It was a month ago that we got the first murky glimpses of a possible new Home Server product in the works from Hewlett Packard. A couple of weeks later we saw some less murky pictures but still weren’t sure what exactly the LX195 was going to be. Today we saw our most informative info when we got a report from “WireBoy” in the forums that eCost.com had it listed available for sale, but that link disappeared before too long.
HP has today lifted the embargo on the LX195 and I’m able to share with you the details of the newest MediaSmart Server. We were right on many of the guesses we made based off the leaked pictures, and here are the full hardware specifications.
- Powered by Microsoft Windows Home Server
- Intel Atom 1.6GHZ Processor 230
- 1GB DDR2 RAM
- 1 x SATA 7200RPM 640GB hard drive
- 4 x USB 2.0 ports on the back
- Gigabit ethernet
- 3.9″ wide x 8.2″ high x 8.0″ deep
- 1 year limited warranty
For comparison, the EX47x and EX48x servers are 5.5″ x 9.8″ x 9.2″, so the LX195 is a fair bit smaller. The new server has a built in sleep mode where it consumes a claimed 3 watts of power, though there is no mention of the idle and running power consumption statistics.
On the software side of things, the LX195 has a lot of the same features as the EX485 and EX487 servers originally shipped with. In addition to the standard Windows Home Server features, the LX195 delivers the following features.
- Mac Backup
- HP Media Collector
- Twonky media streaming
- remote music and photo streaming
- PhotoViewer and PhotoPublisher applications
- iTunes server
- Amazon S3 Online backup
- McAfee anti-virus
The HP MediaSmart Server LX195 lists for $399 MSRP, and the eCost link we saw earlier today had it listed for approximately $390. I’ve got an inquiry in to HP on availability outside the US and will post an update when I have that info.
I find the concept of a single drive home server to be interesting. I suspect it’s meant to be a reduced cost way for a customer to get the features of Windows Home Server and the HP additions. Many people may already be doing some form of backup to an external hard drive and could instead utilize that to enable duplication, without incurring an additional expense. I’m a little surprised at the price point, though, I think to really sell like hot cakes the price would need to be a bit cheaper. Ultimately it will likely come down to how appealing is the HP additional features compared to the other options that are available in the market.
I’ll be sharing more of my thoughts and impressions of the LX195 in an upcoming review. In the mean time, how do you like the looks of the new MediaSmart Server? How well do the features, form factor, and price fit a need in the Home Server marketplace? And finally, are there any specific questions you’d like answered in the review? Be sure to leave a comment or post in this forum topic with your thoughts.
Digression time: With the original EX, GX, and now LX model designations, am I the only one craving a DX so that we’ll have the entire line of Honda Civics covered?