Epson P-2000 Multimedia Storage Viewer Review
The P-2000 is a sleekly modern unit that's around twice the size of an iPod in every direction, but still considerably smaller than a paperback book. The front of the unit is dominated by the stunning 'PhotoFine' 3.8-inch TFT screen. Nothing but actually seeing this screen 'in the flesh' does it any justice; the figures from the spec sheet - 640x480 x3 (RGB) pixels, 212ppi - simply don't prepare you for what must be the sharpest, brightest, most saturated LCD screen on the market. As a way of checking your images in the field it's second to none - as a way of impressing everyone you meet it's darn near unbeatable. The unit feels very well put together and is - inevitably (it's got a 40GB hard disk inside) - fairly weighty at around 415g (0.9 lb) without the battery. I'm not sure how resilient the P-2000 will be when it comes to the knocks and bumps of everyday use, and the plastic screen looks like it would scratch easily - fortunately Epson supplies a case in the box. Basically you're going to have to look after this little baby and not leave it rattling around at the bottom of your camera bag.
Situated a long the top edge of the P-2000 are the CompactFlash and SD/MMC card slots. The CompactFlash slot supports type I and II (including MicroDrive), and both CF and SD slots can be used simultaneously (if you've got a card in both slots the P-2000 asks which to use when copying to/from cards). You can use other card types (xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick and so on) only by the use of an optional CF adaptor (we successfully used a 5-in-1 CF adaptor to copy files from a Memory Stick Pro).
The left end of the P-2000 (viewed from the front) is home to the four connection ports; AV out, stereo headphones, AC adaptor and - under a flexible plastic flap - mini USB (for connecting to computers and direct-print printers).
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