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Transcend All-in-1 Multi-Card Reader Device (SDHC/SDXC/MSXC USB 3.0) Black
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2011
Transcend F8 All-in-1 Multi Card Reader USB 3.0

This is a small and light USB 3.0 card reader made with Genesys Logic GL3220 controller. It supports 3 types of cards CF, SD and MS., including all variants of these cards up to date. F8 opens 3 drives when connected to PC, so transfers between micro and normal cards must go thru the computer.
PRO:
- very pocketable for Multi card reader
- fastest in my small collection of readers *
- good quality of manufacturing for a plastic construction
- drive bays are good (at least for SD and CF no MS to try) and on the front side for me
- reads and writes old Sandisk SDHC 30MB/s card with 30MB/s - not all USB 3.0 readers do that

CON:
- small weight when used on desk: heavy cable will lift it up (Flat cable will help if you can get one..)
- no xD slot if you need one
- for MS users: slot is on the backside
- included cable is short (60cm) and not very flexible

* fastest when used with Genesys Driver which can be found on Hama web site

Results for new Sandisk Pro SDHC 8GB are 94.2 read and 86.6 for write (continious)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2013
I'm an avid amateur wildlife photographer and I shoot in RAW. The memory card reader I had been using seemed to take an age to transfer the files to my computer for processing, so on buying a new high-speed card I decided to get a high-speed USB 3.0 reader to help things along. I was amazed at the difference this little device has made. Downloading now takes seconds instead of minutes.
A USB 3.0 cable is supplied, fortunately, as the connector on the reader is not one I've come across before. The cable is only about 18" (46cm) long, which is not a problem for me, but others may need to buy a longer cable.
There are much more expensive USB 3.0 card readers about but I cannot see why anyone would need to spend more than the £11.49 this costs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2012
I was a bit hesitant to get this in the first place as it didn't explicitly state whether it worked with MicroSDXC cards, but at least compared to the USpeed USB3.0 card reader Uspeed USB 3.0 Superspeed Multi-in-1 Card Reader 4-Slots for SDXC, SDHC, SD, CF, High-Speed CF (UDMA), MS, M2, Micro SDXC, Micro SDHC, Micro SD Cards [Support UHS-I] this has a dedicated MicroSD slot so I don't have to put my MicroSD into an SD convertor card. I've also had a Lexar MicroSD card reader (wouldn't read SDXC so it would cap my 64gb card at 32gb) and a Komputerbay SDXC and MicroSDXC USB 2.0 card reader Komputerbay 8-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader for SDXC, SDHC, SD, MMC, RS-MMC, TF (MicroSD, MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC) Black unfortunately the build quality on that was absolute crap and it stopped working after about 3 goes. This card reader does read MicroSDXC cards so there's now no reason to not buy it if that's your worry. I can't say too much on the USB 3.0 speed side of things (I've only got a USB2.0 connection available) but it is giving me faster speeds than the other readers were giving me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2012
A very worthwhile upgrade from my USB 2.0 card reader. Using a Transcend 85MB/s SD card I can pull data off the card at about 80-90MB/s using the Windows driver here: [...]

--- Sadly Amazon have removed the link to the driver. It is available from the Hama website. ---

The reader is very small and seems well made. CF cards locate positively and SD cards do not require too much insertion force (unlike some readers I've used). My only criticism is that the connecting lead is far too short to be of use to anyone using a desktop PC. Fortunately Amazon sell this extension lead: Max Value 2m USB 3 Extension Cable - Black which is cheap and works fine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2012
High quality, reliable, currently used with cards from NIKON D800, big files that transfer quickly and reliably.
Unit itself small and solid, Cable thick but quite short (estimate about 50cm) this helps ensure high tranfer speeds met.

So good now own two. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2014
Bought this to use on an Asus N56VM laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium as it's own card reader doesn't do CF cards. Initially all seemed OK with the reader being detected by Windows and the requisite driver being installed.

Things fell apart rapidly however when I upgraded the reader's firmware from TS21 as shipped to TS22 using Transcend's firmware updater as whilst the firmware update went without hitch, Windows now no longer detects the reader and if I uninstall the driver in Device Manager, thus forcing Windows to re-detect the reader, it displays an unsigned driver error. This went so far as to effectively disable all four USB ports on the laptop, with not even known good USB sticks being detected.

Since Transcend don't see fit to provide any drivers for this device, far less signed ones, and neither is there any option to roll the firmware update back, it's now a paperweight, albeit a very small and lightweight one.

You can sign the drivers yourself, but this is not straightforward and doesn't always work apparently, and in any case why should we as punters have to faff around like this just to get something to work...?

This is my first experience with Transcend products and sadly it will be my last, which is a pity because it's a nicely made little device that promises much but may not deliver.

YMMV and all that.

Update to this scenario...

After playing around with uninstalling all the USB drivers and letting Windows reinstall them, and a fruitless search for updated drivers, I ended up doing a System Restore to a point just prior to the device firmware upgrade and this restored correct operation of all four USB ports plus the card reader.

So, if you buy this card reader and intend to update the firmware and you're running Windows 7 Home Premium, create a restore point just before you update the card reader's firmware. This means you'll have a minimum of updating afterwards should you have to perform a System Restore like I did.

Even though the reader now functions, I'm leaving the rating at one star as it shouldn't be necessary to jump through these types of hoop for a basic USB card reader, irrespective of whether you're an IT God or not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It's small - approx. 67mm long x 45mm wide x 15mm deep - quick to install on Windows 7 and quick to download images from a memory card when using USB 3.0. Note that Windows Explorer properties titles it as USB 2.0 card reader, but then again it is backwards compatible. It will install with Microsoft's 2006 driver, but I used RAXCO Perfect Updater to find and install the Genesys May 2011 driver. There is a firmware update - TS22 - at the Transcend site.

Nicely made. As other reviewers have written, the cable is a bit inflexible and may need a half-loop in it so that the reader sits flat on the desk.

There is a link for a free download of software to recover deleted or damaged files. I haven't tried it but this sounds a nice bonus.

Much better than my Belkin card reader.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 17 February 2014
Purchased this to use with my brand new Mac Pro, the one that looks like a trash can.

This card reader works very well and transfers my videos to the Mac Pro blazingly fast compared to my USB 2.0 reader, so it's obviously doing its thing and using the 3.0 connection effectively. What more can I say? It's small, light, and has a blue LED to indicate that it's plugged and in operation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2013
I've searched thoroughly which usb 3.0 card reader to buy. Currently the price of all is still a little bit high for a card reader, but this will of course change in near future.

The Transcend reader works pretty well with iMac 2012 and MacBook retina 13". I bought it especially for them, because of their usb 3.0 support. I see noticeable speed increase when transferring from my CF card (also Transcend - 400x 32gb). When using usb 2.0 the speeds are 35 read / 19 write, with usb 3.0 they are 82 read / 39 write. The read speed is almost as the manufacturer given top speed in the specifications of the card - 90 mb/s. The write speed however is lower - the maximum should be 60 mb/s. However this doesn't matter much, because I only use the cf card to copy pictures (raw files from my canon 7d) to my Macs. I don't use it backwards. So the copying time has just decreased by around 1.2 times for me since getting this usb 3.0 reader and this was my intention. However I didn't find any differences in speed with older regular SD cards (I tested 3). It is about the same on both usb 3 and usb 2.

I can't see any cons in the reader, the usb cable or the packaging for now. I see only advantages for my usage. For example, the usb 3.0 cable is 46 cm long, so maybe kinda short for some. For me it is perfect. Especially when I will travel and have to use it with my macbook. It is very small, portable and supports almost any kind of flash cards out there. Transcend becomes one of the companies which I tend to support. I have also 2 SD cards with their brand and after more than 5 years they haven't failed.

ps. I used blackmagic disk speed test for the tests.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 March 2013
I needed a USB 3.0 card reader for quicker transfers rather than using cameras with in-built USB 1 or 2 and this is so much quicker than either. The only downsides are an odd driver issue that it stops being recognised after the PC has been to sleep and needs to be unplugged and reconnected for it to start working again and also that the supplied USB cable is laughably short. We're talking about 30cm or so. That'll be fine if you're using it with a laptop but if you're using it with a desktop that's on the floor or something, be sure to budget the extra cost of a USB 3.0 extension cable. Without the odd disconnection issue and the short cable, I'd give it 4 but as it stands, it could be better.
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