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FastMac's U-Socket may have veered perilously closer to vaporware territory after what seemed like an endless series of delays, but it finally started shipping out back in January to those patient enough to hang onto their pre-order, and we recently got our hands on one to see if it was really worth the wait. The short of it is that it does indeed work as promised once you get it installed, although that process may not be quite as painless as you're expecting. Read on for our full review.

At $22.95, it's also one of the most expensive power outlets you're likely to find, and makes installing a bunch of them throughout your house quite a pricey proposition.
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I got pretty excited till I saw the price...
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Is this the first time something like this has been done? That's surprising.
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I think one of these in the entry hall or kitchen would do quite nicely; I can see guests using it to charge iPods or BlackBerries. Obviously since it's new it'll be pricey, but it's a lot neater than having one of those bulky AC -> USB adapters.
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I fail to see the value in this. This is very inconvenient.
    
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Originally Posted by RonindeBeatrice View Post
This is very inconvenient.
Yes because I would much rather take up two plugs with one big Wall Plug to USB adapter than add two additional power sources for my multitude of USB Rechargeable Devices like this.



http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl...?s=convenience
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This is such an incredibly good idea I'm in awe. Do want many, many of these.
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At $22.95, it's also one of the most expensive power outlets you're likely to find, and makes installing a bunch of them throughout your house quite a pricey proposition.
They have obviously never heard of hospital grade receptacles.
    
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They have obviously never heard of hospital grade receptacles.
What?

This is for consumer use. Not for hospitals. lol
 
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post #9 of 17
Saw these a while ago on some Best Gadgets of 2010 or something like that. Not a bad price either. Might just switch out 4 or 5 sockets around the place.
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I can imagine people installing this and forgetting to turn off the main power fusebox.
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