Top ten off switches

We all need to turn things off from time to time and there's no better way than with an off switch. But it's so much more than just a faceless button -- we look at some of the best we've ever seen

In the last ten years, the off switch has seen something of a decline, being replaced by its trendier sibling, the standby button. But we miss good old offy -- his sturdy construction and good humour were a welcome break from the monotony of day-to-day life.

There's good news though. With the environmentalists throwing a fit pretty much every couple of hours about how much carbon we're blowing out of our electronic bottoms, trendy standby is becoming a technological leper.

Does this mean we'll see the glorious return of our old friend? Whatever happens, it will be years before all these devices with vulgar standby buttons are purged from existence. In the meantime, we've compiled a list of our favourite off switches along with gratuitous shots of them. We're sure you'll disagree with some of our choices, but feel free to use the comments section to tell us about your favourites. -Ian Morris

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