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Honestly now... who has a surge protecter linked up to there computer systems at home? I know I didn't and I also know fried computers are expensive to replace! So along with all my new hardward I swiftly got my self a surge protecter to prevent it ever happening again!
EDIT: For those of you who don't know a surge protector prevents a 'surge'/overload of electrical current reaching your electrical systems, overloading and effectively frying/breaking sensitive electrical products.
The item its seld is well designed. It looks slightly different from most surge protectors as it stands upright, having 3 sockets on each side. This makes it really easy to manage all those cables, especially if you are using this for a computer system, under a desk for example, as all the cables are hanging vertically untangled. Also if a socket is unused you can cover it over with the sliding covers to prevent it getting dusty or little fingers been poked inside! There is also surge protected phone line sockets for your phones/fax/modem. The cable to connect to unit to the mains is 2m long, this is a little shorter than other protectors on the market but for my purposes I have found this plenty. There is also a surge inidcator light on the unit for peace of mind.
For an initial outlay of £16 i have protected my self from any more computer frying incidents! I think this is well worth it because as I have recently found out, not having one of these, and having to replace most of the hardware within a PC costs a whole lot more!
You might ask when starting to read this review, "How can someone get excited about a surge protector?" Well, it goes without saying that many of us struggle with that spaghetti junction of wires tangled under our desks. Whenever I install a new set-up, things look neat for about five minutes. The moment I move something the cables seem to tangle themselves.
Belkin have offered a lot of variants of surge protector before, but this new 'Compact Surge Protector' certainly breaks from the norm and offers a design that should have been released years ago. The products gives you six surge protected sockets, plus three telephone sockets (on input, two outputs). What makes the unit stand out from the crowd is its design. The unit sits vertically, with three sockets on each side. Also, the sockets face downwards, so when you have equipment plugged in, the wires are pointing in the right direction. Fantastic solution this, as it means you can bundle all your excess cable behind your desk or the equipment itself and keep it hidden away.
You can also route your cables in the traditional way, along the floor. To keep things tidy there is a simple, but effective management clip that is connected to the two metre length power cable. The clip can be slid to any position and your equipment cables can be routed through it. This is a nice addition, just a shame there was not two provided for even more flexibility.
For your money you get a very useful and well thought out design. The unit provides 2,190 joules of surge protection, plus £100,000 of electrical insurance for connected equipment. Belkin also throw in a lifetime warranty, which shows how confident they are of their products. Everyone should protect their valuable computer and other electrical equipment with a surge protector. I strongly advise you to invest in one today, and you won't go far wrong with the Compact Surge Protector from Belkin, as it only costs £24.99.
Note: I am the original author of this review at www.geekanoids.co.uk