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This review is from: ASUS PCE-AC55BT 802.11ac Wireless-AC1200 Bluetooth 4.0 PCIe / mPCIe adapter
Pros: 2 in 1 solution! (kindof)
Cons: There is a good chance that your computer wont shutdown anymore, and if it does, it's probably going to kick right back on. It IS a common issue. Read below. Look at the reviews on other sites as well.
Next up, the card plugs into the PCI-E bus. They didn't take the time to work Bluetooth functionality into the bus. So either it's going to eat one of the USB headers on your motherboard too or you'll have to buy a second USB card with a header to support it. This kind of defeats the purpose of a 2 in one card.
Other Thoughts: An engineer and at least one manager should probably be fired for this.
I'm guessing that if these weren't known issues that they'd have done the same with their other wireless cards.
This review is from: APC BR24BPG External Battery Pack for Back-UPS RS/XS 1500VA
Pros: At least triples your UPS battery run time.
Cons: APC will not exchange this unit. They do not offer a battery refresh kit for it and will not take it back at the end of it's life cycle.
APC software only allows runtimes of up to 8 minutes with or without the BR24BPG. This means that even if your machine could run for an hour or more on batteries, the APC software doesn't allow for more then 8 minutes before it starts to shut it down.
Other Thoughts: The BR1500G comes with two batteries. This unit comes with 4 more of the same battery.
The first con is something the user can get around if they have a local shop that deals with batteries. The batteries are an industry standardized size. While it says that there are no user serviceable parts inside, the batteries can be replaced. This is only recommended for people that have and know how to use a DVM and know what series and parallel mean in circuits. The battery shop might be will to help.
The BR1500G said it could hold the load of my computer setup for 10-12 minutes at idle and 5 minutes at full load. This BR24BPG extended these times to 52 minutes and 25 minutes respectively.
The software is rather irritating. I have power issues regularly and would've liked the option to keep the system up and running for 15-20 minutes. I'll probably end up killing the software after a few minutes of a power event.
This review is from: APC BR1500G Back-UPS Pro 1500 VA 10 outlets Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
Pros: Protects electrical investments from transient power fluctuations/power outages.
Assists in saving electricity by giving the user the ability to automatically remove power from unnecessary components when the primary device is powered down.
Displays power usage (both current and 30 day past) and approximates cost.
Has protection capability for Ethernet and cable.
Has a aux power input port to hook up a secondary battery pack for longer run times. (The stock UPS has 2 batteries. The BR24BPG has 4 more of the same batteries).
Nifty Windows software that tracks power events, unit status, tracks battery replacement date and the last self test result.
Nifty Linux software tracts and displays the same. I want to say I found a webserver mode to it that allowed remote tracking of multiple units.
Cons: None for this unit.
Other Thoughts: I am now on my 4th BR1500G for myself, and 6th I've bought total. No complaints.
On initial turn on or after power event the unit's fan may run for a while. This may be the case even if the batteries show full.
I have a fairly serious gaming rig that pulls ~400-700 watts. This 1500 will power it for 5-8 minutes depending on what I'm doing. I thought I was going overkill when I bought this thing but I'm not sure I'd want anything smaller. The addition of a BR24BPG took me up to a comfortable 25 minutes at a high load (650 watts).
You can get 4 years out of a unit, but be sure to inspect the batteries regularly when past this point. At around 5 years the batteries will expand and possibly burst. The primary concern here is damage to the UPS. A replacement kit is available at APC.com for much cheaper then a new UPS. The box they come in will have return shipping included for the old batteries. The batteries are of standardized sizes and will likely be available locally for cheaper if you choose to go that route. I'll have to double check, but I believe this void's the UPS's warranty.
Basically, if you have a serious gaming machine or a computer with irreplaceable or costly data, you'd be crazy not to invest in something like this. The recommended usage period for this device is 3 years. This means that for (unit cost/time) $79 dollars per year or 6.5 dollars per month, you are guaranteeing that power issues will not kill your computer.