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It's huge, and don't count on universal Cat5 (RJ45) backwards compatibility -- test it with your equipment first!
on February 5, 2014
The spool is a solid inch thick, and the plastic body is three inches across at the long diagonal where the cable feeders are squared off, with the plugs (when retracted) sticking out a good 1.25" farther from those ends. You may have seen Ethernet spools before that compare in size to a stack of 4-5 US dollar coins or Canadian loonies; this is more like a hockey puck by comparison.
The other problem was its plugs' incompatibility with my equipment. Cat7 cables have an extra metal contact around the outside of the plastic plug compared to old Cat5/Cat6 plugs, which makes the plugs on this unit a very tiny bit wider. That's probably OK for laptop and wall Ethernet jacks that don't enforce tight tolerances on plug widths, but my ASUS WL330-NUL pocket router's jack was too narrow to get this plug in all the way, while an old Cat5 plug worked fine in it.