Some of my more loyal readers may recall back when I originally “sold out” and started doing product reviews in exchange for free stuff. While I felt a bit under qualified to write that blog, I’m happy to announce I’m back in the review game and this time with the reward of free Wolves tickets. Allow me to explain. Continue Reading
It’s official. I’ve sold out.
(allow this news to soak in…you okay?…no?…ahh, you’ll be fine)
Allow me to explain. Recently I was approached by the company Power USB to review 4 of their power strips on this blog. I agree to write a little something about them, and they send me one each of 4 different types of their power strips for me to keep. Free stuff! I’m in on free stuff. Closed circuit to anyone else who wants to give me stuff in exchange for exposure on my blog: I’m interested! On to the review.
I’ve never owned or even used a product quite like these power strips. They’re so much more than a way to increase the number of outlets available to you. They come with software to allow control of three of the four outlets, including setting each individual outlet on timers with the program installed on your personal computer, which connects to the power strip via USB cable.
The computer watchdog version adds a couple features which can be useful to your PC. It can detect if your computer is hanging or crashes by monitoring the computer’s heartbeat, and you can also schedule shutdown cycles.
With the terminal block on the Digital IO PLC Controller version, you can monitor voltages with all sorts of settings that I won’t get into (because they’re a bit more technical than I care to get into right now), but impressive, nonetheless.
The Smart LCD can be programmed with a computer, but then with the built in display, control tasks can be performed locally without having to hook up to the computer again.
Things I Don’t Like
The outlets don’t support polarized plugs. Not sure why this is, but I think it seriously limits how many appliances you can use with these power strips. I also think that only four total outlets, three of which can be controlled with the software, is a bit lean for the price of these devices. I was told these were worth $400, so around $100 each, and I just think you should get more value for your money.
My Final Say
It all depends on your needs as the consumer. If you’re looking for some power strips that are capable of advanced control features, and you’re not in need of too many outlets, then you should strongly consider these power strips. If you’re the average consumer who wants some simple master/slave control of a few devices, or you need to power more than 4 devices, you shouldn’t waste your time or money with these.