Unruly Cables, Bluelounge CableBox Review

Take a look under your desk, behind the entertainment center and by your computer. Chances are you have a rat’s nest. The deliberate twisty-ties on carefully laid out cables when you first set them up have become a tangled mess. How does that happen?!?! It’s a chore to untangle because you just KNOW it’ll happen again. The Bluelounge CableBox organizes that mess and hides everything inside a box. Yes we’re going for the illusion of clean here but if you’re so inclined, the inside of that box can be as artful as the inside of a Mac Pro computer.

You can use it for any cable-ly (so not a word) mess but the CableBox was designed specifically for large surge protectors and power bricks. Using it couldn’t be easier because all it is – is a plastic box. You could just chuck your current rat’s nest inside, close the lid and call it a day but I’m actually quite the neat freak so this prompted half a day’s worth of unplugging everything, carefully labeling the wires, then neatly plugging everything back. The CableBox has openings on both ends, one for the main power cable and the other for all your cables to feed thru. Below are pictures of just how a hidden power brick can infinitely improve the mood of a room. The CableBox is simple but it’s purposely so; a.k.a minimalism. It blends into any decor – perfectly unobtrusive and nondescript.

What we liked:

  • Ample room for multiple power bricks and surge protectors
  • Clean minimal design
  • Simple execution, no crazy hooks and guide rails inside
  • Rubberized padding underneath
  • Comes in black and white

What could be improved:

  • More color options – even wood veneers
  • A tad pricey at $29.95

Company: Bluelounge [ Buy it Here ]

19 Comments

  • ZGiSH says:

    that’s awesome but really? 30$?!

    Cut that by half and then it will be truly worth it.

  • Chuck says:

    how about heat ?
    is this really possible for 24/7 adapter?

  • drew says:

    I own two – and think they are awesome. Heat output is no problem and they are sturdy enough to put a 24 inch monitor on top also…

  • Carl says:

    just a plastic box.

  • Nelson says:

    Checked the site-made of fire-retardant plastic; still, I wonder if the lack of ventilation might shorten the life of power adapters.

  • ROBERT says:

    As for the heat, I don’t think that it would be a problem. I have something similer myself: a box-file with 2 adapters in it (mac mini, external hard drive); and a gutted PC case (2* monitor adapters + all of the power leads). And neither has caught fire yet.

    • Carl says:

      but has thier life been shortened? electrical apps that run even a few degs over the recommended limit fail their expected life.

      • Robert says:

        Well I cant say if the life has been yet, but neither box is much warmer than my room (0.5 C, ±0.2), so i don’t foresee any issues.

        The other great thing about putting them in boxes is that i cant see the neon or LED indicators, my desk is in my bedroom so this is important, otherwise i stick blu-tack or gaffer tape over them.

  • Chris says:

    pretty straightforward design that nicely implemented… no hinges, clasps or moving parts – just a top meets bottom, shoebox approach.

    I wouldn’t worry too much about heat issues, would be more curious about signal noise quality with a ton of cables and transformer boxes stacked and coiled in one location – although vent holes on the sides couldn’t hurt…

    other then that it seems like it would also make for a comfy home for mice.

  • Wil Weiss says:

    Would be nice if it wall mounted. Also, why does it need a bottom?

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