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SmartDisk FlashTrax 30GB USB2.0 hard drive

By dpreview staff on Mar 2, 2003 at 22:37 GMT

PMA 2003: SmartDisk has today announced its new FlashTrax handheld portable device. The FlashTrax can store images transferred from any flash memory card onto the built-in 30GB USB2.0 hard drive and display them on its 3.5" LCD. It has built-in controls to zoom in, zoom out and scroll, or choose a slide show function and also also has an MP3 player for playing audio tracks stored on the disk.

Press Release:

SmartDisk Introduces FlashTrax -- The Portable, Palm-Sized Digital Multimedia Device

FORT MYERS, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 28, 2003--SmartDisk Corporation (Nasdaq:SMDK), today introduced its new FlashTrax(TM) handheld portable device for offloading and storing digital images and music. FlashTrax is being showcased in Booth H164 at PMA International, The Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 2-5, 2003.

FlashTrax can safely store high-resolution images transferred from any flash memory card onto the built-in 30GB USB2.0 hard drive and displays them on a 3.5" LCD that outperforms tiny on-camera screens. By using the sleek control pad, the user can change the image, zoom in, zoom out and scroll, or choose a slide show function -- all without the need of a PC. The LCD folds to ensure that both the screen and control buttons remain protected while in field use. Images may be viewed on the LCD screen or on any TV using the included remote control. To facilitate portability, FlashTrax also includes a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery.

"FlashTrax brings new freedom to photographers," says Charles Klinker, Director-Marketing for SmartDisk. "The ability to offload images from flash memory cards to the built-in hard drive represents a lower cost alternative to purchasing multiple, expensive flash memory cards."

A built-in MP3 player makes this device even more attractive - more than 7,000 compressed audio files can be stored and played back through the built-in speaker, headphones or external speakers. Various play modes are easily controlled from the user-friendly screen display and control pad, making music selection quick and easy.

With transfer speeds of up to 480MBps, FlashTrax can also serve as an external hard drive to transfer, store and access data or act as a simple backup device.

Pricing and Availability

Suggested retail price for FlashTrax is $499.99, with availability in April through retailers and distributors, as well as through the company's Web site at http://www.smartdisk.com.

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