Box.com Review

Good

Efficient service, clean looking user interface, huge storage limits. Award winning home edition and corporation oriented business edition.

Bad

No Windows Phone or BlackBerry mobile support yet. No free version.

Overall

One of the best online backup systems money can buy. Pricing becoming a bit more competitive. Windows, Mac, iPhone & Android supported.

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Box.com Online Backup is squarely focused on being the best backup cloud utility available with copious amounts of online storage.

The product offering is split between home users and businesses. Each product is a little different from each other with extra options in the business one, but both offer compelling choices. 

Personal Edition

The personal version offered storage options of 100GB's, 10GB's cloud storage capacity which is free. Starter edition starts with $5/user/month for the 100GB capacity, rising to $15 monthly for the 1000GB instead. There are pricing plans for unlimited storage as well for heavy users.

The personal plan is actually targeted for both home use and home office use, for people who work from home. This is helpful because more and more people are going solo, but will not want to be pay big corporate prices for the business edition of software.

The personal plan is capable of backing up PC's, Mac's, and both Android and iPhone mobile devices. The mobile apps ensure that it is possible to backup the data across all your systems. This is all performed through a single user account too.

Installation and Backup

The latest version has seen considerably simplification of the installation process to speed up the time it takes to get up and running. There have also been some tweaks made to the uploading and downloading processes to make them go faster.

With the installation, you are able to decide if only you can have access to your backed up file, or if you may grant access to others. Be careful with this option though, for obvious reasons.

Backups can be configured to run daily, weekly or monthly at a set time of your choosing. Data in encrypted first before uploading to secure servers in one of the following countries: US, UK, Australia, Canada or South Africa. It's also possible to save a backup locally too.

Box.com for Business

The business version of the Box.com Online Backup software has some well considered features that will appeal to corporations.

The storage options starts from 1 TB per user for $15/month as mentioned above. Similarly Enterprise plan offer unlimited storage too and unlock some very advanced features like user management, branding and much more.

The online software can support unlimited PCs and Macs, with unlimited file service backups & recovery, and unlimited archiving. For the IT departments, there is also remote deployment features and centralised management to streamline controls.

The online dashboard is very well designed and clear. Graphs display aggregate file information, current backup activities and account usage are all shown prominently. Large push button controls make it easy to run the command that you want and accomplish your backup tasks quickly and easily.

Try Before You Buy

There is a free 14 days trial which is well worth trying out before you put your cold hard cash down. Prices are not cheap, so it is best to ensure the software does what you want before you make the purchase.

Online Storage Features

  • Storage  : Varies
  • Data Security  : Yes
  • File Versioning  : Varies
  • Compatibility  : 5
  • Sync Computers  : Yes
  • Full PC Restore  : No
  • File Manager  : Yes
  • Supported Docs  : All
  • Backup Options  : Limited
  • Sharing Options  : Advanced
  • Support  : Tickets
  • Special Features  : Yes
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