Seeing as many colleges seem to still be in the process of upgrading their power grid in the midst of all the incoming freshmen, we wouldn't be surprised if the power decided to cut out once or twice during the first few months of school.
So why not prepare for the worse while future-proofing yourself from future blackouts? Our recommendation for best computer supply, after the jump...
We've gone through this before, but for those who don't know, UPS stands for "Uninterrupted Power Supply." Basically, a battery backup for any electronics that happen to be powered by the little guy once the grid decides to take a break all your YouTubing.
Our best pick comes from CyberPower, namely their "green" 9-Outlet Intelligent LCD UPS. We've tried other brands like Belkin and APC before, but none seem have as streamlined an interface as CyberPower's offering, with all the important vitals displayed on the Crystal Blue display.
While it probably won't win MoMa awards, the design of the box itself does beat out many of the other UPS boxes out there. Still, because you'll most likely be shoving it under your desk, in a closet, or anywhere away from prying eyes, you probably won't have to worry too much. Unfortunately, these products have always had functionality drive the product design and not vice versa. But kudos to CyberPower to actually giving the front panel some thought.
Testing this unit on our own setup, we managed to get a sweet, stable 18 minutes on our Dell 20" monitor, Audioengine A2's, and Macbook Pro 13". Not too bad at all.
Toss in a 3-year warranty and affordable price tag of $105 and you've got yourself a bonafide winner.