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News Asus introduces G10 desktop PC with built-in UPS

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Meanmotion, 3 Jun 2013.

  1. Meanmotion

    Meanmotion bleh Moderator

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  2. B1GBUD

    B1GBUD ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Accidentally Funny

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    I can't believe ASUS are the 1st company to introduce an inbuilt UPS into a PC, great idea, if only to conduct a managed shutdown in favour of total power loss when disks are still spinning.
     
  3. mi1ez

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    Just hope they can get the software side right...
     
  4. DaBigDog

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    Come on guys - it's not really a UPS, it's 25 second back-up battery to allow for a quick emergency shut-down, calling it a UPS is really stretching the definition. If you want a UPS, find a specialist and talk to them...

    I do work for a specialist - but I'd not be so crude as to advertise them....
     
  5. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    I remember a while ago there was a workstation laptop and in the marketing spiel the battery was described as a UPS because that's what it's intended purpose was [it wasn't intended to be used as a laptop... it only lasted about half an hour on battery iirc...]
     
  6. ChaosDefinesOrder

    ChaosDefinesOrder Vapourmodder

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    The laptop I use a work (Dell Precision M6500) is in the "mobile workstation" territory where the battery only last 1.5 hours so UPS is probably the best way of describing their batteries too!

    Also wasn't there a motherboard released a while ago with a battery slice on the back-side?
     
  7. Gradius

    Gradius IT Consultant

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    This can't be really portable. What about the weight? Batteries can weights a TON !
     
  8. RichCreedy

    RichCreedy Hey What Who

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    lithium batteries aren't that heavy, compared to NiCad or lead acid.
     
  9. fluxtatic

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    Yeah, seems like more a gimmick than anything - as others have said, you'd be lucky to have time to get all your programs closed and shut down before the battery gave out, at least if you're running more than a single program.

    The halfway decent UPSes I buy at work barely last long enough to do that, and the batteries are the size of bricks (granted, they're lead-acid), I can't imagine something 1/10th the size would be comparable.
     
  10. Bloody_Pete

    Bloody_Pete Technophile

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    If its inside though it'll be operating at much lower voltages, so is possible to do a couple of minutes I suppose.

    also modern battery tech is a long way from NiCad of old, the current nanoLiPo are amazing...
     
  11. phuzz

    phuzz This is a title

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    It's not hard, just tell Windows that it's a battery, and it'll work just like a laptop (clocking down on battery, and automatically shutting down on low battery). This is how APC UPS's work as long as you don't install their terrible software.
    Windows has be fine with UPS's since at least XP.
     
  12. Xlog

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    And what about monitor? You can't really save your work then you can't see anything.


    "Modified" one UPS at work with 40AH SLA battery (battery is 4 times bigger than UPS :D), lasts ~ 2H, although some cheaper UPS's have tendency to melt down (literally) during prolonged use.
     
  13. rollo

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    Why would a desktop pc need to be portable? What you gonna do move it desk to desk?
     
  14. Lance

    Lance Ender of discussions.

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    This would be great at a LAN as well.

    I was so embarrassed when my power supply blew at the I-series, taking out my GPU with it, and knocking out 10 desks connected to the fuse it was on. All their machines dropping like flies. If they'd had UPS's they at least could have said goodbye and shut down safely.

    What was worse was that it was 2am and we didn't get running again till 9.

    Also surely you'd need to power your monitor through the UPS as well for it to be any use?
     
  15. ferret141

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    Maybe it will come packaged like this

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