Heckler Design is a firm known largely for its OneLessDesk and Office, however after a successful KickStarter campaign earlier this year, it introduced the OneLessDrop, a weighted tool to keep the power cord off the floor and on the desk. Roughly three months ago, Bluelounge, a company known for its Apple-related accessessories, released the Sumo a tool which dirrectly competes with the OnelessDrop in terms of its function. Determining the better soluction comes down to form and price.
Heckler Design’s OneLessDrop –which now serves as Heckler Design’s logo– was officially funded on KickStarter on March 2, 2011 as a very simple solution to a problem almost everyone has with cords; the second a cord is unplugged it falls behind the desk. With the OneLessDrop, the cord stays put. In addition to power cords, one can use the OneLessDrop with iOS adapters, and various other wires so long as they are not “orca fat.” It’s design is basically an “H” with slots for wires above and below the center bar as well as rubber feet for grip.
On October 17, 2011 Bluelounge introduced the Sumo, a tool which goes along the same principal; put a heavy weight over wires so they stay put. Its design would best be described as a halved cube with holes on the bottom for wires. It too has feet to keep it in place, however rather than using a rubbery material, Bluelounge used a suction material to temporarily adhere it to the surface.
Both the OneLessDrop and Sumo allow for roughly 2 average cords to be used at the same time. In terms of weight, they are very similar, however the Sumo is slightly heavier –which must be due to something inside as its exterior is plastic while the OneLessDrop is aluminum. They perform equally.
Design-wise, I am partial to the OneLessDrop’s aluminum design (seriously, it is all aluminum!) and simplistic look. The Sumo is less impressive with its glossy plastic makeup, granted you get what you pay for; the OneLessDrop goes for $25 while the Sumo is just $12.
In the end, I am using Heckler Design’s OneLessDrop solely because it is more pleasing aesthetically. Bluelounge’s Sumo gets the job done, just in a less beautiful manner. I believe it comes down to what one is looking to spend on a cable device like these and I’d really reccomend them both.