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Crucial USB Portable 6-in-1 Card Reader
review by David, 23 March 2003

Introduction

If you're a regular user of flash memory storage solutions, whether you own a digital camera, a PDA, PocketPC or otherwise, you might sometimes find it rather irritating to have to connect your big-boy's-toy to the PC and start up the required software just to access the data on the flash memory cards used in the devices. Take digital cameras for example; most cameras come with imaging software which downloads the images from your camera to the PC. Sometimes the software may not be compatible with your OS, especially older cameras, or maybe your interface cable is missing or damaged. If you have a flash memory card reader, all you would need to do is pop the flash memory card into the reader, open up explorer and access your files. Way less hassle. This saves on battery use as well, as accessing data from the camera sucks up precious battery power if the camera isn't connected to an external power source.

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Crucial kindly provided us with a review sample of their USB Portable 6-in-1 Card Reader units. Crucial is a company well known for it's memory solutions. Being a division of Micron, Crucial produces memory modules using Micron chips among others. Crucial's product line also happens to include CompactFlash (CF) and MultiMediaCard (MMC) solutions. To complement that segment of their line, Crucial introduced their own line of stationary and portable flash memory card readers.

Specifications

Features

  • Four slots, compatible with six memory cards - MultiMediaCard, CompactFlash, SmartMedia(TM), Secure Digital(TM), Memory Stick(TM), and MicroDrive(TM)
  • Lightweight and compact for easy mobility
  • USB 1.1-compliant for faster transfer rates
  • Hideaway USB extension cable for quick and easy access to desktop or notebook
  • Drag-and-drop data transfer between memory cards
  • Currently priced at US$39.99

Media Support:

  • Type I CompactFlash Yes
  • Type II CompactFlash Yes
  • SmartMedia Yes
  • Secure Digital Yes
  • MultiMediaCard Yes
  • Memory Stick Yes
  • IBM Microdrive Yes

OS support:

  • Windows 98 Yes
  • 98 SE Yes
  • ME Yes
  • Windows NT No
  • Windows 2000 Yes
  • Windows XP Yes
  • Mac OS 8.6 Yes
  • Mac OS 9 Yes
  • Mac OS X Yes

Interface:

  • Supports USB 1.1

Power Source:

  • USB Port

Box Shots

Crucial's packaging is impeccable as always. The card reader comes in a solid cardboard box as shown above, more than adequate protection of the contents.

Lets check out whats in the box!

A Closer Look >>


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