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Product Review – The Ultra 1000VA/600 Watt Time Machine

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Review of the Ultra 1000VA 600 Watt UPS and Time Machine

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” — Abraham Lincoln, (attributed) 16th president of US (1809 – 1865)

Caveat emptor – “Let the buyer beware”.

We call ”em like we see ”em. And we have to admit that over here at frrl dot net Southern Command we got fooled. We got slickered. It was due to an issue of trust. We placed our trust in some folks and they let us down. We were taken in, snookered, made fools of – the joke is on us. It’s our fault. We didn”t do the research. We saw something that looked good. But looks can be deceiving.

The Bait

So when we saw the Ultra 1000VA 600Watt UPS at for $79 we thought about the hundreds of dollars we lost when we got hit with a power surge during a storm. We thought about the data we lost when our servers got hit with a power outage. If we had the UPS our servers would be safe, our equipment protected from surges, and the router and wireless access point would provide our laptop internet access for the duration of a power outage.

So, the outside of the box for the Ultra 1000 UPS says 60 minutes of backup time for a average PC with monitor. We run our servers with a single monitor and KVM switch. The monitor is usually off and so all we have is a couple of servers and networking gear. 60 minutes – more than enough time for an orderly automatic shutdown of the servers and the network gear can continue to run. We have to thank the marketing people at Ultra for that valuable information encouraging our decision to make the purchase on the spot.

Making the kill

So, with $79 burring a hole in our pocket we made the purchase of the Ultra 1000VA 600 Watt UPS.

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Written by frrl

August 5, 2008 at 5:14 pm

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