PROS: The file shredder worked, albeit very slowly.
CONS: As the long time runner in the data transfer market, LapLink’s PCsync still offers a good product. Business users will find the software suitable in office environments. Home users with limited computer knowledge may find the product a bit more technical than other packages.
CONS: With the large number of mobile users in the market and the growing 4G wireless service with large data transfer speeds standards, PCsynch would need to offer smart phone users the same solid data protection and synchronization provided to their PC customers. Who doesn’t own a phone these days?
OVERVIEW: For the price tag of 39.99 Laplink PCSync does what it says it does. Overall this is a decent product and one that can be recommended out by pctechguide.com.
Release Date: 2010
Operating Systems: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7,
Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard
What It Does
Synchronize all data files, folders, photos, contacts, audio, video, email, and web page favorites
– PC to PC -PC to Mac – Mac to PC – PC to Network
LapLink has been a long time supplier of getting files from point one computer to another. Their original entry into data transfer LapLink, has always used a cable as the connecting passage way to transfer data. With this new and latest product, there are a few changes. PCsync now supports PCsync Host for Macintosh computers. However all setup and controls of the data transfer process are done from the PC side. So, those of you who are Mac enthusiast will have to put on your Windows hat when driving that synch session.
For the fastest synch process, PCsync provides 5 different types of cable configurations: USB 2.0 for transfer of 480mps, a simpler USB 1.1, and for older systems that may lack USB ports, PC Sync offers parallel and serial cables. Microsoft Vista has a function in the software called Windows Easy Transfer which will transfer data and files from a Windows Vista system to an XP or Windows 7 computer. PCsync has a cable available for those who use this method of data transfer.
When you first launch the application, the system checks for a registered serial number, and presents a dialog box to enter if newly purchased. The next step is not completely clear, as you are shown the application’s interface. There is no wizard that could instruct you on creating your first sync session. However, they do provide a Quick Start Guide, which can be easily found in Windows programs list.
Data can be synchronized from whole folders or specific files within folders. You are prompted to select from which direction the synch process should begin. The software has a feature called SmartXChange. This eliminates the need for the end user to determine what was the most recent version of a file. The system keeps track of directories, folders, as well as the last synchronization direction. A set of rules are established by the end user as to how the data is handled regarding which system should receive the most recent version of the data. This process is handled automatically by the software after the initial rules are setup by the data owner. This will certainly prevent the end user from copying over the newest file with an older version.
For security, the user is prompted to set permissions for any incoming connections to the host computer. Domain accounts can also be selected and access right assigned for files and folders as shown in the graphic below
Another beneficial feature is the use of profiles. Profiles are created to sync only specific information to certain computers or mobile devices. This profile can be used repetitively without having to select specific files or folders before each synch session. For instance, at work you make some changes to certain folders on your laptop. When you return home, you use the “work to home” profile. This profile may contain only those folders that were changed while at the office. This is a time saver in that you will have a preset list of files and folders that are ready to be synched.
Besides the standard data files and folders, synchronization can be completed for Outlook Express, Thunderbird, or Windows mail. Audio and video files can be synchronized. The system provides steaming audio from a computer to your phone.
Backups can be done to external US drives or other portable storage devices. This is handy in the event a device does crash or other catastrophic event such as a fire or flood, a backup (hopefully stored away from the original systems) can be used to restore the system and prevent data loss.
For those with Facebook, Flicker, and You Tube accounts, sending your files automatically is an easy task. Just click on the link to social media, choose your service, login and upload.
The software is installed via an exe file. However, you are only allowed to install the software on up to 3 computers.
If you choose to connect using one of the cable scenarios, you are prompted to choose a cable connection type during the installation.
The software assumes you are connected via a network connection as the default.
Novice = 3 Intermediate = 2 Expert = 1
To utilize this package, a novice may have some difficulties following the steps in creating the synch pairs and setting up the software. A more experienced user with some knowledge of networks would feel more comfortable with the instructions when networked devices are included.
PCsynch provides a number of technical support options. There is a Frequently Asked Question section, and a Knowlegebase. In addition, there is a chat feature, and the option to submit a help desk ticket via the website. However, the live support hours are from 9:30AM-8PM EST and Saturday support hours are from 11AM to 5PM. No support is provided on Sundays.
PCsync allows the purchased package to be installed on 3 computers. Additional licenses can be purchased.
One Ethernet CrossOver cable is included. A USB cable can be purchased from LapLink for $20.00.
As the long time runner in the data transfer market, LapLink’s PCsync still offers a good product. Business users will find the software suitable in office environments. Home users with limited computer knowledge may find the product a bit more technical than other packages. Lastly, with the large number of mobile users in the market and the growing 4G wireless service with large data transfer speeds standards, PCsynch would need to offer smart phone users the same solid data protection and synchronization provided to their PC customers. Who doesn’t own a phone these days?