The service itself is a new concept, but still within the PC range – using an online service as your computer; nothing is actually held or stored on you desktop or laptop. Actually, PC’s and laptops would no longer be needed. This device is your gateway to your information online.
This idea is a great starter for the individual or small business that really wants to control costs initially. This would also make a great second computer to have on hand. The FREE Nimbus Cloud system includes:
- Nimbus Cloud computer
- Network cable
- Power adapter
- 2GB storage
- Automatic back-ups
- Virus & Spyware protection
- Automatic upgrades
- Nimbus Dynamic Desktop (shown below)
Actually, both the free and paid plans include what is listed above, but with an additional monthly fee of $19.99, your Nimbus Dynamic Desktop will not feature an ad panel to the right side of the layout (ad panel seen above). Personally, the ad panel is not a huge distraction and leaving it alone will save me $239.88 annually.
The service does not come with a monitor, but the Nimbus supports typical monitors used with any computer. You do have the option of purchasing a monitor with your Nimbus system and if you choose this option, you will be charged a one-time additional fee.
As time goes by and your business grows, you may see the need to increase you current storage capacity of 2GB. Nimbus offers additional storage plans that are sure to meet a variety of needs for any business size. Ranging in size from 5 GB to 25 GB, with prices ranging from$7.95 to $24.95 per month.
The only additional charge that I can see from reviewing the Web site is a $50.00 hold that will be placed on your credit card. This is explained in more detail on the site, but this hold is a “just in case” – you do not return the system after canceling your service.
I have not personally tried this service, so I can not speak to how user-friendly the system is and if it can truly offer everything that you will need. The buzz around has been really strong on the Nimbus, so that is why I wanted to bring this information to you.
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