Iomega has rolled out its more affordable Home Media Network Hard Drive. The 1Terabyte model retails for $230, and thereâ€™s a 500GB version which sells for just $160. Compare that with HPâ€™s MediaSmart Server which retails at $600 for 750GB and $750 for the 1.5TB version.
Iomega says consumers with multiple computers can use the Home Media Network Hard Drive to centralize their computer storage as well as access files on everything from a laptop to a big screen TV to a Microsoft Xbox 360 or a Sony PlayStation 3.
The new Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive operates EMC’s LifeLine Home software, a custom Linux operating system and application suite that can be set up in three steps: simply plug the Home Network Hard Drive into a router, power on, and install the software CD. A friendly user interface screen makes it easy to access files on all networked computers, as well as control which family members have access to certain folders.