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HP MediaSmart Server EX475

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HP MediaSmart Server EX475 Review

18 August 2008
  • Excerpt: Have you ever wanted to backup all your Windows PCs including your music, movies, and irreplaceable photos? What about storing all of your iTunes music in a central place so that every PC (and Mac) could access it? Want to access your content away from home, from any PC using an internet connection? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, the HP MediaSmart Server is for you.
  • Pros: Easy setup., Expandable up to 4TB using current drives., External expansion with USB and eSATA., Fast Gigabit Ethernet connection., Ability to back up iTunes library.
  • Cons: None.
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Overall 9

HP MediaSmart Server ex475

3 June 2008
  • Summary: Microsoft's Windows Home Server is the best, easiest-to-use answer to backing up and corralling all of the disparate media files in a networked home. And delivered in this petite, relatively affordable MediaSmart Server ex745 from HP, you get plenty of storage in a well-designed hardware package. We recommend this system all the way to anyone looking to take full control of their data.
  • Pros: Small enclosure is easily stashed out-of-sight, straightforward hardware and software setup; powerful server software lets you take complete control of the systems on your network as well as the files on them; easy to add storage as needed; expanded features via coming third-party software.
  • Cons: $749 isn't cheap; potentially cumbersome account management with the various other systems on your network.
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Overall 8

HP MediaSmart Server EX475 Review

LAPTOP Magazine
12 March 2008
  • Summary: Minor quibbles aside, the simple setup and impressive technical prowess of the HP MediaSmart Server EX475 are compelling, even at the high price of $709. It's easily one of the best and most powerful digital home appliances ever made.
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Overall 8

HP EX475 1TB MediaSmart Server

Pocket Lint
9 June 2008
  • Conclusion: While the HP MediaSmart doesn’t fully complete our futuristic vision if you’re a Windows Vista user with multiple PCs in the home, this will allow you to connect them all together in a shared experience. The 1TB drive is big enough that you can use it as a media streamer without forcing you to run out of space on your own computer and we love the ability to access stuff remotely with an internet connection (as long as you’ve put it in the right folder).
  • Pros: Backs up your Windows computers, allows you to stream media around the home, can access remotely
  • Cons: 35-pages of troubleshooting in manual suggests things could go horribly wrong
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