Brand[i]

Card type

In the Box

Warranty[ii]

Build Quality

Comments

Cost $AUD (approx)[iii]

8ware

 

·        Reader only

Not given

1.5 stars

·        The first unit was faulty and I could not get the second one to go faster than USB 2.0 speeds. Stay clear.

 

Brando

(Multi card)

SD/SDXC/micro SD/MMC/RS-MMC/MS XC/xD

·        Reader

·        Short built in 12cm cable (4.7 inches)

Not given

4.0 stars

·        Colour: Black or white

·        Construction: Hard plastic with metal cover

·        Dimensions: 65mm (L) x 65mm (W) x 14mm (D)

·        Weight: 58g (reader & short cable)

·        Origin: China

·        Cable is not long enough for laptop or top mounted USB port. You need cable for USB 3.0 port to reach ports on rear of PC.

·        2 SD and mircoSD slots

·        Short cable

$22

Digitech by Jaycar

(Multi card)

CF (UDMA 0-6), SD, SDHC, SDHC UHS-I, SDXC, SDXC UHS-I, microSD/SDHC /SDXC M2, MS PRO Duo

·        Reader

·        USB 3.0 cable 83 cm (32.7 inches)

Not given

3.0 stars

·        Colour: Black

·        Construction: Soft plastic

·        Dimensions: 85mm (L) x 57mm (W) x 21mm (D)

·        Origin: China

·        One of the fastest readers

$33

Hoodman RAW Steel

(SD & CF only)

CF, SD, SDHC, SDXC & UHS-1

·        Reader

·        USB 3.0 cable 90 cm (36 inches)

1 year

5 stars

Best of breed

·        Colour: Brushed steel & black plastic

·        Construction: Steel case

·        Dimensions:79mm (L) x 70mm (W) x 17mm (D)

·        Winner 2012 Hot One Award for the Media Card Reader category (not sure who the competition was)

·        Reinforced cable inputs, metal housing and “Pin Guard” all work together for durability

·        Limited card types, CF & SD variants only

·        CF card catches slightly when inserting

·        Poor warranty considering the cost

$65

Kingston

(Multi card)

CF (UDMA 0-6), SD, SDHC, SDHC UHS-I, SDXC, SDXC UHS-I, microSD/SDHC /SDXC M2, MS PRO Duo

·        Reader

·        USB 3.0 cable 90 cm (36 inches)

2 years

4.5 stars

·        Construction: Plastic  with metal cover

·        Colour: Black

·        Dimensions: 93mm (L) x 53mm (W) x 16mm (D)

·        Origin: China

·        Kingston logo lights up when in use. This may annoy some users

$34

Lexar (UMDA 6 model)

(SD & CF only)

 

UMDA 7 model coming April 2012 (firmware upgrade for existing unit)

CF/SD/SDXC

·        Reader

·        USB 3.0 cable 112 cm (44 inches)

5 years

4.5 stars

·        Construction: Mostly plastic

·        Colour: Black & clear

·        Dimensions: 75mm (L) x 70mm(W) x 30mm (D)

·        Origin: China

·        UMDA 7 capable

·        Allows concurrent downloads from both the CF & the SD card

·        Allows card-to-card file transfers. Would be great to see a dual CF version

·        Limited card types, CF & SD variants only

$62

Phottix

(Multi card)

SD/SDHC/SDXC, microSD/SDHC, UHS-1, CF, M2, MS PRO Duo, xD

·        Reader

·        USB 3.0 cable 38 cm (15 inch)

2 years

4.0 stars

·        Construction: Mostly plastic

·        Colour: White

·        Dimensions: 86mm (L) x 53mm (W) x 15mm (D)

·        Origin:

·        Mini SD cards (not microSD) need an adapter

$20

PixelFlash

(CF only) also marketed under Hama name in EU

CF only

·        Reader only, built in connector. No cable.

3 years

3.5 stars

·        Construction: Plastic with soft rubberised finish

·        Colour: Black

·        Dimensions: 70mm (L) x 62mm (W) x 19mm (D)

·        Origin: Unknown

·        Designed for use with a laptop

·        No cable

·        Limited card type, CF only

$30

PixelFlash

(Multi card)

xD, microSD/M2, SD/SDHC, SDXC, CF, MSPro, MSHG, Duo Pro

·        Reader

·        USB 3.0 cable 60 cm (23.6 inches)

3 years

4.0 stars

·        Construction: Mostly plastic

·        Colour: Black

·        Dimensions: 99mm (L) x 59mm(W) x 17mm (D)

·        Origin: Taiwan

·        Had trouble working with the Lexar card, write speeds only. It may have been caused by the Benchmark software, as CrystalDiskMark ran without any issues.

·        When removing the card reader a message came up on the PC saying it was a Brando reader

$30

Pretec P240

(Multi card)

SDXC/SD/microSD

CF/MSXC/MS/M2

·        Reader

·        USB 3.0 connector. No cable.

Not given

1.5 stars

·        Construction: Mostly plastic

·        Colour: Black

·        Dimensions: 65mm (L) x 37mm (W) x 19mm (D)

·        Weight: 35g (reader & connector)

·        Very compact

·        Does not support SDHC/XC lock function

·        The new Pretec P160 USB 3.0 reader has a metal case

·        No cable, just short connector

$20

Shintaro

CF UDMA/ SDXC/ MS DUO HG/ SDHC/MMC4.2/MS Pro Duo/MS/M2

·        Reader

·        USB 3.0 cable 62 cm (24.4 inches)

1 year

3.5 stars

·        Construction: Mostly plastic

·        Colour: White & black

·        Dimensions: 100mm (L) x 52mm (W) x 17mm(D)

·        Origin: Taiwan

·        Larger than most of the readers but a nice overall package, esp. those new to USB3.0. It has a Quick starter guide, drivers and manual on CD.

$26.50

Team

(Multi card)

CF UDMA/ SDXC/ MS DUO HG/ SDHC/MMC4.2/MS Pro Duo/MS/M2

·        Reader

·        USB 3.0 cable 60 cm (23.6 inches)

2 years

4.0 stars

·        Construction: Mostly plastic

·        Colour: multi coloured, very 70’s look

·        Dimensions: 84mm (L) x 55mm (W) x 10mm (D)

·        Origin: Taiwan

$22

Transcend

(Multi card)

SDHC (UHS-1), SDXC (UHS-1), microSDHC, M2, MS (MSXC), CF (UDMA6/UDMA7)

·        Reader

·        USB 3.0 cable 62 cm (24.4 inches)

2 years

4.0 stars

·        Construction: Mostly plastic

·        Colour: Black or white

·        Dimensions: 67.6mm (L) × 45mm (W) × 15.2mm (D)

·        Weight: 32g

·        Origin: China

·        UDMA 7 capable (the only cards that The DocI knows are UDMA 7 capable is the SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB card and the Lexar 1000x series)

·        Also comes with RecoveRx software to recover photos (must download from Transcend website)

$22

Yum Cha

CF UDMA/ SDXC/ MS DUO HG/ SDHC/MMC4.2/MS Pro Duo/MS/M2

·        Reader

·        USB 3.0 cable 62 cm (24.4 inches)

1 year

2.5 stars

·        Construction: Mostly plastic

·        Colour: Black with white top

·        Dimensions: 85mm (L) x 54mm (W) x 18mm (D)

·        Origin: China

·        A blue light indicates whether reader is in USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 mode

$18

 



[i] Click on the name to see pictures of each reader). Copyright to the images belong to manufacturers.

[ii] Warranties periods can vary between countries.

[iii] Prices as at January 2012, including delivery. Approximate prices only.