Pick up the TRENDnet 8-Port Gigabit GREENnet Switch on sale from $49.99 down to $29.99. This switch comes with free shipping. Dell also offers 5% back via the Dell Advantage, so make sure you sign up for that program before your next purchase.
Electronics deals always need to be price compared as prices fluctuate so often. I compared this exact same model (TEG-S80G) GREENnet Switch from TRENDnet at other popular stores. Here is what they retail for elsewhere:
- $49.99 @ Amazon Canada
- $43.99 + $6.99 shipping @ Newegg.ca
- $46.99 + shipping @ NCIX.com
Now, there appears to be two different models. One has a metal case and the other a plastic case. The price certainly differs between the two cases, with the metal case more expensive. According to the details on Dell, this GREENnet Switch comes in “sturdy metal housing” rather than plastic. Many people prefer the metal housing as it is quite sturdy and does not heat up as much as the plastic case does.
Now, TRENDnet’s 8-port switch uses GREENnet technology to reduce power consumption by up to 70%. That is the big draw of this switch rather than others – over time you will save money on your power bills by switching to more energy efficient electronics. As a switch is on 24/7, that power consumption can add up.
Of course, this switch has more ports than you will ever need. With eight ports, you can plug in everything you own and then a few extras. The switch has a five-year limited warranty.
The reviews on this unit are extremely positive. Seven people have bothered to review it on Dell and the switch averages 4.6/5 stars with 36 reviews on Amazon Canada. Here is one of the reviews from Dell:
I bought this switch to upgrade my LAN to gigabit speeds. I’m very happy with it. It’s got a metal casing, not cheap plastic. I’ve been using it for over a month and have not had to power cycle it. There is no set up either – you just plug in the power and the network cables and you’re all set.
If I needed a new switch, I would be buying this unit. It has everything I need, has a solid case, and reduces energy consumption. I also really like the colour scheme of green and black. I think this is a sweet deal and the free shipping makes it even better.
(Expiry: 19th February 2015)