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Certainly didn't live up to my expectations...

  • May 11, 2010
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I thought that when I scored a HP LX195 MediaSmart Home Server from Amazon Vine, I would have a really sweet addition to my home network. There are four people in the house who all are very active on the network, and I felt that this would become the central hub for file sharing amongst us. Unfortunately, it never quite made it there.

While in theory the device looks to be good enough for the niche it's aiming at, I found it horribly slow. It often took me nearly a minute from the time I signed on until I got the administration screen on my computer. Copying things from my desktop to the server (over cat5 cable, not wireless) was also very slow, enough that I tended to avoid doing so on a regular basis. Couple that with the Mac user in the family not being able to get a good connection for his file shares, and this device was flopping badly.

I'd like to say that I could justify the box solely as a backup device, but that's not even very feasible given the slow connection. It definitely isn't something that made me want to drop my Carbonite subscription, for sure...

For the price, I would expect FAR more from this than I ended up getting. I'm not going to toss it out yet, as I might be able to find a use in a few other scenarios that wouldn't be the standard reason for installing it. But for hitting the target that HP touts here, it was a swing and a miss.

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Automatically back up and protect your digital memories, centralize your media and content for sharing with friends and family, and enjoy your digital media while at home or away with the HP LX195 MediaSmart Home Server. The LX195 is the first HP MediaSmart to be powered by the efficient Intel Atom processor, which helps use less energy and save you money on your electrical bills. A Sleep Mode conserves energy and saves you money in more ways than one. The built-in sleep mode consumes only 3W of power, and the server can take on many of your PC's responsibilities, enabling you to turn off your individual computers to further save energy and money.

Enjoy both worry-free backup of all of your home's PCs (including Macs) as well as easy music, video and photo streaming.

The HP LX195 includes 640 GB of internal storage and expansion using USB external hard drives via the four USB 2.0 ports. The sleek, slim micro-tower design is perfect for use in the home office or the living room, and it has a compact footprint of just 4 by 8 inches. The LX195 includes a single internal hard drive with 640 GB of storage, and you can expand your storage capabilities via optional external USB drives, which can connect via the four USB 2.0 ports on the back of the device. Other features include 1 GB of RAM, and ultra-fast Gigabit Ethernet networking (10/100/1000). And it's easy to set up--just plug it in, connect it to your wireless router (sold separately), and load the software onto your PCs and ...

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