May 1, 2015
It’s a tough life.
I’ve whined about the first world problem of having to keep up with too many devices. Review units, old retro devices, rooting toys… they add up. When it comes to review units, I’m loathe to use my personal cloud networks with them, so I tend to do data transfer locally via flash storage. It’s easy to, say, take a picture via an SD card and move the SD card to a new device. Yes, there are more efficient ways to do this, but stubborn people think differently.
In any case, I use and move SD cards often enough for me to need a reliable means of reading the data on them. And, frankly, who better to provide this solution that a company renown for making the storage itself? Yep, Kingston. Its Media Reader 3.0 Card Reader is a comprehensive hub that looks to give users the ability to view and manipulate data stored on several types of flash storage.
The review unit Kingston sent us shows the unit in its retail glory: mostly grey and white, with red company lettering (which light up in bright red when the unit is engaged). It’s roughly 3.7 x 0.6 x 2.1 inches, but isn’t strictly cuboid; the angled corners give it some design flair. It comes with a USB cable, is quite light in hand. The storage slots are on one end, while the connection port is on the opposite side.
in action, the unit is very easy to use. it has four slots, for regular SD cards, microSD cards and compact flash. Also included in the package is a short micro-B type USB cable for connection/data transfer. Plug in the one of the corresponding form of flash storage and attaching the unit to a computer allows one to read the contents of said card, and also to do operations like deleting, cutting, pasting, copying and more.
Simple, quick and effective.
Altogether, the portability, affordability ($19.95 on Amazon) and self-contained functionality make it a useful addition. The bundled 2-yr warranty adds some piece of mind.