To control and monitor its sturdy hardware, Eaton provides sturdy software for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. Shown here are UPS Companion for Windows (a free download) and similar functionality for Mac OS X implemented within its Energy Saver preference panel (inset). The software provides energy usage and cost reports, monitoring of UPS status and events, and can implement an orderly shutdown in the event of a power outage.
With its 5S series, Eaton provides a solid point solution for consumers and small business that's easy to set up and use, supports all major operating system platforms and is priced to fit most budgets. The CRN Test Center recommends the 5S series; larger enterprises seeking a centrally managed backup power solution would need to step up to Eaton's P-series or higher.