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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Gadget Bag: Multimedia Storage Viewers

High-tech tools to keep your images secure when you're in the field

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Epson P-5000
Epson P-5000
Epson P-5000
The Epson P-5000 viewer has established itself as a favorite among photographers because it’s fully featured, ultra-reliable and powered by a long-lasting battery. The P-5000 displays over 16.7 million colors and provides Adobe RGB color space support. Smaller than a paperback book, the P-5000 features a large, four-inch LCD that uses Epson’s exclusive Photo Fine Ultra technology‚ and weighs less than one
pound. The P-5000 has an 80 GB hard drive and built-in memory card slots. It has two Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports (standard and mini), and interfaces that allow you to connect to most TVs to display images, slideshows and movies. If you need to pinch pennies and are content with a smaller storage capacity, check out the 40 GB Epson P-3000. Estimated Street Price: $399 (P-3000); $599 (P-5000).

JOBO GIGA Vu extreme
JOBO GIGA Vu Extreme
JOBO AG’s GIGA Vu extreme digital image storage and viewing device is available in hard disk capacities from 80 to 160 GB. It features a brilliant 3.7-inch VGA resolution display for crisp and clear viewing of stored digital images, a transfer speed of up to 1 GB in about two minutes, a verify function for safe and reliable transfer of images, and real RAW file decoding of more than 100 RAW formats. The GIGA Vu extreme also includes an SD/SDHC adapter, and it’s the first JOBO image storage device designed for compatibility with JOBO’s new photoGPS unit. This model leads the pack of third-generation MSVs. Estimated Street Price: $899 (160 GB).

Media Street eMotion
Media Street eMotion
Media Street eMotion
Designed more for viewing and sharing than for editing, the Media Street EM-PMP7 features a seven-inch LCD‚ and is easy on the budget. When connected to your PC, it’s recognized as a mass storage device, so transferring image files becomes a simple matter of dragging and dropping. The built-in 40 GB hard drive stores about 160 hours of video, so you can watch movies for nearly a full week‚ all day and all night‚ nonstop. Estimated Street Price: $299.

Wolverine ESP
Wolverine ESP
Wolverine ESP
Wolverine made its bones with the MVP series. The new, high-capacity ESP lineup, which includes a 250 GB model, delivers even more features. In addition to that mammoth hard drive and large, 3.6-inch LCD, the Wolverine ESP 250 has the ability to read text files and features an FM tuner and recorder and a 7-in-1 media card reader. Additionally, video recording can be enabled via an optional cradle. The ESP includes a cable that allows connection to TVs and projectors. It has a built-in speaker and a high-capacity, long-life battery that reportedly will play music continually for 13 hours before it needs to be recharged. Estimated Street Price: $599 (250 GB).

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