Review: APC BR900GI UPS

Malaysia has been going through some really unpredictable thunderstorms and heavy rains lately. Of course, this means that sudden power outages are a lot more likely to happen. The remedy for this is an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS), a tool that lets you save your work and turn off your computer properly when a blackout occurs. In review is one such product from APC, the Back-UPS Pro 900, aka the BR900GI.

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A Bit Dense
Of course, I’m not speaking in terms of intelligence. With most of the product consisting of a large lead-acid battery, do not mistake the BR900GI as being a featherweight. In fact, this small tower (about the size of a miniITX computer) weighs a ponderous 11kg. A quick look at the back reveals eight power outputs, RJ-45 and RJ-11 connectors, and a power input socket.

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Quick Save
I tested the UPS with a Toshiba Qosmio notebook to see how long it could last when connected to something that consumes a lot of power. The product comes bundled with two cables that you can connect to your desktop/power adapter/whatever, so you will have to source your own cables if you have more devices. I ran the Batman: Arkham Origins benchmark in the background, with the lead-acid battery lasting a good 45 minutes – more than enough time to save your work. Of course, this highly depends on your setup – you won’t have that much borrowed time if you’re on a desktop.

 

Dimensions: 382 x 250 x 100mm
Weight: 10.72kg
Output Power Capacity: 540W/900VA
Nominal Output Voltage: 230V
Nominal Input Voltage: 230V
Maximum Input Current: 8A
Input Breaker Capacity: 10A
Typical Recharge Time: 8 hours

Value: 8/10
Features: 8/10
Performance: 8/10
Design: 8/10
Usability: 8/10

Verdict: A must-have if you want to keep your computing hardware and data safe.
Total Score: 8/10

This review can be found in the January 2014 issue of PC.com.

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