First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
- — 22 June, 2005 16:59
- The big risk
- So, what is a UPS and why do I need one?
- PC peril
- Types of UPS
- The smarter UPS
- Data line protection
- What about large installations?
- Selecting a UPS
We spend thousands of dollars, sometimes tens of thousands, on our electronic equipment -- everything from our computer and connected devices such as scanner, printer, camera, through to home theatre sound systems, video/DVD recorders, widescreen TVs, security system and more -- but we put it all at risk. Every day.
Sure, we go to great measures to protect our valuable electronic gear from theft, but we can still lose it all -- without it every leaving our home or office.
How? Electrical surges, spikes, blackouts and even brownouts can ruin the lot. Power problems can damage or destroy it bit by bit or all at once. And the sad fact is that most of us don't spare much thought for how to protect our gear -- until, of course, it is too late.
The solution is simple -- and relatively inexpensive -- install an Uninterruptible Power Supply, or UPS.
The Big Risk
Why a UPS? Because no matter what make, model or size your equipment is, or what features it has, there is one thing it can't do without -- a clean, continuous supply of electricity.
Even if your area doesn't have a history of blackouts or surges, there is an ever-present -- and ever-increasing -- risk that one day, one could strike. And it only needs to happen once to cause costly damage.
It could happen to you at any second. All it takes is a "blip" in the power supply to your equipment and it can turn off -- instantly. No excuses. No warnings.
It could destroy important data files; corrupt your operating system; damage hardware. Even a very brief interruption to your power can be disastrous.
To add to the risk there are also the other problems of "dirty" power -- spikes and brownouts -- which can insidiously wear down your system over a period of time, without you knowing -- until, eventually, it fails.
So, let's look at how all this can be avoided by installing an appropriate UPS.