Genie Backup Manager Review
Made by the same company that develops the popular cloud backup service Zoolz, Genie Backup Manager's home version is a PC backup app that’s easy enough for novices to use and also provides enough control to satiate more advanced users. The interface includes two versions – regular and easy. Both are easy to navigate and have few steps. However, the software's performance wasn’t impressive enough for it to rank higher in our review.
To review PC backup software, we performed multiple rounds of testing on each app. To ensure that the results were comparable, we used each product to back up and restore the same data on the same computer. During these backup and restore tests, we recorded speed, compression rate and average CPU usage. We also evaluated how easy it is to back up and restore data by looking at the number of steps in each process, as well as the number of options in each step and how the interface guides the user from start to finish.
The interface is very easy to navigate, even for someone without any experience backing up a computer, and the Backup, Restore and Disaster Recovery features are prominently displayed. Genie Backup Manager received an A for ease of use during the backup process. There aren't many steps, and there are few options in each one. This is ideal, as too many options provide opportunity for novices to make mistakes. The restore process received an A- for ease of use. It is very similar to the backup process, only with a few additional steps.
The primary reason Genie Backup Manager isn’t among the highest-ranking PC backup apps in our review is its backup speed, which received a C grade. The restore speed was slightly faster, receiving a B, but neither were impressive enough to compare to the best-performing PC backup software. Also, the average CPU usage was 25 percent, which is fairly middle of the road. Overall, it didn't perform poorly, it just didn't blow away the competition.
This program had an average compression rate of 4.4 percent, for which it earned a B+. While it may seem like Genie Backup Manager barely compressed our test data, it was actually much better than most of the apps in our review. If you back up 1TB of data, a 4.4 percent compression rate saves you almost 50GB of space. Also, compression potential varies depending on file type, so you may experience better or worse results depending on the data you back up.
Some key advanced features are missing. While Genie Backup Manager is capable of performing full-system images and incremental backup schemes, you can’t run differential backup schemes. Differential backups aren’t used as often as incremental backups, but this advanced feature provides a more reliable restore set, which is particularly important with large amounts of data. The app also doesn’t have a rescue media builder or cloud integration, which is strange considering it’s made by the same company that develops Zoolz.
Genie Backup Manager is a PC backup app that's very easy for novices to use. The backup and restore processes have few steps and provide few opportunities for people to make mistakes. However, the performance was mostly middling. In our tests, the backup and restore speeds weren’t impressive, and CPU usage was only average. The only standout performance measurement was the data compression rate.