By Andreas Rivera, business.com Writer | Updated Mar 16, 2018
DropBox is a simple yet sophisticated cloud service ideal for both consumers and small businesses. It offers seamless ease of use, a full feature set and countless integrations with other services and apps. Whether you're using the desktop app or web interface, Dropbox provides instant access to your most important files, no matter where you are.
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Plans and Pricing
The free version of Dropbox, which you can sign up for with Google, gives you a complimentary 2GB of storage.
Dropbox Business dramatically increases this storage, starting at 2TB with the standard plan, which is $12.50 per user, per month.
The Advanced and Enterprise tiers grant you and your team unlimited storage. Dropbox has a bandwidth limit of 200GB per day; files uploaded through the web interface are capped at 300MB.
Your Dropbox account serves as your personal hard drive online or in the cloud. You can store virtually any type of file in Dropbox, including Word documents, photos and videos. Dropbox allows you to access saved content from any computer or device with an internet connection.
Where Dropbox differs from its competitors is its inclusion of a desktop app. You can download Dropbox and conveniently drag and drop files from your desktop into your Dropbox folder.
Dropbox provides users with the flexibility to view, edit and share content from any computer or device. In fact, you can share files with others (including non-Dropbox users) through links. For security purposes, the cloud service allows you to password-protect your account, and it uses advanced encryption methods to transfer and store your files.
Another helpful security feature of Dropbox's external file sharing is that the links you send others to share files have expiration dates. Once the expiration date has passed, the data cannot be accessed.
The cloud service's hallmark feature is its automatic syncing. You simply drag and drop files you want to store to your Dropbox folder. The folder then automatically syncs to the Dropbox website and any other computers linked to your account. (Automatic syncing occurs whenever new files are added or changes are made to existing files.) Another option for uploading files is through the service's web interface, which, again, will automatically sync to your computer's dedicated Dropbox folder.
The other big bonus of Dropbox is the number of platforms, services and apps Dropbox can integrate with. (When working in these programs, you have the option to directly save the file to Dropbox.) The biggest of these integrations include Microsoft Office 365, Slack, Adobe Acrobat Document Cloud and hundreds more.
The web interface and mobile app boast a clean, intelligent design that enables seamless and intuitive navigation. Dropbox isn't the easiest cloud service to use right off the bat, but once you get used to it, the service is simple and straightforward to use.
Dropbox has two ways of measuring bandwidth. You're either capped at 200GB per day or 6TB per month. While you're not likely to reach these bandwidth limits, the best online file sharing services, however, don't cap bandwidth, so you're free to share as much as you want or need. Another limitation is that it doesn't sync with your email, contacts list or calendars.
Ultimately, Dropbox is pricier than most of its competitors. Further, its lack of an integrated email client and ability to sync email, contacts or calendars may be a deal breaker for some users.