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Strike Now

September 16, 2013 - Dave Hecei
2012 time capsuleIf you ever thought of owning an Apple Time Capsule but thought they were way overpriced, now is the time to strike.

Time Capsule is Apple’s combination NAS (Network Attached Storage) device slash wireless router. The reason they call it Time Capsule is that it works seamlessly with Time Machine, which is the automatic backup system built into OS X since 10.5 Leopard.

new TC Apple's 2013 Time Capsule

Back in June, with the introduction of the new MacBook Air, Apple also introduced new Airport wireless routers and Time Machine models based on the faster 802.11AC. We all know what happens when something new finally hits the stores. Yup, the old models go on sale.

It won’t be around for much longer, but the previous model Time Capsule (available with 2TB or 3TB of storage) has been seen at a pretty decent discount. Mac Mall currently has the 2TB model on sale for $189.99. A few others have it for $199.99. Depending on taxes and shipping your final cost may end up about the same. This same model sold for $299 only a month or two ago. There is also a 3TB model which is running about $249.99.

If you have ever wanted a wireless Time Machine compatible external drive the only real solution is the Time Capsule. Time Machine is not the only backup solution you should use, but since it is automatic and built into all modern Macs why not take advantage of it.

On the back of the Time Capsule are several ports – power, USB 2.0, WAN, and (3) LAN. This unit also works as an 802.11n wireless router (essentially an Airport Extreme). The USB port is to hook up either more storage or a compatible USB printer. Three more Ethernet ports allow it to work as a standard wired router. Did I mention that all these Ethernet ports are Gigabit?

At $299 the Apple Time Capsule is a nice unit but over priced. At $189 for the 2TB model it’s a steal. The only problem it to buy now, they are no longer in production and won’t be around as new for very long.

(Apple currently is selling the 2TB and 3TB models on their refurbished page for $199 and $299.)


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