Power strips tend to look the same, taking up the same bit of space with long rectangular bits of plastic that hand out power to anything plugged in, but what if you’re after something that does the same thing in a smaller package?
What is it?
There are power boards, power strips, power bars, and then there are power bricks that fall into a different category altogether.
Allocacoc’s PowerCube is that last category, with a power strip compressed into the space of a cube, or a sort of cube, because there’s a 1.5 metre extension cable out the back making it impossible to be used on that side, or even resting on that side.
The rest of the sides, however, have ports on them, and in the case of the PowerCube Extended USB, the model we’re looking at, there are four power ports for you to plug appliances and computers and gadgets in — really, anything with a power plug on it — and two USB connectors.
On the regular PowerCube model, there are in fact five power ports, with zero USB connectors.
That appears to be one of those things you get if you spend a little extra, with Aussie distributor Audion setting the PowerCube pricing at $29.95, and the Extended USB model grabbing $10 more for a recommended retail price of $39.95.
A small desk holder is included, as is some double sided tape to hold the Cube in place if you decide to stick it to some of your furniture.
Does the power strip need a change? It might do, and while we’ve seen master and slave switches brought in from some models, portable international power solutions in others, and even off-side power control for power strips in a few others, Allocacoc’s take on how to change the power strip is different again.
You see, it’s a cube.
Specifically, it is a power strip designed to look like a cube, with a power cable coming out one end and trying to pack in several ports into a smaller and more confined space, ideal if you don’t have a lot of space for a long power strip, or are looking to keep things relatively compact.
From a design point of view, Allocacoc has more or less nailed its target, because this is a cube, and it’s a cube in white with another colour being used for each of the ports. Ours was red, but we’re told they also come in grey, blue, and green, in case red doesn’t work for you.
Testing a power device is pretty simple because really you just have to find out if it works, and Allocacoc’s PowerCube does work, asking you to plug it into a wall socket and sending power to each of the four power ports found on the PowerCube.
But there are a couple of extra features worth noting, one decent, and one less so.
The decent one is what we found on the PowerCube Extended, which was the review unit we took a look at, and that is the USB ports.