Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) review

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03.Product profiles

Under 700VA

Eaton Powerware 3105 UPS Eaton

Price $129

Good points

  • Second best ease of use overall.
  • Excellent software ease of use.
  • Five-year warranty (2 years pro-rata).

Bad points

  • Nothing to mention.

Upsonic PROffice 650VA UPSUpsonic

Price $99

Good points

  • Excellent software ease of use.
  • Equal least expensive in price.
  • Three-year warranty.

Bad points

  • Software not provided, download required.
  • Longest charge time of all test units.

Power Shield Defender PSD650Power shield

Price $146

Good points

  • Excellent software ease of use.
  • Second-cheapest line interactive UPS in the test.
  • Battery included in warranty.

Bad points

  • Only two power outlets.

MGE Ellipse 600 MGE ellipse

Price $143

Good points

  • Good ease of use and performance.
  • Relatively cheap to run.

Bad points

  • Only one 3-pin to IEC C14 adapter included.

Belkin F6S600auUSB

Good points Belkin

  • Best ease of use overall.
  • Excellent software ease of use.
  • Relatively cheap to run.
  • Three-year warranty.
  • Second-lightest of all units in test.

Bad points

  • Nothing to mention.

PSS UPS Pro650VAPSS

Good points

  • Good ease of use, performance and overall score.

Bad points

  • Equal worst for hardware ease of use.

Opti CS500B Opti

Good points

  • Excellent software ease of use.
  • Relatively cheap to run.
  • Good status lights.
  • Lightest of all units in test.

Bad points

  • Nothing to mention.

Repotec RPT 603AURepotec

Good points

  • Cheapest line interactive UPS in test.
  • Equal least expensive.
  • Equal second-shortest charge time of all test units.

Bad points

  • Lowest ease of use score.
  • Equal worst for hardware ease of use.

APC BE550-AZAPC

Good points

  • Equal best for hardware ease of use.
  • Quality assurance test conducted before shipped (results are attached to device).
  • Cheapest to run annually.

Bad points

  • Nothing to mention.

Powertech MP5200 Powertech

Good points

  • Good ease of use score.

Bad points

  • Software not provided, download required.

700VA and above

MGE Ellipse Max 850MGE ellipse

Price $272

Good points

  • Equal highest performance score.
  • Second longest battery life overall.
  • Second-cheapest to run in the 700VA and over category.

Bad points

  • Only one 3-pin to IEC C14 adapter included.

Powertech MP 5206Powertech

Price $319

Good points

  • Equal highest score overall.
  • Equal highest performance score overall.
  • Excellent software ease of use.
  • Front-mounted LCD status display.
  • Longest battery life of all test units.

Bad points

  • Most expensive to run.

Opti ES 1000COpti ES

Price $366

Good points

  • Equal highest score overall.
  • Equal highest performance score overall.
  • Excellent software ease of use.
  • Shortest charge time of all the test units.

Bad points

  • Most expensive unit in the test.
  • Heaviest of all units in the test

Power Shield Defender PSD1200Power shield defender

Good points

  •  Very good overall.
  • Very good performance.
  • Very good software ease of use.

Bad points

  • Nothing to mention.

APC BE700-AZAPC

Good points

  • Equal best for hardware ease of use.
  • Quality assurance test conducted before shipped (results are attached to device).
  • Cheapest to run in 700VA and over category.

Bad points

  • Nothing to mention.

Eaton Powerware 5110 UPSEaton

Good points

  • Excellent software ease of use.
  • Five-year warranty (2 years pro-rata).

Bad points

  • Software not provided, download required.

Upsonic Domestic series DS800Upsonic

Good points

  • Three-year warranty.
  • Front-mounted LCD status display.
  • Excellent software ease of use.

Bad points

  • Software not provided, download required.

Repotec RPT 1000ARepotec

Good points

  • Very good performance.
  • Equal second-shortest charge time of all test units.

Bad points

  • Nothing to mention.
 

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