We’ve reviewed several backup, synchronisation and storage applications this year and, though functionality varies a bit, the offerings are similar. The latest online service to jostle to the front is Humyo. While there’s been support for Windows since launch, full Mac OS X support debuted this October.
First impressions? The Humyo site appears to be squarely aimed at business. Square being the operative word – it’s like Web 2.0 never happened. There are actually three services, Humyo Free and Humyo Premium for home users, and Humyo Workspace for business drones. It’s the first two services we’re interested in, and they’re up there with the best of them. Their main rival is Dropbox – which Humyo beats on several key features.
Offering up to 10GB of free online storage, Humyo Free trounces Dropbox’s 2GB entry point. And upgrading to a very useful 100GB with Humyo Premium costs just £4.59 a month or £45.99 a year. This is very competitive, considering that Dropbox will set you back $19.99 (£12.25) a month for the same amount of storage.
The big difference – and it is pretty big – is that Humyo’s free version is web only. Dropbox’s client is available to all users; freeloaders and paying customers. As a result, Humyo is fairly restricted in its free version. The Premium offering comes with a desktop client, SmartDrive, which appears as a connected device on your desktop and in the Finder when installed. And, yes, it behaves pretty much like any external drive. Better than that, you can select and synchronise sets of folders every time you launch SmartDrive and connect to humyo.com – another Dropbox-beating feature.
So, Humyo, a bit of tough one. For free online storage and cross-platform syncing, we think there are better offers, despite Humyo’s generous 10GB of storage. But upgrade to Humyo Premium and it’s a near-perfect service, that’s well worth the investment.