Great PC add-on, works in 5.25" trayless drive bay too.
Gives new life to an otherwise unused floppy disk slot. I use these in 5.25" trayless drive bays intended for 3.5" hard drives. There are some nice looking anodized ones on the market that work. You open the door to reveal this card reader that fits perfectly inside. Comes with 2 other colors for the replaceable face. Nice customization to any build.
Easy to install and fits well with the faceplate of my computer, but the SD slot is very tight and it will not read SD cards. USB port works, and I have no other cards to test in it to see if the other slots work.
I bought one of these in late Sept 2010 and it's worked flawlessly since. Recently, due to the misalignment of the CF card going in, I bent pins on the reader. I've attempted to straighten them pins, but I have no idea how well that will work. I replaced the unit with a spare I had sitting here. Other than the pins, it works fine, so the other card types can be read. Trouble is, my older Canon camera uses CF.
If the reader had some sort of shroud for around the ports so it would align the card before you insert it, there'd be no way to bend pins, or way less chance anyhow. In its price class it is still way more than you could expect. Inside, the circuit board is resting on 2 tabs that are bent inside the case, and screwed fast. Those can be easily bent to offer better alignment of the card slots to the faceplate, but probably nobody does that before installing the thing. All in all, it's a great reader and I'll be getting another in spite of it's minor shortcomings.
In short, be more careful than me inserting CFs and you'll be fine.
PROS: Great price and handles most every media. Internal, won't get lost. Electronic components last and it works with virtually every OS.
CONS: Faceplate alignment is poor, but can be modified some. CF Card Slot has no shroud to align the card so it fits properly.
Comes with three replaceable faces, that is a pro the con is that they are difficult to remove and replace. There are two small red LED lights at the front which are always on, I would prefer if they were only active when the device was in use.
PROS: Easy to install, inexpensive. provides another front USB plug if your tower does not have one!
CONS: Comes with three replaceable faces that are difficult to remove and replace. There are two small red LED lights at the front which are always on, I would prefer if they were only active when the device was in use.
Overall pretty good stuff, have used it for a while everything works. Even more awesome is the little microsd card works as well. It is a little too small however, and requires an adapter (like a floppy drive adapter) Red lights (a little too bright) can get a little bothersome sometimes.
PROS: Works well, small
CONS: a bit too small for custom pc, requires bracket
Tremendous convenience and I love that it blends in so nicely to the front of my case. Maybe not the highest quality product, but it does work and I'm glad I bought it. Should readily streamline some of my compact flash card projects, as well as make reading photos off my camera easier. Way more useful than the old, now-dead floppy drive. :)
PROS: Fits in bay where there once was a floppy drive Plugged straight into motherboard headers no awkward runs to the back of the case! Works flawlessly under Ubuntu 12.04 Apparently reads/writes multiple cards at once Front USB pass-through port
CONS: A little harder to figure out under Windows 7 on same machine Seems cheaply made I wonder how it will hold up with use No manual Retail case written in the very best Engrish [sic]. "Can read five card in same time" Red LED indicating power apparently never shuts off unless your machine un-powers its USB (mine does not unless I shut it totally down)