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Miguy reviewed on 18 Jan 2012
It is very unfortunate that this niche product is falling by the wayside in Lion. I have been a long time customer of the very useful PowerKey products, dating all the way back to the days of the Apple Desktop Bus.

I own and daily use PowerKey Pro units on 2 Macs, one in the office, and one in the studio, Both Macs are running OS X 10.6.8, and yes, occasionally PowerKey's background application crashes and has to be relaunched at startup, but it has never caused devices not to turn on or off as they should, and a computer restart has never been necessary to restore operation.

PowerKey's utility is high for me on both systems to manage timely power-up of essential outboard equipment at startup. But the greatest utility comes when I leave the computer to complete a task and shutdown on its own: I know PowerKey will take care of shutting down all connected peripherals. It has never failed me. Very cool.

I have not yet made the leap to Lion, but when I do, PowerKey will become a much more basic power strip with functional buttons and LEDs. It has been a 5-star product for me, but given its apparent demise, I can no longer recommend it.

(Sophisticated Circuits says on their website that there is a possibility that the software may be revived in the future. I'm not holding my breath, but I'm also not tossing out my PowerKey Pro box!)
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