Memory Card Reader

From photographers, to videographers, smart phone users as well as music lovers, everyone needs a memory card reader for transferring images, videos, music or other documents and information from the memory card to one’s phone or laptop. Having a good memory card reader not only ensures portability of information, but also provides peace of mind as one can save their information on different gadgets. For example, a good memory card reader can help a photographer catalogue his or her photos on laptop, hard disk or computer.

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  • STARTECH 35FCREADBK3 3.5in Front Bay USB Memory Card Reader
    $31.68
  • SanDisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-II USB3.0 Card Reader/Writer Works with non-UHS, UHS-I, and UHS-II SDHC and SDXC cards
    $25.85
  • Transcend Portable USB 2.0 External Multi-Card Reader/Writer, Black, Supports SD/MMC/CF/MicroSD/SDHC/MS/MS DUO/M2/MS Pro Duo
    $20.01
  • Sony QDA-SB1/J XQD Card Reader with USB Adapter
    $32.00
  • Kingston MobileLite G4 USB 3.0 Reader FCR-MLG4
    $12.94
  • SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-II Card Reader/Writer
    $25.85
  • 【Upgraded Version】 USB C XQD Card Reader, XQD Reader Compatible with Sony G/M Series USB Mark XQD Card, Lexar 2933x/1400x USB C Mark XQD Card for Windows/Mac OS. Type C XQD Memory Card Reader
    $33.30
  • GNARBOX XQD Reader
    $95.00
  • XQD Card Reader, Rocketek USB3.0 XQD/SD Card Reader Dual Slot Memory Card Reader 5Gpbs Super Speed Compatible with Sony G/M Series, Lexar 2933x/1400x USB Mark XQD Card, SD/SDHC Card for Windows/Mac OS
    $41.49
  • 【Upgraded Version】 XQD Card Reader,Compatible with Sony G/M Series USB Mark XQD Card, Lexar 2933x/1400x USB Mark XQD Card, Support Windows/Mac OS System
    $33.19
  • SD Card Reader, SD Card Reader for Phone, Trail Game Camera Viewer for Hunting, Lighting to USB Camera Adapter, Digital Camera Reader Converter for Phone/Pad, Plug and Play
    $21.57
  • HP USB Mini Magnetic Stripe Reader with Brackets FK186AA
    $96.95
  • Kingston USB 3.0 High-Speed Media Reader FCR-HS4
    $25.86
  • Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF 8 USB 3.0 TS-RDF8K
    Unavailable
  • Sandisk MobileMate Duo
    $6.95
  • Sony XQD/SD Card Reader
    $125.00
  • Waterwood USB 2.0 All in 1 Multi-Card Reader SDHC/SD/Micro SD/TF/MMC/MS/M??S Pro Duo/M2
    $1.49
  • RFID Card Reader,LANMU RFID Card Reader USB,RFID Card Reader 125khz Contactless Proximity Sensor Smart ID Card Reader EM4100
    $25.88
  • IOGEAR Portable Smart Card Reader (TAA Compliant)
    $49.78
  • External 3.5 Inch 1.44mb USB Floppy Drive Silver/Black
    $29.00
  • U352-000-MD USB 3.0 Multi-Drive SD / CF / MS 5GBPS TRIPP
    $71.00
  • SGT121 CAC Smart Card, Multi-Memory, SDXC, SIM Reader with 3-Port USB Hub
    $22.40
  • Sandisk ImageMate All-In-1 Reader
    $53.15
  • 【Upgraded Version】USB C XQD Card Reader, Rocketek XQD Reader Compatible with Sony G/M Series USB Mark XQD Card, Lexar 2933x/1400x USB C Mark XQD Card for Windows/Mac OS. Type C XQD Memory Card Reader
    $33.19

Buying guide

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Buying memory card readers

 

Card readers provide backup and safe store of the data. Most of these readers are portable and therefore, they can be used for mobile phones as well as laptops and tablets to ensure that the information in ways that one wants. Special memory card readers, such as the ones made for mobile phones allow user to copy their files from SIM to the reader. These readers simply require one to install their drivers using a CD that comes with the reader and then the mobile phone or computer can be rebooted to finalize installation so that gadgets can recognize the card reading device. Most of these card readers can be like a USB Flash drive or a square or rectangular box with USB 2.0 or 3.0 support system. Currently, endless range of options and varieties are available for those who wish to buy memory card readers. The choices range from USB card readers to Bluetooth card reader and writers along with portable card readers for mobile phones. This buying guide will help one choose a card reader based on their requirements and budget.

Factors to keep in mind while choosing memory card readers

 

Several factors should be kept in mind while choosing card readers. Since they are available in wide range of materials and designs, one should make sure that the choice is based on compatibility of the reader along with its storage space, quality as well as its size.

 

1. Choosing memory card readers for phones

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While choosing a memory card reader for smart phones, one should make sure that that the device is small and portable. For instance, a small USB flash drive that can use SIM card can beneficial for phones. The ones that have USB V1.1 or USB V2.0 connectivity should be preferred over the others as they are faster and allow one to read and edit directory or SIM contents. It is recommended that memory card readers for phones should be chosen on the basis of versatility, which means that readers that can read Micro and Regular Memory cards should be used. Products made of light aluminium metal can be opted for. Make sure that you know what is included in the purchase. Most of the mobile phone memory card readers come with a CD that can be used for installing the software. Prior to purchasing, one should see that the compatibility options of the reader. For instance, some readers are compatible with only Windows PC or laptops, while others are compatible with Mac or Apple Computers.

 

Therefore, choose one that offers compatibility with your products. Also, check out the configuration of memory card reader, as there are some readers that multi task as mobile phone readers, camera an computer memory card readers while others only work with cell phones. Choose one that fits your needs. For instance, those who require a reader for camera as well as phone should opt for a multitasking single memory card reader rather than choosing two different types of readers. Also, certain products support GSM, CDMA and 3G, so choose those rather than the ones that don’t support these features.

 

2. Choosing regular memory card readers

 

a. Based on budget

 

Those who want affordable memory cards or have a budget to adhere to can choose one type of card rather than choosing memory card readers that offer too many features! For instance, if one mostly uses SD memory cards, then they can choose an SD memory card reader rather than the one that can micro SD cards along with SD memory cards as the latter ones tend to be costly. Mostly, cheaper models are less robust and offer lesser speeds and sometimes have flimsy USB cable, but these are the problems that can be easily dealt if you are on a budget.

 

b. Based on Speed

 

Professional photographers and videographers generally shoot RW files or images on their high end DSLRs or Video cameras. For such people, speed should be the primary factor behind choosing a card. Since RAW files are quite heavy, therefore getting a card that offers more speed in terms of transfer can be beneficial. For instance, Firewire 400 is way faster than the regular USB 2. Similarly, Firewire 800 is twice as faster than its predecessor. So, keep speed in mind. SanDisk Extreme Firewire Reader and Lexar Compact Flash Firewire 800 Card Reader are examples of speedy memory card readers.

 

Memory Card Reader 3c. Based on Versatility

 

Like phone memory card readers, regular memory card readers also come in a wide range and variety. Versatility is an option that one can consider while buying memory card readers. For instance, those who want a card reader that can read any type of memory card should buy a reader that offers different formats for different types of card. This way one won’t have to buy different card readers for varied types and sizes of cards. That is the best way in which one can have a versatile product that solves all card reading products. For instance, products like Digi Power DP-FHC07 3 in 1 Bluetooth Adapter, USB Hub and Card Reader is one those products that offers incredible amounts of versatile options.

 

Make sure that before the purchase you check out warranty and return policy memory card readers. Generally, memory card readers come with one year of warranty from their date of purchase, although the same can vary on the basis of manufacturer. Return policy is available at several online and offline stores.

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