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APC BR1500G Back-UPS Pro 1500 VA 10 outlets Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Exceptionally good design 11/24/2015

This review is from: APC BR1500G Back-UPS Pro 1500 VA 10 outlets Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

Pros: APC has dramatically improved the design of their 1500VA UPS towers to provide longer run-times, and far easier battery installation and swap-out. Setup requires sliding off a small plastic access panel on the bottom on the unit, sliding out the batter module, flipping the battery module over, and then sliding the battery module back into the unit. That's it. There are no power cables to attach.

The unit can show estimated run time based on the load on the inverter. As protected devices or lighting are turned off, the unit re-calculates likely running time.

Cons: Would be great if APC released similar units with even longer run-times.

Other Thoughts: There is plenty of variety in the APC product line. This particular model is best suited for small business and residential use where no one device draws more than 800 watts.

We use several of these units and similar models in such settings.

Samsung U28D590D 28
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Terrible stand and power brick 11/24/2015

This review is from: Samsung U28D590D 28" UHD LED Backlight Monitor with Metallic Easel Stand - Black

Pros: Sharp 4k image. No dead pixels

Cons: The truly awful stand that comes with this monitor cannot be replaced with something better. there are NO ADJUSTMENTS of any kind, not even for panel tilt, which is upward as if the user is expected to stand above the monitor. One must balance the back of the stand on a book to get the panel from lying back to vertical.

There is also no way to mount a substitute monitor stand or monitor arm since the panel lacks standard screw holes. It would take an easel stand to grip the panel below and above to hold it securely.

Maximum settings for 4K resolution and 32-bit color with HDMI is 30P that will be enough for viewing static images, but not for watching 60p video.

Perhaps the panel will do better when connected to a proper displayport source, but a displayport cable was not included.

Other Thoughts: A strange right-angle AC cable, similar to the grounded AC cables used with some brands of laptops, was included to power the DC brick.

Monitor packaging provided by Samsung is not up to the stresses of shipping. Since the reseller did not enclose the monitor box inside a shipping box, the monitor box arrived severely damaged. It was a miracle that the monitor survived.

The refurbished unit I received had cracked plastic on the dysfunction stand. I would not have cared so much if replacing the stand with something better had been possible. A prior owner might have cracked the plastic while attempting to adjust the strange upward tilting non-adjustable stand.

I would not buy another one of these unless the price happened to be incredibly low---no more than half the price of a monitor with an adjustable stand, and with standard mounting holes for screws.

Polycom, Inc. PY-2200-46350-025 VVX Color Expansion Module
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Essential for VoIP systems 11/04/2015

This review is from: Polycom, Inc. PY-2200-46350-025 VVX Color Expansion Module

Pros: Provides status monitoring and direct exension dialing for three screens of 28 extensions each. An essential companion to a Polycom VVX500 or VVX600 phone being used for phone reception workstations.

Also an outstanding tool for busy executives or managers who want quick access to their direct reports, with the ability to see when their phone lines are busy.

The physical buttons of the expansion unit can work better for many than the touch screen of the VVX phones.

Cons: Font on the expansion unit is slightly smaller than on the VVX600.

Other Thoughts: None. It's a great product.


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Date Joined: 07/05/01

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  • Last Review: 11/24/15
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