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I received my 2012 Pod 5 as a warranty replacement for a 2011 Pod 5 (cracked chainstay), which is my only other modern road bike. I don't have the broad base of experience needed to give an objective comparison, but I've put nearly 1,700 miles on this bike, and here are some things to consider.
When I first plugged this unit in it worked perfectly for about 4-5 hours. Then, while it was under a constant load at about 40% of capacity, it suddenly made a loud popping noise and smoke started streaming out the side. The smoke smelled strongly of ozone. I immediately shut down all the attached devices and powered off the unit, unplugged it and placed it in the garage so if it failed catastrophically it would cause the least damage. It continued smoking for a few minutes, then finally stopped. I've turned it on twice since then and it still seems functional (the display is working and battery life looks right), but I just immediately turn it back off.
I wish I had upgraded earlier. I had been using AutoCad 2006. This is an excellent product. While it has many new features, it retains enough of the older method to be easy to move up to. I recommend trying the free 30 day subscription service too. I found it so helpful that I purchased a one year subscription.
I've had this plugged into the garage for about two weeks now, and honestly, I don't see much of a difference so far. That said, a few months ago we had a few noticeable pests (i.e. rodents) in the garage, and got rid of them at the time...so I guess I can say that it definitely hasn't attracted any additional pests, I'm just not sure it has had anything to do with repelling them. As for insects, this doesn't work at all, just as many flies and mosquitoes as ever. If I see a noticeable difference in the future, I will update this review, but as for now, I'm not impressed. I received this item at a discounted rate in exchange for my honest opinion.