Decko may not be as well known as Chamberlain/Liftmaster, but on paper the Decko 24300 3/4 HP garage opener looks like a great deal. Because it’s a bit more powerful than 1/2 horsepower models, you can use it with heavier doors – up to about 500 pounds. Sitting around the $200 mark means the Decko is priced comparable to the Chamberlain Group PD762EV, another 3/4 HP unit that I quite liked and so unavoidably is a benchmark against which I’ll measure the Decko.
Storm Trooper Fashion
I love the white and black color scheme. It reminds me of the storm trooper armor from the Star Wars films. The looks of the Decko is a big plus in my book, especially given how much I dislike the looks of the Power Drive units from Chamberlain with which it competes. I like my possessions to look good as well as work well, so kudos to Decko for making the 24300 look modern and attractive. As always, your opinion will differ when it comes to looks, so make your own judgments.
Back of the Box
Decko lists a number of key features for the 24300. It can handle doors of up to 7 feet in height and 18 feet in width, but they’ll sell you an extension kit to increase that figure to 8 foot high doors if you have them.
Besides the main unit and rail assembly there are a few other accessories that come with the Decko. You get two three-button remotes and a wall panel and a wireless keypad for keyless entry. The inclusion of the keypad gives the Decko one up on the PD762EV, which doesn’t have one in the box. The 24300 also has the obligatory optical safety sensors so that kids, pets and lost hobbits don’t accidentally get injured by the closing door. If the sensors somehow miss them, the door will also automatically reverse if it senses too much resistance.
This unit can accommodate 200W of lighting, which seems standard for openers in this class these days. Also, much like the Chamberlain PD762EV, the 24300 comes with a lifetime warranty on its motor. If you opt for a slightly cheaper 1/2 HP model you’ll be lucky to get more than a two or three year warranty, so in the long run it may be a better use of your money.
Although it’s not mentioned in the product description, some users say that the Decko is compatible with their vehicle’s HomeLink system. This is not official though, so don’t bank on it.
Missing in Action
Compared to the Chamberlain model it competes with, there are a few things missing in the Decko. The most glaring omission is the complete lack of smart internet features that Chamberlain has in the form of its “MyQ” technology. Since there’s no price difference, that may be an important consideration. In Decko’s favor, the 24300 doesn’t trade on features that require more money from your pocket. To get MyQ to work requires more hardware and more money, so technically the smart features of the competition push their prices up, handing the win to Decko for affordability.
I also couldn’t find mention of code-hopping for the Decko’s remote – either in the Amazon description or on the official product page. If that feature is missing it’s a little disappointing, since this technology makes it much harder for thieves to pirate your remote codes. It may be a minor thing for most, but I appreciate the extra peace of mind.
They Love Me, They Really Love Me!
User reviews for the 24300 have been very positive. They note how easy the unit was to install, how it has an automated programming function, and the good experiences they’ve had with customer service. Installation is helped by a few small, well thought out design decisions. Tool-less wire connection is one of them. The Decko is also reportedly quiet for a chain drive opener, though, unsurprisingly, not as quiet as a belt-driven one.
You should take note that users say there are no paper instructions in the box, so this is a good time to put that tablet to use by getting the manual off their website. One negative point seems to be a fragile cover for the lights, which apparently has a tendency to break.
Further reported negatives I thought needed mentioning include a short remote range, which suggests these aren’t modern tri-band units, and the fact that, in the opinion of some, the opener seems slow to respond.
If you’re looking at this unit you’ll probably also be considering a similar unit such as the PD762EV from Chamberlain. There’s no difference in price; both have the same lifting power and people seem to like either. In my opinion, the Decko looks way better then the Chamberlain. In fact, it just looks good on its own merit. Both units also have a lifetime warranty on the motor. The Decko lacks the option of adding smart functions, it doesn’t seem to have the refinement of the PD762EV, and it has minor complaints about build quality and operation that knock it down for me.
Which would I buy? As much as I dislike the styling of the Power Drive openers from Chamberlain, I think in terms of value for money they would still edge out the Decko, but just barely.