XS DriveCentre 6900 (60Gb) £240.70
Available in capacities of 40-160Gb, the XS Drive Centre from Card Media differs from the other storage devices in the test in that instead of having slots by which your memory card is read, data is transferred by attaching a separate memory card reader. This may be inconvenient in that it means a card reader has to be carried around in addition to the device, and it may not always be convenient to go through the process of attaching the reader on location.
Images can be displayed on the device as well as stored, and the reasonably large 3.5in screen makes playback easy. Quality of images displayed is reasonably good and the screen has a 320x240px resolution. Transfer speeds are fast, and a 2Gb file was downloaded in approximately 6 minutes 18 seconds.
As well as the storage and playback of image files, the XS DriveCentre has an array of other capabilities too. There is a built in voice recorder, video player, TV recording function, music player and games. Image files supported include JPEG, BMP and GIF. RAW files are not supported, and the supplied card reader is compatible with a range of card types including XD, SD, MMC, MS, CF and MD. Quality of graphics are high standard, and the device is fairly easy to use, controlled by a small joystick on the back of the 6900.
The Drive Centre 6900 is a good price, displays images as well as storing them and has fast transfer speeds. What we didn't like about the device is that RAW formats are not supported and that a separate card reader has to be attached in order fo files to be downloaded.
Transfer time: 6 mins 18 secs
Viewing screen: 3.5 inches