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Not particularly good for Sleeping PCs, but there's a workaround...
on 22 May 2013
This product is just what I wanted shut all my other stuff off when my PC was shutdown and works great.
However, if you want to use this on a PC that goes to Sleep after a certain amount of time it still works but as the power to the PC is actually cut you'll find your PC loses its sleep mode and will display the "Windows did not shut down properly" message when you boot up again.
To get around this I plugged my PC into the "Always On" socket and used my monitor as the device the Energenie would watch. Now when I put my PC to sleep the monitor automatically goes into standby which the Energenie detects as the indication to power everything else off.
Now I can get going again by just hitting a key on my keyboard to wake my PC and pressing the button on the Energenie to power on everything else.
I'm guessing your mileage may vary depending on the type of monitor you have and if the current it drops when going into standby is enough to trigger the Energenie.
I would a star as I would have liked it to have one socket specifically for the PC which it uses to detect but doesn't kill power to that socket so you could let the PC go into sleep mode. Considering the product works fine for shutdown PCs then I can't really drop the star.