Product: Recoil Winder's Cord Management
Price: $9.99 and up
Rating: Strong Recommend*
One problem hasn't gone away in this time of rapid tech innovation: the array of cords required to live a modern, digital life has only grown. I have an entire drawer in my home dedicated to cords and they're a mess. And yet, the products out there to address the issue largely leave something to be desired. They're highly manual, often fray the cords and aren't always compact. Recoil Winders solve a ton of these problems.
The basic gist of the Recoil is simple. You hook a cord into the circular shaped winder and then pull slightly until it recoils and winds the entire cord up. It takes about 2 seconds for a USB cable and 1.5 seconds for a pair of earbuds.
I find this to be a remarkably cool little gadget for two reasons. First, it doesn't just organize the cord better, it keeps it safer. As you throw it in bags and backpacks, you won't have to worry about it getting tangled or torn. The second reason is a little more silly, but it's just fun to use and weirdly satisfying to play with. It actually encourages you to organize your cables.
The Recoil comes in three different sizes, the two above are a medium and a large. The large is going to hold a particular long USB cable or a thin charging cable for a laptop. It's never going to manage extension cords or anything larger than a 1/3rd-inch diameter cord. The small is super compact and is really best for earbuds or very short and thin USB cables.
These are also surprisingly durable little cases. I dropped the medium recoil from a 4 foot height and a 6 foot height and it didn't even crack the corners. Perhaps the only thing I can honestly say I didn't like about this product was the removal of the cords. Because of the recoil functionality, you have to pull it out quite hard and then remove the loop. I wish there was a halfway snapping point where the cord could still be somewhat wound, but also plugged into my devices.
The price is definitely reasonable compared to other cord management options, but I think there is still a little room to come down. You can replace most cords for less than $10, so paying for a winder seems almost unnecessary when you think about it that way. Either way, you can't really put a price on the comfort of a suddenly organized junk drawer.
Pros: Remarkably simple and fun to use. Very durable and intuitive design.
Cons: I wanted a halfway recoil point so I could keep things wound and plugged in. Some room for a price reduction, as well.
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