NY Times’ Pogue reviews Apple’s Time Capsule: Takes network hard drive into a higher realm

Apple Online Store“Well, I’m finally ready to write my review of the Time Capsule,” David Pogue reports for The New York Times. “I’ve loved the concept ever since Apple announced it. So much, in fact, that I actually bought one. (Apple: ‘Mr. Pogue? We’d like to loan you a Time Capsule to review.’ Me: ‘Actually, that won’t be necessary.’)”

“Imagine a Wi-Fi base station, of the sort that turns your home into a wireless hot spot, with a huge hard drive inside (and, mercifully, no power brick–just a slender power cable). The Time Machine automatic backup feature of the latest Mac OS X version backs up your Macs onto the Time Capsule, automatically, constantly, completely and wirelessly. And in my book, automatic, constant, complete backups are the only kind that really count,” Pogue reports.

“The beautiful thing about this arrangement is that it backs up your laptops automatically and completely, too–without your having to hook them up to anything. Any time the laptop is open and turned on, like when you’re using it, the Time Capsule backup is quietly doing its thing,” Pogue reports. “An animated icon on your menu bar–a tiny clock whose hands move backward–lets you know when Time Machine is doing its thing.”

Pogue reports, “It also acts as a regular network-attached hard drive, serving as a central data bucket for both Macs and Windows PCs on your network. (The Time Machine auto-backup feature isn’t available for Windows, of course, although some regular Windows backup programs can use the Time Capsule as a regular external drive.) Oh, and you can attach a USB printer to it. Presto: all of your computers can share that one printer.”

No other onetwork-attached hard drives “seem to have the Time Capsule’s combo of capacity and wirelessness,” Pogue reports. “This is a classic case of Apple’s insistence on simplicity taking its own version of the network hard drive into a higher realm.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Citymark” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Yet another rave review. It’s safe to say that Apple has solved the backup conundrum by making it automatic, intuitive, and wireless.


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