It was unusual to see online that the new Studio Display shipped with the power cord attached and coiled on the back of the stand. It is shocking to learn that power cord is not removable, especially after the M1 iMac came with magnetic power connector, something shallower than standard electrical connectors to satisfy Apple’s obsession with thinness.
I guess the point of the cylinder is to provide a better grip and leverage, since removal requires a lot of force, and for the force to be applied evenly and perpendicularly. Linus of Linus Tech Tech Tips and a colleague did it without a tool on their video podcast (link goes to point in the video clip where they pull it off, he rants about the design decision quite a bit earlier in the clip).
No one’s shown this removal ‘tool’ in use yet. It looks weird, as if the plug socket end is going into the tool itself; but actually he’s just holding the plug socket in his hand to stop it flapping around during the ‘pull-out’ process.
I’d much rather have it come default with a decent stand or that it got a second input before I worry about the removability of its power cord.
The choice might be unconventional, but does it bother me? Not really. Of the dozens of screens (Apple and others) I’ve had over the past decades, I not once had a problem with the power cord itself. I’ll readily admit though, as somebody who used to move around a lot and work in different countries, being able to swap the cord is a lot nicer than having to resort to a plug adapter.