Summary: I hate reviews that are like "5*s, it is what it says it is", there's a joke about this, a Tornado warning app has loads of 5* reviews saying "The interface is great, this is a great app" and one guy puts 1 star "It didn't warn me about the tornado". It skews the rating. So I write this hoping to give a useful review. There's a standard protocol for UPSs that should make them plug-and-play, this device is MOSTLY compliant.
Summary: An absolute bargain. I decided to buy a UPS after having several power cuts which damaged hard drives, this had a good rating on Amazon so decided to give it a go. The setup took a few minutes to plug into my computer, router and a few other devices. The top four sockets use the battery to keep them on for a while until the battery power is used up. The bottom four are surge only.
Summary: Following the instructions, I connected the battery, plugged the unit in and left it to charge. Then I tested every socket with a lamp - all okay. Next, I plugged my computer into it, connected the USB cable and installed the supplied software. As a power supply it's fine. To test the function, I switched off its wall socket, with my computer still on. I got the due warnings.
Summary: I have received two of these UPSs. One to back up my PC and Peripherals. Another to Backup my NAS and Peripherals at the other end of my Bungalow. So far - I have one installed to my PC - Charged up - Software all setup. I live in a village with constant loss of power for about a minute at a time. I have charged the unit for 24 hours. Plugged my PC + into the master output socket on the unit. Switched off the power to the unit.
Summary: There is a multitude of different UPS's out there and some are ridiculously expensive. This does a great job for a reasonable price, it has a lead acid battery pack so is quite heavy, as long as you use it only for lightweight equipment (don't go plugging in printers an heavy use items, just use it to protect and keep alive computer, router, external hard drive etc.) it will give you plenty of time to shut things down correctly.
Summary: Purchased two to provide UPS support to 4 Synology disc station NAS and local network switches. Two on site and two off site. Recognised by the NAS, DS110j running DSM 5.0-4482, and manages a controlled change to safe mode on the NAS in the event of mains outage. Not tried the PowerChute software but the UPS are spot on.
Summary: This product is genuinely silent, all the time, apart from a little beep to let you know when it's running on battery power. And it works well out here in the country where power interruptions are regular events. I've found it preferable to have several of these units rather than the bigger one I had before. There's one for each computer, one for the modem-router, one for the phone system, and so on.
Heavy-duty protection for your valuable computer equipment.
Alan Ralph, Amazon
25 March 2014
Summary: I bought this after my old OneClick intelligent power-strip finally succumbed to old age. The price reflects the fact that not only will this box guard against power spikes, but will also keep your equipment going in the event of a power cut or fluctuation. There is a little assembly work required before you start using it - the battery is inside the box but unplugged for delivery, so you need to take a small cover off, place your hand on the battery and turn the unit...
Summary: 5* recommended. In the winter storms we had two short power cuts and several power dips, the UPS switched in automatically every time and kept the PC and peripherals running perfectly. When connected to a PC with a USB lead, your Windows power management software may see the UPS as if it was a laptop battery, but it is worth installing the included `PowerChute' software which lets you configure the UPS and monitor any power problems that have happened.
Works great with an iMac - should have bought one years ago!
19 February 2014
Summary: Last year a series of power cuts destroyed one of my hard drives. When it happened again this weekend (the drive was recoverable but data was lost) I decided it was time to bite the bullet and install an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). Fortunately the company that gets the best reviews for these things also seems to make the cheapest devices. APC have a calculator on their website to help you decide which model to get (apc.com/tools/ups_selector/).