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APC BE650G1 650 VA 390 Watts 8 Outlets Back-UPS 650
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs As expected, good UPS 08/29/2014

This review is from: APC BE650G1 650 VA 390 Watts 8 Outlets Back-UPS 650

Pros: Having had the BE750G and 3 BE550G UPS units, when I was in the market for another, I decided to get this BE650G1 while on sale.

Even thought none of these are true sine wave UPS, I only have Corsair and Cooler Master PSU's, and they all work flawlessly with these UPS models. Try taking an active PFC PSU, connected to a non true sine wave UPS, unplug the UPS and see what happens. Most PC's will just be off, as if power was out without any UPS. With the BE models, and a corsair PSU, pulling the plug is a non issue. With the Cooler Master PSU, you can hear a slight buzz from the PSU. For a short period of time, this isn't going to harm the PSU, by short period of time I mean 15 to 20 minutes. Every active PFC PSU manufacturer's PSU will respond differently to a non true sine wave PSU, such as Antec, which will simply act as if power has been removed from the PC.

Cons: Unlike the BE750G, the 550 and 650 will not report the wattage draw from the attached equipment. Not really a con, just a nice feature that is on the 750 when using the power chute software. Personally, I don't care for the power chute software and let Windows take control.

If you have installed powerchute, and then removed it, and wonder why you no longer have battery options in power management, go to your device manager and uninstall whatever APC UPS model is listed, and uninstall the drivers when asked. Wait a few seconds, then scan for hardware changes. Windows will pick up the UPS and install it and your battery options will be back in business. No, windows will not report the exact model or brand.

Other Thoughts: Having PC's ranging from k2600K, OC'd to 4.4GHz with SLI video to H77 chipset boards using built in graphics, using the BF750G to determine the draw from each PC at max performance was a real eye opener. My highest wattage PC with an i7 2600K and dual GTX560Ti FPB in SLI drew a whopping ~330 watts while gaming. At idle it was less than 150 watts. My average PC at idle, with dedicated GPU runs roughly ~80 watts.

My home server, an i7-3770, no dedicated GPU, 6 HDD's will run ~25 minutes on a BE550G. I have 4 BE550G models, 1 of which maintains 2 PC's each. I bought the BE650G1 and have my home server and another E8400 dual core desktop connected to it along with a mybooklive, netgear router and my wireless internet power supply. Living in the country it isn't uncommon to have voltage fluctuations, and these UPS's take care of that. I have yet to have one fail to safely shutdown a PC on the rare occasion that power is out an extended period of time, usually power is out for less than 5 minutes, and from any UPS connected PC, I'm online doing whatever as if power wasn't out.

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APC BE650G1 650 VA 390 Watts 8 Outlets Back-UPS 650
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs just an FYI 08/25/2014

This review is from: APC BE650G1 650 VA 390 Watts 8 Outlets Back-UPS 650

Pros: To anonymous: Your con is a direct indication that the battery is failing in the UPS in whish you thought the copier was causing some sort of issue.

What is actually happening, with the copier causing a bit of a brown out, so to speak, your UPS is switching to battery, your battery is no longer capable of holding a good charge, enough not to cause a warning issue, but not enough to maintain the PC for a few seconds. With the USB cable plugged in, and the UPS switching to battery, it is triggering the software's critical battery level action of shutting down, the PC. You need to replace that battery ASAP.

Simply unplugging the USB cable corrects the issue at the moment, but what will happen when you have a full blown black out is that the PC will simply act as if power just went out. Don't believe me, just unplug the UPS with the PC running. If it's in warranty, have APC replace the battery now.

Been there, done that.

Cons: none

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APRICORN ADW-USB-KIT IDE/PATA/SATA to USB HDD Adapter
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Purchased 6/13/12 07/21/2014

This review is from: APRICORN ADW-USB-KIT IDE/PATA/SATA to USB HDD Adapter

Pros: This is my third review of this item since I bought it a little over two years ago. At first, I gave it a glowing review. It worked like a charm, as advertised. After about a year, probably a dozen drives duplicated later, I posted back about the 4 pin molex power connector being finicky, just took some placement in the right spot, once connected and recognized by USB on PC, all was dandy. Moving along...

Cons: This 4 pin molex connector, by the time I'd duplicated maybe 2 dozen drive tops, was nearly impossible to make connection. This morning, While trying to clone another drive, everything attached, nothing was happening, then suddenly, the ding d(o)ng from Windows, USB adapters installed... Awesome, I'm in business again. Launched the software and start the drive clone. Didn't touch a thing. It starts out with about 32 minutes remaining, then suddenly jumps to 7 minutes remaining and I'm getting write errors. Uh oh, USB connection is lost. Let's try this again. OUCH!, that SSD drive is freaking HOT!!! so is the Apricorn adapter!

Other Thoughts: Well, after two year, this unit is in the trash. I can't really complain after two years. When it worked, it was a real time saver not having to reinstall windows and download ALL those updates again. Every time the software said it was a successful clone, I'd simply swap the drives, fire up the computer, one restart for new SSD driver and I was in business.

I don't mind so much when an electronic unit fails after a couple of years (yes, it's sad that in this day and age, that's what people come to expect out of electronics anymore...), but what sorta kinda bums me out is that the OCX drive that was connected to it is totally dead, this drive is less than a year old, had very little use and had already been used twice with this Apricorn adapter for having a OS cloned on to it with perfect success. Fortunately, it was one of my cheap drives, one I never really cared for. So I decided to pitch this Apricorn adapter before I get tempted to hook one of my beloved Samsung SSD drives to it, if it were to fry one of those, I'd be a little more miffed.

This was a great piece of hardware, but extremely cheaply built. You;ll see my last review of this product isn't that far down, and the one right above mine mentioned frying a drive. I can confirm that it indeed can fry a drive, so buyer beware.

Guess I'll give the USB 3.0 cable a try next, it's a shame, I liked this one because of its flexibility for use with several types of IDE/SATA drives.

If they were to actually make this thing a lot more robust, I wouldn't hesitate to repurchase, even at USB 2 speed, it's that convenient, but now the risk has exceeded the reward.

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