System Clean-up will wipe all of the personal information from your PC, including passwords and usage history. The cursor is a smaller and more elegant dot (and not the big bulls-eye from last year), and it shifts to a vertical line when you hover over a text field. Acronis True Image subscription options: As with all Acronis subscription plans, there are often hefty discounts offered for the first year. I’ll cover some of them in Extra Features below. By Sean Riley 13 September 2021.
You can set backup options individually for each backup (including a custom default) with scheduling, notifications, file or folder exclusions and network prioritization. The cheaper tier is called Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office Advanced and includes 500GB of cloud storage. The Premium plan gives you blockchain certification of files and electronic signatures.
And as for the iPad Pro’s new 10-megapixel ultra-wide and 12MP wide cameras? Maybe that small subset of folks who aren’t embarrassed to use a tablet as a camera in public will like this, but I’ve already got better (or just as great) cameras in the iPhone 11 Pro in my pocket. Acronis True Image: Extra features.
We’d need to test it to see if the jump from A12Z to A14X is a major speed boost, but it’s not hard to assume that people would be interested in a 5G iPad Pro (provided they’ve got 5G in their city by then). It’s already reached the level of integration that I wish Apple had added in the first iPadOS drop last year. Personally? I’m completely out to lunch on them, and waiting for developers to do something great with AR. 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.
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. We uploaded this data to each cloud-backup service and then restored a 1.4GB subset of these files to the Lenovo Yoga C940. I’m even happier, though, that this accessory — which makes the iPad Pro even more like a laptop than before — will work with the 2018 iPad Pro. If your needs are less complex, try a solution like Backblaze , which offers unlimited storage for just $70 a year for a single machine. Yes, I’ve long said the 2018 iPad Pro was one of the best devices that Apple ever made — and even with the release of the new 2020 model — I’m still telling people to buy the previous edition.
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. And while I’m thankful for this decision, I’m a bit surprised that Apple’s not limiting it to the latest iPad Pro. The comparable plan on Acronis would cost $370 per year. 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. Even the half-terabyte cloud-backup plan is going to be a tight squeeze for a lot of users.
They create online copies of specific files and broadcast them to all your devices so you always have access to the latest files. Acronis True Image, rebranded as Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office as of September 2021, is a frustrating service. 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. – Incredibly expensive – Extras unnecessary for most users – Poor web and mobile experience. No offense to Apple, but I’m not going to recommend the iPad Pro (2020) for most people.
But I’d still pick the 2018 iPad Pro as the best iPad overall, especially now that it’s gotten a little cheaper. The only other service that I tested that offers a clone-disk feature is IDrive. 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. Each additional terabyte is $40, all the way up to 5TB for $284.99 per year.
Modern, intuitive user interface Extremely small system impact Very extensive, powerful, unique feature set. Mobile devices aren’t counted by Acronis as computers, so you can back up an unlimited number of them under any Acronis cloud plan. 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. Some of these services also back up system files, applications, smartphones, tablets and external hard drives to the cloud. 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: Costs and what’s covered. You can set up exclusions if there are files or folders that you don’t wish to be included in this monitoring. There are clearly some users for whom all these complex and powerful features are important and useful.
And when you hover over an app icon, it grows, as if the spotlight were shining on it. 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. 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.) Online-syncing services like Dropbox or OneDrive serve a different purpose. But the actual functionality of the Acronis app is mostly disappointing.
Each service’s software was uninstalled from both devices before another service’s software was installed. 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. I like the basic look of the Acronis True Image 2020 mobile app, and like IDrive, it does back up smartphone and tablet files. Try & Decide is one feature that I find particularly interesting. His articles have also appeared in Tom’s Guide, TechTarget, Phandroid, and more.
Acronis True Image: Performance. While it looks consistent with the desktop software, it’s incredibly slow to use. 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. Acronis builds a limited syncing function into Acronis True Image/Cyber Protect Home Office. 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.
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. 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. The catch is that you’ll get free upgrades for only 30 days after purchase.
Most users should look to IDrive for its fairly advanced features at considerably better pricing, or a simple unlimited and inexpensive solution like Backblaze . There’s also Rescue Media Builder, which creates a bootable flash drive or external hard disk for your PC. Depending on your needs, this could save you from paying for extra space with a cloud-syncing service like Google Drive or Dropbox. There’s also the matter of a rumored Fall 2020 iPad Pro, which would surprise me.
This sentiment does not carry over to the web interface for Acronis. Why the 2018 iPad Pro is still right for more folks. 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. 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.
Tom’s Guide Verdict. Others only let you do this to a local drive, restricting cloud backups to "personal" files and excluding OS’s and applications. Acronis True Image: Mobile apps. 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.
As we’re all getting more careful with our budgets than ever, I strongly recommend that people look for the 2018 iPad Pro, as it should be on discount everywhere. Online-backup services, or cloud backup services, make an online copy of every personal file on your computer. 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. It would be unlike Apple to update a product twice in a given year, but if a rumor from February comes true, we’ll be seeing a 5G iPad Pro with an A14X chip coming at the end of the year. Technically, it’s head and shoulders above the rest.
Unless you love AR apps, I can’t see a overwhelming reason to spend more on the 2020 iPad Pro, when the older version still works with the new Magic Keyboard. Acronis is best for deep-pocketed power users who will need and can afford the extra features that Acronis charges a premium price for. 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. Also, since iPadOS 13.4 hit public beta, I’ve been using a mouse with the 2018 iPad Pro and found that to be more than enough on its own. The other big new feature is the highly-touted triple-camera setup on the back, which features a LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) Scanner for much faster augmented reality app performance.
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. The Acronis antivirus software works on Macs as well as Windows. 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. 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. 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.
But the value proposition for the average user is just terrible, and that knocks it out of consideration. Even though Apple’s done a fair share of good with this year’s new model, I’m still convinced the iPad Pro 2018 is the best high-end tablet you can buy. 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. 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. 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.
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. This is a nice feature to have. Acronis has always been ahead of the pack of cloud-backup solutions. 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.
Acronis True Image has a breathtaking assortment of powerful features and functions that justify its high cost, but most people will never use them. That costs $49.99 per year for one PC, $79.99 for three or $99.99 for five. 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.
Meanwhile, IDrive lets you back up as much as 5TB from an unlimited number of machines for $80 per year. 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. Against.
For that, you need to upgrade to one of Acronis’ two other subscription plans, Volkswagen Tiguan 2008 which cost more and which Acronis classifies as "hybrid backup," with both local and online aspects. 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.) This was a substantial improvement over our previous result with Acronis, which took just under three hours with a comparably sized file set. Incredibly expensive Extras unnecessary for most users Poor web and mobile experience. We’re currently seeing savings between $70 and $120 on the 2018 models right now, as retailers clear remaining stock for the new version. That sounds really cool, if you care about AR apps.
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. 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. We used the GlassWire application to monitor upload and download speeds, and the built-in Windows Resource Monitor to track CPU usage.
Naturally, resource usage remained below 1 percent following the initial backup as well. The other reason why I’d recommend the 2018 iPad Pro is that I’ve never found it to be "too slow" or needing any extra performance muscle. Outlook: Will there be another 2020 iPad Pro?
Check out our iPad Pro (2020) review Plus: 5 reasons the new iPad Pro won’t replace my laptop. The 2018 iPad Pro (with the A12X Bionic chip) punches pretty close to that, with respective scores of 4,635 and 1,114. Acronis True Image: Cloud backup services defined. But the new A12Z processor might not be as big of an upgrade as it seems at first glance.
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. 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, 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.
The left column displays the seven sections of the application and the content for the current section is displayed on the right. Acronis True Image review: Bottom line. Our Verdict.
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. Real-world speeds were typically closer to 50 Mbps down and 60 Mbps up, according to Speedtest.net. Acronis True Image, aka Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office, more powerful and complex than most home users will need.
Acronis True Image: User interface. 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. It keeps adding new features. This review was originally published March 31, 2021. The 2020 iPad Pro’s upgrades aren’t that monumental (for me) It’s the best-looking and most intuitive option on the market.
You could have two years of Backblaze unlimited backup for $5 more than the cost of a single year of the Acronis 1TB plan. There’s also a vulnerability assessment tool that scans computers and applications for security holes, such as outdates software, and recommends steps to take. Our test set of files to back up consisted of 15.6GB of documents, photos, videos and music.
This keyboard is definitely the kind of feature that could be enough to push someone to upgrade — even though it’s only been 1.5 years since the 2018 iPad Pro came out. Finally, Acronis recently added its own antivirus software with its subscription plans. Tools is where Acronis keeps the features that most users won’t often use. We’re really excited that Apple’s added a trackpad to the iPad Pro, which is coming in the mighty-pricy Magic Keyboard ($299 for the 11-inch version; $349 for the 12.9-inch version). 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.
Acronis began in 2003 as a maker of local-backup and disc-imaging software and quickly earned a good reputation. + Modern, intuitive user interface + Extremely small system impact + Very extensive, powerful, unique feature set. Acronis True Image used an average of less than 1 percent of CPU resources during the backup process. The 10.2-inch iPad is probably the right iPad for most people due to its $329 price. It can even duplicate your local backup files to the cloud, a feature Acronis calls "Dual Protection." What about the highly-anticipated Magic Keyboard that’s coming in May? Well.
Neither Standard nor Essentials comes with an online-backup component. Mobile apps were tested on a Google Pixel 3 with Android 10. 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.) Yes, more speed is always a good thing.
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% Looking at its Geekbench 5 scores, the latest edition of Apple’s system-on-chip iPad Pro processor clocked a 4,720 on the multi-core portion and 1,126 on the single-core test. 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. Forget the iPad Pro 2020: Why you should buy the older one instead.
It’s great, and perfect for when I’m at home — whereas the Magic Keyboard will likely be better for when I’m on the road, thanks to its floating and adjustable screen design. 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. As I’ve juggled apps in its Slide Over and Split View multitasking modes, I’ve never hit a wall where it felt like I needed more power. 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. But if that model doesn’t arrive in the fall, I’m going to recommend most people stick with the 2018 iPad Pro (if it’s available at a lower price).
The first section is backup. Acronis True Image cloud backup review. Read on for the rest of our Acronis True Image review.
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. 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.) Acronis True Image has a breathtaking assortment of powerful features and functions that justify its high cost, but most people will never use them. Acronis is one of the few services that let you back up a disk clone or disk image to the cloud. 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. And that’s coming from someone who has upgraded their iPhone annually for the last two years.
But it would cost too much to use an online-syncing service to back up all your files. There’s a mind-boggling number of other Acronis features that we’ll get into. However, there are those users who will appreciate the huge number of unique features that Acronis brings to the table.
Unfortunately, it’s the only way to access the sharing features in Acronis True Image. Updated throughout to reflect name change to Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office. As most settings are handled within the appropriate sections, Acronis has one of the less crowded settings menus I’ve seen. It’s a dramatic reversal from our previous Acronis test, and we hope that they will correct it. Both the usability of the web interface and the sharing options are superior on IDrive.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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.