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Hush HS1 Home Server – Hands-on

German system builder, Hush Technologies, announced that they would be releasing a Windows Home Server system, the Hush HS1. The system comes well packed and protected in a Hush branded carton. The Hush HS1 package consists of:

  • Hush HS1 Home Server
  • Power Supply
  • Motherboard Manual and Driver CD (not required for initial Windows Home Server installation)
  • Windows Home Server OEM Installation Discs and Quick Start Guide

HTPC chassis is made out of a heat-conducting aluminium alloy, brushed and anodised all over. As a HTPC, the system could sit underneath a TV if required, but would look great in any room and is available in a choice of silver, black or bronze. It’s not one to be hidden away.

Manufacturer:Hush Technologies   Model:HS1 Home Server
Price:From 890 Euros (£713 | $1404)Website: http://www.hushtechnologies.co.uk/

Along the sides, thick aluminium fins allow heat to be dissipated from the chassis without the need for internal fans.

Hush, like a few system builders who have released Windows Home Server hardware eschew Microsoft’s logo requirements for a headless unit and include VGA and PS2 connectors for keyboards and mice. You’ll also find four Ethernet connections (the most we’ve seen on any home server – do they not have routers in Germany?) if you need extra networking support (this is a 40 euro paid upgrade), 2 USB ports, a firewire socket and various unnecessary audio and video connectors.

Front: The front of the HS1 is a minimalist but quality affair, with the Hush logo engraved into the front panel, which looks very cool indeed. No nasty Windows stickers here thank you very much. Elsewhere, a large power button glows with a blue ring when the unit is switched on, and you get a further two USB ports at the front. In case you needed to be reminded what format of motherboard the HS1 uses, Hush have also handily engraved mini-ITX on the front panel.

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