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It is HP’s most inexpensive server, which makes sense considering it only hosts a single SATA drive and four USB ports.

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Pros

can stream media to supported devices / programs, can act as an iTunes server

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supports up to 10 separate users / machines

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compact form factor - smaller than it looks in pictures

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very fast

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a full X86 computer - includes Windows Home Server

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good price considering it includes a storage disk, fully functional X86 computer

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can be set up to automatically publish photos stored on the device online to photo hosting sites

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4 x USB ports for external storage expansion

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can preform automated backups for Windows and Mac clients

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near silent - completely passive operation, only noise comes from the spinning hard drive

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energy efficient - power sipping Atom CPU, efficient AC/DC power supply

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easy to set up

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slick minimalist aesthetic - looks like a brushed metal enclosure

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Cons

no eSATA connectivity

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USB ports cannot be used to connect / host a non-networked printer

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only room for a single SATA drive - no internal storage expansion or RAID redundancy

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lacks video output / support for a keyboard & mouse for direct configuration

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not actually a metal enclosure - cheap plastic

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extensive users guide exists but is not included in paper or on the included CD

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The HP MediaSmart Server LX195 is an inexpensive network server designed to function as the central repository of a small home-based PC or Macintosh network. It is HP’s most inexpensive server, which makes sense considering it only hosts a single SATA drive and four USB ports. On the bright side though, the LX195 can handle remote connections, automatic PC backups, and Web-based photo publishing directly to photo-sharing sites like Snapfish or Flickr. Included also is a standard user management system, network file sharing, and in-home media streaming. Perhaps the largest drawback though is the unit’s lack of support for redundant storage, as well as printers and IP cameras.

Features
  • Entry-Level SOHO Server
  • Windows Home Server OS
  • Intel Atom CPU
  • DDR2 RAM
  • Single SATA HDD
  • USB Interface (x4)
  • Remote Connections
  • User Management
  • File Sharing
  • Direct Photo Publishing
  • In-Home Media Streaming
Specifications
  • Product #: FL702AA#ABA
  • UPC Code: 884420857396
  • OS: Windows Home Server
  • Processor: Intel Atom 230 (1.6GHz)
  • Memory: 1GB DDR2 DRAM
  • Network: 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN
  • HDD: 640GB, 7200rpm SATA
  • Interface: USB x4
Server Functions
  • HP Control Center
  • Windows Home Server Console
  • File Sharing & Storage
  • PC Hard Drive Disk Backup
  • Mac Backup
  • Shared Folder Duplication
  • PC Hard Drive Disk Restore
  • HP Media Collector
  • Remote Access
  • In-Home Media Streaming
  • Remote Media Streaming
  • HP Photo Publisher
  • HP Photo Viewer
  • Server for iTunes
  • Easy Storage Expansion
  • Server Anti-Virus Protection
  • Server Backup
  • Server Recovery
Included Accessories
  • Power adapter and cable
  • Ethernet cable
  • Software installation disc
  • PC restore disc
  • Server recovery disc
  • Setup Poster and HP support guides
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