Just took delivery of one of these (http://www.ebuyer.com/product/253305) from eBuyer. The ebuyer cost is 240 pounds - but you get a cheque back for 100 pounds from the supplier directly. So, 140 pounds. 4 bays for drives and no OS - ideal as a NAS maybe? Am gonna throw linux on it.
Thats an interesting find alright, must look into it
Ebuyer don't deliver to Ireland anymore
When did that happen? They still list Ireland for delivery.
More info here, confirmed by ebuyer staff. Due to changes in UK(?) Vat laws. Apparently this may affect more than just Ebuyer.
It's due to a longstanding EU-wide VAT rule - once you reach a threshold in terms of selling to a particular country you have to charge that country's VAT rate on sales to that country rather than your own rate.
That's why Amazon prices change slightly once you actually start to checkout - it applies the Irish VAT rates. Plenty of German sites handle this without issue as well.
Thanks for explanation Parsi. At least it doesn't mean Amazon will cease shipping here completely. Or dabs.ie.
If its worth the retailers while they'll continue to ship. Money talks.
the cashback is only applies to the UK,
See point 2 here
for this reason i got 2 delivered to my bro in london free
I'm based in Dublin, I used Google Checkout to pay and it was delivered. I got in touch with HP before buying it and they mailed me an Irish claim form, worth €117 or £100 cash back. It's valid 'til end of month - so mail HP, get the form and then buy. If you can't get eBuyer to deliver then check out other etailers to see if they will offer the cash back - it isn't exclusive to them! Hope this helps?
Says it only does RAID1 or 0 - if it takes 4 drives I would expect it to do RAID5. 200 watt power supply but some reviews talk about it having a low power usage idle.
By the time drives are installed etc then I would recommend just getting a dedicated NAS box - unless there are more things you want to use it for.
Supports virtualization too but likely a software RAID controller so virtual OS likely may not see the RAID config's and would pick them up as a JBOD.
Overall though it looks like a nice little box and well worth a punt if you can get the cash back.
€303 on dabs
No mention of the cashback though but if its through HP directly then it should probably still apply.
Elara are cheaper again if the cashback applies from HP Ireland. €284 less €117 = €167. So tempted...
On HP site. €283.30
What address did you email? Did they send is snail mail or email?
Its neat machine but I can't help thinking a small regular tower would be a better deal.
Their Primo line maybe?
It was email, but it is a person's email and i don't think he would thank me for putting it on a public site. I'll PM it to you.