Would be better if NIC was included so monitoring device would easier. I installed this unit in a small cabinet high inside a warehouse area. Only way to monitor is with a lift and a laptop. Fine print informed me that the NIC was not included. Must be Ordered separately and cost more that the UPS. If NIC was included, easy 5 star.
So far after a few months of ownership the UPS does it's job. I took one star off because of the archaic, Vista era monitoring software(Power Alert Agent Console 12.04) that forces you to load Java and is not very intuitive. The competition has you guys beat on that front.
This UPS is of the ubiquitous line-interactive topology. At its most basic level it is functional as such. Given its intended use is high power PCs and other such domestic uses, the fan is blessedly silent during normal operation, kicking in only when the inverter is active (during AC fail or buck/boost). Further, the silent mode option does away with annoying alarms during AC fail. I take exception with Energy Star awarding this (and other UPSs) their label: just sitting there, with NOTHING plugged in it consumes over 20 watts, an excessive amount to keep already topped up batteries charged. The LCD panel itself is of nebulous value: the bright back-light cannot be turned off and the information it presents in terms of load/draw is not accurate enough to be of any real use. While not tragically flawed in any way, I do believe one can do better at this price point.
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