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A year in reviews

It’s always good when independent reviewers who spend their time studying and comparing what’s on the market rate our products.

That’s the case with reviewers at ITPro - one of the UK’s leading computing websites.  In February this year, ITPro reviewed our WatchGuard Firebox M290 and gave it a five-star Editor's Choice award. The headline was ‘Stiff security at a great price’ and the reviewer said that ‘The Firebox M290 delivers an incredible range of gateway security measures priced right for SMBs.’

The review concluded with: ‘The Firebox M290 is an attractive choice for SMBs; it combines a superb range of security measures and delivers them at a sensible price. We found it easy to deploy and configure, with WatchGuard’s Cloud portal providing excellent remote management and monitoring features.’

Later in the year, our mid-range WatchGuard Firebox M590 also achieved a five-star Editor Choice award, describing the M590 as a powerful mid-range UTM appliance with top-notch security features at a sensible price. The review highlighted the benefits of WatchGuard Cloud and said that ‘Deployment is cinch’, adding “it offers a wealth of enterprise-grade security services at a very competitive price and the choice of local or cloud management makes it equally well suited to mid-range businesses and enterprises needing to protect distributed remote offices.’

For smaller businesses, the WatchGuard Firebox T40-W completed the hat trick with our third five-star Editor’s Choice review. The T40-W was described as, ‘A powerful desktop security appliance with classy remote monitoring and configuration services.’

The review highlighted its performance, with a 1GHz quad-core CPU and 4GB of DDR4 RAM, providing (based on our figures) a high raw firewall throughput of 3.4Gbits/sec and 300Mbits/sec with the AV, IPS and application control services enabled.

The most recent review is the WatchGuard Firebox T20-W review, which was described as ‘an affordable desktop appliance is a great choice for protecting small offices and home workers.’

The reviewer liked the cloud management and zero-touch deployment with WatchGuard’s RapidDeploy service, saying, ‘once you register a new appliance with your support account, you can assign it a configuration file created from a local Firebox appliance. When the appliance is plugged in at the remote site, it grabs the file from your account and instantly starts providing protection.’

To find out more and to see the full reviews, you can go to and read our reviews in full.


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