Four DC2N version 3 builds are in the pipeline, 2 of which are ready even if one requires a battery recharging.
I’ve tried to contact a few people who were originally interested in buying these devices but I haven’t had much of a response so far. If that’s still the case at the end of this week, my new builds will be listed in my Sales page for anybody to order them.
Before you guys write to me saying you want one, just be reminded that I am going to build more DC2N4-LC devices: I am just waiting for some extra components to be shipped in order to do so. DC2N4-LC offers a different set of features compared to DC2N3 but they both use a USB interface, meaning they should both be viable for a while.
DC2N4-LC is way cheaper at just 15 GBP + shipping, but it requires a PC to be operated. DC2N3 will sell still at 85 GBP + shipping (the price has not changed in 2 years now) but is completely standalone as it uses USB flash-drives to save tape dumps.
Which one is the right device for you? If you are a collector and would like to have a piece of oldskool kit to preserve your 8-bit tape collection, which might itself become collectible, go for a DC2N3.
If you are on a budget and are happy with being able to dump tapes to a PC using a client application (Windows and Linux Intel/AMD binaries available at the time of writing), then go for a DC2N4-LC.
I am personally going for them all 😀