PROS / It is one of the easiest data backup apps to use.
CONS / The backup speed and CPU usage are average.
VERDICT / Genie Backup Manager is among the easiest data backup apps to use, but the backup speed was just average, and the restore speed wasn’t spectacular either.
Developed by Genie9, which also develops the popular cloud backup service Zoolz, the Genie Backup Manager’s home version is built for novice computer users. There are two interfaces – regular and easy mode. Both are very easy to navigate and have few steps in the backup and restore processes. The developers understand that backing up a computer shouldn’t be a task only the tech elite can do. If you don’t mind that the app takes a little longer to run backup sets than the best programs in our review, then this is an excellent data backup solution.
We tested all of the data backup software we reviewed on the same test computer. We also used the same data for each round of testing, so the results are an apples-to-apples comparison of performance. We ran multiple backup and restore tests to record average speeds, compression rates and CPU usage. We also evaluated ease of use by looking at the number of steps it takes to back up and restore files, as well as how many options a user has to choose from at each step.
Genie Backup Manager earned an A for ease of use during the backup process. The app is exceptionally easy to navigate. It has two modes: easy and regular. Even the regular mode is very simple, displaying the Backup, Restore and Disaster Recovery features as priorities. The backup process has about six steps, which is about average, but each step has few options. This is great for most users because it doesn’t give much of an opportunity to mess up. The restore process received an A-minus. It’s very similar to the backup process, only with a few more steps. Overall, this app is ideal for a novice user.
The biggest reason Genie Backup Manager isn’t ranked higher in our review is its mostly average performance. The backup speed received a C grade. The restore speed was a little better, earning a B, but it wasn’t exceptionally fast. It received a C for CPU usage during the backup, with an average CPU usage of over 25 percent. Overall, this data backup app didn’t perform poorly; it simply didn’t perform as well as the top software in our review.
The compression feature received a B-plus grade. The app had an average compression rate of 4.4 percent, which is better than most of the programs we tested. Compression rates always differ depending on the types of files you back up – some files are easier to compress than others. As such, the compression rate on your computer could be better or worse, depending on the data you need to back up.
Genie Backup Manager is missing some key advanced features. While it performs full system imaging and allows you to incorporate an incremental backup scheme, it lacks a differential backup scheme. This isn’t used as often as an incremental backup scheme, but differential backups generally provide a more reliable restore set, which is particularly important with large data sets. The app also doesn’t have a rescue media builder or a cloud integration feature, despite being developed by the same people who develop Zoolz Cloud storage.
Genie Backup Manager is a data backup solution designed for anyone with a computer. It is exceptionally easy to use with few steps. The interface is very easy to navigate, leaving very little room to get lost. Despite this, the performance was mostly mediocre. The backup and restore speeds weren’t impressive, and the CPU usage was only average. However, the data compression was good.