Product Type: Apple in Network Attached Storage
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Apple Time Capsule 1 TB
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Apple Time Capsule 1 TB
Advantages: Works well, gigabit, wireless printing and backup
Disadvantages: Premium price for 1TB, no modem
Apple always seem to innovate, with ultra-cool new products. Their launch of the Time Capsule amazed me. It seemed so call. Answered what I really needed in a device (with one exception) and was one of the few products that I actually pre-ordered and had the patience to wait for its arrival.
My Time Capsule cost me £329 for the 1TB (Terrabyte) version, though there is also a lower capacity version offering 500GB for £199. This slimline box not only looks superb in its gloss white shell, but offers some superb functionality too.
Around the back you get a Gigabit Ethernet WAN port on the back. This connects to your ADSL or cable modem, your connection to the internet. You get three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports. These can be used for connecting other computers to, or perhaps an network printer or any network capable device. There is also a USB 2 port, for connecting a regular printer or an extra hard drive. The power cable also connects around the back and there is a security slot, should you wish to tie the deivce down to a desk.
Around the front is a single LED light, which shows the status of the device. Inside the tiny box of tricks you get the 1TB hard drive and wireless 802.11a/b/g/n connectivity.
The function of the box is to give you wireless access (or wired) to the internet and to the storage capacity of the internal hard drive. If you have an Apple computer, you can use their Time Machine software (built into the latest Leopard operating system). This enables you to automatically back up a single or multiple Macs to the Time Capsule. It is not just for Mac users though, any PC user using Windows XP (SP2) or Vista can also access the device and obviously store files on it.
That USB 2 port on the back also allows you to add extra storage. So if you run out there is the possibility of expansion. It can also be used to connect a supported printer, so you can print wirelessly too and share one printer between multiple computers. Wickedly useful.
That one exception that I mentioned at the beginning of my review. Well, I already use a router with modem built in. So this device is really being used as glorified network file storage. If only Apple would release a version with an ADSL modem built-in, now that would be superb. As it stands, it is still a very worthwhile product, and it works superbly. The 500GB version does seem better value though... you pay a big premium for the 1TB hard drive.
Summary: Wickedly useful product, that would be even better with a modem