The earliest type of powerstrip was nothing more than a series of outlets mounted in a housing that had a power cord sticking out of the end, if you spent a little extra money, you could get one that had a power switch some of which were illuminated. As computer technology has advanced, so too has the design of the powerstrip. Today you can buy these once simple devices in any number of more complex designs.
The Computer Powerstrip Is Designed to Protect
Where once the only protection a powerstrip could offer you was an easy way to unplug multiple items at one time, today they come with built in surge protection and voltage stabilization intended to keep you expensive computers and peripheral equipment from getting damaged if there happens to be a power surge on the lines. Considering the high cost of today’s electronics, you should never use an unprotected powerstrip.