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Not only is this extremely convenient, it's also a great way to save energy because, as we're constantly being told, leaving stuff on standby still uses a fair amount of power and a lot of computer peripherals use external power supplies which still draw current even when the device is off. In contrast the IntelliPlug uses a mere 0.4 of a Watt when in standby. So if you use a few of these for all your computer peripherals, the various boxes plugged into your TV, and your Hi-Fi, and whatever else you can think of, you can be set to save a nice chunk of change on your electricity bill.

The actual models I'm looking at are the IntelliPlug (#DSK105) and USB IntelliPlug (#USB105) three way adapters. The USB in the latter refers to its ability to detect when to turn peripheral devices on when used with a laptop, which I'll explain in a little more detail in a moment. Each plug has three sockets - one master and two peripherals - so you can control two extra devices, which is enough for your monitor and a set of speakers, say. However, if you have a rather more complicated setup then you may want to look at OneClick's IntelliPanels that have seven peripheral sockets and can be had for around £20.

It goes without saying that the aesthetic qualities of a plug socket are not going to be high on most peoples' agenda. However, I can't help but point out that these things aren't for show, in any way, shape, or form. Having complete instructions and annotated plugs and sockets makes for great usability but doesn't do much for the looks department. Good, then, that the IntelliPlug's primary use sees it being tucked down the back of a desk or TV cabinet.

While the setup of the non-USB plug couldn't be more obvious and straight forward the USB version requires a bit more explanation. The reason for its existence is that a large number of laptops don't suck up enough power to trigger the master device switch. So if you use a laptop as your master device with the standard IntelliPlug, your peripherals will never turn on. However, the USB version uses a special cable that runs from the IntelliPlug to a USB port on your laptop. So, when you turn the laptop on, its USB ports are activated, which the IntelliPlug detects, so it turns the other devices on. It's a system that works very well but does have one obvious flaw in that it takes up a USB port on your laptop, so you may want to invest in a small USB hub as well.

Mark Greenhalgh

August 13, 2008, 3:36 pm

This worked okay for 18 months, then peripherals (including monitor) started being switched off while I was still working on the PC. A few days later, it wouldn't switch on any peripherals with the PC at all. Oneclickpower didn't want to know as it was out of warranty.

1yr warranty is inadequate for a product like this, which should last decades. A waste - considering how much it cost it didn't save anything like enough electricity to justify itself. When you add in the cost of resources used in manufacture - it's definitely not a green option.

George Clarke

August 27, 2008, 9:02 pm

Here is my letter today, 27 August 2008, to One Click Technologies:

"Dear Emily,

Thank you but no thank you, I had been considering going on to purchase the version for he household circuits but, with this case of 㾿.94 total price for 17 months as an example, it is far more economical to stick with turning everything off which is not in use.

Nice effort, but come back to me when you have a 10 year warranty or a far cheaper price.

George Clarke"

This period would seem to be the average life of these gadgets and my letter, I think,, says it all.


December 1, 2008, 10:10 pm

E-ON call the OneClick Intelliplug 'Powerdown'. I have written to E-ON in these terms ...

Your appliance 'Power-down' should be more accurately called 'POWER-UP',

and potential purchasers and users should be so warned.

I have now tried two examples. Yes, it does what it says on the box it

does - it switches off all peripherals if the CPU is switched OFF.

What it also does is to switch my CPU and all the peripherals back ON

within seconds if the CPU manually or automatically is switched to Sleep

mode. It then stops the whole system going to Sleep, wasting even more


I use an Apple Mac G4 with a range of peripherals.

OneClick now tell me:

· Some Apple Mac products use a lower amount of power which may not be detected by our other products.

· The Apple Mac needs to be shut down rather than left in sleep or hibernation mode.

· An internal conflict may cause some USB peripheral equipment to wake up the computer.

I suggest that a new product needs to be developed which will switch off

peripherals when the CPU is in Sleep mode. That will save electricity.

J Morgan

January 15, 2009, 6:29 pm

bought 2 from E-on,but seem to have a built in lifetime, the first lasting 16 months,the 2nd lasted 13 months.They may do all thats promised on the box but hardly a good investment


January 25, 2010, 6:56 pm


I bought 10 of them for work. I currently have 5 in my draw which have broken. I have tried numerous times to contact the manufacturer but they have never got back to me.

Terrible product and terrible customer service.

Good idea thoguh, badly exectued

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