Good for what it is - basic protection only
You don't have a lot of time, so here's the short form. As a general rule, any surge protector your buying for less than $20 and probably less than $30 is not providing you with a lot of protection. The really cheap ones can sometimes provide so little protection you might as well not be using anything. This strip is quite good for what it is. While still basic, it's at least a step above those worthless ones; just don't expect it to do more than the bare minimum.You are probably familiar with a lightning strike frying electronics, but there are other reasons for a protector. The power in your area may not always be "clean". There can be highs and lows to the normal output that comes from your wall and those changes can damage sensitive electronics over time. This unit provides at least a minimum level of filtering and good spike protection, for the price point. The design is quite good in my opinion, though it could have used some side ones for bigger power blocks. The outlets are suitably wide to handle a big cord, but if you have a power brick it's still going to cover up other outlets.Construction is good and the model i'm using, the 7' one, has a great reach. The plug into the wall is small enough to not get in the way too much. It as well has the on/off button on the back of the strip, which while i usually prefer on the top, is not a big deal. It's got the warning lights on it to tell when it's not grounded and when it's not protecting any longer. However, i have read reports that many strips still have the light even after their effectiveness is at an end, still belkin is a good brand so i lean towards trusting what they tell me. Personally, i've never had a reason not to yet.If you want something to protect your expensive hardware, you really ought to be looking at a ups (uninterruptible power supply) or in other words a backup battery. If you get a good one it will protect you from voltage spikes by suppressing high voltages and supplementing low voltages. There's as well the added benefit your computer/tv/etc. Will run for a brief time on battery power if you have an outage. However, this should really be saved for expensive hardware since they're quite a bit more expensive than a basic power strip. It's all a matter of what your needs are. For a baseline protection, you can't go wrong with one of these.