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More Details about Panasonic's MSU10

A few more things….



  • Start Up Time. It takes about 9 seconds for the MSU to start up. Then it’s ready to start copying. Just slip your P2 card in and hit the START button.




  • Hard Drive vs SSD. You don’t have to use an SSD drive in the MSU10, you can also install a conventional hard drive. I had a 2.5” 120 GB SATA laptop drive from 2007 laying around and installed it in the MSU10’s drive bay (which takes unscrewing five small screws with a #0 philips screwdriver). To copy a full 64GB card to this hard drive took 27:20, while copying the same card to a 256GB SSD took 15:43. So the SSD was much faster, but had I used a newer, faster, higher-capacity hard drive, I may have narrowed the gap. We’ll see if I can dig up such a drive for a future test….




  • Battery life. The MSU uses the standard Panasonic Li-Ion Battery pack used by the HVX200, HPX170, etc. I fully charged the battery, and then started doing a bunch of transfers to the MSU's SSD (no moving parts, so battery life may be a bit higher than using a hard drive). So far, I’ve copied 18 full 64GB P2 cards to the MSU over the last 6 or 7 days, and still the battery shows it has about 30% charge left. In other words, you probably won’t have to worry about battery life....