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00:02 – Hardware overview
00:51 – Issues with their Kickstarter and need to make backers whole
01:58 – Using Lima with a desktop computer (Mac & Windows)
05:09 – Blu Ray MKV playback
06:48 – Mobile app overview
09:17 – What happens to the hard drive when plugged into computer
11:38 – Lack of backup options
12:32 – Upcoming features
12:46 – Commentary: need computer USB data transfer
14:15 – Conclusion and final thoughts
Lima’s biggest mistake is that they engineered out what could have been their biggest differentiating feature from traditional NAS: faster data loading.
One of the biggest gripes I’ve heard from consumers is how slow data transfer to a NAS device is. That’s because most NAS devices do not allow for a faster direct USB connection to transfer data. Many consumers use WiFi only for their networks which is glacially slow for transferring what could be terabytes of data.
Given that Lima stores its data on a USB drive it’s crazy they didn’t think to allow customers to just plug the drive into a PC to get started.
The drive gets encrypted and melded to the Lima that it was set up on. The data simply cannot be read anywhere else. Even copying its hidden folder to another drive results in an error message. Data must be copied slowly through the network as a result. The only way to backup data is to manually copy it off the drive, or (get this ) purchase another Lima to sync with! Ugh.
There is potential here, but it’s hard to recommend this as a NAS alternative when a NAS drive with many more features and automated backup can be had for the same price or less.