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What is Dropbox?

"Dropbox is a file hosting service that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud, and client software."

Dropbox is hosting service that allows users to create special folders on their computers, which are then synchronized, accessing the same folder, regardless of which computer is used to view it.
Anything users add to Dropbox will automatically show up on all their computers, phones and even the Dropbox website — so they can instantly access it from any location.
It also makes sharing and collaboration easier, by inviting other users to any folder in Dropbox.


Dropbox scored 81/100 in the Cloud Storage category. This is based on user satisfaction (76/100), press buzz (73/100), recent user trends (falling), and other relevant information on Dropbox gathered from around the web.

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Dropbox Review

Editors' Review by the Cloud Storage Software Review Team

Is Dropbox Business the right document management system for you?

Dropbox Business is a document management system (DMS) developed by Dropbox, the cloud storage software launched back in 2007, to address the need for easier and more practical methods of file sharing between users and devices.

The service is designed to cater to the needs of small- to mid-sized businesses, as well as large companies and organizations for file sharing, document management, file collaboration and large data online backups.

While Dropbox addresses the need for reliable cloud storage and file sharing platform for individuals and small groups of users, Dropbox Business takes the service up a notch to handle the bigger demands of large commercial businesses and enterprises.

Dropbox Business in a Nutshell

Dropbox Business is essentially the Dropbox cloud storage software everyone has become familiar with. It’s the same cloud-based storage system that lets users store and share files via cloud using any device where the Dropbox software is installed.

The major difference between the standard Dropbox software and Dropbox Business is the huge bump in security, capacity and administrative features designed for enterprise-ready deployment. Dropbox Business is used by more than 150,000 businesses and organizations across the globe for its industry-leading features and capabilities, such as file sync and file collaboration functions, storage capacity and security features.

Dropbox Business is a great tool for all kinds of users in terms of numbers, whether you’re a team of four or 10,000. Some of the well-known users of Dropbox Business include National Geographic, Hyatt Hotels, Spotify, Under Armour, Zendesk and Intuit, just to mention a few.

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The Benefits – Five Reasons to Use Dropbox for Business

Quick and simple file sharing process

Dropbox has always been known as a good file sharing service.

When you need to share a document, all you have to do is upload it to Dropbox, click a button and the system instantly connects all team members, allowing them to access the document.

Consistent data backups

Dropbox Business has an advanced feature known as Delta Sync, which continually backs up data and speeds up the transfer of updated files, allowing for fast and easy recovery of lost information. The system comes with unlimited version history as well as deletion recovery, ensuring every data, every file and every document are in their proper and accurate state.

Easy and efficient collaboration

When working with team members remotely, Dropbox Business has a few collaboration features that allows for more efficient file folder and document sharing. Uploading files to the cloud is easier and more convenient through LAN, Delta Sync and Dropbox’s streaming sync technologies.

Users and team members can access the Dropbox Business website for communication and feedback on the current projects they’re working on. Additionally, there are two collaboration features that were recently added: the Dropbox Badge and Dropbox Commenting.

The Dropbox Badge allows users to determine whether a document is currently being worked on by another team member, while Dropbox Commenting allows users working on the same project to read and add feedback through a comment sidebar along any document.

Complete control of file sharing

Team leaders have the ability to control which users get access to the documents they want to share, ensuring a secure information sharing process. Additionally, Dropbox Business enables users to completely separate their personal files from the business documents they’re working on, making it easier and more efficient to organize files.

Different administrative programs are also available, which allows clients to remotely wipe data from devices as well as transfer access privileges when necessary. There is also a track user activity program, which enables you to monitor user activity such as edits and sign-ins. Finally, for added security, a two-step verification process is also added into the system.

Enhanced accessibility

Dropbox Business is available on various operating systems and devices. This means documents can be accessed not just from Windows PC or Mac computers, but also through machines with a Linux OS and mobile devices running on Android and iOS.

This cloud storage software lets users connect with a wide range of third-party software for communication, file editing, data processing and so on. Mobile pass codes are available for added security, as well as remote wipes of stored data.

Price Plans for Dropbox Business

While Dropbox Plus is intended for individual users, Dropbox Business is designed for better and more efficient collaboration among a team of multiple users. Dropbox Business offers three affordable payment plans.

Dropbox Business Standard – $15 per user per month or $12.50 per user annually. The package includes 2 TB of cloud storage space.

Dropbox Business Advanced – $25 per user per month or $20 per user when billed annually. This package includes as much cloud storage space as needed.

Dropbox Business Enterprise – For information on this package, you can contact the vendor for a direct quote.

Conclusion

So, should you be using Dropbox Business for your file sharing and team collaboration needs? While deciding whether or not you should opt for any of their payment plan offers, you should know that Dropbox also has a free version and a free trial. Just in case you want to try out the service a bit more, before you make a decision.

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Dropbox Product Overview

  • Easy to use, with an interface most anyone can understand.

  • Free and relatively fast syncing of files even with the most basic plan.

  • Graduated pricing levels fit the needs of individuals and smaller organizations.

  • Robust photo and video presentation and sharing, including HTML5 streaming.


Languages: Chinese, Swedish, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Polish, Norwegian, Dutch, Japanese, Italian, Indonesian, French, English, German, Danish

Dropbox Features

  • 2-Factor Authentication
  • API
  • Chat
  • Dashboard
  • Data Export
  • Data Import
  • Document Comparison
  • Email Integration
  • External Integrations
  • File Sharing
  • File Transfer
  • Google Apps Integration
  • History/Version Control
  • Multi-User
  • Notifications
  • Password & Access Management
  • Project Management
  • Network Traffic Monitoring

Dropbox Pricing Plans


Other pricing information:

Dropbox Pro: $9.99 / month.
Dropbox for Business: $15 / user / month

Credit card required: N/A

Dropbox FAQs

What platforms does Dropbox support?

Dropbox can be used on: Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Symbian, BlackBerry OS, MeeGo Harmattan.

What are some applications Dropbox is commonly used in tandem with?

Dropbox is used in tandem with many apps and services, like: MS Office, Notability, GoodNotes, DocuSign, HelloSign, SignEasy, Scanner Pro, Scanbot etc.

Does Dropbox integrate with any other apps?

There are over 300,000 apps connected to Dropbox.

Does Dropbox offer multi-user capability (e.g. teams)?

It allows teams to securely store, sync, and share files.

Does Dropbox offer guides, tutorials and or customer support?

It provides help center, tutorials, and troubleshooting tools.

Who are the main user groups of Dropbox?

Dropbox is a cloud storage made easy enough for anyone to use.

Does Dropbox offer an API?

Dropbox provides the following APIs: Dropbox Chooser, Sync API, Core API.

What is Dropbox generally used for?

Dropbox is generally used as a cloud storage, file synchronization, and personal cloud tool.

Dropbox User Reviews

Average User Rating:
3.81/5 based on 4280 user ratings.
Your Rating:
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Great solution for file backup

// Owner at Mindy Iannelli, LLC

What do you like about Dropbox?

I like that there are many integrations for Dropbox, so that I may easily use it for storing backups. I use Backup Buddy for backing up my websites and a copy is automatically sent offsite to Dropbox. A very useful feature that Dropbox created, I believe last year, is the ability to send a file request to someone. This means they can respond to your request by uploading the file, but do not need to have a Dropbox account to do so.

What do you dislike about Dropbox?

I share files with my clients and have had to start using Google Drive instead for many of them, because the client's Dropbox is full and therefore cannot use it for sharing files. I would like to be able to share access to a folder that lives on my Dropbox but that doesn't require the person I am sharing with to also have available space on their account.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Dropbox solve?

I have been using Dropbox for sharing files with clients and teammates, as well as sending my website backups to Dropbox automatically.


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
4/5
Value for money
4/5
Customer service
4/5
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Must Have For Business or Personal Use

// CEO, Operations at ALandQuest LLC.

What do you like about Dropbox?

Works across multiple devices - Apple, Android, PC, Mac etc. I know with so many cloud services it would be easy enough to dismiss Dropbox as just another one of those places we already have to much of. With a TB of storage space and about a dozen different ways that everyone seems to back up storage their documents. I find it a essential part of my business and communicating with everyone Dropbox sets the standard. Why choose them over google, iCloud or any of the others - well simple, they stand alone and allow any kind of user to have access, file information, and organization which rival few others. What I always disliked about google is I have had a dozen gmail accounts, some for work, some for play, some to be a representation of an idea or thing I was working on. What sort of makes google drive challenging is I seem to now have 15 accounts that have to be signed into just to get access to different computers, certain jobs done on specific computers and seems like a real hassle having to recall where such and such is by toggling through a sea of google accounts. I also seem to have used a android, Apple and google phone all preferred to utilize which ever standard may have been for that device. What Dropbox eliminates is the confusion we find from our past and even think what may be in our future. At least we have an essential stand alone product who will not be stuck in between the war between a dozen innovations all which try to make their mark on technology. As part of my everyday life, Dropbox has become my key to roam. No matter if I am at home, 1500 miles away at a clients headquarters, on a bus, or hanging upside down - Dropbox is again and again the answer to none of that mattering. I find myself, keeping my life simple and really well sorted these days. And if only we had tools such as these for a greater part of life we may not be holding on to old hard drives, floppy disks, and a dozen skeletons in every closets at both work and at home. For too long we have been waiting for an ultimate tool to handle the complex world which we live in. And dropbox is finally the tool that all of us have been waiting for, even if we have yet to realize it. I can’t tell you what a life saver it has been for me to have no matter if I lose my phone, ex girlfriend steals my computer, or one of many of life’s situations plays out. I thank dropbox is not just there to make life better, safer and no worry about any uncertainty. I now would like to recommend Dropbox to everyone out there looking to make their life better, simple and easy finally!

What do you dislike about Dropbox?

The functionality across all platforms works well, however, it should be easier to edit files. And the search I wish was able to scan through documents better to find specific files. If seen a few files become corrupt in the system and not entirely sure why that happens. While I might have a few small things I think that all in all it does the trick.


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
4/5
Value for money
5/5
Customer service
4/5
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Works well for personal files, but I don't trust it for financial or patient information

// Chief Operating Officer, and HIPAA Privacy Officer at dmi Networking

What do you like about Dropbox?

It's very easy to sync a folder across all of your devices. It's pretty brainless and you can access what you need from anywhere. A quick installation, a small download, and you're set. The sharing feature is nice, as you can share large files without them having to go over email.

What do you dislike about Dropbox?

The data is not encrypted by default, so it doesn't comply with HIPAA or NIST guidelines for data security. Dropbox has also been hacked several times over the past couple of years. I don't trust this service for anything financial or personal, but I do like to use it for general documents and photos.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Dropbox solve?

It works well for sharing a photo library across multiple machines. We generally use it for our clients who want to have their images available. We're also able to share files to non-dropbox users which is also helpful in transferring large files.


Usefulness
4/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Customer service
3/5
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The best cloud based storage and sharing tool I've used

// Graphic Designer at Anthony Garcia

What do you like about Dropbox?

Dropbox is great and very well supported. It is simple to use, which makes it easy to use with other people who might not be very tech savvy. If they have a Dropbox account it is dead simple to share a folder and collaborate. If they don't use Dropbox it is easy to just send them a link that will download the file you are trying to share with them. It is also very useful personally to save certain files in Dropbox that I need access to when I am away from my computer because their mobile app stays in sync seamlessly and I can access those files from anywhere.

What do you dislike about Dropbox?

The only problem I have had with Dropbox was before I understood how it worked — a couple of times I was sharing a folder with someone and something got moved out of the folder by the other person, and it disappeared for me! Made me be more careful about what I put in shared folders and make sure I have a copy elsewhere as well, just in case. It would be better if this was managed slightly differently. Not exactly sure what the solution is, but it could be dangerous if you're not careful.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Dropbox solve?

I use Dropbox to store important files in the cloud, so they are safe and backed up in case of a problem. I also use it to keep my files available to me wherever I am. And lastly, I use it to collaborate and share files with people I am working with on various projects, or even just with friends.


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Customer service
5/5
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File Sharing Tool

// Project Manager at Extra Vital Science

What do you like about Dropbox?

It is very easy to create external links and share files with external parties. I like that in this platform a simple interface. This software allows my team to easily download and sort files. I really like that all my documents are stored in the cloud. I have a lot of work that I do from different computers and locations, and it's nice to know that I do not need to carry a laptop or load it on a flash drive. I can exchange documents and images with colleagues and friends without having to send individual emails or print multiple copies. This is a great program for sharing files of any type.

What do you dislike about Dropbox?

I did not like the restrictions in free user spaces, and the program had problems with counting the addition of space by invitation. The program has little storage space for documents and files, I'd like more. To export a video, you need to take additional steps.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Dropbox solve?

If you want to use this program professionally, you need to purchase a paid version that will allow you to have more functions and more memory.


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Customer service
5/5
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You can try Dropbox

// Sales Manager at Continental Steel & Tube Co.

What do you like about Dropbox?

It is very convenient to immediately send large files through Gmail. Now you do not need to use share links so often. Good clients for iOS and Android.

What do you dislike about Dropbox?

It really began to work badly. Sometimes synchronization is stop, but the icon is spinning. Frequent updates annoying.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Dropbox solve?

Synchronize files between work and home. Bind files directly to Gmail.


Usefulness
4/5
Ease of use
4/5
Value for money
3/5
Customer service
3/5
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A useful way of sharing data

// Marketing Manager at Prewise, UAB

What do you like about Dropbox?

It is a great way to store and share up to date files with my team. We often work from different places and by using Dropbox, we are always connected in terms of data that we use and share with each other.

What do you dislike about Dropbox?

There is really not much i can complain about. I had a few issues with the free version. The Dropbox i was using was full, thus not accepting any new files. I cleaned it, but it took another few hours before i could actually upload something new.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Dropbox solve?

We needed an easy to use and accesible place to hold and share all our team documents. Such as information, marketing materials, etc. Dropbox was a great fit, as it is always reachable and easy to use for anyone.


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Customer service
5/5
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Dropbox is great and is always getting better

// Customer Service Representative at Secury

What do you like about Dropbox?

I love that I can easily share projects I'm working on, photos, and documents in one organized app with multiple people and groups. No need for multiple apps or programs to share and edit info with others. Dropbox is not only a cloud file store, it still has many useful features. Dropbox is also very reliable file storage with it you can not be afraid for the security of your files. A handy program for people who work on several computers or other devices. I did not immediately learn about the option "Screenshots" in the program, maybe someone will be useful. In the settings of Dropbox, there is this option you click on the keyboard button PrintScreen and the screenshot is automatically saved to the folder.

What do you dislike about Dropbox?

Dropbox perfectly performs the above functions. I have been using this service for a long time and I have never had any problems or failures.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Dropbox solve?

I use this program, both in everyday life for personal files and on a work. I like the fact that I can create a document on a work drop it in Dropbox folder, and then come home and already continue to work with it, because synchronization happens instantly.


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Customer service
5/5
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Love DropBox

// Managing Director at The Recruitment Geeks

What do you like about Dropbox?

I use both dropbox business and pro, Pro is great for my home needs outside of work and business in the perfect business file sharing tool we need. Works effortlessly and never had a single issue with it. even syncs farly quickly when i had a new laptop a while ago. Love it. Camera Roll is great

What do you dislike about Dropbox?

The app can sometimes load a little slow on my laptop but that might just be down to my laptop not being the quickest in the world. Initial sync is impressive.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Dropbox solve?

No issues


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Customer service
5/5
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Dropbox works

// National Project Coordinator at DYWIDAG-Systems International (DSI)

What do you like about Dropbox?

I love the fact that I can store all my files there as well as share with coworkers when the need arises.

What do you dislike about Dropbox?

The cost. It would help if it was a bit cheaper. With so many software options out there, it would be nice if something was not so costly.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Dropbox solve?

I use it to store show pictures, files related to those pictures and other miscellaneous files. It has helped me to have my items stored in a secure place


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Customer service
4/5
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Good product

// CTO at You World

What do you like about Dropbox?

Document sync with local computers. I change the computer quite often so I need this feature most.

What do you dislike about Dropbox?

I need the online edit feature and multi-users collorbration mode so more than 2 users could edit the same doc


Usefulness
4/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Customer service
4/5
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A+++ Software

// Mumps/VistA Senior Developer at 7Delta

What do you like about Dropbox?

Dropbox's interface is second to none, very user friendly. Great transfer speeds and very reliable. I've not had a single issue with the software.

What do you dislike about Dropbox?

I honestly can't think of any reasons to dislike Dropbox... I've never had any issues.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Dropbox solve?

I use Dropbox to back up important documents and be able to have access to them anywhere I go.


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Customer service
5/5
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Great resource to store things on the cloud

// Executive Director at Lido Labs

What do you like about Dropbox?

It is easy to integrate, allows you to save resources on your laptop and easy to make folders for different projects that you may want to archive for future usage

What do you dislike about Dropbox?

Some storage size limitations without upgrading or completing more tasks is about it.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Dropbox solve?

Great for personal usage to save things on the cloud such as projects, documents, photos as you change companies and devices


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Customer service
5/5
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Very helpful

// Tecnico Commerciale at Il Tetto srl

What do you like about Dropbox?

Very simple to use, available wherever there is a connection and a device. Simple data organization. Sure, data will never be lost

What do you dislike about Dropbox?

There are no particular things that I do not like, perhaps the cost of expanding the data capacity to be saved could be cheaper but is in line with competitors

What have you been using it for and what problems did Dropbox solve?

I used it to save the data necessary for my work and to have them always available wherever I am


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Customer service
5/5
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Dropbox!

// Social Studies/U. S. History/World Geography/World History Teacher at Georgia Virtual School

What do you like about Dropbox?

Dropbox is a great place to store documents that you need to access from different locations without taking my laptop with me. I also know that my files are safe in case my computer crashes (like it did recently.) I was glad to know that I had my most important work saved there!

What do you dislike about Dropbox?

I don't have any complaints about Dropbox! (Of course we would all love for it to be free, but that's unrealistic!)

What have you been using it for and what problems did Dropbox solve?

My laptop died a few weeks ago and the computer had 4 years worth of work stored on it. My most important files were stored in Dropbox! I realized then that it is essential to have files stored remotely. Also I needed to access my files while purchasing another computer and I could do that with Dropbox! I won't be without it!


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Customer service
5/5
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