|Submited By: KeithD on 05/12/2010|
I m sure the APC Smart-UPS SMT1500 delivers good quality power. Setup was easy, especially on my Mac, which has UPS support built into the OS. I didn t even have to load any software. Just hooked up the power and USB cables and done.
There are, however, two issues. One is that the documentation is somewhere between atrocious and non-existent. Nowhere, for example, does it explain what should get plugged into the different outlet Groups or how the Groups operate. All you can do is experiment and hope for the best.
The bigger issue is that the fans run continuously, even when line power is on and the computer is off or asleep and drawing zero power through the UPS. And the fans are not quiet. Which is a problem because the recommendation is that things be plugged directly into the UPS outlets---not through extension cords. Extension cords would be a hassle anyway, because multiple things plug into the UPS in multiple groups. This pretty much requires the UPS to be located near the computer, where the fans are maximally annoying. But even if you could remote it, the fans are loud enough that they would be annoying anywhere within the same room. I would only buy this UPS again if I had some way to remote locate it to a machine room.