Recoil Winders Hardware Review

Recoil Winders Hardware Review

Nov 28, 2014

So, if you’ve been keeping tabs on our hardware reviews, you probably know that my latest rallying cry is organization. Yes, through all the fantastic accessories — and especially amid all the cables we use to power said accessories — we could all definitely use a helper or two when it comes to corralling the requisite wire.

Enter Recoil Automatic Cord Winders.

Its premise is quite simple: it looks to reduce clutter/promote organization by creating a method to “wind up” cables. Think of those extensible cables that one tugs on to make retract. Well, the Recoil Winders kind of takes that concept and runs with it. And, oh, it promises to do so without the ignominy of tangles and such.

The review box the manufacturer sent reveals an unassuming set of items; the winders come in three general sizes, and come in several different colors. The three pack set also has a storage rack to put the Winders in. Outside the box, the Winders look somewhat like a groovy roll of tape sans the tape. The inner barrel rotates on a spring axis, and has a clip. Now, the way it works is that the user takes cable he/she already owns and inserts it unto the Winder.

recoil3

To use it one with my USB cord, I folded it into per the instructions, and hooked it unto the unit. The piece automatically winds up the cord when the ends are pulled down, creating a tidy roll-up. Pulling upwards releases it, and releasing the tug locks the unit.

I tried it with several different cords… earbuds, charging cables, audio cables and more. Each time, the unit worked as advertised. My biggest concern is based off the “old school” all-in-one units, that almost always broke and/or gave in to kinks, but so far, the Recoil Winders have been flawless.

Big ups to the manufacturer for just about hitting the Golden Accessory Trifecta: price, choice and functionality. They’re intuitive in design, and the ability to use them with one’s existing arsenal is priceless.

KickStarter Spotlight: MOS

For anyone who has a busy and high-tech desk the constant battle with rogue cords can be fuitless and downright annoying. It is amazing that, with the incredible amount of products to alleviate this problem, there still are millions of desks ravaged by cord chaos. My desk, for one, is a casualty to this war and I am constantly looking cords that get sucked down under the desk or are hiding behind some mess. There are a few products that help corral individual cords but most of these involve the risky task of permanently attaching them to the desk; which is just more of a commitment than I am willing to make. While not the perfect solution to all cord problems, a design duo from Orem, Utah have come up with an elegant and ingenious way to literally stick all those conniving cords in one place.

The product is called the MOS, the Magnetic Organization System, which means that no adhesives come into play here. The first thing that stands out about the MOS is the fact that it very much resembles a piece of modern art. Looking like a wonky triangular pebble the MOS is certainly easy on the eyes and would fit in perfectly in any modern office or living room. The way the MOS organizes is by using the actual device as a giant magnetic base station that will grab and secure rebellious cords such as the metallic charger for MacBooks. Other cords, such as the ubiquitous USB, may contain enough metal to latch on, but just in case, included are 3 plastic tags that contain small pieces of metal which allows any cord to attach.

The MOS comes in three makes, the first two being made out of white and black plastic while the third is manufactured from a single block of anodized aluminum which should blend in nicely with any Apple products lying around.

While this certainly does not solve every cord-related problem with modern offices it does alleviate the frustration of searching for a wayward connection. It does all this with a beautiful figure and the plastic versions retail for only $25, but opportunists can pre-order them on the KickStarter page for just $17.