Crucial 7-in-1 Memory Card Reader

Storage/Other by biCker @ 2003-10-27

We test Crucial?s High Speed Memory Card reader, does it perform as advertised?
"Download and upload valuable data with a high-speed transfer rate up to 12Mbps (USB 1.1)/480Mbps (USB 2.0). Featuring true Plug & Play and hot-swapping capability..."

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speed testing and conclusion

The camera I used to make the pictures for this review and for comparision purposes was a Canon A70 equiped with a high speed professional Toshiba 128 MB CompactFlash card.

First of all, I shot 106 high resolutions pictures and uploaded and downloaded them to and from my computer, both with the camera's internal usb connection and with the card reader, cronograph in my hand...

This resulted in a quite funny graph:

Madshrimps (c)

As you can see the time difference between my camera and the Crucial card reader for performing the same actions is huge!

The release of SiSoft Sandra 2004 with the integrated benchmarking tool for removable storage/flash just came in handy for this review... However these results may vary since this benchmark is testing the CF card itself and not the card reader.

Madshrimps (c)

And again using the card reader gives us a hugh speed advantage!

Now, why should one buy this product? Moving data from a 16 or 32 mb memory card using onboard connections won't consume that much time but when you have a 128, 256 or even 512 mb memory card it could take quite some time doing so!

And to round up this review, my personal ups and downs for this device:

Madshrimps (c) compact
Madshrimps (c) hot swapable
Madshrimps (c) "dust cover"
Madshrimps (c) very fast

Madshrimps (c) when opening "dust cover" I felt it was going to break every time again

This product can be ordered directly at crucial for the price of 25.84€/$25.99.
I'd like to thank Rachel Murray from crucial europe for sending me the review sample.

Commens and questions can be dropped of @ the Forums (no regis. required)

/biCker out
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