Detailed unboxing of the completely redesigned Airport Extreme and Time Capsule now supporting 802.11ac with simultaneous dual-band support and beam-forming.
AirPort Express: $99
AirPort Extreme: $199
AirPort Time Capsule: $299 (2TB) or $399 (3TB)
Theoretical WLAN Speed: 1Gbps
AirPort Time Capsule is designed to partner seamlessly with Time Machine in OS X Leopard or later to protect your data. They work together smartly so that after the initial backup, only the files you've changed are backed up — automatically, wirelessly, and in the background. Since Time Machine continuously makes a copy of everything on your Mac — and saves multiple versions — you can easily access and restore previous versions of a single file, a folder, or even your entire Mac. And with an all-new design and ultrafast 802.11ac Wi-Fi, backing up to AirPort Time Capsule is up to 50% faster than before.
Overall, if you simply want to share data, back up using Time Machine, and access the Internet, as a router the new AirPort Time Capsule works well. Those wanting more, however, might find its lack of flexibility frustrating.