I Need a new card reader - recommendations?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by bilzmale, Apr 24, 2010.

  1. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    My old reader is no longer recognised by Win 7 even with updated drivers so am looking for a replacement.

    Requirements:
    Work under Win 7;
    Handle SDHC class 6 at least if not class 10;
    Manage 16GB;
    Enough speed to manage video files;
    CF slot as well if possible;
    Recognised manufacturer with warranty.

    What is working for you?
     
  2. Bokeh Diem

    Bokeh Diem Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Hey bilz... I made a mistake the other day in buying an external drive that does only one thing... stores when connected to something with brains. I wish I had thought ahead and selected something a bit more multi-functional, so that I can read my cards too.

    Here's one that reads, stores and spews...
    ThinkGeek :: External USB Dual Sata Drive Dock/Card Reader/USB Hub

    or
    Amazon.com: Western Digital 160 GB Media Center External Hard Drive with 8-in-1 Card Reader: Electronics

    What I am really looking for is a machine which will work in the field though... powered off my camera via USB. I don't know if that exists, other than a USB memory stick. And that's no card reader.

    I'll keep an eye on this nice thread you've started to see what comes of your search.

    Bokeh Diem
     
  3. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    Thanks for these BD - a bit more than I need as I already have an eSATA drive.

    I did find this which looks interesting and is a bit more specific.
     
  4. hodad66

    hodad66 Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

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    I HAVE THIS couldn't be any simpler.
    I keep looking for a new USB 3.0 reader to come out.
     
  5. DavidB

    DavidB Mu-43 Regular

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    For several years I've been using the Lexar UDMA dual-slot reader. This connects via USB, and has a CF slot as well as an SDHC slot (both can be used concurrently).
    If you look at the performance measurements at RobGalbraith.com you'll see it's one of the fastest SD readers around (and it's not a slouch at CF either).

    I used to use the SanDisk Extreme USB reader (the old version which has SD as well as CF) but my wife now uses that. It's not a bad speed either (a lot slower on CF though as it doesn't do UDMA).
     
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  6. texascbx

    texascbx Mu-43 Veteran Charter Member

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  7. LisaO

    LisaO Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I find SanDisk products pretty reliable and well made. I use a small Sandisk SDHC USB card reader.
     
  8. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    Thanks for the replies. Some of the no-name readers do not work well with SDHC or with 16GB. I have been looking at Sandisk and Lexar and will go with one of those.

    With the ability to take video, speed and capacity issues become critical.
     
  9. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    Decision made - have gone for a Lexar - seems future proof.
     
  10. DavidB

    DavidB Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 7, 2010
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    Except when SDXC cards become common of course....

    In the meantime, I hope you like it as much as I like mine!
     
  11. Bokeh Diem

    Bokeh Diem Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Just sniped a dual Lexar on eBay for $35....

    Bokeh D
     
  12. LisaO

    LisaO Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nothing in technology is future proof

     
  13. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus Charter Member

    Ain't that the truth!