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Only game in town if you want a surge protector with a switch on each outlet
on May 21, 2013
I loved the idea of a surge protector with a switch on each outlet which would enable me to leave the chargers for cell phones, tablet, netbook, music player, etc. constantly plugged in without worrying about burning them out - plus no more misplaced chargers and I could create a central charging location for all small, portable electronics.
So pros is (a) switched outlets and (b) reasonable surge protection with EMI/RFI filtering, and (c) Lowered electrical costs - this was not helpful for me as I have switched outlets and/or separate surge protectors (i.e., all electronics I only use occasionally are on surge protectors that I keep switched off when not in use), but this is definitely a plus for many people.
The cons are as follows: (1) The plugs are much too close together. Since every one of my chargers has a power brick, some of the plugs were inevitably blocked with the result that I don't have enough available plugs for all devices (2) There is not enough space between each switch and the associated outlet - in some cases, I found that the power brick overlapped the switch, which meant the switch has to be turned on first, which ruined the whole point of this device; (3) The sockets were ridiculously tight and slightly misaligned, which screamed shoddy workmanship to me. I had to unplug the surge protector and very, very, very carefully use a screwdriver to get things lined up and to loosen the openings of the metal liners of every socket before I could manage to insert a single plug. Sheesh!!!; (4) The three-prong plug on this surge protector sticks out from the wall for about an inch and a half which limits where you can plug it in - this should really be a flat plug. In fact, I ended up having to daisy chain this with another surge protector that has a flat wall plug in order to set it up where I wanted it; and (5) this simply will NOT stay mounted on the wall - grrrrrr - I ended up using velcro and superglue in addition to the nails and it still isn't staying put. I saw a couple of reviews that posted suggestions on how to solve this, and I guess I'll have to try one or both of those.
So bottom line, this has horrible, horrible, horrible ergonomics and a somewhat questionable build quality - but it is the ONLY surge protector with a switch on each outlet I was able to find, it works, is awesomely convenient for my stated use (despite the cons) and Tripp Lite does have a reasonably good reputation. Note that I did find a switched power outlet (NOT a surge protector) made by Rosewill, but it also seemed to suffer from build quality issues. So unless and until someone makes something better . . .