Pros Fast setup (less than 10 minutes), quiet, backup serves multiple computers without difficulty, no bricks, less cords.
Cons Runs hot, inherently slower transfer speeds due to wireless networking.
Summary As an OS10.5 user I've found that the TC 500gb performs its three functions without hassle: printer sharing, N network, and remote backups of multiple computers.
The most important feature in my opinion is the out-of-sight-out-of-mind backup. Two weeks ago I lost 2 years of files. I paid the price for being too lazy and too forgetful. Now, I have something that'll be thinking about backups for me.
Another nice feature was the consolidation of the three separate devices that formed my office backup & network: I had a wireless print server, external backup, and router. Now I use only one plug with no brick or wallwart (which all three other devices had).
The limitations are of course what is to be expected when using a wireless network and an Apple device. Range, speed of file transfer, as well lack of user serviceability.
Pros easy to use and install
Cons if anything happens to the hdd, there is no way to trouble shoot.
Summary since apple will only replace the unit but is not responsible for data loss, i dont recommend this for back ups. its very unreliable. it failed exactly a month after purchase. i lost 500gb on my 1tb time capsule. catch 22 is if you open it to extract the hard drive, you void the warranty. and it will cost you twice as much as the unit to get your data at a data recovery specialist.
Pros Fast wifi connection, easy file sharing, easy NAT setup
Cons Gets real HOT, Compatibility issue with the Xbox 360, Initial setup can be hard
Summary The Good:
Connects easily with both apple and windows based laptops.
Fast connection when using both g and n wifi modes.
Easy to setup NAT for port forwarding.
Easy to share MP3s via Itunes. I know the cnet review said they had trouble, what I did was simply put the mp3s on the Time Capsule hard drive. I then went into Itunes and redirected where to find the mp3s, I did this for my computer running MAC OSX and my girlfriend running Vista and it worked with no problem.
Wifi compatible with Nintendo Wii.
It gets HOT!!!!! I’m not sure if the disk ever stops spinning even when it is not be accessed. But be careful I check mine every day and as soon summer hits
Initial setup can be hard; I actually had to call apple tech support 4 times to finally get it setup correctly.
No wifi compatibility with Xbox 360 only via cable.
It is a good product that will probably need a firmware update to do something about how hot it gets.
The hard drive works great and the music that streams from it into Itunes is perfect with no degradation or lag.
Defiantly a product for those who are a little tech savvy.
Pros Saves space and can use Time Capsule for MULTIPLE Macs. Saves on the many external HDD needed for a few Macs
Cons Does get hot when a lot is transferred
Summary I don't get why a con by the reviewer is advance features are only for Mac users. Did you expect PC's to have some advance back up program? Apple actually designed a program along with the OS X for people to actually back up their computer. I know that the majority of computer users, both Mac and PC, do not regularly back up. Since Time Machine came out, a lot more Mac users I know back things up.
Pros Plenty of Storage
Mac Users brainless backup, and if need be a external hard drive
open to multiple computers, for everyone living in the house
Cons Options seem limited, but then again it's a wireless hard drive what more would you do with it
Summary As a mac user, Time Capsule Coupled with Time Machine, it is an elegant, smooth, and easy way to be confident that your data is backed up and having the option of an external hard drive that doesn't need a USB is great