By Andrew Liszewski
If you’re looking for a way to backup photos from your memory-hungry DSLR while away from a PC, there’s a nice assortment of devices to choose from. But it’s not quite the same situation if you’re looking to backup the videos captured by those compact camcorders that are all the rage right now. In fact, the new HDPN-U500/V external hard drive from I-O Data could be one of the first.
The unique bulge you see on one side is supposed to make it look like a Windows file folder icon, where you know, you store your files, but it thankfully serves double duty as a place to clip and store the included USB cable when not in use. It of course functions as a regular old external hard drive when connected to a PC, but it can also be used to backup video files from a Sanyo Xacti, JVC Everio or Sony Handycam without the assistance of a computer. Perfect for freeing up space on your camcorder when traveling. And the videos on the drive can also be enjoyed on a TV when using your camcorder as the AV interface. The I-O Data HDPN-U500/V will be available in Japan by the end of September for ~$190. (¥16,000)