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P3 International P4330 Kill A Watt PS-10
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Does what it says 11/23/2015

This review is from: P3 International P4330 Kill A Watt PS-10

Pros: It works.
10 outlets-more than most normal strips.
Decent display, simple buttons, no menus.
Max load feature might be useful if running from an underpowered generator or renewable source.
Quite accurate--similar to original Kill-a-Watt.

Cons: No way to leave backlight on. What good is it under the desk?
No way to disable "no load shutdown"
No way to turn off the "leakage" beeper function.

Other Thoughts: P3 is a little too heavy with these feel-good enviro safety features which just get in the way. No continuous backlight--obviously to "save" power. If I want to worry about "leakage" currents well I better stop using computer equipment especially UPS's causes it all leaks. If I don't want power on my cords "for safety", I'll turn the unit off or unplug it. I had this unit on my off-grid solar system with just the fridge plugged in for measurement over a couple weeks. The no load shutdown nonsense turns off the light in the fridge for 5+ seconds until it senses and turns power on after opening the door. How does leaving the fridge open longer and waiting for the light to come on so I can find my beer, save energy? hahaha! I have more plugged in now so this "feature" is suppressed but it's still dumb. Give us the choice to turn off this junk and the unit would be perfect.
The original Kill-A-Watt is still the best and does the same thing without drama for 1/3 the cost.

Tripp Lite N785-001-SC 10/100/1000BaseT to 1000BaseFX-SC Gigabit Media Converter
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Small size. Solid metal construction. No frills or switches to mess with.

Cons: 1310nm laser. This is a 1000Base-LH wavelength laser on multimode fiber. Nothing about this is standard. There is no such thing as 1000Base-FX either. I guess that should have been a clue.
DO NOT bother attempting to use with standard 1000Base-SX equipment due to the 1310nm laser. I suspect these units only work back-to-back cause they certainly don't work with anything else. And if they are getting "2km" over multimode, an extremely dubious claim, more power to them.

Other Thoughts: Look elsewhere at something standards-based.

Avocent 8SV1000-001 SwitchView 1000 8-port KVM Switch
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Quality Control 10/22/2012

This review is from: Avocent 8SV1000-001 SwitchView 1000 8-port KVM Switch

Pros: Simple to use. No frills.
One, albeit thick, cable to the computer makes for a clean installation.

Cons: These units WILL fail over time with some sort of internal power regulator issue, which often takes out the wall wart first (replaceable-9volt 1amp), then the whole unit after a while. We have been through 8 of these units at six different desks, both 8 and 16-port versions, over the past 3 years in 24/7 operation under controlled temps and on clean UPS power. All after the warranty expired of course, however I will be testing the warranty process on one that's 3 only weeks old tomorrow. If we didn't have a substantial investment of about 50 cables, I would switch brands. Avocent has always been good in their higher products like AutoView, but the SwitchView is clearly the low-budget low-quality import product line.

Other Thoughts: I'm not sure why the previous reviewer is having problems with USB. That's all we use and it works just fine. Don't try to use the PS/2 cables with a USB adapter. Be sure to buy the native USB cables.


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Display Name: Ian S.

Date Joined: 09/17/02

  • Reviews: 28
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  • First Review: 02/23/06
  • Last Review: 11/23/15
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