Conclusion: The improvement that HP has made are substantial and worthwhile. Fortunately for those that have older MediaSmart Servers, HP has made the new software available to all. Unfortunately, on the older hardware the new functionality probably won’t be as smooth.
Summary: HP has managed to make a great networked storage system even better. The HP MediaSmart Server EX495 is an excellent storage device for enthusiasts, but also for small businesses. The support for Mac computers has become fairly complete and covers the most important aspects: huge storage, easy file access and Time Machine compatibility.
Excerpt: (1 items) HP MediaSmart EX495HP’s MediaSmart EX495 proved to be the one of the fastest network-attached storage boxes we’ve ever tested. The EX495 offers a nice array of services, including backup and restore of network PCs; backup of the unit itself; and photo, music, iTunes, and video serving and sharing. But it does lack some esoteric features other like devices have implemented, such as video surveillance.
Pros: Fast, Great features
Cons: Safari issues, Need a Windows PC for setup and configuration
Excerpt: The Good Media Collector automates transfers Video Converter easy to use, configurable Features work on Mac or Windows platforms Backup works cross-platform Expandable to large storage capacities Easy-to-use interface Ships with 1.5TB drive H.264 video encoding The Bad Requires Windows PC for initial setup Some web-based tools launched in IE by default Media sharing sometimes requires manual configuration of ports HP has quickly refreshed its MediaSmart servers with the...
Pros: Media Collector automates transfers, Video Converter easy to use, configurable, Features work on Mac or Windows platforms, Backup works cross-platform, Expandable to large storage capacities, Easy-to-use interface, Ships with 1.5TB drive, H.264 video encoding
Cons: Requires Windows PC for initial setup, Some web-based tools launched in IE by default, Media sharing sometimes requires manual configuration of ports