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4.0 out of 5 stars Well deserved four stars., 26 Jan. 2012
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This review is from: Akasa AK-ICR-11 Internal Six Slot Card Reader with Bluetooth (Accessory)
This suited my requirements to a tee but having read the only available Amazon review at the time by Jay "jamess109", I felt a bit uncertain. I still went ahead with it thinking that, at worst, I might have to put Amazon's return/refund service to the test and... I'm glad I ordered it !
The physical installation was, for me, slightly involving as I had decided for a temporary installation to ensure it was working prior to installing it more permanently which in turn involved relocating my hard disk to another bay. Anyway, I am pleased to report that having fired-up my Windows 7 64-bit PC, the relevant drivers were found and installed automatically (being new to Windows 7, that was a relief as I wasn't quite sure as to what to expect !).
The first thing I tried was the Bluetooth function. It was fairly straightforward to set-up and within a couple of minutes, I was able to transfer pictures back & forth, first using an Orange San Francisco / ZTE Blade, then a Nokia 3110 and finally a Sony Ericsson K550 (although the Sony required more drivers for phone book synch & whatever else).
Now for the card reader bit, having tried the Bluetooth successfully, I was disappointed to see an exclamation mark on the "Mass Storage Device" icon and sure enough, having inserted an SD card... nothing happened. I like an easy life so, before trying anything else, I rebooted and hey presto the exclamation mark had disappeared ! So far I have tried 2 different SD cards, a CF card, an M2 and a micro SD without problems. The opening for the SD card is a bit tight and inserting the card is decidedly a bit fiddly.
The only thing it doesn't like is when you insert a memory card while the Bluetooth is on (this may be why I had an exclamation mark on my first run) and I have found that, on my PC, it took around 20 seconds from having clicked the "Bluetooth off" button before the Bluetooth actually disconnected. I have tried disconnecting the Bluetooth after having inserted the card, eventually, it did work having pulled the card back out & reinserted but it's definitely easier to just remember to turn it off beforehand.
To finalise, I'm not giving it five stars because, yes, it would have been more elegant to have a dialogue window popping up when there is a conflict between the Bluetooth being on & an inserted card and yes, inserting an SD card is on the fiddly side but, as I am unlikely to be swapping from card to Bluetooth transfer every 5 minutes, overall, it does the job so a well deserved four stars from me.
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