- SuperSpeed USB 3.0 X 1 port
- Transfer rate of Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface
- Internal design fitting into 3.5" drive bay
- Hot-Swapping and Plug and Play function.
good in a quirky way, and am favorably ambivalent 12/18/2011
The price is right, the usb3 is fast and the card reader works fine, in a quirky sort of way. The USB is powered via a standard USB3 connection and not via a 20pin usb3 mobo connection...for some that may be a negative but for me it's a neutral (if you don't like it don't get this, or buy a PCIe adapter card with an internally facing USB3 port - several exist - koutech, siig, startech). But that's not the quirky part...
Installation is a bit odd - some of the the screw holes don't line up with 3.5" slot holes like most other card readers, so you either have the reader sticking out 3/16" further than it should or you have to drill holes where there already should have been holes to install it flush with the fronts of standard PC cases with standard 3.5" slots. So, -1 egg for that. But that's not the quirky part...
Once installed, through trial and error, and a sudden "aha" moment, I realized that the SD card is supposed to go into the slot upside-down. HUH?!? Upside down? That's just quirky, -1 egg quirky. I'm just glad I didn't break the reader or card in the process of figuring that out...wish there was a little something called an illustrated instruction sheet that let me in on that little secret.
I had to know why, so I took it apart (easy to do, am sure I voided the warranty, but c'est la vie, I'm livin' on the edge). Once you see how it's built it makes complete sense - to me, anyway
I sort-of like this reader like I like some less mainstream styles of music or some types of indy movies - it's quirky, bordering on annoying at first, but once you get used to it's quirkiness you can look past that and it get's the job done and what annoyed you about it fades into memory and dissipates.
If you are relatively easily annoyed and/or irritated, don't get this. You don't deserve the irritation, and this card reader doesn't deserve the 1 egg rating you won't be able to restrain yourself from giving.
(...and my apologies for using the q-word so many times)
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