Epson Launches Portable Media Storage Viewer

LONDON -- In addition to the F-3200 film scanner, Epson launched the P-2000 Multimedia Storage Viewer at this weekis MacExpo in London. Announced in October and released at MacExpo, the P-2000 is a standalone device that stores and displays pictures and movies, as well as storing and playing MP3 and (unprotected) AAC files.

The P-2000 is approximately 7" across and 1" thick, and features a 3.8" color LCD screen with a resolution of 640 x 480. It sports a 40GB built-in hard drive, and includes a built-in CompactFlash and Secure Digital card memory card reader from which users can directly download files.

In addition, the device can directly print to compatible Epson printers through a USB 2.0 port. Like Appleis iPod Photo, the P-2000 can display directly to a TV through an S-Video port. It also includes a headphone jack, as well as an internal speaker.

The P-2000 can play MPEG movie files, and supports JPEG and RAW image formats.

The Epson P2000 is priced at £349 (US$499), and should be available soon (Epsonis Web site currently lists it as "out of stock"). You can find more information at Epsonis Web site.