Clickfree Transformer Backup for iPod/iPhone Review
6 January 2010
Excerpt: As with all their products, Clickfree engineers simple backup solutions that provide users with the ability to store and transfer data from one computer to the next. Basically your iPod/iPhone turns into a portable flash drive that is compatible with both the OSX 10.5.4 + and PC platforms (including Windows 7 support). Instead of forking over $100 + for external HDD, whip out the iPod/iPhone transformer and backup with devices you already own.
Pros: Easy to use. Simple to set up. Can be used on both Mac and PC
Cons: Steep pricing. Unable to backup Applications.
Conclusion: Clickfree Import Music I'm torn on my final thoughts about the Clickfree Transformer SE. While it worked well with USB drives, it just did not work with the iPhone 3G. I think the $89.99 price tag is a bit steep for what you get. There are many backup applications that are comparable for a much lower price, such as Time Machine which is installed on all Macs running Mac OS X 10.5 or newer, plus Carbon Copy Cloner and Super Duper! work flawlessly.
Pros: Simple, intuitive interface. Backs up multiple computers to multiple devices. Easy to use once it�s configured.
Cons: iPhone backup didn�t work. Did not work reliably. Had to restart program to access options. Over-priced.
Conclusion: Finally, making Windows-based document backups is as easy as plugging in a power cord.
Pros: No configuration necessary. No installation needed. Works across all user accounts if you're an administrator. One of the most user-friendly backup methods we've tested. Works with any USB hard drive or USB key. Can support multiple computers.
Cons: Doesn't work with Limited-access accounts. No Mac compatibility (yet). You need to buy storage separately. Performs file backups only. May not work with some USB hubs.
Conclusion: You'll never have to worry about leaving your hard drive at home again with the new Clickfree Transformer for iPod, which turns your portable media player into a backup device.
Pros: No configuration necessary. Works across all accounts at the administrator-level. Easy to use. Works with any iPod or iPhone. Doesn't touch existing content on iPhone/iPod. Mac and Windows compatible. Supports multiple computers. Can move music from your iPod or iPhone to your hard drive.
Cons: Doesn't work with Limited-access accounts. Requires .NET installation. Only backs up files. Doesn't have iPod dock connector: you must use your own Apple-supplied cable.
Excerpt: Clickfree’s Transformer may look like an overweight USB key, but it is—forgive us, Optimus Prime—more than meets the eye. Plug any generic external USB hard drive into the Transformer, then plug the Transformer into a USB port on your PC, and a backup app auto-launches and starts a countdown to begin an automatic file backup of common file extensions. You can interrupt the countdown and add more file extensions that the app doesn’t recognize by default.
Pros: Backing up doesn't get anay easier than the Transformer.
Cons: Too focused on the extension-based document backups; may miss critical .exe files.
Summary: Priced at $59.99, the Clickfree Transformer is a wonderful tool for no-brainer backup. This device makes the most sense for those who already own an external drive. If you're starting from scratch, Clickfree sells its own line of hard drives with capacities from 120GB ($89.99) to 500GB ($219) that contain the automatic backup software. The true wonder of the Clickfree Transformer, though, is that you can use any type of storage device as a backup solution without hassle.
Excerpt: We previously reviewed Clickfree’s Automatic Backup, which allows for effortless backup by simply inserting a DVD into your computer and having the program launch itself and then search and backup all relevant documents. At the time of review we were very impressed with the solution and found that one drawback was the size of the DVD.
Clickfree Transformer SE : Clickfree Transfomer SE
11 May 2010
Summary: According to a popular saying "There is more than one way to skin a cat" (with apologies to the bundle of fur that keeps me fully occupied) and this is definitely true when it comes to setting up your backup routine.