Reviews and Problems with Apple AirPort Time Capsule 4th Gen 2011 (A1409) / MD033 / MD032
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Apple Time Capsule (Summer 2011)
20 December 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.
Excerpt: Apple updated the Time Capsule recently, increasing its storage capacity up to 3TB, while also cutting the price. It also enhanced the Time Capsule’s wireless capabilities, giving it dual-band Wireless N networking as well.
Pros: Fast, versatile and easy to use; dual-band Wireless N networking; useful connection ports
Cons: Expensive; limited control over the backup process
Conclusion: Out of the box, like most Apple products, the Time Capsule is a breeze to use, providing a convenient backup and networking hub in one package. However, this does start to look a little expensive if you already have many of these functions in an existing router, with the 1TB option being well overpriced.
Pros: Basic setup simple, Time Machine, Windows PC support
Cons: Can take a while to route out all the options, gets pretty hot, no physical access to drive, expensive
Excerpt: Apple's hybrid 802.11n wireless router/networked hard drive offers some powerful data backup features for Mac owners, but Windows users and those who demand speed from their 802.11n network will be disappointed.
Pros: Only average networking performance, Few advanced storage features beyond backup capabilities
Cons: Clean design, Good deal for DraftN router and 500GB or 1TB of storage, Low maintenance data backup for Mac users, Extensibility via USB port