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Item#: N82E16820176008

AFT PRO-28U BLACK 28-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal/External Card Reader

  • 28-in-1
  • USB 2.0
  • Slots 4
  • Internal & External
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Model

Brand
AFT
Model
PRO-28U BLACK

Spec

Type
28-in-1
Slots
4
Installation Type
Internal & External
Interface
USB 2.0
Dimensions
4.02" x 1" x 4.92"
Compatibility
1. Compact Flash Type-I
2. Compact Flash Type-II
3. Compact Flash Ultra Speed (133x)
4. Microdrive
5. Smart Media
6. Magicstor
7. MultiMediaCard
8. MultiMediaCard Mobile
9. MultiMediaCard High Speed v4.0
10. xD-Picture Card
11. xD-Picture Card Type M
12. xD-Picture Card Type H
13. Secure Digital (true 4-bit)
14. miniSecure Digital
15. MicroSD (*SD Adapter Required)
16. Secure Digital v1.1 (133x)
17. RS-MultiMediaCard
18. RS-MultiMediaCard High Speed v4.0
19. Memory Stick
20. Memory Stick PRO Duo
21. Memory Stick Duo
22. Memory Stick Select
23. Memory Stick Rom
24. Memory Stick PRO (true 4-bit)
25. Memory Stick MagicGate
26. Memory Stick Duo MagicGate
27. Memory Stick PRO MagicGate
28. Memory Stick High Speed (133x)
Support - Compact Flash
Yes
Support - Memory Stick
Yes
Support - MMC
Yes
Support - SD
Yes
Support - SmartMedia
Yes
Support - xD
Yes

Features

Features
Internal use installed into 3.5" drive bay
Hi-speed USB 2.0 data transferring between flash media cards for Mac/PC, Notebooks, Digital cameras, PDAs, and MP3 players
4 card slots allow you to access 28 media formats
Pin-proteced Compact Flash card slot
No adapters required for mini-SD, RS-MMC and MS-Duo

Supported OS:
Mac OS X and later
Windows 2000/XP
USB 2.0 port

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/13/2008 1:06:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as advertised!

Pros: I connected it to my motherboard using the included cables, and it works like it should. Vista detects the removable drives, and when I stick a card in it works the way you'd expect it to. The 3.5" form factor occupies what is otherwise a useless gap in my case, and packs in the functionality. Doesn't need external power either (no goofy floppy power connectors or anything of that sort), it's all USB powered.

Cons: The USB cables might be a bit hard for a novice to figure out. Other than that I can't really think of any bad things to say about this little box.

Other Thoughts: To make things easier when connecting the cables, I just taped the two connectors together with all the colors paired up (so red is next to red, etc) and then plugged it into a vacant USB header on my mobo. Most USB headers have 9 pins; simply align the connector so the red wires are furthest from the odd pin. When you're done, the 9th pin should be exposed all by itself, with the black wires closest to it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/30/2007 6:38:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat little card reader

Pros: This product is in general an all around awesome little device. I've had no problems with it reading Smartmedia and Compactflash cards of 128MB and 2GB, respectively. Brands I've used with it include Kingston, Sandisk, and a generic CompYouKnowWhat card. Shows up fine in XP Pro and works the same on my laptop and desktop.

Cons: None really. But it would be kind of nice if only the bays that currently had media in them would show up in "My Computer" as opposed to all the empty drives showing up at once, but if you name them it's no problem.

Other Thoughts: I primarily bought it because you can install it internally and still connect it via a standard external USB cable because in my Cooler Master Stacker 810 all the front USB ports were connected to the motherboard so I still wanted to mount one internally but snake the cable to the outside rear motherboard USB ports and this fit the bill perfectly. I now use it primarily on my laptop since I'm at college away from my desktop. Awesome device.

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  • Troy W.
  • 11/14/2007 4:40:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsTwo bad ones

Pros: Matches black case very well. Internal and external installation options. Front USB port handy for memory sticks in the internal configuration (my installation). The drivers that show the distinct card icons in color when a card is inserted were actually more useful than I would have thought.

Cons: The first one had weird instability problems--restarts for no reason, and twice my PC entered sleep mode and there was no way to recover without turning off the power supply. Usually this happened as I was plugging in a card or USB memory stick, but the last time it just restarted when I was standing about 5 ft away. It was not my Power Options settings. Newegg RMA--the second one had issues being consistently recognized by Windows as 4 drives, so occasionally one or more of the slots would not work. I'd have to unplug/replug or restart, and that made internal installation impossible. I can't say enough good things about Newegg's customer service, and even how helpful Atech was on troubleshooting with me.

Other Thoughts: I am not sure why there is a relatively low, but consistent percentage of negative reviews out there for all types of card readers. It's as if the more types they handle, the bigger the chance they don't work. I tried replacing it with a Sandisk 14-in-one purchased locally at Wal* (the one on a pedestal) and its SD card slot doesn't work at all. I'll try their Extreme III CF/SD/MS reader next, that's the only types I need until I get a camera that supports SDHC. Maybe I'll have better odds with the simpler reader.

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  • Dan H.
  • 10/2/2007 1:40:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsHad problems on Win2K, but working great on XP with latest drivers

Pros: Special drivers change the drive names and icons (to indicate both card type and card present / absent) so you know that, for instance, F: corresponds to the SD slot. Lots of formats supported in the small 3.5" form-factor. Dual internal / external design is nice.

Cons: On my old Win2K box, using the drivers that came with the unit, disks inserted would come up read-only. Uninstalling the drivers and using the default Win2K ones allowed proper read-write, at the loss of the custom drive names and icons. I emailed support and in less than 30 minutes they'd emailed me new drivers, and these solved the issue. Annoying that these drivers weren't offered on Atech's website, but apparently these were a beta version of the current v.2400 ones. When I asked if there was any way I could be notified when the final drivers were available, they said they'd put me in their database to contact me when they were available, but they never did.

Also, there didn't seem to be a way to cleanly disconnect a disk in one of the slots from Windows, to ensure no corruption would occur when pulling out a disk. Unlike my old Sony MSAC-US1, using Windows' Unplug or Eject Hardware would disconnect the drive completely (requiring a replug or reboot), rather than just the disk.

Other Thoughts: Using right-click and Eject would produce a "Cannot Unmount Volume" error, even though no processes had files on the volume open. I emailed Atech about this, and this time they hadn't responded after 5 days, so I re-sent and they answered the next morning that it "should be ejecting with no problem in your Window. Your Windows might be crushed." [sic.].

In any case, I just reinstalled the PRO-28U into my new XP box using the final version 2400 drivers (plus I updated to the latest, unnamed firmware version from 2007-06-12), and everything seems to be working great so far, including right-click Eject ability.

One other note about this drive is that there aren't any spring-loaded carrier mechanisms for the disks, so they don't insert or click in a satisfyingly positive way. You have to just kind of watch Windows Explorer for the icon change to know that you successfully inserted the disk all the way. I suppose this is probably normal for Flash readers at this low price point, howev

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  • Noah J.
  • 8/27/2007 9:18:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsOh... I thought it was just a 3.5" bay slot holder

Pros: Very excellent customer support... that's about it (why I gave 2 eggs)

Cons: The product is terrible. I received one, it worked for about a day and then it just quit. The power light would not even go on. Then I RMA'd it through the manufacture(who provided excellent service and provided shiping both ways) and sent me out a new box very quickly. The new one plugged in internally and it worked for about a day then all the sudden it stopped working too. The power light stays on, but it does not read any cards.

Other Thoughts: I would avoid this reader and just get either an internal or an external reader... you can probably get both for the price of this. Don't make the mistake i did.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/7/2007 6:17:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks in XPS 410

Pros: It works in a Dell XPS 410 without having to redo any of the wires. No problems once I figured out how to install it.

Cons: The installation was a bit tricky. The instructions are not particularly clear.

Other Thoughts: If you own an XPS 410, you have to look at the pin out instructions in the card reader instructions. Then, you have to plug one of the internal cables in the top and the other in the bottom of the motherboard's flex bay (I can't remember which is which). If it doesn't work, switch them top and bottom. Also, they have to be correctly oriented left to right (one of the pins is a dummy and it has to be on the right, I believe).

Not sure if this is the cause, but it now takes longer for my computer to boot up from the initial black and white screen.

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  • Robert F.
  • 2/22/2007 8:35:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Reader!

Pros: Great looking, solid, well made hardware. Very fast. No problems whatsoever. Installation was very fast.

Cons: Little more expensive than others but worth it.

Other Thoughts: I previously went with a Linkskey reader that failed to work at all. I recommend you go with this one instead of a cheaper alternative. This is a quality product.

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  • Paddick O.
  • 2/14/2007 6:20:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks w/ SD-HC

Pros: It works w/ the A-Data 8GB SD-HC card that is currently on sale (as well as every other sd & CF card I've stuck in it). Looks clean in PC & can use as an external reader.

Cons: None that I can think of.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/5/2007 4:00:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome product

Pros: Looks Great, very fast, reads almost every conceivable Flash Media card without need for adapters* Pass through USB 2.0 front port.

Cons: Doesn't come with swappable face plate.

Other Thoughts: Previous review mentioned this is same as XM-28U, but it's not. I own both the XM-28U & PRO-28U. There are some minor differences, biggest of which is the look. PRO-28U is as a Retail external/internal reader & as such has a more aesthetic outer cover. XM-28U is designed as an OEM-internal only reader & as such does not have an outer cover. It also includes a CF slot pin cover that protects the CF slot pins when not in use which is not found on the PRO-28U. Neither of which affect performance.

*28 current flash media cards fully supported without adapters, additional flash media cards are supported with supported adapters like Micro-SD with a miniSD or standard SD adapter; among others.

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  • Michael F.
  • 1/25/2007 4:55:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsYou get what you pay for

Pros: This is a very nice multi reader with excellent performance and fit & finish. Under WinXp It was a simple plug and play operation. I didn't use the supplied mobo header cables. My internal install in a "dude" server that had 2 hidden usb ports was sort of a special case. having the ability to use normal usb cables for the install was a huge plus. no special adapters req'd

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: There is a green light on the front that stays on all the time. Not a big deal since its not super bright. It is also the activity light and will flash amber when reading. Also manufacturers support seems to be really good. including online manuals, drivers, and firmware updates. and the best part is that if you get the driver file from the website you can load the icons for each drive. no more having to guess which letter is the correct drive! AWESOME!

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