We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Storage Devices Reviews
15,669 Reviews

Apacer Share Steno CD311

£110 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Apacer

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Essentially a device for storing and sharing your digital images, the Share Steno CD311 from Apacer should prove a handy companion for professional photographers and enthusiasts alike. While you're out and about you can download pictures from your camera or memory card on to the CD311's 40GB of storage, freeing up space for more snaps.

Essentially a device for storing and sharing your digital images, the Share Steno CD311 from Apacer should prove a handy companion for professional photographers and enthusiasts alike. While you're out and about you can download pictures from your camera or memory card on to the CD311's 40GB of storage, freeing up space for more snaps.

That 40GB equates to about 40,000 images at 3Mp (megapixels) resolution, so this pocket-sized unit should be able to outlast even the most intensive photoshoot. And there's a built-in rechargeable battery, so you don't need to worry about external power - although, unfortunately, it's
not replaceable.

You can't look at your snaps on the mono LCD screen, but adding preview facilities would have put serious pressure on battery life. The CD311's small display is just there to let you manage and delete the files. Big-fingered folk will find the navigation buttons a bit fiddly, but the menu system itself is simple enough.

Setting it up isn't too much effort either. A user manual is included on a CD, so don't panic when you see that the only documentation in the box is a tiny quick installation guide. You'll also find a 14-in-1 card reader in the package, so even if your memory card uses an obscure format it should be supported by the CD311.

And if you're worried about the security of any images you've stored on the Steno, you can protect them with a password.

Share Steno CD311 Expert Verdict »
USB 2.0 interface
40GB storage space
14-in-1 card reader
220g
128x78x24mm
Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Mac 10.1.3 and upwards compatible
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Share Steno CD311 gives you plenty of storage space and compatibility options but it would have been nice if Apacer had included a colour LCD screen for viewing the images, too. On the other hand, it's understandable that such a major power drain has been left out - after all, you can see the images on your camera or PC, and the CD311 is just a storage device. It does what it needs to do without any fuss, and is easily portable.

There are currently no price comparisons for this product.
  • Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1010 review

    Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1010

    Sanyo's Xacti VPC-HD1010 is a high-definition camcorder that's much smaller than your typical HD model, making it ideal for carrying with you around town.

  • Epson PictureMate PM280

    Epson PictureMate PM280

    By adding onscreen editing and storage capabilities to its PictureMate PM280 photo printer, Epson is trying to take the computer out of the equation.

  • Sanyo Xacti VPC-C5

    Sanyo Xacti VPC-C5

    When we reviewed Sanyo's Xacti VPC-C1, we were quite enamoured with the hybrid digital camera and mini-camcorder approach. We were less impressed by the lack of features. The VPC-C5 suffers from some of the same problems - but a great overhaul of styling, specifications and features without touching the price makes this worth a Gold award.

  • ViewSonic VX2336s-LED review

    ViewSonic VX2336s-LED

    The ViewSonic VX2336s-LED is an affordable 23.6in IPS monitor. Read our ViewSonic VX2336s-LED review to find out more.

  • Panasonic HDC-SD9 review

    Panasonic HDC-SD9

    Acclaimed for its three-CCD sensor set-up, Panasonic's HDC-SD9 is half the size of competing camcorders – due in part to its favouring of SD storage.


IDG UK Sites

Where to buy iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the UK: Launch day price, deals and contracts

IDG UK Sites

Is Apple losing confidence in itself?

IDG UK Sites

Professional photo and video techniques for perfect colours

IDG UK Sites

How (and where) to buy an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus in the UK. Plus: What to do if you pre-ordered...