Picked up two of these the last time - as long as you don't get one that is DOA (I didn't but that is a recurring problem in the Newegg reviews) these are actually pretty nice. They are really 1500 watts so you can blow the circuit breaker if your computer is on the same 15 watt circuit - guess how I found out! Even on high the front grill only gets "ouch" versus burned hot as long as you pull your hand away. Nice simple mechanical/dial controls. It only has "high" and "low" settings. A medium setting would be nice, but it is only $10.
The only flimsy thing is the safety tip over switch - it's a little plastic plunger on the bottom of the unit. It's fail safe - if gravity pulls it down out of the unit (i.e. the unit isn't sitting on it) it won't run. The only problem is that the plastic shaft on it is about the size of a coffee stirring thingy. If it snags on a rug, or is treated roughly, I could see it breaking easily. Of course you should never be treating a heater that roughly anyway. Make sure you run it on high outside for about 1/2 hour after you get it - there's a really nasty smell that is pretty much gone if you do that as per one of the Newegg reviews.
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