PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 10 February, 2008, 12:00am


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All those extras that you plug into your computer not only clutter up your desk with cables, but also eat up lots of power, even when they're in standby mode.

You can always turn them off one by one. But UK firm OneClick has invented a power panel that will turn off all your computer peripherals when you switch off the main CPU.

While it looks like an ordinary power socket extension, the Intellipanel comes with a master switch that will completely power off all devices connected to it, leaving only the panel itself on standby mode.

To use the Intellipanel, you plug your computer into the labelled 'master socket' and your peripherals into any of the other seven sockets or the built-in USB outlet.

When you switch on the computer, power is distributed to the other sockets and the devices connected to them. But when you power off the computer, all power is cut to all the sockets.

To give you an idea of the savings: computers and peripherals have standby power consumptions of 1 watt or more each. When they are all connected to the Intellipanel and turned off, the standby power consumption is reduced to as low as 0.4 watt, according to OneClick.

Unplugging all those devices will do the same trick, but when the power socket is behind your desk and hard to reach, the Intellipanel makes a lot of sense.

The Intellipanel sells for HK$588.

Pros: turns off all your peripherals when you turn off your computer, built-in USB sockets

Cons: expensive way to substitute pulling out the plugs or using a plug with an on/off switch

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