By Howard Young
I've always used canned air to blow and dirt out of my computer, but now with the powerful electronic duster made by DataVac, this is now a thing of the past. Besides being economical, the ED500 doesn't spew out fumes that may be harmful or fatal. This is especially important if you have children around.
The constant air flow of 75 cubic feet per minute (CFM) rapidly dusts beyond what canned can remove. The duster is turned on and off by depressing the convenient switch with your right thumb. Since you get continuous air, there is no need to burst the air out like you would do with a can. Just hold and spray the air over the dirty area to clean.
Another nice feature is that the air comes out at room temperature so that you don't have to worry about freezing things like you would with compressed air. Your fingers won't get frostbitten if you're holding delicate parts while cleaning.
The ED500 has three different nozzles that give you from pinpoint control to a fanned out pattern for dusting larger areas. I use the pinpoint to clean fans and air intakes on my computer and the widest nozzle to dust the cables and desktop.
The twelve foot power cord is more than adequate for dusting a small area such as a home office yet not too long where it gets in your way. I do like that fact that canned air works without electricity which is one bad point against the DataVac.
Depending on how many cans of air you go through a year, it may take you several years before you actually save any money. But what we are experiencing is that we clean things more often than we used and are more likely to use it throughout the house instead of just cleaning our computers.
All in all, the Metro Vacuum ED500 with its 500-Watt motor is a fantastic electric duster that can be used to clean just about any dusty thing in your house.
Our rating: 4 out of 5.