This is a distortion pedal, the circuit adapted from Brian Wampler's 'Liquid' distortion - hence the 'El'. It has volume and drive controls, plus a 'voicing' switch - offering a distinctive 'fixed wah' sort of tone (but not as drastic), plus a more wide open sounding distortion. It has true bypass.
To take up as small a footprint as possible on a pedalboard, El Distorto has a very small and narrow enclosure (100mm x 50mm x 25mm). It's plastic, and the footswitch is mounted so that it rests on the bottom panel of the box to give extra strength. It comes in orange, black or white (cream).
There are no sockets on the sides, as they'd take up more space. In fact the box is so small, there's no room for jack sockets on it at all, so you plug into and out of two Neutrik sockets on antenna-like cables out of the top of it.
In between them is a switch that turns the power on and off (not the effect, but the power to it - the equivalent of the input socket on a standard set-up).
The status of the effect is indicated by the 'angry eyebrows' LEDs.