Okay, I’ll admit it. I am a big, fat computer kicker. You’ve probably heard of Restless Leg Syndrome, and while I rarely have any trouble staying still when I’m trying to snooze, it’s another story when I’m at my desk, desperately attempting to get some work done. Call it a combo of “ants-in-the pants” and the Seinfeldesque “jimmy legs.” May brain and work ethic might be saying “sit still,” but at some point, my feet get so bored that they resort to all-out mutiny, and start randomly lashing out at other things under my desk. They’ve slammed UPSs, yanked Ethernet cords out of wall ports, and worst (and most frequently) of all, kicked my poor CPU’s butt – mercilessly.
Poor computer towers- when they’re not being stomped by spazzy feet, they’re wallowing in a sea of under-desk dustballs, or in constant danger of having cups of coffee spilled near them. And the last time I checked, dust and liquids weren’t exactly known to increase the lifespan of electronics.
Luckily for my desktop, someone’s finally sticking up for the beaten-down CPUs of the world. Meet the Cable-Safe CPU Holder, a computer mounting system that installs under your desk to lift your CPU off the floor and out of harm’s way. You say that your computer’s been hacking on dustballs? Not anymore – now, it can hover cleanly above them. Watched in panic as spilled liquids have crept across the floor toward you computer? No worries there, either. And forget about the kicking – your out-of-control feet are going to have to find someone else to bully.
The Cable-Safe CPU Holder has a versatile design that lets you orient it horizontally or vertically depending on your desk configuration or space needs, and is available in a traditional “fixed” model for computers that rarely have to move, as well as slide-out and rotating versions for CPUs that are subject to frequent drive access, maintenance and updates.
Rest easy, little CPU. You’re safe now.
Over the years, we’ve added quite a few under-desk wire organizers, and they’ve all been great in one way or another, whether they’ve been designed to keep cables neat as they travel between your desktop and floor, or handle all of the cable slack that’s known to entangle your feet as you sit at your computer. They’ve looked like boxes, raceways, baskets, even spines (that one’s actually not as weird or gross as it sounds). And now I have another excellent addition to the lineup, which happens to hinge, quite simply, on the power of the hook.
I can’t prove it, but I’m pretty sure that the Under-Desk Wire Tray was designed around the the concept of cable hooks, which have long been used to support certain types of aerial and wall mounted cable runs. Cable hooks are generally lined up at short intervals, after which small cable bundles can be run through them, with the hooks conveying and providing support for the cables as they travel from Point A to Point B.
The Under-Desk Wire Tray, being made up of a row of 15 slightly-spaced hooks, is more or less set up to work the same way, but just on a smaller scale. That, and it hides under your desktop as opposed to being suspended from the ceiling or mounted on a wall. I don’t know about you, but this really appeals to me, because I prefer my cable management to be invisible, if at all possible.
So why would someone go and miniaturize cable hooks and stick them under a desk? Probably because that row of little hooks gives you the freedom to add or remove cables at any point along the way, and works as a nice place to stash power strips and bulky power adapters out of range of your feet (this sounds really good to me, because I’m always accidentally kicking my surge protector). Another benefit of having cables and power strips up off the floor is that they’re less likely to become dust bunny traps when they’re kept elevated, so that makes it a lot easier for you to keep your workstation clean, and gives you a lot less to sneeze about. And that, my friends, is nothing to sneeze at.
Cord clips: they’re practical, effective, even downright utilitarian. Being all function and no form, they aren’t there to stand around and look pretty – they’re there to get the job done, and they always do, which is why I’m a fan. As far as I can remember, I’ve never met a cord clip that I didn’t like, but at the same time, I’ve never exactly been drawn to them for their looks… until now.
Just yesterday, I laid eyes on BlueLounge® CableDrops™ cord clips for the very first time, and the weirdest thing happened. I had this instant, goofy, kid-in-a-candy-story reaction, the kind that I never thought would be inspired by a cable management product. You may have heard me go on about BlueLounge’s amazing design savvy before, when I’ve blogged about their many incredible charging stations and gadget docks. But these little cord clips absolutely took the cake, and I can’t quite figure out why.
Maybe it’s because CableDrops lean toward sophisticated and even sculptural on the design end, but somehow still remind you of cute, colorful little candies (hence the aforementioned “kid-in-a-candy-store” knee-jerk reaction). I’m not someone who’s into the general acquisition of stuff, but these are the kind of things that make you say, “ooooh, I need those” before you really even have time to process what they actually do. They’re impossibly cute.
Anyway, you get the idea. On to how they work. CableDrops™ hang onto one cord at a time, and are specifically designed to hold cable connectors and prevent them from slipping to the floor when they’re disconnected. So that USB cord that you’re always crawling on the floor behind your desk to retrieve stays conveniently at arm’s length, instead – which is where it should be. And then there’s the easy “installation” part – they’re conveniently backed with adhesive, so all you do is figure out where you want them, peel the backing off, and stick them to any flat surface.
One of my favorite things is that they come in beautiful complementary color assortments, and are sold in 6-packs, so you have the freedom to use just one, or group them together for even more impact and cable management power. Because of their looks, you can get pretty artistic with the arrangements, so these are perfect for creative and design-oriented people… like me.