Desk outlets are devices found on desks that help to make the connections of USB, Ethernet, and even power much safer and a whole lot easier to access. With the use of desk outlasts, you can have all of your desk connections safely and securely organized on your desk while all of the necessary connection cables linking the outlet to your desk are securely organized under your desk. This is way neater and faster than having to crawl under your work desk looking for how to make a connection of some sort. A desk outlet leaves your office space organized and free of any form of stray wires lying about. This means that you would not find yourself or anyone else tripping and making a mess thanks to careless wires lying about.
Desk outlets are sometimes confused with desk grommets or bushings, and while they are similar, they are very different. Where a desk outlet provides you with a solution to your connectivity problem, a desk grommet or a bushing provides you with only a pass-through for cables and not an outlet.
There are different varieties of desk outlets available in the market today from those that are installed permanently, to those that can be removed, those that can be covered and even those that can be retracted. There are different options of desk outlets to choose from, and because of this, it might get a bit or a lot confusing figuring out what outlet is best for your desk. Figuring out the sort of desk outlet you need is dependent on what you need it for specifically.
Generally, there are 3 major types of desk outlets, depending on different needs.
Removable: The first is the removable outlet, and just as its name implies, it is an outlet that is removable. This sort of outlet is typically used when working with a temporary desk. They do not require any form of alterations to be carried out on the desk in order for them to be used. They can simply be attached to the desk for the duration of use. While some can simply be placed on top of the desk, some can be mounted on the sides of the desks with the help of small screws and some others can be attached to the under of the desk using adhesives of great strength or screws as well.
Built-in: The next is the built-in outlet. These types of outlets are those that are built directly into the desk itself. They are very suitable for tables that constantly need a source of power and data connections such as conference tables. With this sort of desk outlet, you would need to have permanent altercations made to the desk by taking adequate measurements of the area in order to determine the most accurate placement for the outlet and then cutting out a chunk of your desk to install the outlet. While many of these outlets do not typically come with a cover, they can be customized to have covers. Having covers on your desk outlets would leave the desks looking professional and discreet. This sort of outlet is also efficient if you have the need for different types of outlets in one unit.
Pop-up: The last type of outlet is the pop-up outlet. This type of outlet is just like the built-in outlets only; these outlets are actually retractable. Just like the built-in outlet, this outlet requires for permanent altercations to be made to the desk but, unlike the built-in outlets, this does not give you the options of having covers or not, instead, they are installed so that they can be completely retracted into the desk when not in use. Same as with the built-in outlets, this type of outlet is very effective for a desk that has the constant need for a source of power and data connection; however, they are also very effective for a desk that wishes to utilize the space when it is not in use. These outlets can come in various forms from the vertically elevated outlet to the pivot opened outlet. These require a whole lot more work than simply cutting out a chunk of your desk to install but, they are very convenient for use.