Tripp-Lite UPS can make itself at home

I tried several leading vendors' online sizing tools to find out which of their products would best protect my small array of a PC, monitor, printer and a couple of other peripherals.

In just under 20 minutes, I had information about 10 small UPSes that would serve my home office requirements at low cost. The one I liked best was the InternetOffice700 'all-in-one SOHO solution' from Tripp-Lite Inc.

This standby UPS system offers surge suppression and long-lasting battery support for PCs, networking equipment and other sensitive electronics.

It could keep my HP Pavilion PC running for up to 45 minutes during brownouts, and in case of an outright power failure, it would support a maximum load of 700VA and 425 watts for five minutes or a half load of 350VA and 215 watts for 17 minutes.

Under any of these scenarios I would have plenty of time to save any open applications and shut down my computer in an orderly way without losing data. And, as most of my data is mission-critical to me, I would be comfortable with the margins set by the Tripp-Lite InternetOffice700 UPS.

During brownouts, the unit supplies battery-derived AC output starting at 99 volts, and user adjustment allows fine-tuning of brownout response to any setting from 83 to 99 volts.

The InternetOffice700 includes three battery-supported outlets and three additional surge suppression-only outlets. A Universal Serial Bus port, including cable, allows unattended shutdown without data loss during extended power failures. Built-in phone suppression jacks protect a modem, fax machine or other peripherals.

Tripp-Lite offers a two-year manufacturer's warranty and $25,000 worth of connected-equipment insurance. PowerAlert software and Tripp-Lite's WatchDog software are available free from the company's Web site.

I've seen the InternetOffice700 UPS priced as high as $184 and as low as $103 on the Web. On most sites it lists for about $139.

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