Belkin Conserve Smart Power Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Design 8.5
Usability 10
Installation 10
Value 8.8
Distributor: Belkin
Reviewer:
Andrew Bistak
Release date: Out Now

8.9


Belkin Conserve Smart Power

This nifty device from Belkin allows you to control up to six electrical devices via the on and off button on your TV. The power board basically turns off all over devices once it senses that your television is off. The idea behind the Belkin Conserve Smart Power is to save power for the user.

Recent surveys have indicated that the average Australian home wastes around $180 per year on devices that use standby electrical. When a device is in Standby mode, the electrical product may appear to be off but in actual fact is still using power. The theory behind the Standby mode is to allow these devices to power-up faster but unfortunately there is a cost.

This means that a plethora of electrical products in your home that are still using electricity such as DVR's (e.g. TiVo), Gaming Consoles and other entertainment devices.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a study found that an entertainment system configured with a DVD player, VCR, video game console, subwoofer and amplifier which are in Standby mode for 19 hours used around $0.117 per kilowatt an hour. This could equivalent to around $76 per year of wasted money and depending on how many items you have connected, a great deal more.

Thankfully there are products available to minimise this and Belkin Conserve Smart Power is one of these products. Installing the device is quite simply, you just plug the unit into the mains, connect your TV to the green coloured socket that is entitled "Master" and then connect any other devices that don't need to be in standby mode when the TV is off. For example, this might be a PlayStation 3, a Blu-ray Player, a Hi-Fi system or a subwoofer. For devices that need to be constantly turned on such as a TiVo or other DVR device, there are two spots at the end of the board for "Not Controlled" which do not get turned off when the TV off.

The only drawback of the device is that some TV's use a considerable amount of power when in standby mode such as some Plasma TV's. We tested a 50" Sony Plasma TV and over a year it used about $32 of electricity in Standby mode. Even so, the Belkin Conserve Smart Power will ensure that other devices do not use additional power when in Standby mode and more importantly, it is extremely convenience.

The Belkin Conserve Smart Power retails for $79.95AUD (March 2011) and would easily pay for itself over a year, depending on how technological savvy you are with your entertainment devices. However with that said, the device is not just for entertainment system and could also be used in a small office and other scenarios. It's definitely worth investigating!

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