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HP Announces New MediaSmart Home Servers, Desktops and Monitors

HP Announces New MediaSmart Home Servers, Desktops and Monitors

It's not all premium ultraportables and new netbooks from HP's holiday line-up.  Elsewhere there's a pair of new MediaSmart Home Servers, the EX490 and EX495, together with a compact home all-in-one, the HP MS200.  Finally business users have the new HP Compaq 6000 Pro and 6005 Pro desktops and various new HP and Compaq LCD displays to choose from.  More details after the cut.

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HP MediaSmart Servers updated; stream media to iPod/iPhone and PSP

HP MediaSmart Servers updated; stream media to iPod/iPhone and PSP

The HP MediaSmart servers (EX485/EX487 models) received a software update today from HP. The news software allows media to be streamed to wireless devices such as iPhone, iPod Touch and PlayStation Portables. The new software also adds the ability for the servers to convert videos (including unprotected DVD's) into two separate formats: one high-resolution for playing on home devices, and a lower resolution for portable media players.

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HP MediaSmart Home Server gets new software update

HP MediaSmart Home Server gets new software update

We got our share of HP second-gen MediaSmart Home Server less than a month ago. In our test, the impressing media tools were straightforward, offered a cleverly designed software package that allowed a simple yet effective digital media backup, remote access and files sharing solutions for regular Joes. The features didn’t stop there, HP has recently updated its MediaSmart Home server, released a new HPMSS-1.3-R1 system software to further improve performance, add new feature and correct mirror errors.

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HP MediaSmart EX487 Home Server Review

HP MediaSmart EX487 Home Server Review

HP's first-generation MediaSmart EX475 was the poster-child for Windows Home Server.  Now, HP are back with their second-gen version, the MediaSmart EX487; the hardware looks the same, but what's under the hood has seen some serious improvements.  Is this the best backup option for Windows and Mac users?  SlashGear set to finding out.

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HP MediaSmart Connect wireless HD media streamer up for pre-order

HP MediaSmart Connect wireless HD media streamer up for pre-order

First spotted back in January at CES, HP networked media player - then known as the MediaSmart Receiver - is finally available for pre-order. Now called the MediaSmart Connect, it still has WiFi a/b/g and dual-band draft 802.11n, two USB ports for plugging in removeable storage and a bay for HP's Pocket Media Drives. Output is via HDMI or component video with optical audio, and a convenient front-mounted button toggles between 1080i and 720p.

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HP MediaSmart Home Server

HP MediaSmart Home Server

So how does a run of the mill NAS on steroid sound? Well, that’s basically what Microsoft and HP have thrown together.

First, it has a faster processor than my HP laptop, with the server packing a 1.8GHz Sempron. Then it adds on 4 SATA drive bays and 4 USB ports for adding more. There are two models, one that comes with a single drive 500GB configuration and one that takes up 2 drive bays for 1TB.

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