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SanDisk SDDR-289-A20 Sd imagemate usb reader/writer

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  • Nelson C.
  • 2/11/2013 2:09:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsBad Design - Fragile Pins - Broken After 4 months

Pros: USB 3.0, small, Sandisk brand name

Bought this card reader elsewhere before Newegg had this reader listed. It was one of first few USB 3.0 CF card readers around.

Cons: It has a very shallow CF card slot (~0.5") which is a very bad design. When inserting a CF card to this reader one is never sure if the card is straight or not.

Other Thoughts: After coming back from a recent Spain Trip, I was excited to load photos into the computer for processing. It loaded 3 CF cards and on the 4th one, the LED just blinks and nothing was happening. On the close inspection, I saw one of pins on the edge was completely bent. It was purchased in August 2012. Being careful I always insert the CF cards slowly but it did not help with the design of this card reader. The SD cards can be read fine as there are no pins to be bent.

I own 4 SanDisk CF and multicard USB 2.0 readers and none have ever had bent CF pins. Comparing this new USB 3.0 multi-reader with the old USB 2.0 SanDisk readers, one can see the difference right away. This new one has much shorter slot depth and the fitting is quite loose so the CF card has a tendency to wobble and causes bent pins. The CF slot depth is about 1" with previous SanDisk card readers and only 1/2" on this one. No wonder the CF card can jam the pins so easy. This is a horrible design! I would never buy any CF card reader in the future without sufficient (~1") slot depth.

I am disappointed in the design of this SanDisk card reader. I bought this SanDisk reader because all 4 previous SanDisk CF or multicard readers have no bent pins ever with frequent use. I guess I have to look at the design of future purchases of SanDisk cards more carefully before keeping it.

I am going to contact SanDisk for a replacement. In the meantime, I ordered two replacement readers, Kingston's USB 3.0 Media Reader Computer Memory FCR-HS3 and PixelFlash USB 3.0 No-Bend Pins Compact Flash Memory Card Reader SuperSpeed CF Adapter. Both appear to have a deeper slot so the CF card should position itself correctly.

Not only the card reader is broken with bent pins, it also corrupted the entire CF card. Luckily, the card is a Transcend 400X 32GB CF card, the free Transcend RecoveRx tool worked great and recovered all images. It appears SanDisk does not even offer such free tool and directs the user to another vendor's site to purchase it.

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