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Seems well made, from reasonably decent quality plastics (ABS?), if somewhat medical-looking in those resplendent shades of grey and off-white. It has just the one OFF switch, for all plugs at once, BUT BE AWARE: the button's toggle action is actually very soft, I'd even say TOO soft! It's so soft that if you have cats, dogs or maybe even heavy guinea-pigs, they could easily flip it if they stepped on it! I personally chose to place some strong rubber bands around it to keep it on (those red bands the postie sometimes has around your mail work perfectly, as they're the right size and strength) yet still ready to be turned off at a moment's notice if necessary (but with the bands in place, the button will revert to ON straightaway if no force is exerted to keep in off). I paid £7.50 for my 4-way with 1m cable, which is a fair price-point for this as far as I'm concerned - it's currently (Feb 2014) being offered by Amazon at a little over £8.
These Belkin surge masters are a must for any household that uses expensive electronic equipment i.e. TV, Video, DVD or any form of expensive entertainment equipment. I purchased these for use with my new Toshiba LED TV, and my new Toshiba DVD/VHS/HD recorder and my Virgin cable box. At one time you could rely on a stable supply in UK, but even then there could be transient spikes or what is known in the trade as brown outs where massive surges manifest themselves on the supply network.
Unfortunately sensitive electronic equipment are very prone to these type of electronic disturbances and in some cases especially the massive transient or high current spikes can seriously damage the equipment. This is where the Belkin surgemaster sockets come in, as they will protect your equipment from damage when these surges are present on the power supply network, they have a filter system that bypasses the surges to earth therefore diverting the excessive surge away from the supply into your equipment.
I have used Belkin surgemasters for several years now and have an 8 way supplying my computer and peripherals and an 8 way supplying my studio equipment also an 8 way for my expensive tube guitar amplifiers and associated equipment, I even have a single surgemaster supply the flat screen TV in the kitchen. These days they are relatively low cost as I remember buying my computer and studio 8 way surgemasters they were 3 times the price that they are today, highly recommended for protection of your home entertainment equipment and all electronic equipment.
The Belkin Surgemaster carries a lifetime guarantee and also covers you equipment for £25,000 in the case of damage, that is how confident they are in their own products.
Solid 4 way adapter if a little awkward to actually place. The strip itself is a tad unwieldy due to the width and curve so in the space I'm using it (a small gangway underneath a desk) it sits at a 45 degree angle and is a little awkward to access.
In terms of its use I would recommend it for smaller, lesser-value items that you need surge protection for. It does have an on/off switch which affects the entire unit and not individual sockets which is probably of little use for a home (unless the mains switch is inaccessible) but a nice feature nonetheless.
The product receives four stars for doing its (albeit quite straightforward) job, but does lose one for the clunky design.
If you need a power strip for more valuable items then please look about £10-20 dearer as the level of protection (and in many cases damage insurance via the provider) is much greater. For simple items though this will suit you down to the 'ground'.
Belkin is one of those brands you see around on a lot of electrical goods, and you know you;re going to get a good quality product from them. These 4 way surge protectors are no exception.
I particularly like the little cable tidy clip that sits on the opposite end to the switch - I have 2 outlets in my front room and have 6 appliances permanently plugged in, so I bought a pair of these and plug 3 into each with the cables tucked out of the way.
Bear in mind that these are the BASIC version of the Belkin SurgeMasters and offer their entry level "Home" surge protection of up to 714 Joules / 19500 Spike Amps. This particular model is not recommended to protect AV equipment - TV's, consoles, PC's etc. The next tier above offers some AV and phone line protection, and the Maximum series offers their ultimate surge protection (2700J, 75000A). The full details of these are actually printed on the box that these come in, which I recycled before taking a photo of!
I was looking for a good solid basic power strip, and this is it!
Quite rugged construction, and what looks like a pair of mounting holes in the back of the moulding (not tried them but that is what they appear to be).
Had a sheet of instructions provided which appear to have no relevance to this product, and that issue could stand some review from the maker.
Product is fine, maybe a little bulky, but that was not an issue for me and the place I had marked out for it to live. I prefer it a little hefty rather than flimsy for certain, there far are too many flimsy ones out there already.
I took this on holiday with me so that I could charge multiple items only having to use one plug adapter. I also have one that I use at home because I like that I can be lazy and turn off the plugs in one go instead of trying to fumble behind furniture looking for the wall plug switch. Back on track - I've had no problems with this device, it's never let me down, and I trust it with the charging of all my electronic equipment. It preformed perfectly on holiday too.
I live in an area where lightening strikes are common and I also suspect that we get power surges on the electricity board distribution line. An ex electricity board engineer said he had recorded 280volt surges. I have no idea what this means for my electronic apparatus but it doesn't sound good! I have everything electronic in my house protected by one means or another and this extension is very functional and comes with a guarantee.
I have used these well constructed, reliable power extension leads for many years. Belkin's surge and spike protection is of high quality and backed with a money back guarantee. Even after sales service is second to none. If you want peace of mind when it comes to protecting expensive electrical equipment or protecting certain data elements on your computer, look no further. This power extension provides you with four protected sockets.