In the 80's I can recall walking through a small warehouse for an amateur radio retailer in the rurals of Georgia and finding a few boxes of AC line treating products by Tripp Lite. As one that enjoys nursing elderly radio equipment as well as older workstations....including renovating older UPS products, it was my pleasure to purchase the OmniSmart 1500/810 and set up for supplying my favorite Workstation (Len.D20). The OmniSmart is smaller in footprint than most of the UPS of the same capacity however it pulls up two rear panel buss lines of surge protected + surge & AC fail protected receptacles. I enjoy the reference information on the front LCD panel that gives me an idea on the quality of the input into the OmniSmart as well as the variable loads optimizing the rear buss receptacles. Given the price on some of the other brand OEM batteries and the hit & miss prospect of a user friendly UPS to maintain an older piece of gear vs the price of a new Tripp Lite product I plan to hang in with the guys that were the originators of the science back in the year that I found the Tripp Lite product on the warehouse shelves of an amateur radio stockroom of the early 1980s.
This is the second time I bought one of these units. I liked the 1st one I bought for my gaming rig, I decided to buy the exact same one to replace an old failing UPS I had my wife's computer on. The only thing i don't like about it is Tripp Lite no longer sends out monitoring software with them. I liked being able to monitor and test my UPS from my PC. Yes, this unit has the LED display on it but it sits on the floor, behind some furniture and I am old and don't want to crawl down on the floor, move the furniture to check it's health.
This unit protects my desktop computer and printer. I experience one instance that it did just that. Instead of my computer and printer being zapped by what appeared to be an electric spike, the Tripp Lite tripped the room circuit breaker rather than damaging my PC and printer. Since the computer and printer stayed on I didn't lose any data nor have any damage done to them. The only negative would be that it's not easily moved because of the weight and does take up more room than a smaller less powerful unit. A small price to pay for a good product.
The only problem I had was the computer didn't properly recognize it when I plugged in the USB cord. I searched Tripp-Lite's site for drivers and couldn't find any. It turned out that they weren't needed, but it would have been nice to know that. There's almost no information about installing the product. It showed up in Device Manager but showed a problem as if it needed a driver. I wound up unplugging the USB cable and plugging it in again and the problem went away, so I'm guessing it was just a bad connection. However, a little more install instructions from Tripp-Lite would have solved the headache. It would have been nice to know that a driver wasn't needed. I would then have looked elsewhere for the problem.
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