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Clik (now Pocketzip) drives $100. Worth it?
Iomega has renamed Clik drives "Pocketzip" and halved the price. Last year the digital camera version was 199, but it's now selling for around $100. The drive is a combination CompactFlash or Smartmedia card reader that copies card data to Clik media (40MB max), and it has a rechargeable battery power source. The recharger is part of the package. Iomega's description: http://www.iomega.com/clik/products/digital_cameras.html When these came out last year, some people commented that the drive didn't read 32MB cards. Is this still true? How long does the battery last? Is this a price effective solution to digicam storage for a trip?..

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AFAIK, the 16MB SmartMedia limit is still there. It's a bunch more money ($299), but the new Iomega "FotoShow" (sp?) looks like a much better deal. It copies to 250MB Zip disks lets you edit via a remote and a TV jack. A good bit bigger than the Clik!, but MUCH more flexible. Dunno how it feels about 32MB and larger SmartMedia, but I can't imagine that it doesn't take them...

Comment #1

My Clik! is the best thing since sliced bread. The 40 MB discs have as much storage as 5 X 8MB cards, but I only need the 8 MB card that came with the computer now as the transfer takes only 30 seconds or so. The discs are inexpensive compared to the same MB quantity of cards. As to the Photoshow, I believe it is not battery powered, so when travelling it would be necessary to find mains power (or a car with an adapter). My clik! ataches to my belt and has little drain on the Ni-Mh battery because the transfers are short. It is about the size of a mobile phone.

Size is small, it is lightweight and the discs are easily stored. Sure, I would love them to be a bigger capacity, but Id also love to have a 1000GB hard drive too! The Clik will do me for many weeks away from my computer...

Comment #2

Iomega's latest word on the web site referenced by Tom Whelan now says that "Flash cards with 64MB of capacity can only be read if they hold.

 40MB or less of material." Wish that more people (especially local to me) carried the Digital Photo version of the PocketZip. Consider: $220 or so for the drive and 10 extra Clik disks or for about 3 32-meg SmartMedia chips. 400MB storage, or 96 meg. A no-brainer...

Comment #3

A follow-up to the Clik (now PocketZip) I looked everything over, and decided to go with it's big brother the FotoShow. It's not only for image storage it can also play-back your images on a regular television set, without a computer. It handles 32-meg SmartMedia chips without any trouble; Iomega says it'll handle one of those new IBM Microdrives in the CompactFlash slot. Playback is only at TV-grade resolution (640x480), but that's enough for giving your friends a "slide show" display. I figure that my new FotoShow and my two 32-meg SmartMedia chips will be enough to see me through any day's (or week's or month's) shoot...

Comment #4

Have you seen the press release about the 100MB pocketzip disks? http://www.iomega.com/prreleases/2001/100mb_pocketzip.html Nic..

Comment #5

I have seen the PocketZip drives go for around $40 on the auctions at www.ubid.com...

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