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Dropbox and Live Mesh: A comparsion E-mail
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 14:42

Now that I've been using Dropbox and Live Mesh for a while, I can offer a brief comparison between the two.  They are both great and I've found a good use for them both, but they each have their strengths and their weaknesses.

My overall assessment is that I like Live Mesh for all its features and flexibility in folder structure, and I like Dropbox for its simplicity, speed, and reliability - it just works.

 

Dropbox (free version)

Live Mesh

 It's free!  It's free!
 Quick to synchronize files between local and online version  Slow to synchronize files between local and online version
 2 GB storage free - plenty but less than Live Mesh  5 GB storage free
 Works on Windows, Mac, and Linux  Doesn't work on Linux (yet)
 Doesn't let you specify folders other than "My Dropbox"  Flexible in the folders you can synchronize
 Synchronizes all folders locally on all computers  Lets you choose which folders to synchronize locally, and where
 Lets you connect through a proxy

Uses Internet Explorer's connectivity settings, so if you specify a proxy there Live Mesh will use it

 No option to connect through a proxy

 Free extra storage for referring new users  No referral program for extra storage
 No remote control feature

 Lets you control other connected computers remotely

 No drag-and-drop between online and local storage

 Drag-and-drop between online and local storage (not yet functional)