Allows you to back up your computer.
Share to handheld devices.
Improved front-end software.
Cheaper than last year's model.
4 easy access drive bays.
Robust media server.
Full Mac support.
Improved HP user interface.
Some Internet content sites are not yet supported by this server.
It's more of a server than set-top box.
Still not cheaper than building your own WHS.
Only four drive bays.
Requires local software to configure.
Potentially tricky installation.
Install must be done on a Windows PC
Remote access setup can be difficult.
By MicroFilmMaker on September 01, 2010
In 2004, I was working on my second film, The Virtual Kevin Project. The film was a documentary that required a huge amount of hard drive space to store all the data and clips that had been imported, along with all the FCP editing information. I had...82
By TopTenREVIEWS on June 01, 2010
This is a solid choice for a home media server and computer back-up...100
By JusTech'n on April 26, 2010
The improvement that HP has made are substantial and worthwhile. Fortunately for those that have older MediaSmart Servers, HP has made the new software available to all. Unfortunately, on the older hardware the new functionality probably won’t be...90
By Maximum PC on February 03, 2010
Last year's chassis, packed with major under-the-hood upgrades Last year, HP impressed us with its MediaSmart EX487 (February 2009), a Windows Home Server that shipped with proprietary software we actually found useful. The EX495, this year’s...90
By PCWorld on January 25, 2010
With the addition of more processing power (2.5GHz versus 2.0GHz), HP's MediaSmart EX495 not only bested its EX487 stablemate that we reviewed earlier this year, but proved to be the fastest network-attached storage box we've ever tested. Move...70
By PC Authority on January 14, 2010
A well-designed, premium appliance that stretches the limits of what a home server can do...83
By Tom's Hardware UK on January 01, 2010
Since writing our last story in March of 2009 about hacking the first-generation AMD-based HP MediaSmart Servers—namely the EX470 and EX475—HP has released not one, but two more generations in this series of Windows Home Server products. In...-
By Computer Shopper on January 01, 2010
The EX495 has upgradability, lots of features, and speedy performance, but a lengthy installation process, software bugs, and a high price mar this otherwise excellent media server....74
By Macworld on December 14, 2009
The speed and extensive features of the MediaSmart EX495 home media server makes it appealing it to a wide spectrum of users, but Mac audiences should be warned about the unfriendly Mac setup process. Best suited for a mixed PC and Mac environment,...70
By Techworld on November 30, 2009
With the addition of more processing power (2.5GHz versus 2.0GHz), HP's MediaSmart EX495 not only bested its EX487 stablemate that we reviewed earlier this year, but proved to be the fastest network-attached storage box we've ever tested. Move...-