As you can see, the Belkin Home Office 500VA UPS looks more like
a big surge suppressor than a UPS. The unit weighs about 5kg which is about
average for a UPS of this Volt-Amperage.
There are a total of eight power outlets, and while they are
all surge protected, only four of them can be powered by the internal battery
should there be a sudden power loss.
The UPS is
labelled so that you know which outlets are for surge protection only, and which
are for surge protection and battery backup.
Though there are four outlets, the total amount of power that the UPS can supply is
fixed at 300W - meaning that if you overload the unit by plugging in
too many items, it will not work.
Most UPS' will either give
an audible alarm if they are overloaded, or in the event of a power outage
simple shut off instantaneously to protect themselves.
Because this 500VA Belkin UPS has a large non-spillable battery (sealed lead acid) it's
physically quite large compared to the everyday surge protector.
The layout of
the Home Office UPS is okay; the top is all plugs
for easy access, and there is enough space between the CPU sockets for you to use those
large AC adapters (like the ones with most speakers).
I would have preferred for Belkin to place all the misc
ports on one side of the the UPS, instead of two.
With the phone line ports and USB and Coaxial connectors on
opposite sides of the UPS, things get a little messy.
Please note, the Belkin's Home Office
Series of UPS's does not have any built in voltage regulation so whatever voltage is
going into the UPS is also fed to your electronic devices as
If you have a lot of brownouts in your area you're
definitely going to want to get a UPS which offers Automatic Voltage