Keeping up with your digital files can be daunting. Many people run into an issue of space: there’s no more space on the hard drive for the hundreds of pictures they took of their dog or they’re running out of space on their desk to support all the external hard drives they keep buying to back up their photos. It can be a pretty daunting task to coordinate file backups of more than one external drive. In this instance, what are you to do?
Perhaps it’s time to invest in your own cloud. Seriously. There are a few devices on the market that target that bulky storage solution you’re currently drowning in with something easier and sleeker. These devices are perfect for the average Joe. You don’t have to be running a business to see the benefits of using this kind of device:
The Promise Apollo ($299) is presented as a personal cloud storage solution, but physically it's a simplified network-attached storage (NAS) device. It is easy to set up on your home network, where it will automatically back up all the snapshots and videos you take on your smartphone. You can also use it to back up and share files on your Macs or PCs, but it's very simplistic compared with a full-service NAS like our top pick, the Western Digital My Cloud Mirror Gen 2 . Think of it as the personal network storage for those who don't want to muck about with complicated share rules and server settings.
Design and Features
The Apollo looks like a standard desktop external hard drive. Its glossy white polycarbonate body measures 7.5 by 2.4 by 5.6 inches (HWD), so it will fit fine next to your home network router. It has an AC adapter jack, a Gigabit Ethernet port in the back, along with a single USB 3.0 port for backing up the personal cloud to USB devices like external hard drives and flash drives. A single LED on the front panel lets you know its power status, or when someone is accessing the storage.
The Apollo comes in only one configuration, with 4TB of hard drive storage. That's good enough for hundreds of thousands of pictures and music files, or several hundred hours of HD video. Unlike with a regular NAS, Promise doesn't specify what processor and operating system the device is running, and for most users it's not relevant anyway since it doesn't feature transcoding or media services that would tax other NAS's processors. You're buying an alternative to an online service in a box, with a one-time purchase price instead of a monthly fee. The Apollo comes with a two-year warranty.
Not only does this personal storage solution have the coolest name ever, the Apollo has an insane amount of storage space cram packed into a tiny box. It’s pretty cost-effective for an average person as well. You’ve probably already spent more money in the last five years on your external hard drives which are most likely piled on top of each other.
It can hold its own with other network-attached storage devices at a comparable price. If this doesn’t solve the bulky storage problem you didn’t realize you had, what will?
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