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A Nice USB Card Reader

February 11, 2008

I recently purchased the Kingston FCR-HS219/1 USB 2.0 Hi-Speed 19-in-1 Media Reader. Aside from the lengthy name, I have been quite satisfied with the purchase. Our new DSLR takes Compact Flash cards, while the card readers in our HP laptops read SD cards, but not Compact Flash cards. So in order to do photo importing from our laptops I decided to purchase a card reader. Finding one with all the characteristics I wanted proved more difficult than expected.

Here are the nice features of this unit:

  • Really seems to work at USB 2.0 speeds. (Important when dealing with a 8GB card)
  • Can be used for Compact Flash cards
  • Not too expensive. ($17 and shipped free from Amazon.)
  • Native support for microSD cards. (Allowing me to sync podcasts to my HTC Mogul’s microSD card from any laptop without finding a MicroSD to SD sleeve.)
  • A cord that wasn’t too long that would get tangled when stored. (This one has a very short cord that tucks away when unplugged and comes with a USB extension cord.)

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