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CyberPower Smart App Online OL1000RTXL2U 1000VA 100-125V Pure Sine Wave LCD Rack/Tower UPS
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Literally powerful. Full of power. Since I bought this UPS I have had no power failures on my computer, despite a very messy home-built solar and generator off-grid setup. It's amazing how long it lasts during power loss events, and it also has enough ports to keep my tower, my router, my modem, three 1080p screens, and a 5.1 speaker system running rain or shine. The control panel is generally pretty useless to home users, but it's amazingly useful for anyone that needs this for a remote server - you can do almost anything and everything imaginable with it, including controlling the power times of each independent outlet, measuring usage and failures, and I don't even know what else. I'd rely on this thing to keep the internet running during a zombie apocalypse.

Cons: It's unbelievably loud. It's so loud that I took it apart, turned the fan around to blow in instead of out, then made a muffler out of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers (look it up, they were originally designed as soundproofing foam), and stuck it behind my desk in the back corner of the room. And it's still louder than anything else. It also never shuts off. Well, it does, if you turn off the UPS, unplug it, and then wait ten seconds. Then it finally shuts off. I'm not sure why the fan is so loud, it's about the same size as an 80mm PC fan, but with a different connector, but I guess it's a high-RPM sleeve bearing or something, because it's annoyingly noisy, and there's nothing I can do about it.

Other Thoughts: Buy this if you have a secluded place to put it. Or if you absolutely need an OnLine UPS that will work with a generator. Otherwise, it's guaranteed to be too noisy for you.

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Coboc 15 ft. USB 2.0 A Male to A Female Extension Cable (Black)
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: They do a great job with peripheral devices when you don't want to be close to your computer. I've used these cables with keyboards, wired and wireless mice, game controllers, and printers, and they do quite well. They're pretty long cables, but they roll up well into something I can stick into my pocket.

Cons: There's a slight delay in response time, but it's almost unnoticeable unless you're doing something that relies on every single thousandth of a second. They also don't work very well with anything that requires power over USB, and using a USB3 port doesn't seem to retain the "maxed out USB 2 device speed" improvement, but it wasn't designed for those purposes.

Other Thoughts: I bought two of these, but seem to have lost one. I think I'm using it for something, but I don't remember what.

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Optical Quantum 8.5GB 8X DVD+R DL 50 Packs Spindle Logo Top Disc Model OQDPRDL08LT
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I don't use discs much anymore, but my friends still do, so I always keep a few CDs and DVDs handy just in case. These do just fine for burning a video or making a big music disc to play in a DVD player. The label's pretty unobtrusive and easy to write over, and the lid is great for catching spiders or moths in when they get in the house.

Cons: You're best off burning at 2x despite the speed rating, just because non-computer devices always have trouble with hastily written data, especially on cheap media.

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Display Name: Andrew S.

Date Joined: 08/19/04

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  • First Review: 02/16/06
  • Last Review: 06/06/15
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