Lima: The personal Cloud Storage system that’s so simple a Cave-man could use it.
It never fails, I’m constantly juggling space on my iPhone. I moved from the 32 Gb iPhone five towards the 64 Gb iPhone 6S Plus, thinking that this could be adequate storage space. I bet you saw that coming, 64Gb is still not enough storage space. I think when the iPhone seven releases, I’ll purchase the 128 Gb model. Walking around CES 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada, I had the pleasure to meet the team from Lima Technology Inc. I had no idea what this company was about and I had never heard of this technology. Lima is the 1st technology to unify all your content across devices. I have been using Dropbox to dump information to, and after that offloading the information to a personal 1Tb drive when Dropbox was complete. This was time consuming, it was “me time” intensive and I forgot to do this frequently. The finish end result was a complete Dropbox as well as a complete phone and the dread of needing to find something that i’ve could delete.
The team at Lima has created an wonderful technology. They had the machine to display at their booth at Tech West in the Sands Expo, Level two of the Venetian Hotel/Casino. CES was wonderful and I really am searching forward to 2017. This machine is really a hardware adaptor, a very small machine by the way, that connects the Internet (through your router) to an outside tough drive. The beauty of the machine is the link towards the Internet and their app, which permits you to have precisely the exact same files on your smartphone and your personal computer or tablet. This works cross platform, no matter the OS/capacity.
The Lima arrives inside a five.five″ X five.five″ X two 1/eight″ box. The outer box is really a slip cover white with lime green ends. The cover is sleek, clean and displays the Lima Unit (not in actual size). I’m a large fan of the knot/infinity symbol that they’ve chosen as it’s very eyes catching. Examining the back of the box, the product provides a thought provoking question: “What if all your devices had the exact same files?” That question definitely summarizes this machine very well. It shows a single picture with a pc, phone, tablet on that picture. “Every of your devices has different content. Install Lima at house, and they’re going to all contain precisely the exact same thing.” The packaging clearly tells you what to count on from the machine, which is appreciated. You now never need to move files in between devices once more. It’s essential to note here that the Lima has no internal storage capabilities. This really is not a tough drive. It’s a hardware adaptor that turns your tough drive into a personal cloud storage.
Slide the slip cover off of the internal box and open the front cover like a book. The internal box does not have a picture of the Lima but does have the exact same infinity signal with the logo on a white background. All sides of this box are lime green apart from for the white top. Opening the lid of the box your eyes are right away pulleddrawn towards the included earphones. These are included by the company as a visual analogy, a present to show the strength/advantage of the technology. The idea, no matter where you’re, no matter what machine you’re using, you are able to enjoy your whole music library with the included headphones. There’s a pull strap that will lift the headphone flap away and you’re now introduced towards the Lima. The machine is little two 13/16″ long 1 1/two inch wide and 1 1/16 inch thick. It’s safely nestled in formed plastic. Lifting this away, there’s one more compartment underneath that houses the power brick for the LIMa and an Ethernet lead.
This might be 1 of the easiest installs that I’ve ever been involved with. There’s no included instruction guide. You don’t need to have 1. In case you look on the backside of the headphone flap, you have a three step process. Step 1, plug the Ethernet lead into your router and plug the other finish of the Ethernet lead into the Lima unit. Step two, plug the power from the Lima into the wall outlet. Step three Go to http://install.meetlima.com on your pc and follow the on-line steps. Step four plug the Lima into an outside tough drive via USB to USB lead. It’s seriously that easy and it’s able to go. They use some fun colorful graphics throughout the waiting periods.
The pc setup is just as simple as the hardware installation. You may pick your language, pick where you need Lima to shop the database. Review and accept the terms and after that produce the account. You may now move files from your personal computer towards the tough-drive (iTunes library) and videos/films etc. You’re now able to download the app on your iPhone, iPad, Windows phone, Android phone and share all of the files on the tough drive across all platforms.
I paired my Lima with a Toshiba 1 TB outside tough drive. This was a pairing that worked flawlessly. It’s essential to note that there are actually a couple requirements for the connected tough drive. 1st, it need to be a USB two.0 or three.0 connection. You ought to have a minimum of as a lot room as you have on your pc with a highest size capability of seven Tb. The tough drive need to be “EMPTY” when installing LIma. It does not work on al-ready complete drives, a minimum of not yet according to their site. Eventually, you could be capable to add multiple tough drives towards the Lima through a powered HUB. This feature is currently not available per the web-site. I would adore this feature.
LIma is designed to become a personal cloud and definitely isn’t meant for entry by multiple persons. Getting said that, my wife has installed the app on her Galaxy S5 and I’ve it on my iPhone. This way, as we take pictures and videos, they’re stored in an an extra place. You’ll be able to select to have this happen over cellular information or not. For information reasons, we only have the app share the pictures whilst on WiFi. I’ve a short while ago installed a Synology Diskstation DS416j to supply some RAID protection of my information. The Lima installation was immensely simpler than installation of the DS416j. Both systems back-up my pictures/files etc. The price is considerably much less for the Lima, the ease of install was considerably much less for the Lima and the needed tech understanding is considerably much less for the Lima.
I personally really feel that the reach of the Lima is going to become large. This machine can be used by anyone, from each and every capability level to serve as a personal cloud storage. My wife is more most likely to lose her phone than the tough drive inside my house is to fail. Here is where Dropbox or on-line storage could potentially be more secure for storage. If there’s a fire inside my house, I might lose the phone, the DS416J and the Lima in 1 fell swoop. Un-fortunately, there’s no complete security. What I definitely like about the Lima is the installation and the ease of use. It definitely was the easiest tech install that I’ve been involved with so far. The storage machine above was very complicated and daunting for someone new towards the house server/storage world.
You’ll be able to learn more about the machine from meetlima.com. Here you may purchase the machine, read reviews/blogs about the machine and you’ll be able to review How-To’s, FAQ, Troubleshooting. You may select from multiple colors to include the green (my favorite), blue, yellow, purple, pink. At a sub $100 dollar price point plus a $20 discount for an extra devices, anyone should pick 1 of these as a means of information entry/storage. The only real problem/complaint that I’ve is regarding the “Films” aspect of the machine. I moved 1 of my iTunes videos from iTunes onto the Toshiba tough drive. I’ve been unable to get this to play on my iPhone or iPad Air two (M4V file type). I suspect that this really is most likely due towards the Apple DRM of the file and not because of any limitation of Lima. The unlucky part is, I’ve bought these films in Blu-Ray, DVD and digital format and now I don’t have the entry towards the digital wherever I want it. I’ve searched the web-site and I’ve seen that you simply can place films onto the tough drive and entry them through the Lima software/app. So, I might look into attempting Handbrake or attempting PavTube M4V to get rid of the DRM. I’ve a DRM free copy of Guardians of the Galaxy and guess what, this worked amazingly well. There was some gentle lag at first but then it played with out any skips. I was capable to stream the film from both my iPad and iPhone. With a small work you could use this machine as a storage point for your films. This does work well, but they can’t be from iTunes. I also added a couple songs from my iTunes library towards the LIma. These worked just fine, and played well with out any problems. All you have to do is copy the folder in your iTunes library (under music) and paste it or drag it into the music folder of Lima.
Videos recorded with on my phone are safely stored and simply playable on my phone and my wife’s phone. This really is quite wonderful. I wish that there was a bigger capacity than seven TB and I wish it might work with RAID/house NAS storage systems. This could be a fantastic add on to a multiple bay tough drive system, or as stated above a multiple USB powered hub.
This machine is rated at five/five stars. I would price it higher if i’ve could. Just so you’re be aware, the more files you have on your clever machine, the longer this transfer process will take. I had a substantial quantity of pictures/videos on my phone and it took about 45 minutes to totally transfer.
Bonus: Included Ear bud Headphones.
These are a set of single flange ear buds. There’s no listed left and right. This does not matter a lot but is unusual to not have an L/R listed. These are stereo style earbuds, meaning there’s the possibility of different sound output to every earbud. It’s appreciated that they included the set of single flange ear buds, on the other hand I never can get them to fit my ears. I prefer tree style or triple flange as they have a tendency to fit my ear canal a lot better. I like the lime colour of the ear buds and the flat lead is special as well. I was seriously impressed with the sound output of these earbuds. Very amazed seriously. For a set of free/included earbuds they’re far superior towards the sound I expected to get from them. I listed to my normal repertoire for testing headphones “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Queen, Eagles “Hotel Calfornia,” Far and Away soundtrack and to “Why so Serious” Dark Knight Rises Joker Theme.” These speakers alone appear to become on par with the $20 dollar headsets that you simply can get at local retailers. The base was immensely better than I expected. I had to turn down the sound on my iPad as the sound was too loud. I’ve not had to do that inside a whilst. I’m not for sure how they’re going to hold up with time. On the other hand for a set of included free headsets the company has provided a high quality product. I definitely am impressed with Lima and with their product. This might have detracted from their product overall. Yet they included a rather very good set of earbuds.
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