Filed under: Desk Cable Organizers, Power and Data Distribution
You might not think that a box full of power and data outlets embedded into your desktop would be too hot, but let me tell you, they’re getting better-looking all the time. I’ve always thought that the idea of having plug-in points built right into a desk would be super convenient, but a lot of the power/data centers out there just look so… techy. Like whoever designed them was thinking waaaaaaaay more about function than form. Utilitarian, shall we say? But lately, I’ve been seeing some newer models coming out that are definitely going in a more eye-candyish direction, for those of us who don’t like to sacrifice style and decor for electronics. Case in point: the Ellora™ Power and Data Center.
This sleek little beauty has clean lines, a satiny aluminum finish, and mounts more or less dead-flush into your worksurface, so visually speaking, there’s absolutely nothing to complain about. Flip the lid open, and you’ll find a neat row of the outlets and ports of your choice: power, data (internet), USB… you can even order one that has an iPod dock in the mix. Nice. It’s work and listening pleasure, all rolled into one and stashed just below the surface of your desk. Sneaky, efficient, aesthetically pleasing – what more could you want?
Lest you walk away from this blog post thinking that the only reason to buy an in-desk PDU is so you don’t have to crawl under your desk to plug in, let me just say: “but that’s not all!” One of my favorite features is that the Ellora™ totally gets rid of cord clutter on and behind your desk, so you don’t have to look at or get tangled up in computer cables. Even better.
If you’ve had it with crawling under you desk to plug into power outlets and data ports, then you’ll probably end up asking today’s product, the Miniport, “Where have you been all my life?” You see, the Miniport is a power/data center that you can recess right into a desktop or conference room table. Each unit includes 2 power outlets as well as 2 open ports, which you customize by snapping in the data jacks of your choice. To keep everything looking clean and uniform, each Miniport includes a voice/data adapter kit, which is compatible with 10 different jack manufacturers.
But now for the fun part: how it works. The Miniport installs into right into your desk or conference table, so that you can just flip open the top when power or data access is needed, and close it back up (flush with the table or desk top!!!) when it’s not in use. The result is a sleek and unobtrusive solution for keeping connectivity right at you fingertips (literally). No more having to crawl around on the floor or weasel into tight spaces to plug your laptop in.
Aside from its convenience factor, the Miniport also looks very polished and professional, and is a great way to make an impression on the people you do business with. When guests to your conference room are able to set up a laptop with zero hassle, it makes you look even better. And speaking of looking good, I should mention that the Miniport is available in 6 different finishes to complement and enhance just about any workspace furniture and decor.