I am a long-time and avid buyer of your products. The number of products that I have is a testament to the amount that they have improved my lifestyle. However, it troubles me that so many of your products use the "wallwart" style of external power supply. There are so many of them that they crowd each other out on my many power strips. They are all slightly different sizes and shapes, and although most power strips now provide outlets to fit the vast majority of wallwarts, they are at a wallwart to cable ratio much, much lower than the actual ratio of wallwart to cable devices in my collection.
May I be so bold as to suggest adding a length of cord where the receptacle interface currently is? I know this sounds quite far-fetched, but please, hear me out. It doesn't have to be much - maybe one to two feet at most. Laptop computers have used such a setup for years. Various other devices use such a remarkable device as a length of wire as well; for example, the transformer on my computer speakers, the transformer on my drum machine, and the external power supply which powers my computer monitor.
However, the vast majority of the devices that I need to hook up to a power strip — the transformer for my serial Wacom tablet, the transformer for my powered USB hub, the transformer for my house-wide MP3 broadcast system, the transformers for many of my video game systems, the transformer for my new slim-line DVD player, the transformers for my modem and many network hubs and wireless access point, and countless other labor-saving and life-enhancing devices I have around my house — have one thing in common — they all use wallwarts.
This is very upsetting. In certain places, I need to have 3 6-outlet power strips daisy-chained so that I may power 8 low-voltage devices. As a relatively low-income member of society who otherwise manages to spend far too much money on your fine products, I would appreciate not having to spend large amounts of my wages on power strips, and in fact I stick to strips which use a 5:1 cord:wallwart ratio, as they are only $3 at Target. I suppose that I could simply buy a number of miniature extension cords to add the external length of cord to the wallwarts, but they are not particularly economical.
On a related note, why must the wallwarts be so big? Most of the devices which are being powered take less than 10 watts at 12 volts. This certainly does not necessitate transformers which seem to weigh a pound each, especially considering that the external transformer on my laptop (which certainly has higher power requirements than a minidisc player) is only maybe two ounces. Some of these wallwarts feel vastly over-engineered, in fact, and I can't help but wonder if you're actually adding in lead weights to make the transformers seem more impressive than they actually are. (Many years ago I bought a telephone which used this tactic, in fact; it was perhaps two pounds and felt as though it was robust and well-engineered, so when it broke after two weeks of minimal use, I opened it up to find that the actual circuitry was perhaps one ounce worth, and the rest of the mass was, indeed, lead weights.)
I understand your requirements in keeping the power supply separate from the device itself in order to make engineering and regulation simpler (since then you only have to certify one power supply independent of the hundreds of products which it will power), and as a user of many of these products I also appreciate how the device itself can be powered with replacement power supplies, should the original fail or be lost, and it also allows the bulky and hot-running circuitry to be separated from what is otherwise a sleek (and some would say "sexy") device. So please, I reiterate that I am not asking for the abolishment of external power supplies. I am merely pointing out that it might be friendlier to consumers to make a simple modification to the existing external power supplies which would further boost the comfort and convenience which your many fine products afford. Or, perhaps, bringing the "miniature extension cords" to market in a cost-effective way (perhaps they could be sold in bags of 20 for a unit price of, say, US$0.50 each).
I thank you for your time, and I hope to be liberated from bulky wallwarts in the future.