Tabletop SmartSockets

Premium power strip

The Kensington SmartSockets Tabletop is very nearly the best power strip I’ve ever used. It has excellent surge suppression with an indicator light when the suppression is gone, and a $50,000 equipment warranty on top of the lifetime warranty on the strip itself. Beyond that, the design is excellent. It’s circular so you have a fighting chance of getting six AC adapters on it. The cord is 16 feet long, so you can get it to places without an extension cord, and the cord has an angled plug so you can use the socket below it. The plug is even ridged you you can grip it better when your arm is stretched behind cabinets and whatnot. Normal power strips tip and move around if they’re off-balance from AC adapters. With the power switch in the dead center, and the pre-attached rubber feet, this thing is rock solid. I wish every product I used had the same attention to detail!

-- Bob Plankers 01/4/18

(This is a Cool Tools Favorite from 2006 — editors)

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