Originally Posted by ruidoso48
Looking for recommended UPSs for iMac 24'. Best Buy has Geek Squad brand this week for $89 and it seems full featured but the software is PC only. Without software control not sure if it is worth it just for basic backup protection. APC brand has software for Mac but nothing in this price range. Especially desired is the automatic voltage regulation which only the more expensive units have. Anyone using a UPS in the $80-$100 range and happy with it?
I believe the money is very well spent. You may notice several times a year in which you may have accidentally hit a power switch off which is connected to your desktop, a mains line tripping, power outages due to storms, lightning, etc.
Plus it is just frickin cool to turn everything off when the electrician comes over to do something and your iMac is happily chugging away bright and glowing for about 10-15 minutes, 30 minutes etc.
As long as there is a strong and decent coverage for lightning, storm, power surge damage, that would be good.
Currently based on my experience I do not recommend Best Buy or Geek Squad, I have used APC and found it to be very good in over 5-10 computer/peripheral commercial and home installations.
Remember at your level the UPS is mainly for two things, one is to prevent damage to all related components due to voltage, etc. fluctuations. While electricity is continuously running.
The other is during an outage of electricity to safely power down the computer and all peripherals during the first 10-15 minutes of the outage, to then wait until everything comes back on and is stable (as in not electricity coming on and off for about an hour while the company/ electrician fixes stuff) to then turn the UPS, computer and peripherals back on.