New gear: Apple Airport Time Capsule (2013)

Buying and Unboxing

As time goes by, my need for disk space increases rapidly. With a camera that eats up about 30 MB per RAW file and more and more 720p/1080p videos, a single external disk with 1TB of space is far from enough. Actually, I'm using 3 x 1TB external drives currently: one for Time Machine backups (which is extremely important), one for my HD videos that take up 900+ GB and one for my photos. And any single drive of 3TB or more on market is very large and ugly. So finally I decided to get an Airport Time Capsule to get rid of those messy cables on my desk.

Amazon, which was as fast as always, finished the job in one single day. Here's the unboxing.

 Amazon's packaging is really good.

Amazon's packaging is really good.

 After unboxing that, it's easy to realise that Amazon really cares about packaging.

After unboxing that, it's easy to realise that Amazon really cares about packaging.

 The box from Apple.

The box from Apple.

 The size of the base station. Actually it surprised me a little cause I thought it was much smaller. but actually it turned out to be about the same size as a 'small paper bin'.

The size of the base station. Actually it surprised me a little cause I thought it was much smaller. but actually it turned out to be about the same size as a 'small paper bin'.

 Have a look from above.

Have a look from above.

 The power cable. Apple's new-generation Airport bases use this kind of cable, which is compatible across products from the same family.

The power cable. Apple's new-generation Airport bases use this kind of cable, which is compatible across products from the same family.

 The to-be-replaced old Airport Express. 

The to-be-replaced old Airport Express. 

 All the holes of the Time Capsule are placed in the back side. 3x Ethernet, 1x USB 2.0 (which was widely blamed for not being a 3.0), 1x WAN and 1x power.

All the holes of the Time Capsule are placed in the back side. 3x Ethernet, 1x USB 2.0 (which was widely blamed for not being a 3.0), 1x WAN and 1x power.

After 2 days' usage

Many people complain about the transferring speed of Time Capsules. However for me this seems to be no problem. The speed of uploading large files from local drive is about 20-25 MB/s, which is fast enough for me. And the 'first backup' of my 200+ GB Mac image took roughly 5 hours. 

However, the base station was far from smart. To expand the disk space real estate, I pluged one of my HDDs into the USB hole of TC. When I tried to transfer the files from that disk into TC, the speed was extremely slow: around 4MB/s. From the network activities I can guess that that transfer firstly took the file to local temp and then inside the TC - which was very silly. 

But the best thing for me is that I don't have to stay with plenty of cables on my desk. Also, I don't have to repeat the process of plug-unplug-plug when I move my computer. Generally speaking, it was a worthy buy, and that thing didn't disappoint me.