Acer sent out a corrected list of specifications—the original release and data listed the Atom 330 as the selected processor; in reality, all of Acer’s servers use the single-core Atom 230 CPU. The only difference between the original and the updated version is a larger hard drive and higher price tag.
The Acer Aspire easyStore H340 offers the following specifications:
- Processor: Intel Atom 330 (dual-core) @ 1.6GHz
- Memory: 2GB DDR2 RAM
- Hard drives: One 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green hard drive
- Drive connectivity: Four hot-swappable SATA II ports
- Expandability: Five USB2.0 ports (one front, four rear), one eSATA port
- Networking: Gigabit Ethernet port
- Power supply: internal 200 watts
- File system: NTFS with dynamic storage pools
- Remote access: Microsoft RDP, Windows Home Server Console
- Dimensions: 7.87 x 7.09 x 8.35 inches (H x V x D)
- Fully compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7
- Warranty: One-year limited parts and labor warranty
The Acer Aspire AH340-U2T1H is available starting now for $499.99.
Obviously we were big fans of Acer’s first try at the Windows Home Server market. The original H340 garnered an Editor’s Choice award from DesktopReview. The new version, Acer’s AH340-U2T1H doubles the CPU power by swapping in an Atom 330 dual-core processor for the 230 single-core found in the original. It also bumps the included storage space up a notch thanks to one of Western Digital’s 2TB Caviar Green hard drives. More storage space and more efficient? Good choice, Acer.
Upgrades don’t come free, however, and in this case you can expect to spend an extra hundred dollars for the new hardware. That’s not too bad, considering what you get; while one of the most attractive aspects of the Acer servers are the price (coming in at least a hundred bucks cheaper than any of its major competitors’ offerings), at $499 the only nearby offerings are from Lenovo and HP (at $499 and $549, respectively) which come with half the RAM, half the storage space and single-core processors. It looks like for now Acer’s going to remain the best choice in terms of value for the dollar for pre-configured Windows Home Server units.