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HP MediaSmart Server EX470

HP MediaSmart Server EX470
alaScore 83

295 reviews

Jan, 2020

alaTest has collected and analyzed 295 reviews of HP MediaSmart Server EX470. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed comments about the reliability.

usability, price, design, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the HP MediaSmart Server EX470 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for HP MediaSmart Server EX470

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of HP MediaSmart Server EX470 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the usability.

usability

67% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Jan, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for HP MediaSmart Server EX470

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 275 user reviews of HP MediaSmart Server EX470 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the size and design. The price and usability also get good comments, whereas views are divided on the reliability.

usability, price, design, size

81% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jan, 2020

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Oliver Rist (pcmag.com)

HP MediaSmart Server (EX470)

 

The new HP MediaSmart Server is a handsome Windows Home Server appliance that also works as an iTunes server.

Generous drive expandability. Fast performance on Gigabit networks. A compatible media-oriented companion product line on the way from HP.

Wired Ethernet connectivity only. No print server. Drives are not hot-swappable.

Another thing to consider is that even though the MediaSmart is headless, it's still built as a super-mini-tower. It's not well designed for slipping into an entertainment center, for example. And even if your entertainment center can hold it, you've...

Jan, 2008

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by (pcmag.com)

HP MediaSmart Server EX470

 

The box itself looks great. It's a blue-black case with glowing blue LEDs that indicate occupied drive bays, power, and server health. A front-mount case door keeps the drive bays hidden from view. Like all WHS boxes, this one runs headless—without a...

Generous drive expandability. Fast performance on Gigabit networks. A compatible media-oriented companion product line on the way from HP

Wired Ethernet connectivity only. No print server. Drives are not hot-swappable

The HP MediaSmart Server is a well-executed example of what a Microsoft Windows Home Server can be. All of WHS's backup and management features are leveraged, and HP has added media-serving smarts of its own in the form of an iTunes server.

Expert review by : Ed Tittel (tomshardware.com)

Hacking The HP EX470/475 MediaSmart Servers

 

HP's MediaSmart Servers are basically low-power PCs running Windows Home Server software from a corner of your house. Ed Tittel takes his apart ...

Comparing refurb to new prices, it costs about $220 to move up from an EX470 to an EX485 and $290 to move up from an EX475 to an EX487. What I aim to describe in this review is how you can add 750 GB of storage, a more powerful CPU, and upgrade the...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Robin Morris and Tom Spring (techadvisor.co.uk)

HP MediaSmart Server EX470 review

 

The HP MediaSmart Server EX470 and Windows Home server should mean little effort or expertise is required to get the most from digital media from your PC system or home network.

It's early days yet for WHS, and it'll be interesting to see what HP's rivals can come up with. But as a first version the HP MediaSmart Server EX470 is extremely promising. It's a good match for a PC-using household, and delivers handsomely on its...

Feb, 2008

Expert review by : Robin Morris and Tom Spring (techworld.com)

HP MediaSmart Server EX470 review

 

The HP MediaSmart Server EX470 and Windows Home server should mean little effort or expertise is required to get the most from digital media from your PC system or home network.

It's early days yet for WHS, and it'll be interesting to see what HP's rivals can come up with. But as a first version the HP MediaSmart Server EX470 is extremely promising. It's a good match for a PC-using household, and delivers handsomely on its...

Feb, 2008

Expert review by (v3.co.uk)

Review: HP Mediasmart Server EX470 server

 

Slow off the starting blocks, but HP's Windows Home Server interface is polished

Jan, 2008

Consumer review (shopping.com)

HP Mediasmart Irritations

 

HP Mediasmart continues the HP tradition of overlaying good software with poor software, and doing that in spades. I have tried and tried to use the various features. They all more or less work and they all fail in the obvious department.

As network attached storage, it works

Intrusive, misleading messages. Features hard to use

Aug, 2010

Consumer review (shopping.com)

Purchased for new small office

 

First let me say that I am not at all a techie but I seem to have common sense and that seems to have let me accomplish the task of making this server work.

Small, easy to use, reasonably priced

Not for total beginners. One glitch after 3 days of use

Jan, 2008

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