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BeanTech BT9023 Plus 7 in 1 Card Reader
review by David, 10 November 2003

Introduction

Having a digital camera, personal digital assistant or MP3 player is a fact becoming very common for the average geek. With those digital devices, storage space is often limited to either on-board memory or external storage media such as flash media. If a person owns a number of different devices, he or she then has to contend with formats ranging from CompactFlash to Secure Digital cards to MultiMedia cards.

Most of the time, each device has some functionality built in to allow data transfer to and from said device. Since the device has to be powered on for the data to be retrieved, the device uses up battery power. While this might not seem to be a big issue, having to recharge the batteries more often can get time consuming, especially if you use your digital device often.

Most built-in transfer functionality is also limited by the hardware on the device. Lets take digital cameras for example. Most of the cameras available on the market nowadays utilise USB for transferring images to a PC for editing and/or safekeeping. It's safe to say that the cameras all use USB 1.1 transfer speeds. Transferring your images off a 512MB CompactFlash card (assuming the card is filled to the brim with your pictures) for instance, would take ages at USB 1.1 speeds.

One way to get past the obstacles mentioned above would be to get hold of a card reader. A generic card reader usually supports multiple flash media formats, and are usually small enough to be portable and/or used on a desktop or laptop computer. Card reader devices are easily found in nearly any computer store. They all do the same thing, and most look the same as well. So what makes one better than the other?

That's what we asked of the BeanTech 9023 Plus 7-in-1 Card Reader on the review block today.

Packaging

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BeanTech packages the 9023 Plus in a manner suitable for display on store racks. Nothing that really makes it stand out though. You have the usual product features and specifications printed on the packaging material for user reference. Nevertheless, the packaging isn't what matters, but rather, the contents.

In The Box >>


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