I Need a new card reader - recommendations?

bilzmale

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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?
 

Bokeh Diem

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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
 

DavidB

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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).
 

LisaO

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

bilzmale

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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.
 

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