Since the popularity of digital photography has literally skyrocketed over the past few years, an increasingly higher number of manufacturers have begun to launch various accessories targeting especially the persons who use these devices. And one such company is Digital Foci, who rolled out back in the second half of 2005 its Media Buddy model, a Portable Picture Storage Solution with Memory Card Reader that allows users to easily store and transfer digital photos from their cameras' memory cards.
Thus, the Media Buddy has been fitted with an internal hard disk (available in 40 and 80 GB versions), which provides quite enough storage space for the users' photos. Moreover, the Media Buddy can easily copy the entire content of one's memory card at the touch of a button, thus making the data transfer a very simple operation.
As Digital Foci informs us, the Media Buddy works with quite a lot of popular card formats, including CF I / II, MD, SM, MMC, SD Card, MS, MS PRO, MS Duo, and MS PRO Duo, but, unfortunately, since we're talking about an older model, does not provide compatibility for the latest memory cards appeared on the market over the past 1, 1 and a half years. Moreover, the device sports a text/icon backlit LED screen that shows key system information, including operational status, battery life, remaining hard drive capacity, and active partition. Copy status indicator displays percentage completed during copy, copy confirmation, and number of files copied upon completion.
Moreover, the device also includes an MP3 player function, which allows users to listen to their favorite music while being on the go.
The device is powered by an user-replaceable Li-Ion battery that can be recharged via a computer's USB port or external AC power and provides a functioning life of around 1.6 hours (continuous use mode), which is actually not that good, taking into consideration the device's other features. Moreover, when connected to a computer, the Media Buddy also functions as an external hard drive and memory card reader.
The Media Buddy starts at around 140 US dollars, which is a relatively fair price to pay for this very useful, yet rather old device.