Summary: When I buy a product such as a UPS, I'm basically deciding whether a higher price is worth it based on the company's reputation and my prior experience. That was the choice I faced when my over 10 year old UPS finally died recently.
Summary: I finally downloaded/installed a freeware program for Linux which does the trick but has no GUI to speak of. It's worth having a great product, I just wish they had better software for those running under Linux.
Pros: Battery life is amazing. I have a powerful server running on it and when it's the only thing connected the battery life goes up to about 80-90 minutes without the screen plugged in. With my powerful laptop and another desktop plugged in the battery life is still over half an hour.
Cons: While I'm sure the software is great for Windows systems, my server runs on Centos 64 bit Linux. Most of the software is made to work only on linux and I tried loading the linux version of powerchute but it absolutely will not detect the UPS.
Summary: After wading through the plethora of UPS options for a desktop, I decided to go with this unit to replace an almost identical 1000VA that died. That unit worked great, but had many problems interfacing with Mountain Lion on a Mac. I was assured this unit works fine.
Summary: We needed to replace a very old failing unit but as a non-profit we could not afford a top-of-the-line solution. This unit was cost-effective and is performing superbly. Best of all, the upgrade/exchange program offered by APC is excellent. That, as well as the quality of the products, keeps us coming back.