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Not the 'world's fastest' but still good.
on 1 September 2010
I'm off to Africa soon and I wanted a secondary backup device. I already own a Hyperdrive Colorspace UDMA which is very, very fast. When I heard about the ND2700 and its claim to be "World (sic) Fastest Backup Speed" I thought it was worth checking out. I transferred 960MB of images from a Sandisk 60 MB/s card and it took 41 seconds. The same files on the Hyperdrive took 31 seconds. So the Nexto fails in its claim.
Of course, what they're really referring to, and the main reason I bought the device, is the fact that it's got eSATA. So, while it may not be super-fast at doing backups, it really is very speedy at transferring those backups onto your hard drive when you get home. Then again, I normally set everything transferring then go away to make a cup of tea, so it's not really that vital.
Where this drive really wins is the price. For a 500GB Photo Storage Device that, while not the World Fastest, is pretty nippy, seems to have a good battery life (not really tested it yet) and has USB On-The-Go, £180 is a very nice price indeed - about the same as 4 16GB memory cards.
If you're going away on holiday and think you (and the rest of your family) may shoot more than 64 GB of pictures (which isn't hard to do with today's multi-million pixel cameras) then this would be a good option. It doesn't display the images, it doesn't play videos or MP3s, it doesn't make the tea. It does backup photos at a good speed and a decent price.
Just noticed that they've tagged my review onto a new product. The ND2730 claims to transfer images from card-drive faster than the ND2700. But it's lost the eSATA interface (swapped for FW800), it's got a colour screen (which is too small to be useful) and it's price has risen by over £100.
I'd really recommend the Hyperdrive Colorspace UDMA, or the Colorspace iPad over the ND2730.