In Collect, you can save and share up to 5GB of files, but cannot sync boards, and in Paste, you can create and share up to three decks. Against. Acronis True Image has a breathtaking assortment of powerful features and functions that justify its high cost, but most people will never use them.
Again, it’s unlikely that most home users are going to use these features, but I’m sure they are valuable if you do need them. It’s a dramatic reversal from our previous Acronis test, and we hope that they will correct it. This is a nice feature to have.
Collect, for instance, is made for quickly storing and accessing inspiring content in a neat and visual way. As most settings are handled within the appropriate sections, Acronis has one of the less crowded settings menus I’ve seen. You can set up exclusions if there are files or folders that you don’t wish to be included in this monitoring. The main thing missing here is phone support, which WeTransfer says it’s unable to offer with a small team.
This was a substantial improvement over our previous result with Acronis, which took just under three hours with a comparably sized file set. Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office runs on Windows 7 SP1, macOS High Sierra 10.13, iOS 11.0, Android 6.0 Marshmallow and later versions of all four operating systems. When logged in, you can track download status under Transfers and make any changes, such as editing transfer titles or recipients. WeTransfer: Plans and pricing. I like the way that Acronis organizes this section, with a single column listing any of your backups and the status of that backup along with the option to recover data from it displayed in a third column.
As I mentioned previously, there are a number of interesting features in the Tools section of the desktop application, and I’ll cover a few of them here. It can even duplicate your local backup files to the cloud, a feature Acronis calls "Dual Protection." Others only let you do this to a local drive, restricting cloud backups to "personal" files and excluding OS’s and applications. Restoring our 1.4GB set of video files from the Acronis servers took approximately 15 minutes and 20 seconds, about 50% longer than the previous year’s test. It keeps adding new features.
Acronis True Image: Extra features. Acronis is one of the few services that let you back up a disk clone or disk image to the cloud. He specializes in covering phones and, of course, wearable tech, but has also written about tablets, VR, laptops, and smart home devices, to name but a few.
Whether sending files by email or link, your transfers are saved in your WeTransfer account, accessible from any device with a browser. Acronis True Image, ahem, Cyber Protect Home Office Essentials bundles in ransomware and cryptomining blockers, as well as cool extras like Active Disk Cloning, which allows you to replicate your Windows or Mac system while your computer is running and to create a virtual PC using your local cloned drive. If you’re willing to invest, an attractive premium plan is OneDrive’s $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year, which is particularly useful for Microsoft users, as it offers a one-year MS Office subscription along with 1TB of cloud storage, and includes password-protected file sharing, 30-day version history, and offline access to files.
Additionally, it has attractive features for creative professionals with Collect’s content storage and management. This sentiment does not carry over to the web interface for Acronis. It saves the current state of your PC before you do something that is potentially risky, such as installing a new piece of software, a beta OS update or a questionable attachment and allows you to roll back your PC that previous state if the risky activity does indeed prove to be a bad decision.
What makes it particularly odd is that Acronis does offer thumbnails for photo and video files that are backed up from your smartphone or tablet. Tom’s Guide Verdict. In it, you can set a battery to stop backups if a laptop battery gets too low and designate preferred or disallowed Wi-Fi networks for backup. The best cloud storage and best file sharing solutions depend on business or individual requirements, such as the breadth of collaboration features, so keep reading our WeTransfer review to see if this product fits your needs. Acronis True Image has unquestionably the best-looking desktop interface that I tested, and despite the wealth of features, the interface makes most of the features that you would regularly use intuitive and accessible.
Updated throughout to reflect name change to Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office. Our initial upload of the 15.6GB of files to Acronis’ servers took approximately 1 hour and 31 minutes for an average transfer speed of 26.4 Mbps. A self-professed "wearer of wearables," Sean Riley is a Senior Writer for Laptop Mag who has been covering tech for more than a decade. The comparable plan on Acronis would cost $370 per year.
The catch is that you’ll get free upgrades for only 30 days after purchase. Active Protection is another unique offering from Acronis, It protects your PC from ransomware and cryptomining malware by monitoring your system and backups for unexpected patterns of behavior in changes to your files. It has the best-looking and most intuitive desktop application among the best cloud backup services that I recently tested, but the high cost of storage along with the poor web-portal and mobile experiences make Acronis difficult to recommend for the average home user. Additionally, when sending files over WeTransfer Pro, you can restrict download access by setting passwords and custom expiry dates.
WeTransfer: Interface and in use. We conducted our tests in Middleton, Wisconsin, using TDS Telecom Extreme300 Fiber home internet service, which theoretically provided up to 300 megabits per second (Mbps) down and 300 Mbps up. Mobile devices aren’t counted by Acronis as computers, so you can back up an unlimited number of them under any Acronis cloud plan.
Acronis began in 2003 as a maker of local-backup and disc-imaging software and quickly earned a good reputation. You can transfer files on WeTransfer without an account by adding the recipient’s email address or generating a transfer link. This review Tank Trucks was originally published March 31, 2021. With the Advanced plan, you also get backups of your Microsoft 365 files stored on Microsoft’s servers, plus Acronis’ own antivirus software, discussed in further detail below. As with all Acronis subscription plans, there are often hefty discounts offered for the first year.
You can populate your Collect content from your local storage and photo app, organizing it into interest boards and accessing it from three views—"All items", "Boards", and "Sort later". Acronis True Image subscription options: Intuitive design Quick and simple file-sharing. Acronis True Image cloud backup review. Alternatives to WeTransfer.
For extensions including .jpg, .png, .tif, and .mp3, you can preview sent files from your browser. IDrive is the only service that offers image and video previews of all media files in the file viewer, so Acronis is hardly alone in not having them. While it looks consistent with the desktop software, it’s incredibly slow to use.
Furthermore, the wider product portfolio is designed for creative professionals. However, if price is not a factor for you, and you can live with a poor mobile and web experience, then the core Acronis True Image desktop application is a pleasure to use and will perform solidly while having virtually no impact on your system. This result put Acronis in second-to-last place for file restoration speed, ahead of only IDrive and almost 10 minutes behind the fastest performer, CrashPlan. However, this is also where you find the Clone Disk function, which can create a perfect copy of your C drive in Windows, the including operating system, applications and data. We uploaded this data to each cloud-backup service and then restored a 1.4GB subset of these files to the Lenovo Yoga C940.
Acronis also places the file extension in a blue circle to the left of the file rather than denoting the file type with an icon. There’s no Linux version for home users, but some Acronis forum users say True Image’s Linux-based rescue disk will do the job for Linux machines and has actually improved with more recent versions of Acronis. (Use this at your own risk.) WeTransfer is expanding from file-sharing to creative content storage, but rich features are yet to catch up. Acronis True Image: Costs and what’s covered. The Acronis antivirus software works on Macs as well as Windows.
The free plan lets you send 2GB per transfer to a maximum of three email recipients, with files stored and available for download for up to a week. But the actual functionality of the Acronis app is mostly disappointing. Acronis True Image: Mobile apps. It’s inexplicable to me why this wouldn’t be something that would carry over to your primary backup, as it makes finding and downloading the right image or video so much easier. However, there are those users who will appreciate the huge number of unique features that Acronis brings to the table.
The only other service that I tested that offers a clone-disk feature is IDrive. Acronis True Image review: Bottom line. For people with more significant backup needs, the Premium plan (starting at $124.99 per year) offers 1TB of online backup for a single computer.
Even the half-terabyte cloud-backup plan is going to be a tight squeeze for a lot of users. You can see if they’ve been downloaded and by whom, delete them to prevent further downloads, or forward them to more people. Acronis True Image, aka Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office, more powerful and complex than most home users will need. That costs $49.99 per year for one PC, $79.99 for three or $99.99 for five.
Unlike some other online backup services, Acronis can back up both external drives attached to a computer and NAS drives on a home network to the cloud. WeTransfer: Security. WeTransfer makes it easy to save files over the cloud and share them securely. Installing Collect from the App Store or Google Play is straightforward, and you can start using it immediately. The verdict. + Modern, intuitive user interface + Extremely small system impact + Very extensive, powerful, unique feature set.
Now, WeTransfer not only offers a richer set of file-transfer features, including download and contact management, but also provides cloud storage for photos, slides, and other creative content via apps including Collect and Paste. But the value proposition for the average user is just terrible, and that knocks it out of consideration. WeTransfer staff respond to support tickets quickly and effectively: while it has a three-business-day guarantee, we’ve received a reply by email within three hours. For instance, Dropbox allows just 100MB per file transfer on its free plan, but its 2GB storage can be viewed and edited in real-time with collaborators, without expiration dates.
Most consumer users would be better served by IDrive , which delivers many of the same features as Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office at a fraction of the cost. However, only Windows users get the feature that protects videoconferencing streams with Zoom, Cisco WebEx or Microsoft Teams, or the web filtering that blocks known malicious sites. If a collaboration-oriented storage solution is what you’re after, then WeTransfer may not tick your boxes. Mobile apps were tested on a Google Pixel 3 with Android 10.
Most offer unlimited (or at least a lot of) storage for a flat subscription fee, and many, including Acronis, can also make local file backups to an external hard drive. Acronis True Image: User interface. Tools is where Acronis keeps the features that most users won’t often use. Finally, Acronis recently added its own antivirus software with its subscription plans. – Incredibly expensive – Extras unnecessary for most users – Poor web and mobile experience.
Acronis True Image Backblaze Carbonite Safe CrashPlan for Small Business IDrive Personal Initial upload speed 26.4 Mbps 36.4 Mbps 17 Mbps 27 Mbps 25.1 Mbps File-restore speed 13.1 Mbps 27.5 Mbps 21.1 Mbps 34.4 Mbps 12.4 Mbps CPU usage during backup >1% 2.5% 3.3% 7.3% 1.2% CPU usage otherwise >1% >1% >1% >1% >1% Acronis True Image: Performance. Extra terabytes are still $40 apiece, so the most you’ll pay for Acronis True Image is $369.99 per year for 5TB of backup space for five machines. (It’s sometimes half off for the first year.) IDrive has gained some ground on Acronis, but there is still no question as to who the innovation leader is, and the other cloud-backup services are far behind. Sync is very similar to IDrive’s and allows you to create a folder that will then sync between your PC and other devices on which you have Acronis True Image installed. The Premium plan gives you blockchain certification of files and electronic signatures.
Acronis Drive Cleanser permanently destroys all data on your PC, and Acronis Secure Zone creates a protected partition for storing backups on your hard drive. Acronis’ antivirus software does fairly well on third-party lab tests of antivirus software, though most of our picks for best antivirus software — including Microsoft’s built-in solution — do better. Tom’s Guide Verdict. Number of devices backed up per subscription: Up to 5 computers; unlimited mobile devices Storage limit: 5TB Backups of tethered external drives: Yes Backups of network storage drives: Yes Backups of mobile devices: Yes Operating system/application backups: Yes Backups to local drives: Yes Two-factor authentication: No Drive shipping: No. You can share the contents of your boards with collaborators, and—on Pro—you and your team can also co-create boards.
You can set backup options individually for each backup (including a custom default) with scheduling, notifications, file or folder exclusions and network prioritization. Neither Standard nor Essentials comes with an online-backup component. The basic Acronis cloud-storage service tier starts at 500GB, which might not be enough storage for the kind of power user who would actually take advantage of the robust functionality that Acronis offers. Collect storage is kept separate from the WeTransfer website, but you can use the same login credentials.
WeTransfer: Features. According to speedtest.net, our connection provided a download speed of 64 Mbps at this time, while Acronis downloaded our data at approximately 13.1 Mbps. + Intuitive design + Quick and simple file-sharing. Online-syncing services like Dropbox or OneDrive serve a different purpose. Aimed at creative use by individuals and small teams, WeTransfer covers the basics of secure file sharing, download tracking, and managing recipients, while accompanying products, such as Collect and Paste, help to create and store photos, decks, and other items.
WeTransfer’s storage app, Collect, is available on Android, iOS, and browser extensions. Users can also manually activate two-factor authentication on their accounts. His articles have also appeared in Tom’s Guide, TechTarget, Phandroid, and more. Incredibly expensive Extras unnecessary for most users Poor web and mobile experience.
Read on for the rest of our Acronis True Image review. It’s the best-looking and most intuitive option on the market. Each additional terabyte is $40, all the way up to 5TB for $284.99 per year.
Acronis is best for deep-pocketed power users who will need and can afford the extra features that Acronis charges a premium price for. Boards can be shared with view or edit permissions, but adding items collaboratively to boards is reserved for Pro users. There’s also Rescue Media Builder, which creates a bootable flash drive or external hard disk for your PC.
The company still offers this offline solution, called Acronis True Image Standard, for a one-time fee of $59.99 for one machine, $89.99 for three or $119.99 for five. We cover pricing plans, main features, interface, support and security options, as well as comparing it to the competition. Naturally, resource usage remained below 1 percent following the initial backup as well. WeTransfer review.
If you’d rather not pay for upgrades, then you can subscribe to the local-backup software in the form of Acronis True Image Essentials. From third-party apps, such as WhatsApp, you’ll have the option to save items directly to Collect. WeTransfer: Support. Confusingly, Acronis refers to it as "antimalware" software, which would normally imply that it just cleans up files after infection, but it appears to be full-fledged antivirus software that prevents infections as well.
For that, you need to upgrade to one of Acronis’ two other subscription plans, which cost more and which Acronis classifies as "hybrid backup," with both local and online aspects. WeTransfer should be on your radar if you’re looking for an easy-to-use solution combining file transfer and cloud storage. We used the GlassWire application to monitor upload and download speeds, and the built-in Windows Resource Monitor to track CPU usage. If you have thousands of photos, videos, or music files you want backed up to a safe location, a cloud-backup service is what you need.
Modern, intuitive user interface Extremely small system impact Very extensive, powerful, unique feature set. That said, WeTransfer’s products lead with simplicity and are better suited to users more interested in item delivery than collaboration; for example, freelancers sharing results with clients. Try & Decide is one feature that I find particularly interesting. Data transferred and stored with WeTransfer must comply with the European Union’s GDPR laws and is encrypted with TLS (Transport Layer Security) and AES-256 (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption, which are among the best protection methods for large file transfers. There are clearly some users for whom all these complex and powerful features are important and useful.
Moving to three computers on the Premium plan costs an extra $65, but after that it’s only $20 to bump up to five machines. Technically, it’s head and shoulders above the rest. Unfortunately, it’s the only way to access the sharing features in Acronis True Image. They create online copies of specific files and broadcast them to all your devices so you always have access to the latest files.
WeTransfer’s cloud storage competition, including OneDrive and Dropbox, offer complex features to organize and collaborate on documents, while WeTransfer’s products center on ease of transfer and download tracking. But it would cost too much to use an online-syncing service to back up all your files. Both the usability of the web interface and the sharing options are superior on IDrive. The cheaper tier is called Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office Advanced and includes 500GB of cloud storage. While most of the cloud-backup services have improved on this metric since our last round of tests, Acronis was both the worst performer in the previous round, using as much as 15% of CPU cycles during backups, and the most improved in the current one.
For $12 a month or $120 a year, WeTransfer Pro allows up to 200GB per transfer to a maximum of 10 recipients, counting towards 1TB of cloud storage, with customizable passwords and expiry dates. Against. System Clean-up will wipe all of the personal information from your PC, including passwords and usage history. If you are willing to pay Acronis’ high storage prices, and you plan to make use of all its tools and functions, the service itself is mostly excellent.
Acronis local-backup software has a very good reputation, and power users can employ it to both clone and "image" their drives in case of a drive failure or other disaster. (Cloning creates an exact copy of the same size, while imaging creates a compressed copy.) But for the average user who will seldom or ever use them, it simply doesn’t make sense to pay $90 per year for 500GB of cloud storage, let alone $125 for 1TB. WeTransfer rose to file sharing fame with a quick and easy-to-use tool that transferred files using only the recipient’s and sender’s email addresses. Premium plan cost not worth the features Products not accessible from one account view.
Compare this to Backblaze, which gives you unlimited backup storage on one machine (including external drives) for $70 per year or $130 for two years. Sending files on WeTransfer is easy and, provided you’ve got good internet connectivity, fairly quick: you upload them on wetransfer.com, then send directly to the recipients’ emails or copy a transfer link. There’s also a vulnerability assessment tool that scans computers and applications for security holes, such as outdates software, and recommends steps to take.
To find out more about these two competitors to WeTransfer, read our Microsoft OneDrive review and our Dropbox review. Acronis True Image: Cloud backup services defined. Some of these services also back up system files, applications, smartphones, tablets and external hard drives to the cloud.
Acronis True Image has a breathtaking assortment of powerful features and functions that justify its high cost, but most people will never use them. – Premium plan cost not worth the features – Products not accessible from one account view. You could have two years of Backblaze unlimited backup for $5 more than the cost of a single year of the Acronis 1TB plan. Acronis has always been ahead of the pack of cloud-backup solutions. It’s $89.99 per year for one computer, $129.99 for three or $189.99 for five, but keep in mind that the 500GB cloud-storage cap stays the same. (The old $49.99/year, 250GB cloud option has been dropped.) Collect storage also increases to 200GB of synced content, and Paste has unlimited decks.
There is no mobile app for WeTransfer’s file-sharing tool. There’s also an online knowledge base with detailed product descriptions, but it isn’t directly accessible from the main site; all support functions are on WeTransfer’s Zendesk site. Acronis True Image, rebranded as Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office as of September 2021, is a frustrating service. Next is the Archive, for files that you no longer have space for on your PC but would still like to keep either on an external drive or in your Acronis cloud. By Sean Riley 13 September 2021.
There are three products included in both free and premium WeTransfer plans: the WeTransfer file sharing tool, the Collect photo and document storage app, and the Paste slideshow creation app. Online-backup services, or cloud backup services, make an online copy of every personal file on your computer. Our test set of files to back up consisted of 15.6GB of documents, photos, videos and music.
However, when logged in, you have extra features, such as the ability to track downloads, store files, and save contacts, plus—on Pro—to brand download pages, and set file passwords and expiry dates. If your needs are less complex, try a solution like Backblaze , which offers unlimited storage for just $70 a year for a single machine. I’ll cover some of them in Extra Features below. Acronis True Image, aka Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office, would absolutely be a contender for the top spot on our list of best cloud backup services if it had remotely competitive pricing.
Features like in-app document editing, real-time collaboration, shared folders, and protected vaults are not included. Most users should look to IDrive for its fairly advanced features at considerably better pricing, or a simple unlimited and inexpensive solution like Backblaze . With Collect, you can create different buckets of content—called boards—which, unlike traditional cloud storage solutions, can also include web links such as newspaper articles. Meanwhile, IDrive lets you back up as much as 5TB from an unlimited number of machines for $80 per year.
Acronis builds a limited syncing function into Acronis True Image/Cyber Protect Home Office. Each service’s software was uninstalled from both devices before another service’s software was installed. Acronis True Image used an average of less than 1 percent of CPU resources during the backup process. Real-world speeds were typically closer to 50 Mbps down and 60 Mbps up, according to Speedtest.net.
On WeTransfer Pro, the Branding tab is where you edit the look and feel of the email and download pages accessed by recipients, storing up to five backgrounds. We tested five cloud-backup services (Acronis True Image, Backblaze, Carbonite Safe , CrashPlan for Small Business and IDrive Personal) using a Lenovo Yoga C940 14-inch laptop with a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 running 64-bit Windows 10 Home. Depending on your needs, this could save you from paying for extra space with a cloud-syncing service like Google Drive or Dropbox. The first section is backup. But WeTransfer offers more than enough file sharing and branding tools for quick, effective interaction with clients or a small team.
I like the basic look of the Acronis True Image 2020 mobile app, and like IDrive, it does back up smartphone and tablet files. Unless you are particularly swayed by the ability to back up your smartphone, something which Android and iOS offer natively and which IDrive does better, there’s little that is compelling about the Acronis True Image mobile app. The interface to back up your mobile files looks nice, but the app lacks even a basic search feature, something every other service I tested offers.
There’s a mind-boggling number of other Acronis features that we’ll get into. The left column displays the seven sections of the application and the content for the current section is displayed on the right. WeTransfer is expanding from file-sharing to creative content storage, but rich features are yet to catch up.
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