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Apple AirPort Time Capsule 4th Gen 2011 (A1409) / MD033 / MD032

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Overall 6
6.0

Apple Time Capsule

CNET
3 weeks ago
  • Summary: Apple's hybrid 802.11n wireless router/networked hard drive offers some powerful data backup features for Mac owners, as well as Apple's typical pleasing design. Windows users and anyone who demands speed from their 802.11n network will be disappointed.
  • Pros: Clean design; good deal for Draft-N router and 500GB or 1TB of storage; low maintenance data backup for Mac users; extensibility via USB port.
  • Cons: Only average networking performance; few advanced storage features beyond backup capabilities, and those only for Mac users.
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Overall 6
6.0

Expert Review

Channel5
9 September 2009
  • Conclusion: The Time Capsule is the best thing we’ve seen the world of backup for ages, making networking shared devices hassle free. It's pretty pricey though, and only works with Apple products.
  • Pros: This little beauty from Apple is the perfect way to protect your Mac against fire, flood and acts of God. Why? Well it’s an all-in-one router with a wireless hard drive. In the flesh we found that it shovelled data from your Mac speedier than Lewis Hamilton can drive in the wet – that’s thanks to the use of N-standard Wi-Fi. Also, as with most Apple products, it looks stunning. We were even able to hook it up to a printer thanks to a USB slot on the rear. Bonus!
  • Cons: Unfortunately, the Time Capsule only works with Mac computers, so if you're a dedicated Windows devotee there's not really much here for you to get excited about. Also, for best performance it can't be too far from your machine despite its N-standard talents.
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Overall 7
7.0

Apple Time Capsule (Summer 2011)

CNET
5 September 2009
  • Summary: The new 2TB Time Capsule brings improved price competitiveness and faster networking performance to Apple's Wi-Fi router/NAS drive combo device, which will satisfy consumers in need of a multipurpose networking device.
  • Pros: Apple's new 2TB Time Capsule offers more storage for the dollar than previous models and significantly improved wireless networking performance.
  • Cons: Experts will wish the Time Capsule offered more networking configurability, and users that copy large files frequently between systems will want a traditional NAS drive and its faster data read speeds.
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Overall 6
6.0

Apple Time Capsule Fall 2009

CNET
12 August 2009
  • Summary: The Apple Time Capsule is a convenient and simple wireless router and NAS server combo for your home. Unfortunately, especially in the case of the 1TB version, you can find better deals on devices that offer greater storage space and many more features for the price.
  • Pros: Fast wireless 5GHz throughput; fantastic NAS performance; storage included; easy to use; true dual-band; guest networking; printer and network storage support; works with Apple Time Machine software; good-looking design.
  • Cons: Expensive; limited networking and network storage features; no bundled backup software for Windows; hard drive is not user-serviceable; no media or iTunes server; picky support for USB printers; only three Ethernet ports; no Web interface; no remote access for Windows users; setup, administration, and storage sharing require OS X 10.4 or later; runs hot.
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An Absolute Necessity For 3-Mac Small PR Firm

Personal Electronics buzz
11 August 2009
  • Excerpt: Right out of college we opened a communication firm. As it turns out we are doing more public relations than we originally anticipated. Our office is equipped with Mac Leopard OS and a variety of software options including Leopard Time Machine.
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Overall 7
7.0

Apple Time Capsule

PC Magazine
23 April 2009
  • Conclusion: Apple has done a fine job of building an easy way for Leopard users to perform Time Machine backups over the network, but don't expect advanced NAS features.
  • Pros: Wireless-n at 2.4 or 5 GHz. Flawless operation with networked Time Machine backups, as well as with USB hard drive and printer sharing. Good price.
  • Cons: Lacks home media-serving features. Printer sharing but no print server. No hardware redundancy. No easy upgrade path.
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Overall 8
7.5

Apple Time Capsule (500GB) Review

Digitaltrends
14 April 2008
  • Conclusion: Once again Apple has delivered another impressive product. Its elegant integration of two things most people need in their lives – network storage and a high-speed wireless router – makes it a highly useful product for both Mac and PC users. Obviously, Mac users will get more mileage out of it due to its ability to work with Time Machine so it’s less of a must-have for PC users.
  • Pros: Great backup software for Macs; high-speed N WiFi; very quiet
  • Cons: No backup for PCs; setup issues; expensive
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Overall 8
7.5

Apple Time Capsule 1TB Review

Digitaltrends
14 April 2008
  • Conclusion: Once again Apple has delivered another impressive product. Its elegant integration of two things most people need in their lives – network storage and a high-speed wireless router – makes it a highly useful product for both Mac and PC users. Obviously, Mac users will get more mileage out of it due to its ability to work with Time Machine so it’s less of a must-have for PC users.
  • Pros: Great backup software for Macs; high-speed N WiFi; very quiet
  • Cons: No backup for PCs; setup issues; expensive
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Overall 8
8.0

Review: Time Capsule Wi-Fi base station

Macworld
21 March 2008
  • Excerpt: (2 items) Time Capsule should be the 2008 equivalent of what a fax machine was a generation or so ago. The fax machine slapped a scanner, printer, and modem into one box, and swept the world in the ’70s and ’80s through a combination of simplicity and utility. Time Capsule, unveiled at this year’s Macworld Expo , pairs an internal hard drive for networked Leopard backups via Time Machine with all the sophistication and ports of a 802.11n AirPort Extreme Base Station for...
  • Pros: Includes all AirPort Extreme features, Allows both internal and USB-connected drive Time Machine backups for Leopard users, Archive option for simplified off-site backups, Houses drive, power supply in one tidy case, Includes all AirPort Extreme features, Allows both internal and USB-connected drive Time Machine backups for Leopard users, Archive option for simplified off-site backups, Houses drive, power supply in one tidy case
  • Cons: Time Machine’s hourly backups are too often for networked system, Can’t swap internal drive, Storage capacity will be strained in multi-user environments, Time Machine’s hourly backups are too often for networked system, Can’t swap internal drive
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Overall 8
8.0

Apple Time Capsule

MacNN
12 March 2008
  • Excerpt: The Good Easy to setup. Works flawlessly with Time Machine. Supports 802.11a/b/g/draft n standards. USB port sharing.
  • Pros: Easy to setup. Works flawlessly with Time Machine. Supports 802.11a/b/g/draft n standards. USB port sharing.
  • Cons: Requires Mac OS X 10.5.2 for Time Machine functionality. Unable to upgrade the hard disk. Does not support media streaming.
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