Philips 6-Outlet Surge Protector Price: $15 Rating: Recommend* Surge Protectors are a dime a dozen, so when we saw Philips had a very cheap and affordable solution to hide our home office wires, we had to get our hands on it. For $15, does this wire control solution deliver the wire control we all need in our lives? Click on through to find out!
Press photos are well... for the press. They're taken, free-floating, in white rooms with no cords in sight. We love them and hate them for their deceptive nature. But since a wire control solution relies on its ability to deceive, it was an interesting exercise to see how well it controlled our wires (or at least, would make them less unsightly). The build quality and design is great. The white plastic is matte finish and blends well next to our Apple Airport Extreme. While Philips boasts a sweet insurance policy of $100,000 if your electronics were to get fried, the reality is that the white home office" version of Philips wire-control surge protectors only support a limited amount of devices to be covered under that particular policy. So while you'll be fine with lamps and routers, any TV screens or computers would require you upgrade to their black "home theater" edition to receive proper protection. The marketing is a bit misleading, but we stuck with the white to match most of our home office/bedroom decor.
Now, implementation. Well, you basically remove the "lip" and plug in your six devices. The way the plugs are set up, you'll need to make sure you don't have any electronics with oddly shaped power plugs. We had Sony's Dash give us problems, but it appears most Apple power chargers would fit just fine (although we'd still note the fact that the white version doesn't cover computers). We immediately noticed that the cords simply drop downward, and despite the attractive design and pretty lights to show that your stuff is grounded, it still appeared quite messy and would likely require an additional wire control in order to completely hide the cables. Compared to BlueLounge's CableBox, where wires are all placed near the floor, reducing its messy appearance, the dangling wires appear just as tangled as if it were plugged into a normal surge protector. The only thing that's really hidden is the outlet it feeds into. It's certainly an interesting approach - we think it'd be great for the Apple Airport Express, but any other device will still result in a jumble wires below it.
However, Philips never makes any claim to be anything more than the surge protector that it is. There's no special name. No tricks (aside from the home office vs. home theater division). It's just a cheap, cleaner looking, power protector that eats up not one, but two outlets on your wall. The Philips 6-Outlet Surge Protector succeeds in covering ugly outlets, but doesn't do much in the realm of wire management. For $15, it'll give you a nice and modern technology feeling deep down inside - just don't expect anything more than your standard surge protector with a larger wall footprint. Pros: Affordable, functional, cleans up that "surge protector" look a bit Cons: Fairly large footprint, eats up two outlets, shape doesn't allow fitting of all plugs, wires still a mess Our Ratings: Strong Recommend Recommend* Weak Recommend Don't Recommend Apartment Therapy Media makes every effort to test and review products fairly and transparently. The views expressed in this review are the personal views of the reviewer and this particular product review was not sponsored or paid for in any way by the manufacturer or an agent working on their behalf. However, the manufacturer did loan us the product for testing and review purposes.