Posted by: tranquilpc | March 10, 2009

Acer pricing revealed

Whilst the Acer easyStore Home Server was on show at last week’s CeBIT trade show in Hannover, no pricing for the models were announced (at least, I didn’t spot any release online).

However, European model details and pricing is now available, courtesy of a recent server price list released on Acer’s Dutch website. Here’s the low down:

Two models are currently slated for release, differing only by the amount of storage bundled:

TS.R360W.011
Storage:
1 x 640Gb
Processor: Intel Atom 230
RAM: 1Gb
USB: 1 x Front, 4 x Rear
eSATA: 1 x Rear
Networking: Gigabit Ethernet
Add-ins: McAfee Total Protection (6 Month Trial), LightsOut (Power Management), DLNA Media Server, One Touch USB Copy
Price: EUR 461

TS.R360W.012
Storage:
2 x 640Gb
Processor: Intel Atom 230
RAM: 1Gb
USB: 1 x Front, 4 x Rear
eSATA: 1 x Rear
Networking: Gigabit Ethernet
Add-ins: McAfee Total Protection (6 Month Trial), LightsOut (Power Management), DLNA Media Server, One Touch USB Copy
Price: EUR 528

 

How does this compare to the Tranquil SQA-5H (UK designed and built systems)

 

Model RAM HDD used HDDfree £
TS.R360W.011 1GB 1x 640GB 3 slots 420
TS.R360W.012 1GB 2x 640GB 2 slots 480
SQA-5H-1000 1GB 1x 500GB Green Power 4 slots 439
SQA-5H-1000 + 500G 1GB 2x 500GB Green power 3 slots 489

 

So this seems that the Chinese unit is a little cheaper (2%) as expected as it is mass produced by Acer in China.  This slight saving could be attributed to the use of regular 3.5″ HDDs – compared to the slightly higher priced cool and quite Western Digital Green Power HDDs used in the SQA-5H series.

Of course we know little about the CPU cooling systems, when compared to Tranquil’s fan less CPU cooling systems

Nor, do we have any information on the noise levels, when compared to Tranquil’s almost silent HDD cooling system using the fluid bearing Panaflo fan

 

it’s great to see alternatives to the SQA-5H – but given the choice of the UK designed and manufactured SQA-5H, and the ever so slightly cheaper Chinese Acer – what would you buy ?

 

acerbn2 sqa_main

 

Thanks to terry @ wegotserved.co.uk

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