Epson P-2000 Multimedia Storage Viewer Review
Getting your pictures off the P-2000's hard disk is as fuss-free as copying them from your camera's memory card in the first place. Once you've powered up the unit (Epson recommends using the mains adaptor when attached to a PC), simply use the supplied cable to attach the P-2000 to a spare USB port on your computer. The P-2000 supports USB 2.0 Full Speed, but will work - albeit very slowly - with an older USB 1.1 port.
Epson supplies a suite of software with the P-2000, essentially it's the same as you get with an Epson card-slot equipped printer; Epson Photo!4 (a basic image browser/viewer), PhotoQuicker (a fairly useful, but simple print utility) and PhotoStarter/ CardMonitor (for the automatic transfer of images when you attach the P-2000), plus QuickTime and a USB driver for Windows 98. You don't actually have to install the software if you're using XP or Mac OS X - your operating system already has all the drivers necessary to mount the disk and copy the files. I personally wouldn't bother with Epson's software unless you don't have an image browser already installed on your PC (though the Printing software may be useful to absolute beginners).
The screens below show how the files are organized (here we're using Windows XP, but it's very similar using an earlier version, or the MacOS). Images can simply be copied/pasted or dragged to your computer's hard drive or burnt directly to CD/DVD.
|Plug in the P-2000 and (unless you've disabled it) you'll get the usual Windows XP autoplay window. Choose the option to 'open folder to view files).||Here's the basic directory structure of the P-2000. The two folders that matter are Albums and, Cards (contains all the images you've copied from cards).|
|Open the Albums folder and you'll find all the Albums you've created. Unortunately they don't have the names you gave them - they're simply called ALBM0001, ALBM0002 and so on. The PC_DATA folder is where you place any files you wish to copy from the computer to the P-2000.||Open the Cards folder and you'll see a series of folders named by the date they were created (i.e. 20041220). There's one for every day you added files to the P-2000.|
|Open any of the dated folders and you'll find each card you copied has its own folder named 001, 002 etc.||Open any of the card folders and you'll find the actual files or folders that were copied - with the original directory structure intact.|
In the box
The P-2000 ships with a variety of accessories in the box:
- Lightweight plastic stand (above left). For viewing images or watching movies on your desk - very useful as the design of the P-2000 makes it unstable unless it's lying on its back.
- Neoprene Carry Case. Fine for protecting the unit from scratches, but you might want something with a little more padding to protect from the knocks of everyday use.
- USB cable
- Wrist strap
- Lithium Ion battery
- AC adapter and power cable
- User guide
- Software CD-ROM
Annoyingly Epson doesn't supply an AV cable (for attaching the P-2000 to a television) - you'll need to seek out the right part at your local electrical store (it's a 3.5mm Quadrapole mini pin jack, but if you don't mind mono sound a more commonly available 2-pole mini jack will work).
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