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  CRN   TEST CENTER GIVES POWERCOM AN  "A"

NAME OF PRODUCT Technology Channel Overall
APC SMART-UPS 1500 A A+ A+
BELKIN 1400VA NETUPS B+ C+ B
HEWLETT-PACKARD T1500 XR B+ B B+
INVENSYS POWERWAVE 5125 B A B+
MGE PULSAR EVOLUTION 1500 B B B
OPTI-UPS 1400ES C+ C+ C+
PARA SYSTEMS MINUTEMAN SMARTSINE 1400 B+ B+ B+
POWERCOM SMART KING 2000 B+ A A
TRIPPLITE SMART 1500 B+ B B
(Computer Reseller News, October 1, 2002, edition 1016)

 A 

POWERCOM AMERICA
Basic Program with generous margin, freight assistance program

B+

POWERCOM AMERICA
Full feature unit delivers above average battery runtime



Powercom SMK-2000A

PRICE: $639.95
AUTHORIZATION
REQUIREMENTS:
None
DISTRIBUTORS/INTEGRATORS:
MODEL/ORDER #:
SMK-2000A/
Powercom America, Inc.
Placentia, Calif.
(800)666-8931
(714)525-8889
URL:
WWW.POWERCOM-USA.COM

by: Marc Spiwak

Of the UPSes that kept the test bed alive for between 21 and 26 minutes, Powercom's SMK-2000A lasted the longest with a runtime of 25 minuters, 41 seconds. But considering that the unit is rated at 2000 VA, and not 1500 VA as requested for this roundup, this unit really should have outlasted the other UPSes.

Even if you don't know anything about UPS power ratings, it's easy to see that something rated at 2000 should contain 33 percent more of whatever than something rated at 1500. So, in theory, the Powercom SMK-2000A should have lasted about 33 percent longer than average, which, for this roundup, was 24 minutes. Test Center engineers figure that the Powercom UPS should have lasted about 32 minutes. But just because it did not last that long doesn't mean that the Powercom UPS is not a worthwhile product.

The front panel indicators on the unit are good. It features separate bar graphs for load level and battery level, with additional indicators for line and battery status. The back panel features six protected outlets along with a pair of RJ45/RJ11 jacks for protecting network equipment from voltage transients. Of course there's also a serial port for communication with a server.

The documentation included with the Powercom UPS looks amateurish, but it is complete enough to refer to and written well enough to be easily understood. The output of this UPS is a clean sine wave regardless of whether it's on AC power or battery.

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