I typically use surge protection on my PCs (except maybe my laptop). That being said, we are finalizing the light booth electrical for our little playhouse. I was definitely going to use a surge protector for the console and monitors. Should I use a UPS instead? I can get a 550 VA UPS for about $70. It will easily supply power for the monitors and console for over an hour. It will provide surge protection as an added benefit. A decent surge protector costs $15-20. I can easily find something else on which to spend $50 if I can get buy with just a surge protector.