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Micro USB Host OTG SD/TF Card Reader MHL to HDMI HDTV HUB Adapter for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Does not work with Galaxy Tab 3 (WiFi only). 01/25/2014

This review is from: Micro USB Host OTG SD/TF Card Reader MHL to HDMI HDTV HUB Adapter for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

Pros: Tons of great features when it works! (read below)

Cons: Does not work with Galaxy Tab 3 (WiFi only).

Other Thoughts: First off, i bought this for use on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (WiFi only) model. When i connected the adapter, i could not get any devices to work. (card reader, USB, HDMI) When i first reported this to the seller (Victake) they promptly sent me a replacement product. (5 stars for the seller)

This product only supports the Galaxy S3, S4, and Note 2 (per the manual). This device worked perfectly with a Galaxy S4 I connected it to, and exhibited none of the problems I list below.

The listing for this product says that it supports the Galaxy Tab 3. IT DOES NOT.Because of this, the adapter acts very strangely when connected to the Galaxy Tab 3 (WiFi only). The manual states that the power must be connected to the adapter in order for it to function. It also states that only one function can be used at a time: USB, or HDMI, or Card reader. (this is true) This adapter has a function that allows it to charge the connected device if no function is being used on the adapter itself. Basically every time you connect this adapter, it detects whether go into "device mode" or "charge mode". On my Galaxy Tab 3, it was always going into "charge mode". Every time i connected this adapter, i would receive a "USB device connected" message, followed by "USB device disconnected" message; and the adapter would start charging my tablet. I tried connecting a variety of USB devices, memory cards, and HDMI monitors, both before i connected this adapter to my tablet and afterwards... Nothing. Then I stumbled on something that would make the adapter go into "device mode" If i connect this device with both power and a LinkQ USB mouse plugged in, and then unplug and quickly reconnect the power, IT WORKS!! (I tried other brands of mice with no success) Once the adapter is in "device mode" it does not charge the tablet, and everything you connect to it while it remains connected to the tablet works. I got the card reader to read memory cards, USB worked with keyboards, mice, game-pads, USB flash drives, and HDMI output 720p with audio! I even found out that it will run some USB flash drives,keyboards, mice, game-pads, and the card reader WITHOUT power connected to the adapter. (HDMI only works with power connected) Now for the really bad part, if you unplug this adapter from the tablet, you have to start all over again. Very annoying! (this is why i gave it one star)

UtechSmart USB 3.0 Superspeed Multi-in-1 4-Slots Memory Card Reader for UHS-I SD,SDXC, SDHC, SD, CF, High-Speed CF (UDMA), MS, M2, Micro SDXC, Micro SDHC, Micro SD Cards
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Supports tons of memory card types
Has a short cable in between the USB port and the card reader to relieve stress on the USB port.
Indicator light (green=USB3.0, red=USB2.0) flashes when active
Has a slot to insert Micro-SD cards

Cons: The slot that supports Micro-SD cards is labeled "M2/T-F". (don't know why they didn't include "Micro-SD")

Other Thoughts: I bought this card reader to go with my new super-fast Micro-SDXC UHS-1 card. It reads this memory card at the manufacture speeds. This card reader has worked with all my different memory cards, new and old. I am using a USB 3.0 super-speed extension cable with it, and never had any problems. It has the ability to read (4) cards simultaneously (one card in each slot). It also has the ability to safely eject (in windows) each card separately.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 – 16GB Flash Storage 1GB RAM 10.1” Android Tablet Gold Brown Color (Newest Model)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Powerful Intel processor
10-point touch IPS screen
Great speakers (loud and clear)
1GB system memory and 16GB storage memory
IR blaster
3.5mm headphone jack
Built very well, feels solid
Too many to list (read below)

Cons: No imbedded USB device port
Will not charge on a regular USB to Micro-USB cable
Android does not yet fully support all the features of Bluetooth 4.0, and causes problems with some Bluetooth devices
Cannot lock/unlock Micro-SD cards without long fingernails or a slim device to press the card down into the narrow slot.

Other Thoughts: I love this tablet! The Pros outweigh the Cons by a lot! It is fast, responsive, feature packed, and nice to look at. Battery life is fantastic. I can play new games with high-end graphics no problem. The screen is beautiful and because it is an IPS screen you can view it from all angles and images still look sharp and vibrant. At this screen size, 720p is more than enough PPI. Even up close everything looks crystal clear!

I tried to use a Micro-USB cable from another device to charge the tablet, and it just puts a red X over the batter indicator and refuses to charge. I also bought a OTG adapter and a MHL adapter for this tablet. They both work great! The MHL adapter provides a HDMI output at 720P. The OTG adapter provides a USB port for many USB devices. I tried to use a Micro-USB extension cable to run these adapter so i could alleviate the stress to the port in the tablet. Unfortunately the MHL and OTG adapters use a proprietary pins in the Micro-USB plug, so i could not use the Micro-USB extension cable for those two adapters. They have to be plugged directly into the tablet.

I popped in a 64GB UHS-1 class Micro-SD card, and now have tons of space for apps and data at very fast speeds.

It is a little too heavy for one hand. Even at 1.1Lbs it is not designed to be held in only one hand. After a couple of hours in both hands you can start to feel the fatigue on your wrists. I recommend you get a good case to support this tablet for long periods of use.


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