Customer reviews for Back-UPS ES 8 Outlet 550VA 120V

Back-UPS ES 8 Outlet 550VA 120V

Back-UPS ES 8 Outlet 550VA 120V
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6 out of 786%of customers recommend this
Customer reviews for Back-UPS ES 8 Outlet 550VA 120V
Review 1 for Back-UPS ES 8 Outlet 550VA 120V
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Customer avatarReviewed by:jmyette
(Montreal)
Duration of Product Use:Less than a month
Level of Expertise:Newbie
Title:

Very good value

PostedMay 12, 2010
Yes, I would recommend this product
The build quality is very surprising for the price. It's a bit cumbersome compared to an ordinary power strip, but I think it's really worth it. I'm using it mainly for my desktop computer, but I also plugged my video projector into it. That way, if a blackout occurs, I will be able to power down the projector properly so the fan can cool down the lightbulb.
Pros:at home
0points
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Review 2 for Back-UPS ES 8 Outlet 550VA 120V
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Customer avatarReviewed by:tralala
(Montréal, QC)
Duration of Product Use:1-2 months
Level of Expertise:Good
Title:

Worth it under $50?

PostedApril 17, 2010
Yes, I would recommend this product
Bought this APC Back-UPS ES 550 VA for $50 during the 2010 Dell March sale.
APC recommends that the included 40$ battery be changed every 4 years.
In my old building, I can expect an average of 4 major power failures per year
Therefore, in the next 12 years, I'll need to purchase 2 replacement batteries.
Total cost will be 130$ in the end, including the initial unit (before s&h + taxes).
That's roughly $2.75 per use (batteries & unit).
Aside from backup protection, the APS also protects from power surges which can affect the life span of expensive equipment. I also like the idea of having a bit of electricty at my disposal during power failures.
In conclusion, it will cost $130 over 12 years, but the peace of mind is PRICELESS.
PROS:
1. Total peace of mind. Set it up very easily with a few clicks and forget it.
2. Protection includes phone line which keep cordless phone working during blackouts.
CONS:
1. The APC software icon cannot be removed from the notification area. This is absolutely ridiculous, considering that the software runs discreetly in the background without need for maintenance. APC should allow their icon to be hidden from view. It should be up to the user to decide what he wants.
2. IMHO, prices for the unit, particularly the replacement batteries are way too expensive. Soon, somebody will come up with a very much needed solar power system of some sort.
Pros:home use
-1point
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Review 3 for Back-UPS ES 8 Outlet 550VA 120V
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Customer avatarReviewed by:Kingnubian
(Montreal)
Duration of Product Use:1-2 months
Level of Expertise:Expert
Title:

Greta Product at good price with fast shipping

PostedApril 14, 2010
Yes, I would recommend this product
Ordered this UPS during Dell's days of deal and am 100% happy with my purchase experience from Dell. The item was priced right & shipping was super fast. All in all a very good experience.
Pros:home server ups
0points
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Review 4 for Back-UPS ES 8 Outlet 550VA 120V
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Customer avatarReviewed by:AscendBaldur
(Canada)
Duration of Product Use:1-2 months
Level of Expertise:Average
Title:

It's a great unit

PostedJanuary 21, 2010
Yes, I would recommend this product
I love it so far, works awesome, my only complaint is my cat has figured out how to push it's power button and chooses to do so in the middle of WOW raids! :O LOL
Pros:Gaming
0points
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Review 5 for Back-UPS ES 8 Outlet 550VA 120V
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Customer avatarReviewed by:HanTao
(Queen's University)
Duration of Product Use:1-2 months
Level of Expertise:Expert
Title:

It works

PostedNovember 30, 2009
Yes, I would recommend this product
I was experiencing constant fuse box breaks. (Too many electronics running) I was very frustrated due to desktop loosing power in the middle of working or gaming. I decided that it was necessary to purchase one of these, and Dell had the best price. (much better than futureshop or bestbuy)
I have a gaming setup, so it draws huge sums of power. At first the this power backup system wasn't enough to power the whole system for even a minute after blackout. So I removed the monitor from the 'powered' 4 sockets, and sure enough, it works great now. I can't work without any electricity, but my files, or games will not have been lost. (There's nothing worse than to retype an assignment or replay a level unintentionally.
One minor con, I know it's intentionally made, but the beeps and flashing signals are very confusing and annoying. The usb connection to the desktop are much better at informing you of current status
+2points
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Review 6 for Back-UPS ES 8 Outlet 550VA 120V
Overall Rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Customer avatarReviewed by:solarispete
(Richmond, BC)
Duration of Product Use:Less than a month
Level of Expertise:Good
Title:

OK unit. Does the job, but price could be better

PostedNovember 14, 2009
No, I do not recommend this product.
Bought this for $59.99 during DellDays. Within 1 week I found a sale at local Office Depot for exact same unit for $49.99. I phoned and asked Dell whether or not they would price match. No such luck... I didn't want to refund and pay shipping in order to get $10 back, so I ate the savings...
DellDays usually has good deals, but not this time. I was somewhat disappointed. The phone support was not even trying to be accomodating... They told me to refund it and offered me an RMA if I needed.
Always check your pricing before ordering, even from DellDays!!!
The APC unit was OK... The monitoring software is a bit lacking. I also bought the Belkin one and their software was a bit more useful. But I guess this one does the job which is surge protection.
Pros:surge protection
+6points
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Ratings-only reviews for Back-UPS ES 8 Outlet 550VA 120V
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4 / 5
4 / 5
1 out of 1 recommend this product