Re: The smoke is its soul leaving its body...
" I ran across a switchable supply from a major vendor just recently. It was $10 cheaper than the universal one. "
The difference is frequently less than that and I won't have them if avoidable for exactly the same reasons others have pointed out.
Amongst other things I've had systems "mysteriously fail" after staff were refused an upgrade - to find when arriving onsite that the 230/110V switch had changed position.