The Washington Post reviews Apple’s Time Capsule: Simplest, easiest backup

Apple Online StoreApple’s Time Capsule is “a box that combines a fast 802.11n WiFi router and a massive external hard drive in an enclosure no bigger than a regular AirPort Extreme router,’ Rob Pegoraro reports for The Washington Post.

“This two-in-one design allows you to back up every Mac in the home over your home network, eliminating a great deal of clutter and complexity. The pricing is also pretty good, if still higher than the cost of a separate hard drive and router: A 500-gigabyte model Time Capsule sells for just $299, while a one-terabyte unit goes for $499,” Pegoraro reports.

“Apple loaned a 1-TB review model in March (note that its actual capacity was 929.5 GB, according to Mac OS X), and since then its primary trait has been a near-complete lack of drama,” Pegoraro reports.

“For a single-Mac home, Time Capsule is probably overkill (although if you keep your router in a separate room from the computer, it might spare you the agony of having your computer and your backup drive stolen in the same break-in). For a home with more than one Mac running Leopard, though, I can’t think of a simpler, easier backup system than Time Capsule,” Pegoraro reports.

Full review here.

MacDailyNews Take: After several rave reviews, it’s safe to say that Apple has solved the backup conundrum by making it automatic, intuitive, and wireless.

25 Comments

  1. “I wonder when M$ will rebrand that shadow copy thing as “Microsoft Windows Live Back in time Pod”…… Morons”

    Typical Apple fanboy comment… always comparing Apple products to MS. Incapable of thinking in pure objectivity. Very very disappointing!!!

  2. Has this guy ever touched one?

    “in an enclosure no bigger than a regular AirPort Extreme router” — NOT. It definitely is quite a bit bigger than an Airport Extreme. I have owned both. I would guess at least an inch wider. But they certainly look the same in the photos.

  3. “Typical Apple fanboy comment… always comparing Apple products to MS. Incapable of thinking in pure objectivity. Very very disappointing!!!”

    Typical M$ fanboy trolling the Apple sites looking to start the war up. Its not your fault. Years of using windows has made you cranky and confrontational.. Take 2 macs and call me in the morning

  4. “Can it backup all my brain’s information and memory… and transfer it into a computer or and android’s chip and make it alive?” – yes, but what does it do with the 99.9% of the space left on the hard disk after your brain has been uploaded?

    ;-p

  5. I was ahead of you guys on this one, as you can tell by my comments on that site yesterday. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    I like mine a lot so far. Last night I was watching some TV shows from it wirelessly while an XP machine was backing up to it wired. No signs of hesitation at all, which was quite impressive.

    I have not been able to figure out how to do a couple things though. One is change the name of the wireless network. It used the name that my old Linksys router was configured for. I would like to change it to something different in case I need to bring the Linksys back online for something. I would also like to configure it to 802.11n only and WPA2. I cannot find where to set it to 802.11n only and the WPA2 setting reverts back to WPA after I set it.

  6. “For a single-Mac home, Time Capsule is probably overkill”

    Why is that?
    Is he implying a single computer doesn’t need to get backed up? Plus if you were going to upgrade your wireless situation as well, it’s a no brainer to get Time Capsule—buy both backup and wireless in one compact package in another room, not adding to the clutter on the desk as a separate back up container would.

  7. ” (although if you keep your router in a separate room from the computer, it might spare you the agony of having your computer and your backup drive stolen in the same break-in)”

    Thats how we are using ours! our living area is on the 1st floor, with our bedrooms on the 2nd, each bedroom has its own Air Cond. so at night our doors are shut, and we really fear someone breaking in down stairs. down stairs I have our APExtreme, “N” with my iMac hooked by ethernet, and a 500GB lacie HD that contains our iTunes libray (380GB)

    Then we have everything backing up on our TC 1TB , that is located next to my bed.

  8. This may be obvious to many of you, but anyway: Why wasn’t Time Capsule designed with a standard telephone jack (RJ45?) and ADSL circuitry? …I would like to have replaced my current ADSL WiFi router with Time Capsule.

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