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MediaSmart Server is HP's Time Capsule

29-hp-mediasmart "width =" 240 "height =" 352 "srcset =" "srcset =" -240x352.jpg 240w, 340w "sizes =" (max-width: 240px) 100vw, 240px "/> If you are dying to buy a Time Capsule for your network at home, but you don't want to pay so dearly for it, today could be your lucky day. Thinking of consumers who have mixed home networks made up of PCs and Macs, HP launched its new MediaSmart server based on Microsoft Windows Home Server, which aims to be a central repository, automating backups and sharing music, photos, documents and videos across the network.</p><div class='code-block code-block-2' style='margin: 8px auto; text-align: center; display: block; clear: both;'>
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The big difference is due to the native compatibility with Mac OS X and the ability to manage up to 9TB of data. The original MediaSmart was introduced to the market a month after the release of Time Machine, which was launched in October 2007 as one of the features of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

An increasing number of experienced users have both Windows and Macs running machines in their homes, with hundreds and sometimes thousands of multimedia files and documents scattered on their computers, said Jason Zajac, vice president of strategy for HP's Worldwide Attach Group. The HP MediaSmart Server protects, stores and organizes all content from anywhere on a network, so consumers can access and share whatever they want, from wherever they are connected, concludes.

The MediaSmart Server ex485 / ex487 will provide functions such as:

HP MediaSmart Server ex485 / ex487 models have a 64-bit Intel Celeron 2GHz processor. Both come with 2GB of 800MHz DDR2 DRAM memory and, although they are full of services, keep in mind that your goal is to serve the personal use market. The suggested prices are: US $ 600 for the ex485 model with 750GB, and US $ 750 for the ex487 with 1.5TB. MediaSmart Server will hit the market in February, but can be purchased in advance from January 5, at stores: Amazon, Best Buy,, Frys and NewEgg.

More information can be found on the product website. Does Apple counter that? Next year, we'll see.

(Via: Macworld.)