Vosonic X’S Drive II Plus VP2160 Review

June 4, 2005 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 13 Comments |

Vosonic X'S Drive II Plus VP2160The Vosonic X’S Drive II Plus VP2160 is a portable storage device that is aimed at the digital photographer who wants something that is both easy to use and affordable. The VP2160 is a compact device thanks to its use of an internal 2.5 inch hard drive, but it still offers a generous 2.5 inch monochrome LCD screen that allows you to view the transfer status of your file downloads (there is no actual viewing of the images themselves). 12 different memory card formats are supported by the Vosonic VP2160 via two external memory card slots. As the Vosonic X’S Drive II Plus VP2160 is basically a hard-drive in a stylish metal case, any type of file that you would normally find on a computer can be stored on it. Copying your digital photos from a memory card onto the VP2160 takes just one button press, and copying them from the VP2160 onto your computer is via a speedy USB 2.0 Connection. With a price tag of under £150 for both the 20Gb and 40Gb versions, should the Vosonic X’S Drive II Plus VP2160 find a home in every photographer’s camera bag? Find out by reading my review.

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#1 Teddy

This is a nice review. I'm looking to buy a PSD soon, but I'd like to ask if you know how this one compares to the CompactDrive PD7X or the newer PD70X?

Would you be doing a review on that one in the near future? Maybe?

Thanks
Teddy

9:17 pm - Thursday, June 2, 2005

#2 Ben Scheele

Your review was good. All of the device's features and uses were described well. I like how you also described design flaws that had been corrected from the previous model. What would have made your review great would be if you gave us a better sense of the scale of the device. Although you compared it to another model, it may have been better to place it next to a more familiar object, such as an apple or a Rubick's cube. You said at the end that what spoiled it were a couple of aspects of it. I think a different wording would be advisable. When you say that food has spoiled, you're not going to want to eat it anymore, are you?

5:38 am - Friday, June 3, 2005

#3 Mark Goldstein

Teddy, I've not heard of the CompactDrive products before.

Ben, I will add a photo with the VP2160 next to a compact flash card.

11:57 am - Saturday, June 4, 2005

#4 Teddy

Hi Mark,

I haven't seen any reviews anywhere, but some guys from a dutch forum are pretty happy with it.

Here's a link, http://www.eastgear.com/compactdrive/index.php.

5:53 pm - Saturday, June 4, 2005

#5 Bruno

A very good review, thanks!
I own one of these device and I want to add a little tip.
You say that you cannot remove the battery and this is true because to remove it you have to unscrew 4 little screws (with a phillips screwdriver) and remove the front cover.
But I have seen that if you leave the unit without those screws, the cover remain firm in place. So I have bought another battery and it is simple to change it "in fly" when
needed.

My device (40 GB) took 9 minutes to transfer a full 1Gb microdrive. It seems it took a smaller time than in your test (6 min. for a 512 Mb card).

ciao
Bruno

8:39 am - Monday, June 6, 2005

#6 phi dong

I'd definitely go for the Compactdrive PD70X over this. I wrote a review here: http://www.phidong.com/archives/000405.php

Here are three tests with a Sandisk Ultra II
Test #1 856mb - 1 gb Sandisk Ultra II - 105.2 sec 8.136mb/s
Test #2 856mb - 1 gb Sandisk Ultra II - 104.6 sec 8.184mb/s
Test #3 947mb - 1 gb Sandisk Ultra II - 115 sec 8.235mb/s

I managed to transfer 35+ gb on one charge.

5:47 am - Saturday, June 25, 2005

#7 marcus

The review was very good and it convinced me to get this model.

I just received it today and just like to ask people out there...When recharging the battery using the AC adapter, do i have to turn on the unit itself?

thanks !

4:43 am - Friday, August 5, 2005

#8 Bruno

Marcus,
no need to switch on the unit.
You can leave it switched off.

You can charge it also connecting the two USB cable to the computer and leaving the unit switched off.

ciao

6:55 am - Friday, August 5, 2005

#9 Stuart Chamberlain

Can you copy files from this device to the mem cards. If so can you state where on the card they go i.e a spacific folder.

7:30 pm - Friday, February 24, 2006

#10 Peter

Thank you for the review. I bought a unit on the strength of your review and comments in a forum somewhere else. Otherwise very little info on the unit. I was not aware of other people's comments until I clicked this link to add a comment. Maybe you should have a link to other people's comments without needing to add a comment first.
I was looking for a storage device to take on a short trip to Paris and later to Madrid as I have only 3 of the 1GB CF cards and I shoot in RAW format, giving me about 115 pictures each card. I would love to have the Epson2000 which costs around Australian $700. Unable to afford it at this time, I managed to buy a VP2160 80GB model for $250! For the photographer on the move, the unit is palm size and very solid in feel and looks. My unit came with a handy screwdriver on a keyring and the battery is of a common type that you can buy and change yourself easily when the time comes. It takes the RAW format files, infact any type of files as it is basically a hard disk, without needing a PC. As for verifying whether the files have been transfered from the cards to the unit, a second way to tell is that at the end of the transfer, it tells you how much disk space is left. So if you can take note of what the space is each time, you can tell that hard disk space is being used up with each card transfer.
Correct me if I am wrong, but the rate of transfer is dependant on the speed of your cards and how much of the card space was used, so the times mentioned should take those points into consideration.
I presumed my unit came formatted, and in the FAT system as described in the manufacturer's specifications. There were no instructions on how to go about it if it wasn't. As you may be aware, hard disks above a certain GB size cannot ordinarily be formatted in the FAT system.
When I transfered the files from the unit to a PC, I found that it had created an extra subfolder containing no images for each main folder. It was a bit disconcerting as I thought files had not been transfered and I had erased the CF cards! I had to look through all the folders and subfolders to be sure that no images were missing. This is where a unit which shows the pictures transfered is a great advantage.
A small personal point. The protective case is not a completely enclosed one. The bottom part of the 2 sides are exposed. I would have liked it to be completely enclosed to keep out dust.
Highly recommended if you can't afford an expensive unit, can buy it at the sort of price I got it for (about A$130 less than normal price), and not too concerned about needing to look at the pictures stored in the unit. Furthermore, you can use it as an ordinary, external, USB hard disk for your laptop or PC.
I got my unit on-line from this site:
http://www.exeltek.com.au (portable storage device).
A 40GB unit costs A$185 from the same site.

3:00 am - Tuesday, September 5, 2006

#11 Eric Mapp

I agree with Peter's comments. I too bought the VP2160 on the strength of this review - and a bit of other research. I purchased it because my partner and I are both keen photographers and are touring NZ in the near future. We didn't want to have to buy more memory cards. Judy likes the simplicity of the unt too. The unit is easy to use and no formatting of the disk was required. I use Vista and it automatically recognised the drive. There are typo errors in the manual and packaging but it's not a problem. I am totally unphased about the time it takes to transfer files. I would recommend it to anyone who wanted an easy to use annd not too expensive mobile storage device.

6:37 am - Friday, May 4, 2007

#12 Andy

I hope someone here can help me.

I bought my VP2160 at Newegg.com in 2005, along with a 40GB Toshiba hard drive. I loved it so much that I forgot to get my $10 mail-in rebate!

In January 2008, somebody broke into my home and stole it off my desk.

I've since reported it stolen to the police, and gathered the following serial number from the box that it came in: 0C069B02009000I.

I thought this sounded like a pretty complicated serial number for such an unusual item. Your photo proves that to me. It also proves that there certainly was a serial number visible on the back of my VP2160.

Now I'm wondering if the serial number that I had from the box is somehow related to the serial number on the back of the device (e.g. maybe there is a simple formula to determine the serial number on the back of the VP2160 from the serial number on the box).

Could some kind VP2160 owner (maybe the reviewer?) post the serial numbers from the box and from the back of their device, so we can see if they are somehow related?

Thank you!

Andy

6:50 am - Thursday, May 29, 2008

#13 m

Can I still get this old one?

Got 3 already and they are vry good. The newer types are far more expensive. - I dont need to see the photos. -- Even the PSD's without a viewer are alot more expensive.

Has anyone got one or knows where they sell them still?

5:13 pm - Friday, August 7, 2009