USB Portable 6-in-1 Card Reader
by David, 23 March 2003
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.
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.
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
I CompactFlash Yes
II CompactFlash Yes
OS 8.6 Yes
OS 9 Yes
OS X Yes
is impeccable as always. The card reader comes in a solid cardboard
box as shown above, more than adequate protection of the contents.
check out whats in the box!
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