When it comes to electrical outlets, not much has changed over the past 100+ years they've been around. On the outside you have two power outlets for your appliances and devices, and on the inside standard hook ups to connect to your home's electrical wiring.
The OUTlet hopes to shake things up a bit, especially in more modern homes, with a convenient and intuitive design change to the classicelectrical outlet. With a unique take on what the electrical outlet should be capable of, the OUTlet succeeds in doing just that and a little bit more.
The OUTlet USB: a power outlet for the 21st century
In the age of technology, power outlets and charging ports have become hot commodities. While surge protectors and power strips are excellent alternatives to increasing your outlet count, the OUTlet aims to cut out the middle-man with an easy-to-install retractable outlet that replaces your current power plugs.
Featuring a nifty retractable design, the OUTlet houses four power outlets in total along with an two USB ports for charging your devices. It's retractable design is the kicker here and what should be praised here, as with just the press of a button the OUTlet opens up and provides access to two additional power plugs and one additional USB port.
Everything you need to install it is provided, including a wall plate, mounting screws, and installation instructions. Installation is pretty straightforward, but if you are unfamiliar with electrical wiring or installing an outlet we'd highly recommend consulting a professional.
WARNING: Please consult with an electrician before installing the OUTlet in your home. Damage or injury can occur if done incorrectly. If you are unfamiliar with the process of replacing electrical outlets, have a professional handle it!
The OUTlet USB: our verdict
The take-away with the OUTlet isn't that it completely changes how outlets perform, but that it takes the old formula and turns it to 11 with some much needed versatility. The additional power outlets coupled with it's space saving design and form are a step in the right direction, proving that there's still much to be improved upon when it comes to electrical outlets.
The retractable design is excellent, sturdy, and reliable. It's housing is both durable and rugged, ensuring it'll last for years to come if taken care of properly. The added power plugs and USB ports are a life saver, too! You'll no longer need to drag silly USB power plug converters everywhere around your house if you've got these installed.
Installation is very straightforward as well, and if you're familiar with basic electrical maintenance will cause no issues for you. The screw-less face plate is also a very nice touch, and keeps your wall looking simple and clean.
All-in-all, the OUTlet is an excellent little piece of ingenuity and innovation that we'd like to see more of. It's a simple change to a classic design that works wonders, and works perfectly as a companion plug for your desk, office, TV stand, or other cable-intensive areas.
We at T3 want to help you find the best deals on your favorite products. For more news, reviews, and great deals – as well as helpful buying guides – check out the articles below:
- iPhone 12 Apple event: release date, price, specs for Apple's next flagship
- PS5 pre-orders: Where to buy PS5
- iPhone 13 set for ESSENTIAL upgrade that iPhone 12 is missing out on
- PS5 storage space unveiled – Here's how much room you have for PS5 games
- WhatsApp FINALLY rolls out this long overdue feature
Head on over to our Amazon Prime Day 2020 hub, too! You'll find all the best deals at Amazon happening right now PLUS early Prime Day deals you can jump on right now.
Be sure to also check out T3's Black Friday deals hub as well! We'll be following the biggest sale event of the year closely, with updates on start times, best deals, what to expect, and more!
You can also take a look at our Cyber Monday deals guide to get an early start on the biggest online shopping day of the year! Learn where to look for the best deals, what to watch out for, and more!
And last but not least, head on over to our best Christmas gifts guide to check out all of the hottest products and gear set to be the gifts to go for this year.