Xiaomi just launched an interesting new power strip this week, but there are millions of people out there who most likely can’t access Xiaomi products because of the delivery process from China. That’s where Kickstarter comes in, namely Trix. Although you have a wide choice of power strips in markets and retail stores, there are few of them which are as stylish, functional and easy to use as the one from Trix. Trix launched their funding campaign at the end of March, and have already racked up quite a few orders for their custom power strip. If you’re wondering why Trix would be a good project to back and why should even pay attention to what I’m saying, know this: clutter will always be there when it comes to technology.
Investing in a power strip is a good choice when it comes to tech enthusiasts, but also when it comes to the average consumer. As we progress and technology becomes more and more advanced, cheaper and more readily available, we often find ourselves wondering why we’re stressing out over the 500 power cables, charging cables, adapters and everything else that is cluttering our desk. Trix is a simple power strip, with a pretty pleasant design that forks into four different sockets. The purpose of Trix is to de-clutter your work-space or entertainment space and offer you a means of charging as well as powering your devices, all at the same time. That’s a pretty simple process and its usefulness lies in its simplicity.
Since it’s a power strip, Trix incorporates two USB 2.0 ports, through which you can connect and charge your devices, such as a smartphone, a compact camera, an MP3 player, a GPS or what have you. The other three forks in the power strip contain power outlets, into which you can plug your random devices, such as your laptop, monitor and desk lamp. Because the principle behind Trix is simple, it demonstrates one of the needs of the average consumer: having a way in which to organize and charge devices without having to clutter our personal space. Besides serving these purposes, one of the best features of Trix is that it is created with multiple users in mind. Allow me to demonstrate.
As a student, I often found myself with colleagues in coffee shops, sipping on a latte until our next class started. We would have an hour or two at our disposal and we would have revised and collaborated on our projects, if we had infinite battery life on our laptops or a power strip handy. As we set out our laptops and devices on the table, it became clear that we could not cooperate on projects using our laptops because the coffee shops’ power outlets and sockets were occupied most of the time, or there was just one socket per table, which was not enough for 3 or 4 persons to use when brainstorming or whatnot. I think that the Trix power strip can come in handy in these situations. you can connect your laptop, while your friends connect theirs and you can spend hours wherever you like collaborating on your projects, sharing ideas and files, all the while not having to worry that your notebook battery will not last.
Even if Trix is targeting those who travel and share a lot, I cannot overlook the benefits the power strip would have for a rudimentary desktop setup for an office environment. I like the design, the size and the forking in the ports. it might just be me, but Trix would fit snugly behind my laptop, housing my laptop, my extra monitor, my desk lamp and my camera, all the while letting me charge my phone and tablet at the same time. For the basic office setup where you don’t have printers next to you, or more than two monitors, a desktop, a laptop or who knows how many other devices, Trix is a great option.
Now, for the things that are not that great about Trix at this point. There’s few of them, so bear with me. First off, Trix is not a universal power strip, as it only comes in versions that are compatible with North American, Mexican, Taiwanese and Japanese socket compatibility. The power strip supports supports up to 100-250V AC, 10A total, in case you’re wondering. That’s a bummer for Europeans and UK residents, but according to the company, if the Kickstarter campaign turns out well, the next step will be to create universal versions of Trix. What’s neat is that you can get the universal plug converter from Trix Point, so that you can use the power strip wherever. The other issue I’ve found with Trix, that might be a personal one, is that it’s a bit pricey. But since it is made from high quality materials and comes with approvals and certifications, I guess that might not be a deal-breaker. Moreover, it’s rather stylish and you can choose from a variety of colors, which is pretty neat.
If you’re curious about the Trix power strip, you can check it out on Kickstarter. If you’re convinced, and think you would like to back this project, the early bird fee is $35 for one Trix power strip, $40 if you miss out on the early bird offer, $55 if you want a Trix power strip and the universal plug converter. You can find more prices on the Kickstarter page, but one in particular looks like the most economical to me: the Trix early bird family pack, which gets you 3 Trix power strip units and 3 universal plug converters. With that in mind, if you want more Trix or if you and your friends are thinking of partnering up on this one, the family pack would be a deal, in case you need the converter, that is. Go check Trix Point out and let us know what you think!