When it comes to Monster vrs Prime surge protectors, there are several important criteria to examine before making an informed decision. Prime has been in the surge protector market for about 20 years. Even though Monster Cable has been on the market for around 30 years does not necessarily make their products better. Ready outlets to buy a product are a huge consideration. If you cannot hop in the car and head down to your local electronics store to buy Monster cable surge protectors or Prime, it is a little hard to use them. A search of Best Buy, Target, Wal-mart, Kmart and Circuit City produced few Monster Cable products and fewer Prime products. A few audio/video and one 2-socket outlet mounted surge protector were all that came up for Monster and 2 of the cheapest power strips for Prime.
Unfortunately, this detracts from both brands because when you have to have it, you do not want to have to order it online and wait for days to receive the protector or pay an exorbitant fee for overnight shipping. For convenience sake, this comparison is between the Monster Cable MP AV 800 and the Prime PB004125 Elite since they are both used for the same purpose and have 8 outlets. The reviews on both are very good to excellent so it comes down to features, warranty, and price.
The Prime PB004125 has RJ11 telephone line protection and RJ45 DSL protection. Coaxial cable line for CATV and cable modem protection and a snug-plug with a 10-foot long cord. If the surge protector kills itself to save your electronic equipment, an audible alarm will sound. This protector will cut the electricity to the electrical outlet if it detects a power spike. This prevents power from flowing through the unit and reaching your electronics. Child safety covers are a plus, as well as a lighted on/off switch. It includes a 6-foot phone cable and an amazing warranty of $400,000 covers all connected equipment. In stock new for $22.99
Wondering are Monster cable surge protectors worth it? Well, the Monster Cable MP AV 800 has coaxial and phone line protection, easy hookup color-coded outlets that are labeled and have matching cord labels. An 8-foot cord with flat profile right angle plug and 3 wider spaces on the strip for larger AC adapter transformers. Twenty-four carat gold contacts, 1,480 Joules, and a warranty of up to $25,000 to cover connected equipment. In stock for $24.95. For the price, that kind of protection is well worth it.
Compare the benefits of Monster cable surge protector units vs. Prime. The specs on both are good, but the most important Prime versus Monster surge protector difference is in the warranty. The $400,000 vs. $25,000 does not even compare. The Prime power cord is 2-feet longer, which can make all the difference when electronics placement is a consideration. It is not clear whether or not this Monster product has the “beep of death” found in some of their other protectors, which would compare to the audible alarm in the Prime model. The difference in Joules is obvious so that is one more strike against the Monster Cable MP AV 800 compared to the Prime PB004125 Elite. The choice is yours, but with this side-by-side comparison, an informed decision can be made.