|CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD 1500VA 900W LCD UPS|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Power|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 21 August 2007|
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CP1500AVRLCD UPS Conclusion
Since the CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD offers the longest on-battery lifetime we have recorded, that should be enough reason alone to make it the most appealing 1500 VA UPS available. But add to the list a diagnostic LCD display, 3-year warranty, and an excellent $500,000 equipment guarantee, and you will be surprised to learn that the very best products can still be purchased for less than you would think. The CP1500AVRLCD 1500VA 900W UPS is available at $179.99 at NewEgg.com, but digging a little deeper I also found it for $179.94 at Buy.com. When you can buy the CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD at a price less than the field of battery backup devices with far less features, there is tremendous value to be had.
But if 1500VA is just way too much battery for your needs, CyberPower also offers the CP1350AVRLCD 1350VA 810W UPS for $139.99 at NewEgg.com; it's the exact same size and offers all of the same features for a few dollars less.
The CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD arrived in a colorful (and boastful) retail package. The packaging material was more than enough to keep this product safe from the abuses of standard ground-service shipment. I was never a believer of the estimated battery life claims on the box, but the presentation was otherwise inviting.
The "tower" design and black appearance of the CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD is probably the most appealing on the UPS market. CyberPower has tried other colors such as white and charcoal, but the black tower design fits best. While the plastic encased battery construction is more than rugged enough for indoor use, I am not so sure you want the LCD display resting under a desk where people are prone to kicking or driving a chair into it.
In terms of functionality, the results speak for themselves. The CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD lasted much longer (27% longer on average) than any other 1500VA rated UPS, and did so with plenty of extra features at a less expensive price. You aren't going to find a longer lasting 1500VA UPS, and you certainly won't find many that offer a portion of these features while still being affordable.
I found the diagnostic LCD display to be a real asset. Not only could I now see exactly how much drain my equipment was causing, but I could see precisely what kind of load it caused the UPS batteries, and an estimation of the lifetime of on-battery life. Like the LCD the power button is also backlit, and unlike the LED display which turns itself off after a few seconds the power button makes a (not so) great nightlight.
Benchmark Reviews is quite proud to recommend the CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD for personal computer and home theater equipment use. The CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD UPS provides consistent AVR power with a Crystal-Blue LCD diagnostic display. It's also fully loaded with RJ11/RJ45/Coax hookups, and comes with PowerPanel software.
+ Intelligent LCD Diagnostic Display
- Exaggerated battery life on box
Final Score: 9.35 out of 10.
Nomination: 2007 Benchmark Reviews Editor's Choice Award.
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