The six outlets are arranged in two rows with the earths (grounds) all facing towards the centre (look at the picture). The plugs for the appliances I wanted to use it with have a mix of cords at either the earth and non-earthed ends of their plugs. Unfortunately, for those plugs with a cord at the earthed end, the plugs takes up two outlets (the one it is plugged into plus the outlet directly across from it). So, check the plugs you wish to use this with. If they have cords on the earthed end, this product may not be for you. The surge protector is otherwise great and exactly as described. The switches are of high quality with a good click sound when flipped.