Summary: It certainly is a more complicated product than version 6 which I started with years ago (and still have running for full disk images on XP in fact!) Obviously the growth in feature set affects that. But, I have not had all the technical difficulties and failures and such others have reported.
Pros: There are simple and easy ways to do the basic tasks without having to explore the details. The recovery method is really easy from an attached drive and mounting any past image to recover files or look at things works great. It seems to run and is reliable for me even on Windows 8.
Cons: The interface and features get really messy very quick once you dive into the details. Just trying to do basic things like figure out how to do the incrementals and how the schemes work and set schedules and things is not that obvious unless you have indepth experience with IT systems and backups.
Summary: On a fluke I bought and installed Acronis '13 as one of my backup programs for my W7 desktop and Outlook. About 4 months later my SSD crashed and using the Acronis backup file I was back in business in about 30 minutes!
Pros: * Very inexpensive when found on sale. * Very comprehensive functionality, includes all manner of backup and a secure erase utility among other things. * It works!
Cons: * The UI is a little tedious, especially setting up recurring backups. * Using the 'full method' of backup it creates a pretty big file (mine was in the neighborhood of 150GB)
Summary: Home user price friendly would be cooler, including such features as Universal Restore, etc.
Pros: It works well. New features are good. I have been working with Acronis software since like 8 and have been a big advocate, calling it like SM. Ghost on steroids. New interface, functionality.is like going from xp to windows 8 (which it works on). Mounting images menu took a little while to come t...
Cons: A little heavier on resources but more features. Had issues with raid controller drivers with the trial. Still worth the cost.
Summary: I was skeptical after reading the previous reviews, but I really liked how Acronis worked for my cloning needs so I gave the OEM a shot. Glad I did.
Pros: I have used Acronis 2010, 2011, and 2012 only for cloning and it has almost never let me down (the occasional defective drive would throw it off). 2013 is the first one I actually installed to be used for backup. Scheduled a differential disk backup to a USB drive for my system disk and everythin...
Cons: This version is OEM. You get a good deal, but it will probably take an act of Congress to change hardware. Thankfully this is on a work laptop and nothing changes.