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Hi I need a usb card reader for reading my camera's SD chips.

What's a good one that isn't a complete pos?
Edited by Z Overlord - 7/26/11 at 6:10pm
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I personally like Lexar cards readers. I have several different models, but the only one I've used for the last 4 or 5 years years has been this one:


My wife uses and loses the others (I don't know how you lose something that supposed to stay plugged into the computer ).

It's the fastest one I've used, but that's not to say other brands aren't as fast or faster. I will say it is durable. It lives in the front pocket of my main camera bag and gets bumped around and has yet to fail. I like that it closes up, protecting the card slots. I only use CF and SD so it's perfect for me.

If you want faster, they have a Firewire 800 version, and I just noticed that they now have a USB 3.0 version as well.

Just my 2c worth...hope it helps,

Rich

EDIT: I just noticed what subforum this is in (Other Peripherals, not Photography). Are you looking for an internal card reader? If so, ignore my post...
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post #3 of 9
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No, external don't want a bigger wire mess in my PC for something I'll rarely use

I do have a Firewire port on my PC, I think. I need to google if the Corsair 800D has a firewire port.

Firewire would be faster yes?
Edited by Z Overlord - 7/26/11 at 7:05pm
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post #4 of 9

If my google-fu is working, you have IEEE 1394a ports on your MB, which would actually be slower than USB2.0.

So it looks like your best bet would be an internal card reader that connects to your USB2.0 header.

I was thinking about getting this one for my last build, but haven't gotten around to it since I have a card reader built into my laptop and carry my external card reader with my camera. The reviews I looked at seemed decent.



It may be discontinued now. I have it in my wish list on Amazon, but it shows only available through third-party vendors and shows discontinued on Newegg.

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lol I wanted an external, sorry if my last message sounded wrong.
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post #6 of 9

No problem...Then I'll stand on my first post and the first half of my second post...



One thing to look out for...it's not much of a problem these days as there's fewer of them out there, but make sure whatever card reader you get can read SDHC, since that's what most folks use these days. The card reader I linked will read either SD or SDHC. (I use both still).

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Any drivers required?
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Nope, plug-n-play. Windows will load whatever it needs. Your card will show up just like a drive.
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post #9 of 9
i put one of these in my htpc

Rosewill RCR-AK-IM5002 USB2.0 75 in 1 internal Card Reader w/ 3 ports USB2.0 Hub / eSATA port / Extra silver face plate / SATA Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820223113
$13 with code EMCKCHD56


works great for 4g+ sd cards
the blue led is extremely bright, but pop off the face plate and put a piece of tape over it and its fine

only other issue it that it uses a sata power cable for the 5v and usb power
i modded a fan molex cable to free up a sata power connector

you can make it external, just cut a usb cable and solder the black/red/green/white wires together
it wont work with esata or charging usb devices, but will work for sd/usb flash sticks ect..
Edited by ffejrxx - 7/27/11 at 9:20am
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