This is a better option than a flat power strip for several reasons-- first the swivel, it helps more than you think if you have many things that need to be plugged in. It has 4 USB ports which saves outlet space to begin with. Has heavy duty 3 prong cord, and all the outlets offer 3 prongs as well. I like that it is upright and can sit on a desk etc (though I used alien tape to secure it on the desk as it could be pulled off.) I have no complaints about this product.