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HP MediaSmart Server EX490

HP MediaSmart Server EX490
alaScore 85

11 reviews

Jan, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 reviews of HP MediaSmart Server EX490. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Views about the reliability and usability are on the whole positive, but comments are divided on the price.

usability, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the HP MediaSmart Server EX490 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : James Hutchinson (

HP EX490 MediaSmart Server


A Windows-based NAS device that's easy to use

Comparatively inexpensive, tool-less drive trays, Windows console is easy to use

Drive trays won't fit 2.5in drives, console can be slow to navigate, limited storage configuration options

The HP EX490 MediaSmart Server brings set-and-forget storage into the home, with a Windows operating system and automatic backups. It's definitely easy to use, though the limited configuration options can be frustrating for tech-savvy users.

Mar, 2010

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

HP Mediasmart Server EX490 review


This HP NAS isn't a cheap piece of kit, but we think it's a winner, with its swappable hard drives, easy upgrades and solid construction

Well-built ; swappable hard disks ; four USB ports ; easy upgrades ; works with most devices

Not the cheapest

It isn't cheap, but this HP is a cracking NAS

Mar, 2010

Expert review by : Kelvyn Taylor (

HP Mediasmart Server EX490


Backup and organise networked computers with ease Based on a Microsoft operating system called Windows Home Server, the HP Mediasmart Server EX490 is a computer, but not a normal one. Essentially ...

Jan, 2010

Expert review by : Jason Cartwright (

Review: HP EX490 MediaSmart Server [WHS]


View Full Album Overview The HP EX490 MediaSmart Server is a small, quiet server designed for home use. Its provides a great solution to the storage, backup and streaming of media and documents a...

Like many of you, my storage needs have grown substantially over the past few years. I had a scattering of drives between internal and external, laptop, desktop, things were getting out of control. So personally I’d been waiting for the day these came...

Dec, 2009

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HP MediaSmart Server EX490


A well-designed, premium appliance that stretches the limits of what a home server can do.

So while the MediaSmart EX490 gets a definite thumbs up, we suggest you take stock of your needs – and the devices on your home network – before taking the plunge. For basic home server duties a cheaper, simpler option, such as the Tranquil T2, may...

Oct, 2009