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Bargain basement price, sometimes fragile card reader
on 13 May 2014
I've recently changed PCs from one with an integrated card reader to one without, so I needed a stand-alone card reader that would connect by USB. I was attracted to this by the variety of cards it would read - more than I'll ever use - and, of course, the low price.
It comes with a USB cable to connect to a PC and is quite a small device, about the size of a box of matches. The plastic it's made of seems cheap and brittle, but I guess this is one way the price has been kept down. The card slots aren't indicated, so there's an element of guesswork as to which slot you should use. The largest slot, which accepts compact flash cards, needs some care in use as the pins are made of a rather soft metal; if you try and force the card in you run the risk of bending one or more pins. So far I've been able to bend them back into shape using a ballpoint pen when this has happened, but I know that eventually one will break and when it does, that'll be the end of that.
But that's the end of the bad news. I've used it with compact flash, SD and micro SD cards and all have - with the exception of the compact flash slot mentioned earlier - worked well, with files being transferred quickly and accurately, so this is a device that does what it's supposed to do at a bargain basement price, comes with the cable you need to use it and was delivered promptly in appropriate packaging. Recommended if you're not forceful when using it; but if you're at all heavy-handed and your principal use will be of the compact flash slot, you might want to look elsewhere.