Epson P-4000 Multimedia review

With the 80Gb Epson viewer, we fill our pockets with pics!

Our Verdict

The P-4000 is smart and compact but big on storage space. However, even with its USB Direct Print compatibility, its versatility is limited, and the screen is still on the small side for photo viewing. For really useful portability, we'd rather spend a little extra on a budget laptop PC


  • Good if you can afford it


  • Terribly pricey

Showing off digital photos isn't as easy as pulling out a paper-based photo album.

To solve this little problem Epson has come up with the P-4000. It's like a digital photo album, complete with an impressively bright and high-resolution (212ppi) 3.8-inch LCD screen, and an equally generous 80Gb built-in hard drive.

Control buttons, conveniently placed down one side of the screen, make for easy navigation of photo folders, and you can also set up virtual albums of photos from assorted folders.

True to its 'multimedia' nature, you can also use the P-4000 as a portable MP3 player and its rechargeable battery offers up to four hours of listening between charges, although this reduces to just over three hours for photo use. To load photos into the P-4000 there's a built-in card reader, but this only supports CompactFlash and SD card formats.

The Storage Viewer reader proved rather slow in our tests, taking almost four minutes to read 512Mb of photos from a high-speed CF card, and over five minutes to write them back out again. This compares unfavourably with the 46 seconds and 67 seconds, respectively, that we achieved with the same card, using a PC-based card reader.

One bonus of the P-4000 is that it can display RAW files from most cameras but, unlike its JPEG skills, this doesn't extend to zooming in on photos. Matthew Richards

Tech Specs

Product TypeHard Drive Portable Media Player
Hard Drive Capacity80 GB
Product FunctionsAudio Player, Video Player, Photo Viewer
Maximum Audio Battery Time4.70 Hour
Memory Card SupportedCompactFlash (CF) Card
Brand NameEpson
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsMP3, AAC
Screen Size9.7 cm (3.8")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, Motion JPEG, AVI, QuickTime MOV
Display Resolution307200 Pixel
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Height84 mm
Width147 mm
Depth31.4 mm
ManufacturerEpson Corporation
Product ModelP-4000
Product NameP-4000 80GB Hard Drive Portable Media Player
Manufacturer Part NumberB31B179012DU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

There's a great new way for photographers and media lovers to store, view and share digital photos, movies and music. The Epson P-4000 is compact and makes a big impact thanks to the crystal clear 3.8" Photo Fine colour display, 80GB hard drive and long battery life.

Package Contents
  • P-4000 80GB Digital Multimedia Device
  • AC adapter
  • Power cable
  • Lithium-Ion battery
  • User manual
  • CD-ROM
  • USB cable
  • Strap
  • Carrying case
  • Stand
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)415 g