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All metal construction
True USB 3.0 Speed
Fit's most all card sizes
Cons: It isn't really clear on the diagram how you have to insert MicroSD Cards
Other Thoughts: I needed a card reader for my DSLR camera, and this looked like a good combination of speed, size, and design.
The other review said that it failed after a day, but electronics can do that and Newegg gives free return shipping on defective products (ask me how me and my defectice new monitor thankfully found out...), so I wouldn't really worry about that. It's the items that break right after their warranties expire the ones that bother me, and in the past I've been pretty lucky with Orico so I can't complain there.
Getting back to the reader. Well, it works, and it's compatible with a lot of different card sizes. What more can you ask? It looks great, too; and it's all metal constructions means you aren't going to break it soon. I also like how the light only comes on when the device is in use, so you can leave it plugged in permanently and the light won't bother you at night if you've got your pc in your bedroom.
As far as speed goes, I only had a Sandisk Ultra card on hand which goes up to 50MB/s, and with this reader I got exactly that using CrystalDiskMark. I wish I had something quicker to test, but sadly SD cards are pretty behind speedwise compared with usb drives and SSD's. Anyways, at least I can trust that the device has plenty enough speed to transfer pictures.
Basically that's it. A great little device at a pretty good price which will look great next to your laptop or pc.
Decent components and workmanship on PCB
Cons: Instructions could be nicer and better translated
An internal USB 3.0 21 pin header would have been nice next to the molex
Other Thoughts: I needed more USB ports, and this item was priced right. It was also nice that it's black, which blends perfectly in with my black Bitfenix Prodigy M case! I have to correct the other reviews though. For anyone that has built there own computer, or replaced any component of it, installation is straightforward and instructions tell you just about everything you would expect them to. Nothing more, nothing less. I mean that buying a card which costs 2 times as much as this one is going to bring the same generic instructions. The only difference will be glossy paper. If you don't know how to install it, look on youtube.
About the drivers, they did install themselves on Windows 8.1 which was nice, and they have obviously corrected the webpage since the other review since I did easily find the latest drivers on their webpage:
Regarding speeds, as far as I am concerned it's stable, and having seen speeds of over 200MB/s through usb 3.0 makes me satisfied. Anything more than that and you should ideally be running SATA anyway.
Not much more to say. It does what it should, at a price you can live with, and with better than average aesthetics. I can definitely live with that.
Well, hope it was helpful. Thanks for reading!
This review is from: ORICO CAU3-10 2 Pack SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Type A to B Cable in Black 3 Feet - Black
Pros: Good build quality
No speed loss
Cons: It's plated but not gold plated as in specifications, but this has no effect on performance or durability.
Only one cable included and not 2 like in item title
Other Thoughts: Just another USB 3.0 Type A to Type B cable. This is what you would need to connect most USB 3.0 Hubs to your PC. I got speeds of over 200 MB/s from a USB 3.0 drive, so this cable is up to spec and won't likely be the limiting factor.
The inaccurate specs are a little annoying though. The description should specify clearly if one or two cables are included. Whether it's silver or gold plated is irrelevant, but it does say it's gold plated in the description, and this doesn't help either. But I guess these are details more than problems.
Besides that not much more to say. Like the title says, if you need it, you need it. And if so, this is just as good if not a better choice than any other model out there.
Display Name: Marco V.
Date Joined: 07/05/12
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