Pictures of card reader teardown
I chose the Rosewill USB 3.0 Card Reader, as pictured below:
I copy a lot of pictures/video from my cards to the computer, and I sure didn't want USB 2.0 to be the bottleneck. I have the CaseLabs 3.5 inch bay adapter with a crimson powdercoat on the outside, so from the front, only the black faceplate will show. I popped it off fairly easily with the tabs located on the side of the reader:
It's plastic, so I don't have the option of having it powdercoated. And I wouldn't want to try and paint it crimson to match, because even though my two color spraypaint combination (base of merlot and topcoat of crimson red) is a real close match for the case....its not exact, and if the two were next to each other, it would show. I think I'll live with the black, because its a small faceplate. I could tinker with using some carbon wrap if I wanted to give it a little bit different look. Will consider.
Next, I separated the top aluminum shell from the bottom:
It comes right off as long as the screws attaching it to the case bay adapters are not in place. After that, there were two small screws connecting the PCB to the bottom aluminum shell. Took these off, and the shell came off and PCB is now free:
There are two USB 3.0 connections on the PCB. Need to remove these, or I won't be able to sleeve these cables. One connector is attached with two small screws. I undid these and it came off easily. The second is just plugged into a socket on the PCB, but as you can see in the picture above, there was some gunk applied to make the connection more permanent. Click on picture above for close-up and you'll see what I mean. Took some work with an exacto knife, but I got rid of the glue gunk, and undid the second USB connection.
I haven't ever sleeved a USB cable before, but I'll give that a try. The aluminum shells only show from the inside of the case, so I think I'll have those powder coated white, to match the case interior. For the sleeve on the cables....I'll either use some custom dyed crimson sleeve, or white. Either option will be MDPC-X. I'll take a look at the faceplate as-is, and consider it for some black carbon fiber. Any other ideas on customizing this little card reader?