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HP is refreshing its MediaSmart home server lineup with the MediaSmart EX490 and EX495 models. These new file servers for home come with larger hard drives, faster processors and lower price from its predecessor EX485 and EX487 models. And the new servers are much easier to setup with a new user interface, and has better Mac support.
The new MediaSmart servers can now be completely administered on a Mac, though you need a Windows PC for its initial setup. Time Machine is fully supported, allowing you to do bare metal full system restore from the server, using its bundled recovery utility.
HP MediaSmart server can now automatically collect and share photos, videos and photos that are loaded onto a Mac with its HP Media Collector software. And its bundled HP Video Converter can now convert or transcode media to more devices and formats. iPhone and iPod touch users can stream media from the server using the free HP iStream app.
HP MediaSmart runs Microsoft Windows Home Server operating system. The EX490 comes with a 2.2GHz Intel Celeron Processor and an initial 1.0 TB drive. The higher-end EX495 is equipped with a faster 2.5GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor and comes with a single 1.5TB hard drive. Both servers have 2GB of DDR2 RAM, three empty hard drive bays, Gigabit ethernet port, 4 USB ports (1 front, 3 back) and an eSATA port at the back to add even more drives. Preorder has started with $549 for EX490 and $699 for EX495. Expected shipping is this October.
### Press Release
HP Launches New Home Server with Enhanced Features for PCs and Macs
PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 15, 2009 – HP today launched the HP MediaSmart EX490 and EX495 Home Servers, new models offering increased capacity, high-performance processors, more control, new user interface and additional Mac support – all at a lower price.
Based on the Microsoft Windows® Home Server platform, the updated HP MediaSmart Servers have a refined user interface and a web-based home page that makes accessing and using the server easier than ever. Additionally, the new models offer a new video converter with custom settings and profiles that will automatically convert video libraries, including unprotected DVDs.(1)
“The explosion of digital content is attracting a new kind of buyer to the home server space,” said Jason Zajac, vice president and general manager, Worldwide Attach Group, HP. “This buyer wants all the power and capacity that past buyers wanted, but also wants it to be easy to use. The new MediaSmart ED490 and EX495 give them both.”
The MediaSmart Server features a new media collector, which allows users to collect media by computer, media type or file location. The server automatically collects and organizes media files across Macs and PCs and streams it across a home network and the Internet.(2)
The HP EX490 and EX495 offer additional features for Mac users, including administration, media collection and a new disc recovery utility providing bare metal recovery on a Mac using Time Machine.(3)
“The new release of HP MediaSmart Server software and hardware continues HP’s leadership in building compelling functionality on top of the Microsoft Windows Home Server platform,” said Russ Madlener, director, Solutions Marketing, Microsoft. “HP is delivering a true cross-platform product by adding the ability to administer the server from a Mac using Microsoft’s new Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.”
The new video converter automatically converts videos, including unprotected DVDs, into a format that can be played at the home or remotely.(4) Users are able to control how their videos are converted by selecting the device the video will be played on or choosing specific video settings using the advanced controls features.
In addition, owners of an iPod touch and iPhone can download a free HP MediaSmart Server iStream application from the Apple App Store, enabling them to stay connected to their digital media stored on the server. Users can easily access their pictures, listen to their music collections and watch their favorite videos – all streamed directly to their mobile device from their HP MediaSmart Server.
MediaSmart Server EX490 and EX495 features include:
* New HP Media Collector
* New HP Video Converter
* Improved user interface with new web-based home page
* Mac administration, media collections and a new Mac disc recovery feature
* HP Media Streamer
* Server for iTunes
* PC Hard Drive Backup
* Server Backup
* Smart Power Management
* EX495: Intel® Pentium® Dual Core
* EX490: Intel Celeron®; Two gigabytes (GB) of DRAM
* Expandability: additional drives can be added for up to 7 terabytes (TB) internal storage and 17 TB of storage using internal and external drives.(6)
Pricing and availability
Manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the HP MediaSmart Server EX490 with 1 TB of hard disk storage is $549 while the HP MediaSmart Server EX495 with 1.5 TB is $699.(4)
The HP MediaSmart Server can be preordered beginning today. The servers will be introduced in select European countries beginning next month.
More information is available at [www.hp.com/go/mediasmartserver](www.hp.com/go/mediasmartserver).
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(1) Wired or wireless home network required.
(3) Internet access required and sold separately.
(3) Requires Time Machine, a formatted USB Flash Drive and the original Mac OSX install disc.
(4) Estimated U.S. retail prices. Actual prices may vary.