By Jim Williams

Product Details:

The BlueLounge CableBin neatly stows messy cables in a bin. The lid provides an opening for chargers and connectors to be at the ready when you need them. Inside the CableBin a series of adhesive hooks help keep cables organized allowing excess cords to drop down through the middle of the bin. Bluelounge is an award-winning international design studio known for innovative products created for consumers seeking relevant solutions.

Product Review:

The BlueLounge CableBin is a flame retardant (the heat resistance range of CableBox and CableBox Mini is between -20º to 60ºC and is similar to al BlueLounge Cable Management products), cylindrical bin that houses cable clutter, mains blocks, routers, etc. It’s well designed and looks quite good in an office or dorm room setting. The canister is about 12 inches in diameter and about 15 inches tall. On one side of the cylinder, there is a 1.5 inch slot for the cables and wires to come in and out of the cylinder.

The lid has a small rubber and flexible opening for cables to the exit. The size of the opening on the top of the CableBin is only suitable for a laptop or tablet power cord or a USB cable. If you need to run a desktop power cord or monitor cable, it will have to exit from the slot in the cylinder.

BlueLounge recommends, in their instructions, to put a power strip on the inside of the bin. You can actually attach any side-mounting device to the wall with the adhesives, including modems and routers.

I was really impressed by the design to mount power strips inside the CableBin. There are adhesive mounting devices provided that can be attached to the inside surface which fit into the screw holes on the back of most power strips. . You can actually attach any side-mounting device to the wall with the adhesives, including modems and routers. This allows the power strip to be vertical inside the CableBin. This avoids all of the connections from falling to the bottom of the cylinder. These adjustable mounts enable there to be less clutter inside. There are 6 mounts provided which would enable 3 power strips to be enclosed.

It appears that under desks is a typical out-of-the-way location for the bins, but almost every product photo I’ve seen places it near to the outlet so there’s no danger of it unplugging once the power strip is internally installed. This product would work very well in a dorm room or some other situation where there is space to the side of the desk for the CableBin. It’s a sleek and stylish solution to a monster cable problem!

While BlueLounge is headquartered in Singapore, it has global distribution partners spanning over 35 countries including the U.S. Great, thanks. Go to this link for more information.

Jim Williams is an engineer with a B.S. in Chemistry from U.C. Berkeley and an Education Masters in Physics and Chemistry from Manhattanville.