But that all changed with the Lexar Multi-Card Reader.
A Look at the Lexar Multi-Card 25-in-1 USB 3.0 Memory Card Reader
I love the look of this sleek piece of hardware. The white-smooth finish is very compact and shuts close when not in use.
To expose the card reader slots just squeeze the two sides of the reader to pop it up. Once opened you have access to 6 slots (see specs below that list all of the compatible cards it reads).
A photo of of all of the slots lists the type of cards it reads.
Immediately I noticed that the download is noticeably faster than direct camera to laptop transfer. This ultimately saves time in my overall workflow.
So what are the main benefits of this card? More than you probably thought:
- Ability to read multiple cards at the same time (concurrent reads)
- Card-to-Card transfer
- Super fast data transfer rate of up to 500 MB/s (that's compared to the built-in USB 2.0 port, btw, Canon, when are you going to move to USB 3.0 like Nikon?)
- Easy to transfer
- Saves wear-and-tear of USB port connection on camera
- Does not expend more battery life of the Canon camera when performing image transfer
Besides all of my vacation photos I am now fully integrating the Lexar Multi-Card 25-in-1 USB 3.0 Memory Card Reader into my business workflow. It's super fast, efficient and ultimately eliminates some of the wear-and-tear that I would have had on my Canon by downloading direct from the built-in USB 2.0 port.
For only $25.95 it's a bargain that saves time and camera wear-and-tear.
Specs-at-a-glance (From the B&H Website):
|Compatible Memory Cards||CompactFlash Type I and Type II, SD / SDHC / SDXC, miniSD / miniSDHC, MMC, MMCplus, RS-MMC, microSD / microSDHC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick with MagicGate, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick Duo with MagicGate, Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark 2, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX, Memory Stick Micro (M2), xD-Picture Card, xD-Picture Card Type-M, xD-Picture Card Type-M+, and xD-Picture Card Type-H|
|Computer Interface||USB 3.0|
|Data Transfer Rate||Up to 500 MB/s|
|System & Software Requirements||Computer with available USB port|
|Storage Temperature||32 to 122° F (0 to 50° C)|
|Humidity||Up to 90%|
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||3.9 x 2.5 x 1.0" (9.9 x 6.4 x 2.5 cm)|
|Weight||0.15 lb (0.07 kg)|
Discloser: I received the card reader but all opinions expressed in the review are 100% my own. I was not compensated for this review.