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Card readers? Everyone needs at least one, sometimes though, if you donít get the right one then you might end up buying and owning more card readers than you have had hot dinners. But before you scratch your head, wondering why a person would want to read a deck of cards, unless you want to cheat that is, then let me tell you that card readers are not for those playing cards in a deck of cards, they are in fact little devices that read memory cards that most people use in the likes of cameras, mobile phones, portable game systems and more.
So instead of buying a multitude of card readers you can actually buy just the one, so you donít have to carry all those readers around with you just in case you want to transfer those pictures from your camera, or maybe your phone has some info on it that you need to transfer to someone elseís laptop, (yes I know thereís the likes of Bluetooth, but transferring data is sometimes best kept confidential and a Bluetooth connection isnít exactly the safest way to keep those prying eyes away).
One particular card reader that I have had for a while now after being given it from a friend looks more like a make up compact with itís curvy black edges and sleek looking shine. But believe me itís not a compact itís a very useful card reader that will read not one memory card, nor two, or five, not even ten; but a massive 66 different cardÖ I didnít even know there were that many different memory solutions on the market.
The card reader that I am talking about is in fact the Dicota CardGuard Pro: Now thatís a name: CARD GUARD PROÖ sounds impressive doesnít it? And to be honest, it is very impressive, in fact, it is one of the most impressive card readers I have had the pleasure of actually using
The card reader itself is a cracking size, being a mere 55mm by 56mm by 18mm thick, so that it can fit nice and snug in either a pocket or even your laptop bag, and as it weighs almost nothing, about 270 grams, it wonít be too heavy where ever you put it. And to make it look ever so neat the USB lead that you use to slot this into you computer may only be short but it is long enough to do what itís supposed to do, and when you donít need it it folds into the bottom of the reader where there is a purpose build slot.
Itís not confusing to use, with all the little ports being clearly marked so that you know which card goes into which slot so that you canít really get the wrong card in the wrong slot. It is what they call plug and play, which means that you donít need external drivers to get this thing connected, you just plug it into the USB port of your PC and the drivers will be automatically found, within seconds usually. And the fact that itís hot swapable means that you can take it out of your system without the usual long process of Ďpress this or youíll lose all your data on your memory cardí makes moving this about a bit of a breeze. It can run on USB 2.0 and is also backwards compatible with the 1.1 as well for those older versions. It promises transfer speeds of up to 480 Mbps and after a few speed tests it has come pretty close to that on both uploads and downloads, and the fact that you can transfer data to more than one card inserted into the reader at one go saves a lot of time, although it can slow the transfer rate a little bit though.
As I said, this card reader can deal with up to 66 different memory cards, although Iíve not had the chance to try out every one of them so I canít promise that it can handle all 66. But some of the cards I have actually tried are SDHC, micro SDHC, xD-picture card, Memory stick Pro/Pro duo and compact flash, (your basics really), and it has done a cracking job with these I canít see why it would fall apart on any of the others it claims to be able to handle.
In all, if youíre after a multi-card reader for your array of memory cards then this one is well worth looking at as it has more uses than a Swiss Army Knife and is only a fraction bigger as well.
So what would it cost to get this multiple card reader into my possession then..? To get one of these you would have to spend about £10.00, which for the amount of cards that this can read is a tenner well worth spending, especially if, like me, you have many different memory cards that you use on a daily basis.