There really is no way around the fact that you are going to end up using at least one power strip in your server room, if not more. While this may be the case, it does not mean that you should run out to your nearest department store and grab the first $5 power strip you can find. If you do this, you are likely to end up with a number of different problems that you cannot afford to have.
It Is Worth Investing In a Quality Power Strip
One of the biggest reasons for not buying a $5 power strip is that it is not likely to have built in surge protection. While you are probably plugging your servers into a PDU, any of the peripheral equipment you use should be protected in order to ensure that it does not become damaged or destroyed in the event that your facility is hit by a power surge.