Lenovo IdeaCentre D400 Home Server Review

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MasterOfTech

The D400 is irrefutably old technology.  Although the D400 has a cute bezel, I fear that it cannot compete with HP's flagship MediaSmart EX495 Home Server designs.  HP is number 1 in the Home Server space for a reason; with great SW interfaces, 2GB DRAM low-power 2.5GHz Intel E5200 Dual-Core Pentium solutions in a 4 bay configuration with full 10/100/Gigabit (to the reviewer in Montana, it is not Gigabyte...all HP servers have Gigabit interfaces...tsk, tsk on sharing incorrect information), and port-multiplier aware eSATA this device is more than a yawner.  It's too little, too late, and no real performance gains over anything in the space today.  Better save for the HP solution or wait for the next generation IdeaCentre.  Wish I had better news.

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Scootiep

Am I the only person who's sick of seeing these 4 bay NAS's? I'm so much more fond of the 5 bay ones because then you can pair up 4 drives and run one small SSD for performance reasons. I don't even look at a NAS now unless it has 5 bays. And the damn thing had better come with gigabyte ethernet lest my cane find its backside!

To start press any key...ohh, where's the "Any" key. - Homer Simpson

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big_montana

The Lenovo has Gigabyte Ethernet,a nd if you took the time to read the specs on their web site it also comes with two internal drive bays as well as the four hot swappable drives, not to mention teh plethora of external options. You can plug in a USB drive and back that up as well to the server. Now, could it have been better? Yes, but for a first attempt at a home server, they did a much better job than HP's first attempt. Wait until they refresh this line this year or next, it will probably be much improved, considering it matches HP's in write speeds and trounces it in reads.

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Scootiep

Touche` good sir, I missed that entirely because I wasn't paying enough attention. And actually, in that case, I really don't see much that would need to be improved upon. Maybe design a little. I find the HP much more appealing here as all black tends to match more peoples entertaiment centers. But as for functionality, this hits the markand that tends to sway most of my decisions. I retract my earlier statement and would gladly look at this as a future upgrade.

To start press any key...ohh, where's the "Any" key. - Homer Simpson

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