A while ago, I was talking about the best USB vacuum cleaner. As I was saying back then, these devices don’t really offer too much suction power. If you have been trying to clean the electronics in your home or office but can’t quite figure out a good, safe way to do it, you should check the Metro Vacuum DataVac Pro. This vac/blower from Metropolitan might be the answer you’ve been searching for. Electronics, especially desktop computer towers and printers, are dust magnets and most people have no idea how to properly clean these items. Cleaning them the wrong way can cause more harm than good. This product is a one stop solution to getting the dust out of any and all of your electronics, including difficult to clean charging stations and much more. Let’s look at some additional details, here’s what you’ll learn in the next minutes:
- why would you buy the MetroVac DataVac Pro
- what people are saying about it
- where to get a really nice deal for this product
Here’s a video with the unboxing of the product, I hope you’ll get a better grip on how it looks like:
Specifications and features
|Suction power||One of the most important things to look at in any vacuum is its suction power. Without a strong suction, the job simply will not get done. Thankfully, this Metro vac and blower is surprisingly powerful. The MDV-1BA outputs 65 CFM, the MDV-2BA model - 85 CFM and the most powerful version, the MDV-3BA - 100 CFM.|
|Input power||All 3 versions run on a 120-volt circuit, but feature different motors. The first version uses a 500 Watt, .75 HP unit. The second uses a 780 Watt, 1.17 HP motor and the third, a 900 Watt, 1.7 HP engine which is pretty cool, considering its small size.|
|Dust capacity||DataVac Pro uses paper bags for dust collection and comes with your first 5 in the box. These bags can simply be discarded in your garbage when full. The first one is already preinstalled so you can take the Datavac out of the box and immediately start cleaning.|
|Filtration system efficiency||Nothing is worse than having a vacuum redistribute dust when it is supposed to be cleaning something. The efficiency of the filtration system ensures that the Datavac Pro works well and does not expel dust filled air back out of the machine. The MDV-2BA and MDV-3BA models also feature a micro-filter as an additional part.|
|Weight and Dimensions||This vac/blower is small and extremely portable at just 3 pounds despite being made out of a steel construction. The DataVac Pro measures a mere 16.0 x 4.0 x 4.0 inches which lets you store it a medium sized desk drawer if you want.|
|Warranty||A 2 year warranty ensures you will not regret buying this vacuum cleaner.|
|Accessories||DataVac Pro comes with everything you need to remove as much dirt as possible. A 19-inch flexible hose gives you enough length to reach most of those awkwardly placed electronic components. However, the MDV-2BA and MDV-3BA versions have a hose of 6 ft.!!! If that is not enough, the DataVac Pro also includes a handful of attachments that make your cleaning jobs even easier. These attachments are:|
- a crevice tool
- a soft-bristle air brush which makes it ridiculously easy to access places you once thought were next to impossible
- additionally, the DataVac Pro has a special feature which includes a four piece micro cleaning tool kit that will assist you in cleaning things down to an almost microscopic level.
|Special features||Dual use - With electronics, blowing air can be as useful of a cleaning method as sucking it. We’ve all tried to aim canned air in those tough location, but with the DataVac Pro’s blower, you can leave canned air behind. The blower operates at a power level that is efficient at cleaning, but one that will not damage the delicate components inside your computer tower or small electronics. This is a much more environmentally friendly alternative than canned air.|
|Usability||The DataVac Pro comes with a shoulder strap which brings extra portability and usability. Unfortunately, because of the power of the motor, it is fairly loud, so I would recommend you to do all the cleaning in the middle of the day.|
|Price||As one would expect, this unit comes at the right price. Better yet, check out this offer.|
DataVac Pro vs. DataVac Pro Toner Vac
Besides the 3 models exposed above, the DataVac Pro series feature 2 advanced models which can be used to also clean printers and toners: the MDV-2TCA and the MDV-3TCA. These come equipped with the same motors as their cheaper brothers (MDV-2BA and MDV-3BA), but besides the micro-filter, also have installed the Toner Filter and come with a carrying case, additional filters and accessories (such as the “snorkel” probe attachment) especially designed for cleaning printers, fax machines and toners. Here’s a good offer for the ultimate DataVac Pro model, the MDV-3TCA.
With such great specs, it’s no wonder most of the reviews for this product are positive. This vacuum is the number one seller on the commercial indoor handheld vac category in online retailers like Amazon. People report that the plethora of attachments included all feel of solid, durable quality and like the fact that it is made in the US.
Some in the computer repair field have noted how difficult it is to vacuum up the almost microscopic dust particles that gather on computers. The combination of the excellent suction power and the ability to use the Datavac Pro as a blower means that whatever dust particles are sticking to your electronics after vacuuming, can usually be blown off with ease. This is a comprehensive product designed to clean your electronics fully without putting them at risk of being damaged in any way shape or form.
Many have commented on the product’s surprising amount of suction and blowing power for it’s relatively small size. They tend to like that it comes with all the right pieces to get to the hard to reach places on your computer or the keyboard (which always collects dust and other items which make you wonder how it ever got in there). Nothing is too difficult for the Metro Vacuum MDV-1BA / MDV-2BA / MDV-3BA DataVac Pro.
The price is also great. Check out this nice offer I’ve found for this product.
Another positive frequently noted by users is that no setup is necessary, one of the bags is already preinstalled so just unbox, plug and start cleaning.
The vacuum gets hot using the small tip, but doesn’t always reach necessary places on your electronics without it. This can be a minor issue if you have a lot of electronics to clean in one go. Most people, however, report that the vacuum only gets slightly warmer which is to be expected with a product like this.
Some reviews posit that the hose is too short to reach a handful of places in their electronics and that suction power is limited with the small attachments.
As with any product, reviews should be taken with a grain of salt as everyone has their own subjective opinion. The majority of users who use the Datavac Pro with proper expectations are satisfied with the results.
Final thoughts and VGM
Cleaning your electronics plays a huge part in maintaining their long term functional abilities. Letting dust collect on your desktop can cause it to overheat which eventually can burn out the fan or worse. Investing in a small cleaning device like the Datavac Pro can keep your electronics working in tip top shape for a much greater period of time. The money spent on this vac/blower can be returned multiple times by not having to replace expensive computers and printers before they are really ready to kick the bucket. This is one of the highest reviewed and most popular products in its category on Amazon and, by nearly all accounts, is worth the purchase. Here’s my VGM:
So, what do you think about this product? Have you ever tried a Metro Vacuum unit? Do you have some other kind of feedback related to the subject of this review? Let your words flow in the form bellow.
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