Gadgets-a-go-go: 2 ways to get around having too many cords

HUB IT allows you a one-place spot for all your too many plugs. Credit: Eggtronic
HUB IT allows you a one-place spot for all your too many plugs.
Credit: Eggtronic

Besides that pesky NSA spying on us, the only downside of owning gobs of gadgets are those anxiety-inducing cables and cords. They are everywhere and they make me want to die. There’s gotta be a better way to handle all of these chargers, right? There just may be. Here are two new gadgets to help you keep the cords of your old gadgets in check.

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The HUB IT offers a fairly elegant and simple solution to that age old “too many cords” problem. Essentially, as the name indicates, it’s a sleek black hub that you plug all of your devices into it. The cables are fully retractable, sliding out of sight when not in use. “Out of sight, out of mind,” a wise procrastinator once said.

The unit comes with a series of chargers built in that handle any iOS device or Android device, as well as anything that charges via USB or micro-USB. If you own any gadgets that aren’t serviced out of the box, you can buy adaptors that usually run $8. What can I say? It works. It made my room just a tiny bit more sane. The design is still a tad, for lack of a better word, clunky but the service it provides far outweigh any petty grievances.

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Plug Hub is the perfect solution is desk-based cord clutter has got you down in the dumps. You slide a surge protector in the bottom, wrap all of your cords around three anchors and shut the dang thing and forget about it. To all of the world it’ll look like your cords disappear into this mysterious white box, never to be heard from again.

How does it work? It’s such a simple design, it’d be hard to screw up. It does its job. At the end of the day, this is just a box with holes in it, but the price is right and its not as if you are going to build this on your own. We both know that.

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