Player with removable, replaceable hard drive comment: 2
| Thursday, January 27 (2005) 12:05PM | Posted by Austin Vaughan
|We've been looking for something like this for years. Notice, on the back, there's a slot for hard drives. Standard 2.5-inch, laptop hard drives. You can easily swap out the HD to change content. These drives are widely available and relatively cheap these days.|
Think about it. While most PMPs come with a 20gb or 40gb drive, when it comes to movies, that ain't so much. A DVD at full-rez is like 5gb, and even when compressed down to TV resolution, you're still looking at hundreds of megs. You won't fit but a couple dozen movies on today's PMPs, much less a good selection of music. If you could tote around a spare drive or two, problem solved.
A player with a slot for 1.8-inch drives would be better (size-wize) but they are harder to find and a good bit more expensive.
Anyway, this particular player, the MP4-010 from Citiwide Technologies, is something you'll only find in Honk Kong so the specifics don't really matter. We're hoping a a more global brand will pick up on the idea, but it's probably not going to happen anytime soon.
There is something like this, the Neuros, which uses a modular hard drive/battery "backpack", but you have to get additional packs from the company, and they're not so cheap. Nor does it play movies.