Minbox works well in tests for photos, videos

Lives up to billing of really fast file transfer by email

A couple of weeks ago, I tried testing out Minbox, the high-speed file transfer system, and I was less than thrilled with their approach to getting me on the system. Finally, this week, I received an email informing me that I could use Minbox.

I decided to test it out and see if it really was as fast they claim. I'm here to tell you that it was for the most part, at least for multiple photo files. The speed at which it moved 43 jpegs from my hard drive to the email, and sent it out, was literally seconds--just as they had claimed.

I did a similar test with 12 jpeg files in Gmail, and while it did a good job of transferring the files fairly quickly, Minbox was clearly faster, taking seconds to transfer files, while Gmail took seconds to upload each individual file.

With Gmail, they arrive as individual attachments, which you must individually download to see, or depending on your connection speed, you might get to see thumbnails.

With Minbox, the recipient gets an email like the one below. As you can see, you get your choice of downloading a zipped archive with the files, viewing each picture individually or clicking a link to see an online gallery.

If you click the gallery link, you get to see full color thumbnails in a nice online gallery that takes seconds to open.

From here, you can download the files or view them online as you wish. 

I also tested some videos of 10, 16, 20 and 75 MB sizes. The two services seemed comparable in their ability to quickly process the large files, but Gmail had a 25 MB limit and gave me a message to share the largest file via Google Drive.

This is a reasonably efficient way to send large files and share large numbers of photos. You should know that the larger the files get, the longer the processing takes. The 75 MB file took several minutes.

But overall, this is a decent, if limited, service. I have to wonder how the developers will monetize the service in the long run and if it can survive as a simple transfer service.

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