Pros / Using Laplink PCsync is an effortless process.
Cons / This application needs more features and customer service options.
Verdict / Beginners will have an easy time using Laplink PCsync.
Editor's note: A newer version of this product is available. The manufacturer lists the new version as offering the following features: multi-device support, easy connectivity, multi-directional sync and ultra sync. We will evaluate, rank and review the new version of this product when we next update the Sync Software reviews.
Whether aiming to successfully migrate data to a new PC or schedule regular syncs between two computers, most users are looking for sync software that doesn’t demand a whole lot of attention. Laplink PCsync, our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award winner is just that—a low maintenance sync program that automates the majority of its tasks and only occasionally needs hands-on monitoring from you. We like the straightforward, visual interface that makes scheduling tasks, manually moving files and configuring advanced syncs a matter of a few moments and few mouse clicks.
Data transfer, synchronization and data backup can eat up hours of your time if you opt to manually move and compare files with an external hard drive or online storage service. Laplink PCsync combines the tools you need to transfer, merge, mirror and replicate data into one easy-to-use program. In addition to standard data transfer and backup, Laplink PCsync is equipped to execute bi-directional synchronizations between two computers. Using its SmartXChange synchronization algorithms, Laplink PCsync verifies transferred data and ensures that files updated on two different machines do not replace one another. The program also keeps an archive of potential problem transfers in the SmartXChange library to ensure that you never lose data during a sync.
Laplink PCsync includes a scheduler that allows you to automate daily, weekly or monthly syncs.
While most users should be just fine conducting syncs via a LAN cable, wireless connection or external hard drive, Laplink offers a USB cable that can be used in lieu of a network to synchronize computers.
For about thirty dollars more, you can purchase Laplink Gold—a more feature rich synchronization and migration program designed for use over the internet that includes remote desktop control.
Ease of Use
After we successfully configured a local network to begin automating synchronization, we had no problem with Laplink PCsync’s interface and found that the program lived up to expectations. Scheduling automated syncs is a simple matter of running the programs wizard and selecting a sync profile. Laplink PCsync is particularly handy for conducting one-way data transfers and updates—the program’s two window mode allows you to drag and drop folders or files to your desired location.
Support and Documentation
Laplink’s library of FAQs and support documents is not exhaustive, but it does cover common trouble shooting issues and offers startup guides that will be useful to first time users. If you encounter an issue that is not addressed in the FAQs or included manual, Laplink has live tech support available through chat during business hours.
When working on more than one PC or working on the road with a laptop, keeping your information current across all of your computers is a necessity. Keeping your data secure and conducting regular backups are equally important. Laplink PCsync provides the tools necessary to automate regular syncs between the machines you work with and ensure that your data is secure. Thanks to a straightforward UI and versatile sync options, we can recommend Laplink PCsync to our readers.