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IOGEAR GFR304SD USB 3.0 SuperSpeed SD/SDHC/MMC/SDXC/MicroSD/MicroSDXC/Extreme SD cards Reader / Writer
  • USB 3.0 SuperSpeed
  • Supports SD/MMC/SDXC cards
  • Compact design for easy mobility
  • USB powered - NO external A/C adapter required
  • $27.99
  • $14.99
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2 out of 5 eggs Tested RMA replacement, and still don't like it 05/14/2012

This review is from: IOGEAR GFR304SD USB 3.0 SuperSpeed SD/SDHC/MMC/SDXC/MicroSD/MicroSDXC/Extreme SD cards Reader / Writer

Pros:

As a followup to my 5/1/2012 review...

Yes, it does run at USB3 speeds - the RMA replacement I received did install correctly and ran on ATTO Disk Benchmark at 43.4/44.8 Mbps Write/Read using a USB3 port on my PC and a SanDisk 32Gb Extreme class 10 (45 Mbps) SDHC card...I like that, but that's really the only good thing I can say about it...which just isn't enough to make this a good (much less adequate) product.

Cons:

For this RMA replacement unit, in my opinion, it's three-strikes-and-you're-out in terms of design - [1] cheap flimsy plastic case that's way too easy to pull apart or crack/break, [2] very poor non-secure cap design, and [3] USB3 reader-to-PC connection is excessively tight compared to any of my other USB3 flash drives and USB card readers (a Transcend USB2 SDHC card reader and a Uspeed USB3 SDXC card reader).

Other Thoughts:

For me, bottom-line - I'm not at all impressed with this IO Gear card reader (but I do really like the IO Gear wireless keyboard Item#: N82E16823176018 for HTPC use, so I've got nothing against the company, but I do think that IO Gear really missed the target on this particular, in my opinion, inferior product of theirs).

I compared ATTO Disk Benchmark scores for this IO Gear USB3 SDXC card reader to another USB3 SDXC card reader I found (by U-Speed) on the Brazilian River with the same SanDisk Extreme Class 10 SDHC 32 Gb card on the same USB3 port on my PC and got this:
- Uspeed Write/Read was 43.0/47.0 Mbps
- IO Gear Write/Read was 43.4/44.8 Mbps
IMO, the Uspeed design (two caps, one covers the card insertion end), build quality and cap security is better; and has, for me, a more preferred rear-card-insertion instead of the side-insertion of the IO Gear.

Maybe IO Gear can go back to the drawing board and make theirs better, but for now I'm going with the Uspeed.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for choosing IOGEAR and we apologize for your experience.
Thank you for your feedback about your experience with GFR304. We take customer suggestions into consideration when developing and improving products. At IOGEAR, we are committed to bringing quality products and service to our customers. Once again, thank you for choosing IOGEAR.

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