settle your iPod® into the grommet dock, and you're in business – without any visible charger cords.
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