Sinch takes aim at headphone tangles, we go hands-on
By Tim Stevens
September 13, 2011
The Sinch is not much to look at, we’ll give you that, but it is rather an interesting little thing. Intended to keep your headphone cable a little more tidy, it’s just a couple of slender magnets encased in a rubber band with a hole punched on one end. It’s a remarkably simple design, and a surprisingly effective one, too. We got a chance to wrap our cables around one, so read on for some quick impressions.
The simple packaging for the Sinch doubles as an instruction manual, a few pictures showing you how to use the thing. Spoiler alert: you stick the business end of your headphone cable in through the hole on one end, then wind the rest around your phone or player like normal, leaving the Sinch wedged in between the cable and the device. When you’ve wrapped enough, clap one magnetic end of the thing over to the other and, hey presto, your cabled life just got a little tidier. If your device has a metal case (hello, iPod touch) it’s even more effective, but even on the plastic-backed Droid Charge it worked like a charm.
The Sinch is the product of a collaboration between Dune Road Design and Frog (the company behind the recent dual-screened Android prototype we gave you an early look at), and while it isn’t necessarily more effective than the myriad other cable organizers out there, the big advantage here is size: the Sinch is so small and light you won’t even notice it. You might notice the cost: $15.99, which seems steep for a hunk of rubber and a couple little lodestones. $9.99 would have been more appropriate, but if you hate tangles and like traveling light, give it a go. Or, if you don’t mind making a little more noise, there’s always Velcro.
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