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Akasa 3.5" USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Memory Card Reader w/ eSATA and USB (AK-ICR-17)

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 3.9 x 1.6 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0088NNLXO
  • Item model number: AK-ICR-17
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Akasa 3.5" USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Memory Card Reader w/ eSATA and USB (AK-ICR-17)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim Sanders on August 24, 2013
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Akasa AK-ICR-17 3.5" USB 3.0 Memory Card Reader w/ eSATA and USB ports review.

I searched for this type of front panel product to replace an older 3.5" bay product with fewer features and a card reader that couldn't read the SDHC cards, much less the SDXD cards. The Akasa AK-ICR-17 product provides more capability in that form factor than any other product I found. Being careful, I searched for reviews and to my dismay found a number of negative reviews. But after reading them carefully, and in a number of cases, reading between the lines, I dismissed most of them. Most of the problem reviews were the result of two things, uneducated buyers and POOR documentation from the manufacturer.

In a few cases, it almost sounded like the buyer concluded that if he had an open 3.5" bay, it would work in his computer. Wrong! Akasa's electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and manufacturing departments all did a great job. The person in charge of Documentation and probably in Marketing, should be fired.

This product was designed for a current or at least late model, higher end, motherboard. Preferably, one introduced in the last two years. Why? Because it requires that your motherboard has a (now standard) 20 pin USB 3.0 header to plug it's 20 pin USB 3.0 cable into, or it CAN'T work properly. The SATA cable and the USB 2.0 cable should not be a problem for most newer computers. The four pin Molex power cable should be no problem for most systems, but some chintzy OEMs save a few pennies by only providing the SATA type power cables. You can buy SATA to Molex power cable adapters. The other USB 3.0 cable is probably a design compromise for motherboards that only have one 20 pin USB 3.0 header.
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Everything worked as soon as I had all the cables connected to working ports. No drivers need to be installed.

Pros:
- Has all the front panel connectivity my older PC lacks, including USB 3.0 and eSATA.
- Reads my 32 GB Lexar Pro X600 CF card faster than the write speed of my hard drive (according to ATTO Disk Benchmark).

Cons:
- There are a LOT of cables, and they all need to be connected.
- Requires an LP4 (Molex style) power connection -- not a problem unless you don't have one. But there are adapters for 15-pin SATA power cables.
- The firmware upgrade tool version 1.00 (from FW version 0551 to version 0570) failed. I emailed Akasa but have not received a reply.

If there is a USB 3.0 PCI-e card available with both a female A (external style) connector and a 19-pin header on the inside, it would be ideal. I have not found one.
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Horrible -
Tries 2 both were defective -

Never buy anything from this manufacturer again !

ZERO STARS
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Orerockon on April 24, 2013
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UPDATE: After trying to get it to work properly (in other words all the ports working) I gave up and returned it. I have given up on finding a reader that supports SDHC, eSATA, and USB 3.0. I'm not convinced that such a thing exists unless you are very very lucky.

This seemed to me to be the best solution for my situation. My new Dell Precision 1650 (a great buy at $999 by the way) doesn't have a front panel that includes an SDHC card reader, and I must have external SATA which it looks like almost no PC manufacturers have. I didn't know when I bought it and I think it's a joke that Dell seems to think you don't need to read SD cards despite the fact that they're the only storage option for devices like smartphones and cameras. After trying to install it I can report that unless you know exactly what you are doing - the Medusa head of cables are just about impossible to figure out. I've been inside many a PC customizing the heck of of them but this has been the worst install job I can think of, it took me an hour to connect most of them even with the mobo schematics form Dell. The seller is immensely helpful and I'll report back if they can resolve my issues, they even called me back after I emailed them through Amazon. I've also seen that ALL the connection cables must be used to make it work, but so far that doesn't seem to be the case. That would be pretty silly since I am willing to bet that very few PCs have all the sockets for all the connectors.

The bottom line is that it has the old style power adapter and every motherboard made these days has a new style power connector(eSATA). All I had to do was buy a cheap converter plug and that my fix my issue.
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