Computer Surge Protectors

Written by Charles Peacock
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When you buy a new computer system, it's always a good idea to plug everything in through a power strip. Power strips (also known a surge protectors) serve two functions: to expand the number of available outlets, and to protect your sensitive computer equipment from harmful power surges. When buying a power strip, just keep in mind that all are not created equal--more expensive models are typically a lot more useful and safe.

Features of Computer Surge Protectors

The most basic surge protectors provide at least six power outlets, and have a built-in system that detects and protects against power surges. If you're looking for a high-end model, you might want to consider a unit that offers more than just these standard features. There are quite a few models on the market today that can provide you with a surprising amount of safety and convenience.

The best types of computer surge protectors actually have different sets of outlets on each individual strip. There is a main outlet, into which you plug the main computer unit. There is also a set of outlets that is tied into this main outlet which will turn itself off when the main unit is turned off.

The advantage of using this type of system is that it saves you the trouble of having to shut off all of your computer components individually. When you turn off the main computer, for instance, your printer, scanner, monitor and other devices will also turn off. This is a great energy-saving feature, since your accessories will not be constantly drawing power and running up your electrical bill.

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