Memory cards are now so cheap and their capacity so high that they offer a viable and flexible backup option. This card reader is a cheap and simple way to give a computer additional storage and data exchange options.
My new Mac Pro is a fantastic piece of kit and has more input and output ports than you can shake a stick at, but one option that I sadly miss from my iMac is an SD-card slot. I do a lot of photography and for me the easiest way of getting images onto the Mac is simply to take the card out of the camera, bung it in the computer and copy the files across.
On top of that the cost of memory cards is now so low, and their capacity so high, that they provide a super way to back data up and get it off site (how many people keep their backup with their main computer. so that in the event of theft or fire the backup is lost with the original?).
A quick trawl of the web showed a number of options and I plumped for the i-Tec USB 3.0 Card Reader. It does exactly what it says on the tin, as they say. It supports the following formats:
MS, MS PRO, MS PRO Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC, Mini SD *, Mini SDHC *, Micro SD/T-Flash, Micro SDHC, MMC, MMC Plus, RS-MMC *, MMC Mobile *, CF typ I
*with appropriate adapter (not included)
Other characteristics:SDHC and SDXC compatible
- Data transfer rate up to 5 Gbps
- No installation needed
- LED indicator
- Low power consumption
- Draw Power directly from USB port
- Windows ME, XP, Vista, 7 32/64bit, 8 32/64bit
- Mac OS X and higher
I wanted USB 3.0 for speed and for value for money (it cost me just the equivalent of £10.50) this is difficult to beat. One thing to remember when you see the adverts though. They will show the reader unencumbered by cable or cards as shown above. The reality is a little more cumbersome:
It’s not a big deal, but so often nice pieces of kit are shown in elegant isolation, ignoring the spaghetti-like mess of wires behind the facade of elegant simplicity.