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| The X'S-Drive 2 XL, a 9 in 1 portable storage device is about as simple as they get. It has been designed this way, to fulfill the straightforward need of backing up your memory card/s to its 20 gigabyte hard drive while you're traveling or away from your computer.
There is no colour screen to check your photos or confusing graphical user interface, which besides making it easy to use has the effect of keeping the price down to around £140. It's so simple in fact that the only buttons on it are the on/off button and a copy button.
|Memory cards Supported||Compactflash Card type I / type II (CF)
Smartmedia Card (SM)
Memory Stick (MS)
Memory Stick Pro (MS Pro)
Secure Digital (SD)
XD Picture cards (XD) (Including Type-M)
|Blue backlight LCD Display||LCD displays:
Amount of battery power
File transfer status
Main storage (HDD) and Memory card capacity
Memory card / HDD error indicator
|Hard Disk||Supports data transmission from memory card(s) to built-in 2.5 Hard drive
Backup all kinds of files as the 2.5' external HDD, USB card reader / writer
|Power Source||Internal Power: Li-ion rechargeable battery 3.7V / 1200mAh Re-chargeable Li-Ion Battery
External Power: 5V adapter (2.5A) (100/240V)
|Battery life||2 hours (full charge)|
|Download interface||Fast USB 2.0 Interface port
(Backward compatibility with USB 1.1)
|Download Speed||Up to 480Mbps|
|Filesystem||Support Standard FAT 12/16/32|
|PC Peripheral||USB 2.0 Interface with standard storage device|
|OS Supported||Windows 98/98SE, Win 2000 (with driver)
Win ME/XP, Linux Kernel version 2.4 or above without driver
Mac OS 8.6 - 9.0 with driver
Mac OS 10.0.1 and above without driver
|Storage Temperature||-40oC / 70oC|
|Operating Temperature||0oC / 70oC|
|Weight||264g (including HD & Battery)|
|Dimensions||116 x 78 x 23 mm|
What you get in the box
Besides the device itself, you also get a smart black Velcro case, the charger / power adapter, USB cable, USB driver, instruction manual, screwdriver and small four screws. The screwdriver allows you to change the hard drive contained within.
Whilst the case looks good, the sides of it are elastic and we found that when putting the device back in its case we sometimes hit the power button accidentally, causing some battery wastage. If you don't realise you've done this, the drive will shut-down automatically after 80 seconds, which saves you completely draining your battery unknowingly!
|We primarily used the drive with a 1 gigabyte XD card. It has very good compatibility though, with support for the main nine types of memory card (See specs above). Inserting and removing cards is very straightforward with the slots clearly labelled. Being picky, we think it would be worth having rubber seals over the card slots when not in use, to prevent dust and dirt finding their way into the device.
Ease of use
There's not actually a great deal to say here. This is a beautifully simple device to use. It's literally a case of:
1. Switch device on. (It boots up very quickly, in about 2 seconds).
2. Insert your memory card into the correct slot.
3. Press the copy button and wait till it finishes copying.
And you're done.
Whilst we had this product for review, it was taken on a two week trip through four countries in Europe. During that time it performed faultlessly and withstood the baggage handling of three airports. We have little hesitation therefore in recommending it as a low cost and straightforward backup storage device.
In summary the main positive points of the X'S-Drive 2 XL VP2260 are:
Easy to use, with good features such as auto-power off and progress indicator
Low cost, when compared to equivalent capacity in memory cards
Solidly built and quite stylishly designed
Negative points are:
No sealing over memory slots
Power switch can be too easily inadvertently pressed
Latest prices: You can pick up the 40gig (£129) and 80gig (£179) versions of the X'S Drive VP2260 from our Warehouse Express partner shop here.