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Maximum PC Staff Jun 24, 2008

Transcend StoreJet OTG

At A Glance

Nikon D70

Internal battery source and actual UI makes it more useful than the InfoSafe.

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Trails the InfoSafe in performance.

If the InfoSafe is original Star Trek, all papier-mâché and paint, Transcend’s StoreJet OTG is the first Star Trek movie. It’s got better graphics but still has some issues.

The StoreJet comes with a 30GB drive and is about the size of a first-gen iPod. A small OLED screen lets you navigate basic functions, such as browsing folders, copying individual files, and deleting folders. You can plug a card reader or thumb drive into the unit and give it a command to back up its contents; a loud beep lets you know the task is finished. While you can’t look at the actual image, the device does display the name of the file it copied. The StoreJet throws new backups into individual folders, so there’s no worry about it writing over previous images or data (the InfoSafe does this as well).

This device is sturdy, easy to use, and fairly small. So what’s not to like? Considering the megapixel counts and memory-card sizes available today, 30GB isn’t enough storage space, especially if you’re shooting RAW photos at 10MB a shot. On occasion, the StoreJet locked up on us when we removed the card reader or flash drive from its socket. It’s easy to reset, and you won’t lose your data, but you’ll have to hunt for a thumbtack for the reset.

Overall, the StoreJet OTG is a cheaper alternative to buying 30GB worth of memory cards (small ones anyway) but not by much.

THE VERDICT

Transcend StoreJet OTG

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