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Schneider Electric has introduced the APC Back-UPS Pro Gaming: an uninterruptible power supply that’s designed specifically for gamers. This is a sleek-looking, 1500 VA sine-wave unit with six battery back-up outlets to keep gaming PCs and consoles going during power outages, brownouts, and other sudden electrical issues. There are also four surge-only outlets and three USB ports in the front for easy charging of wireless gaming accessories, smartphones, and other portable devices.

With this being a gaming product, Schneider Electric has made sure to squeeze RGB lighting effects onto it by way of its patented “reactor circle,” which serves as the UPS’s main display. In addition to providing power metrics, the reactor circle features 12 RGB LED lights that can be customized to display a variety of colors.

According to preorder listings, the APC Back-UPS Pro Gaming will be released on October 21, 2020 for $259.99. Two colors – “Arctic” and “Midnight” – are available.

Original Press Release:

Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced the upcoming October 2020 launch of the APC Back-UPS™ Pro Gaming UPS, a stylish and state-of-the-art uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to protect gaming gear and maintain their connection through power irregularities, keeping gamers in the game. As the first UPS designed for gaming gear with gamers in mind, the APC Back-UPS™ Pro Gaming UPS delivers uninterrupted power protection, even during power outages and offers 12 customizable RGB LED lights enabling gamers to match their unique gaming PC and console designs.

As gamers invest more in their equipment and spend more time winning games, protecting both is critical. Gamers are protected with Sine wave battery backup power and AVR (Automatic Voltage Regulator) that delivers the smoother electrical current required by sensitive electronics protecting against power irregularities and resulting glitches during an outage. Adding the APC Back-UPS™ Pro Gaming UPS to their systems allows gamers to be confident they will remain:

  • Protected: A gaming battery backup protects your valuable gaming system from more than seven different types of power interruptions.
  • Connected: After shutting down a game, the system continues to provide power to a router and/or modem.
  • In the Game: If the power is interrupted or lost during play, backup power allows gamers to finish a match and reap the rewards that have otherwise been lost.

“Gamers seek to be the best, and they deserve the best protection for their equipment. That’s why we’re so excited to provide these hard-working, hard-playing gamers with the peace of mind that their consoles or gaming PCs will be safe, even during a power blackout,” said Christian Enriquez, Global Product Marketing Manager, Schneider Electric. “APC by Schneider Electric, the worldwide leader in power protection for more than 30 years, has always been at the forefront of power protection technology, and is proud to introduce the very first UPS designed from the very beginning for gamers. We are excited to bring first-class power protection to the gaming arena and look forward to being a strong support class for gamers everywhere.”

The APC Back-UPS™ Pro Gaming UPS boasts a patented reactor circle which provides status of remaining power, surges, dips, power outages, and building wiring faults visible from every angle. Automatic voltage regulation protects against sporadic and irregular voltages while helping to extend the lifespan of gaming equipment. Available in two colors – Arctic (BGM1500) and Midnight (BGM1500B) – and 12 customizable RGB LED lights, gamers can also easily customize the look to match their gaming setup.

The all-new APC Back-UPS™ Pro Gaming UPS features:

  • Six battery back-up outlets with surge protection that send power instantly to sensitive electronics, such as an Xbox, PlayStation, PCs, TVs, or routers/modems, during a power loss
  • Four additional surge-only outlets to protect against unsafe power surges and “hard shutdowns” that can permanently damage equipment
  • Three easy-access front USB ports to recharge devices, like a gaming headset and cellphone.

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13 Comments

  1. That is… actually.. not uninteresting. But I still prefer cyberpower units right now. I don’t need my ups to look good.

  2. [QUOTE=”THUMPer, post: 19264, member: 111″]
    Kinda cool. I’ve ben looking for a UPS. I don’t need crazy runtime, just good protection.
    [/QUOTE]
    That’s what she said…

    Ill see myself out…

  3. I’m interested, but only if the price is right. The CyberPower units cost about $200 or so for a 1500VA unit that outputs 950w. This would have to do the same and cost something reasonable. APC units are generally more expensive than most other options.

  4. [QUOTE=”Dan_D, post: 19266, member: 6″]
    I’m interested, but only if the price is right. The CyberPower units cost about $200 or so for a 1500VA unit that outputs 950w. This would have to do the same and cost something reasonable. APC units are generally more expensive than most other options.
    [/QUOTE]
    If you aren’t aware Schneider electric bought out apc. So this is ostensibly an apc unit.

  5. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 19267, member: 215″]
    If you aren’t aware Schneider electric bought out apc. So this is ostensibly an apc unit.
    [/QUOTE]
    And APC went downhill fast once that occurred…. unfortunately.

    Eaton is my go-to right now, but they are not as price competitive as, say, Cyberpower.

  6. As important as UPSs are, they’re just not [I]that[/I] complicated.

    At the same time, if a UPS has to be visible, at least these aren’t ugly?

    [I also wind up using Cyberpower just about everywhere due to price]

  7. Not bad looking. Now just waiting for someone to incorporate RGB into the power cords next. It’ll look like something out of an 80’s or 90’s movie.

  8. [QUOTE=”Peter_Brosdahl, post: 19303, member: 87″]
    Not bad looking. Now just waiting for someone to incorporate RGB into the power cords next. It’ll look like something out of an 80’s or 90’s movie.
    [/QUOTE]
    Look up the Lan Li Strimer.

    And I’m sorry.

    No it’s not an external to your case RGB power cable… they haven’t made one of those… yet.

  9. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 19314, member: 215″]
    Look up the Lan Li Strimer.

    And I’m sorry.

    No it’s not an external to your case RGB power cable… they haven’t made one of those… yet.
    [/QUOTE]
    Yeah I’ve seen those and some other internal accessories. I’ve felt that I’m kind of middle of the road when it comes to RGB, even a bit minimalist. I do like some illumination, and the APS is minimal, but lately some of things coming out with the Ampere cards are really making me nauseuos just looking at their images. Ultimately though, as long as we have the option to turn things off I’m happy. I’ll occasionally crank things up for the holidays in order to add ambience to the room but that’s about it. Usually I just keep it blue and white, or off.

  10. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 19314, member: 215″]
    Look up the Lan Li Strimer.
    [/QUOTE]
    I looked closely at the Strimer, but honestly just being a clip-on accessory turned me off of it. If they’d made the cables actually glow, and done it without making them too unwieldy, I might be more interested.
    [QUOTE=”Peter_Brosdahl, post: 19303, member: 87″]
    Now just waiting for someone to incorporate RGB into the power cords next.
    [/QUOTE]
    The little lights they put on the ends of some laptop power cords are great!

    But for a desktop which shouldn’t move, and on cables that should be hidden, I think you squarely nailed the ‘step too far’ 🙂

  11. LOL this is a marketing gimmick. Even a 1500va UPS won’t last 5 minutes with a next gen console running a game, plus your giant big screen TV, and whatever else you have plugged in (amplifier, sound bar, etc etc). And if it doesn’t have a connectivity option to your gaming console, it won’t know to shut down safely in event of power outage.

    That being said, I do use an old Cyberpower 700va something or other in my living room for the TV and the cable DVR. That prevents short outages or brownouts from hosing up the DVR or spiking my TV. So there is a use for UPS in the living room, just don’t spend a lot of $$ on it.

  12. [QUOTE=”Burticus, post: 19606, member: 297″]
    So there is a use for UPS in the living room, just don’t spend a lot of $$ on it.
    [/QUOTE]
    Yeah I use my main UPS for my PC/monitors/speaker system/external drives/FiOS modem+router device, and I have another older, weaker UPS for my game console entertainment centers that I got for free from a friend who was getting rid of it for a beefier replacement some years ago. So yeah, free UPS definitely works out great for living room or console side of a game room.

    The Lian Li Strimer is uuhh… interesting I guess. I think in my younger days I might’ve been more interested in it. There’s a lot more RGB shit out there than I thought. I’m a UV guy. Back in the 2000s I was using DFI LANParty boards with UV-reactive slots and brackets, and I used UV-reactive SATA and IDE cables. I don’t use any of that stuff anymore, but I still use cold cathode blacklights to give off a very dim glow through the dark tinted window of my PC case. I live in the dark so I don’t like too much light coming from my PC, and I think the blacklights work out great. I also have some single-color LED fans. Back in the day I wanted the UV-reactive fans but never did end up using any.

    I think the PC market has gone overboard with the RGB lighting stuff, but that’s not to say I don’t use it myself from time to time. My keyboard has RGB backlighting, which I use to set individual keys, or groups of keys, to certain static colors. H100i waterblock/pump unit has RGB Corsair logo on it, I also set that to a single static color. Logitech G502 mouse has RGB lighting, but I don’t really pay attention to it. I think I left it on the default color cycle. Never bothered to change it. It’s usually covered by my hand anyways, or hidden when I slide the desk’s keyboard tray in.

    [QUOTE=”Peter_Brosdahl, post: 19317, member: 87″]
    …lately some of things coming out with the Ampere cards are really making me nauseuos just looking at their images.
    [/QUOTE]
    Yeah I feel yah on that.

    [QUOTE=”Peter_Brosdahl, post: 19317, member: 87″]
    Ultimately though, as long as we have the option to turn things off I’m happy.
    [/QUOTE]
    Same here.

    [QUOTE=”Peter_Brosdahl, post: 19317, member: 87″]
    I’ll occasionally crank things up for the holidays in order to add ambience to the room…
    [/QUOTE]
    Haha not a bad idea!

    [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 19267, member: 215″]
    If you aren’t aware Schneider electric bought out apc.
    [/QUOTE]
    I did not know that.

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