Editor’s Note: ChronoSync 4.7.2 is now available. The new version includes cloud support for Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, and SFTP. We will evaluate, rank and review ChronoSync 4.7.2 when we next update our review. Meanwhile, enjoy our review below about ChronoSync 4.6.
ChronoSync is an all-in-one app with tools for synchronizing, backups, bootable backups and cloud storage backups. The synchronization features include change detection, making it a good continuous data protection backup program for your Mac. While it isn't necessarily easy to use, it performed really well in our tests. ChronoSync is one of the best Mac backup apps available.
For our review of Mac backup software, we tested each app's backup and restore performance on the same Mac. We backed up the same data and ran many tests so the results are comparative averages. We also evaluated how easy each program is to use by counting the steps in each process and making note of the number of options in each step. While options make a program flexible, they also create opportunity for user error.
The backup process received a C+ ease of use score, which means it is only slightly easier to use than the average software. It only has about four steps, but it has many options, and the interface prioritizes synchronizing. To put it simply, this is a syncing app that can be used to back up data, not a backup app that also syncs data. This isn’t a major issue, as both function to protect data. The restore process is identical to the backup process – since it's a sync app, all it does is copy data from the external device back to the primary Mac.
The backup speed was good, receiving a B in our tests with a speed of 1.56GB per minute. In comparison, the fastest program in our review backed up data at a speed of 2.33GB per minute –a difference of 770MB per minute. However, the restore speed was the fastest in our tests, receiving an A with an average speed of 2.61GB per minute. Considering the only difference between the restore process and the backup process is where the data originates and ends up, both speeds reflect the app’s processing power, and it is one of the fastest apps in our review.
Since ChronoSync is a sync app and not a true backup app, it doesn't compress data. Compression saves storage space on your external device and is critical if you are backing up a lot of data. That said, the app still has advanced features. You can create bootable backups, clone hard drives, schedule tasks and back up to the cloud. The only advanced feature it’s missing is encryption.
ChronoSync is a data syncing app that also works well as a Mac backup solution. It had one of the fastest overall performances in our tests, with a blazing restore speed and an above-average backup speed. While there are some learning curves, a novice can master this app after backing up their Mac a few times.