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Portable Storage - Which to choose

SGIBBONS 8 56 1 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2009 10:21AM
Hi all,

Please could you help. I want to purchase a portable storage device and the 2 I have in mind are Jobo's Giga Vu Pro Extreme or the Epson P-7000 but im not sure which is the best to go for. I was wondering if somebody had either one of these devices and what they think ? Also if they know of compatibility with the Canon 5D Mark 2 ? I heard that the P-7000 might not be good with RAW files from this camera. Im not big on technical jargon so any advice will be really appreciated ! Thanks Sam

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pcheywood 12 1.3k England
13 Feb 2009 10:47AM
I wouldn't spend my cash on an inflexible storage device nowadays. Have you looked at netbooks, for around half the cost of the storage devices you can get the same size drive with all the flexibility of a laptop.

Have a look at the models from Acer, Asus, and my personal favourite MSI Wind and its clones from Medion and Advent (PC World and Curries).

BubbaG2000 10 767 1
13 Feb 2009 10:51AM

Quote:I wouldn't spend my cash on an inflexible storage device nowadays. Have you looked at netbooks, for around half the cost of the storage devices you can get the same size drive with all the flexibility of a laptop.

Netbooks are getting smaller, with a nice wee screen. Erm... I guess Paul said it all!
SGIBBONS 8 56 1 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2009 12:37PM
Thanks for the replies ! I'd never even heard of netbooks before (you can tell ive just come out of the dark room Smile ). The reason why i was looking at the GIGA and P-7000 was because im going on a photo holiday and i wanted something small and light in my rucksack. Will have a look at the smaller versions of netbooks.
csurry 15 9.2k 92
13 Feb 2009 1:04PM
Netbook, netbook, netbook.

For me last week used a Samsung NC10. 160Gb hard drive, 7 hours battery per charge, way more convenient that an Epson or Jobo. Plus if you are near a wifi you can also collect emails, or upload to ePZ Wink
Bowline 10 28 England
13 Feb 2009 1:23PM
Now there's a strange coincidence. I was going to ask what they called those 'downloader packages' . (I.e. The gizmo you would take on holiday, so you can clear your card, if you don't have access to a PC.)
I see there is something better now, but is it really worth buying a 'netbook', if all I wish to do is store images? All I want to do is save myself carrying around half a dozen spare cards. (I suppose I could buy half a dozen 4 gig SD cards, which ought to satisfy even a click-happy tog like me!)

So would one of these data storage packages be ok for me? I have three PC's already. Don't really want to buy a laptop/netbook!
Cheers folks

csurry 15 9.2k 92
13 Feb 2009 1:27PM
Netbook with 160Gb cost me £267. Comprative Epson or Jobo tends to be around £449 so I'd say the new netbooks are way better value as well.

If you wanted a laptop with a downloader you had to take both, but now the netbook can satisfy multiple needs. Including have a slightly better screen even if the pixels dimensions are not greatly different.
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
13 Feb 2009 1:27PM
^^ what she said
Bowline 10 28 England
16 Feb 2009 9:23AM
Thanks for the replies..
I think on balance, I will just buy a few 4 gig SD cards. Much less space, much less dosh! Smile
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2009 2:24PM
Fully agree with Cheryl Wink
Just bought one.
Uninstalled all the crap off it and its a brilliant piece of kit Smile
Not a Samsung but still 160Gb HD for£230.00

hellsbells8868 9 151 2 Wales
10 Apr 2009 2:42PM
I have a one too, fabulous for carrying around and weighs less than some lenses Wink

Godsend they are.....
Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
10 Apr 2009 2:50PM
Cheryl beet me to it.. Netbook why would you go for anything else..more storage, lighter, better screen, you can do other things (word, excel etc) and they are cheaper, the screen on the Inspiron 9 from Dell is highly rated with better colour rendition than some high end monitors. Oh and you don't need wifi if you get a dongle they connect to the internet via the mobile phone network (3G).
Chrism8 11 871 18 England
10 Apr 2009 3:30PM
Has anyone tried sticking Elements or even CS2 or similar on one, can you ? how successful was it ?

csurry 15 9.2k 92
10 Apr 2009 3:36PM
Tried CS on mine, but the dialogs do not properly resize for such a small screen. Think the requirements are probably 1024 on longest side and thus on some dialogs such as save for web you can not see all the buttons and you don't get a scroll bar.

Software that allows for smaller screens work fine and you can live with CS issues if you learn some shortcut keys.
Chrism8 11 871 18 England
10 Apr 2009 3:39PM
Thanks Cheryl, how was your device when it came to photo editing, how slow was it ?


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