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Kingston Digital MobileLite G3 Computer Memory Card Readers (FCR MLG3)

4.4 out of 5 stars 98 customer reviews
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  • Compliant - with the USB 3.0 specification, SDA 3.01 standard
  • Versatile - multi-functional USB card reader supports SD/SDHC/SDXC, microSD/SDHC/SDXC and MSPD
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0
  • Portable - easily fits in your pocket
  • Guaranteed - two-year warranty

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Product Description

Kingston's MobileLite G3 is a compact, multi-functional USB 3.0 card reader that lets you easily transfer digital data, photos, games, music and more stored on memory expansion cards between all kinds of digital devices. Designed for use with different types of Flash memory cards, MobileLite G3 lets users carry a single device to store, transfer or read data on any USB host device while using a variety of Flash cards for mobile phones, digital cameras, Netbooks, computers, MP3 players and more. Ideal for personal or professional use, MobileLite G3 will quickly become an essential part of your mobile gear. It's ultra-portable, plug and play and requires no external power source. It supports SD/SDHC/SDXC, microSD/SDHC/SDXC and MSPD. MobileLite G3 has retractable covers on each side to make it compact and protect the USB connector and the Flash memory cards from damage. When in use, MobileLite G3 appears as two drive letters (i.e. E:\, F:\) and data transfer is as simple as drag and drop. Backed by a two-year warranty and legendary Kingston reliability, MobileLite G3 will prove to be indispensable.

From the Manufacturer

"Kingston’s USB 3.0 Media Reader moves files seamlessly between multiple devices at a data transfer speed up to 5.0Gbit/s. Use it at home or on the road to maximize the full potential of your memory cards. This easy-to-use reader is backed by a two-year warranty, free tech support and legendary Kingston reliability"

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Brand Name Kingston
Item model number FCR-MLG3
Item Weight 1 pounds
Product Dimensions 2.5 x 0.7 x 1.2 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 2.45 x 0.65 x 1.16 inches
Color Black, Blue

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ASIN B007PFQ0PC
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4.4 out of 5 stars 98 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #703 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Accessories > Memory Card Accessories > Memory Card Readers
#14,884 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Components
Shipping Weight 6.4 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available March 26, 2012

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By Ed TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 19, 2012
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Whether you need to copy photos from your camera's memory card or put some music on a microSD card for your smartphone or MP3 player, using a memory card reader is easier than getting tangled about with cables. The Kingston MobileLite G3 memory card reader is one of the least expensive and most convenient card readers around. I've been using the Kingston MobileLite G2 for years and decided to finally upgrade to G3 for USB 3.0 and SDXC compatibility.

PROS:
- Small and portable
- Sliding covers for protection when not in use
- USB 3.0
- Compatible with SDXC and microSDXC

CONS:
- Build quality not as good as G2

PACKAGING & CONTENTS
The MobileLite G3 comes in a blister pack with a mini lanyard attached. The only documentation that comes with it lists card and OS compatability. There's also a simple diagram, displaying how the ends slide in and out and where to insert the cards.

DESIGN
I've tried several different types of memory card readers and other than internal card readers, I find the MobileLite G series of card readers to be the most convenient. The G3, like the older G2, has two card slots on one end (SD/SDHC/SDXC and microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC).

The other end of the G3 has the USB plug. Both ends have sliding covers for protection when not in use. It makes traveling with the G3 pretty easy; you can just throw the G3 in your pocket or bag and off you go.

The G3's design is identical to the G2's, which is a good thing. The only difference between them, design-wise, is the color scheme. Both card readers also have a faint blue activity light as well.
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This card reader works, and is very fast. I easily hit maximum capable read speeds with a Sandisk Extreme MicroSD; which was about four and a half times faster than with a USB 2.0 card reader.

The problem is that it has this weird collapsible case design that feels cheap and is completely unnecessary, also making it HUGE; much bigger than it needs to be. I could not get it to fit into any of my front USB ports, and it blocked others in the back of my computer.

Stick to a side-load reader; a rear-load reader like this one is going to have to be at least as wide as an SDcard, and it's likely to block other ports, much less even fit. I threw this in a drawer and am using the Transcend USB 3.0 SD/MicroSD card reader instead, which is just as fast and less money.
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I purchased this card reader and also the U Speed USB 3.0 reader. The big advantage to this Kingston reader is that it support simultaneous use of both an SD card and a micro SD card, the U Speed does not.
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I tried a kumputerbay adapter first and it was trash. Arrived DOA. Luckily Amazon has a great return system. This one from Kingston works perfectly. I'm using it with a class 10 64GB SDXC Flash Memory Card to transfer files between computers and it is screaming fast! The sleeve on either side slides in or out to expose or cover the usb connector and the memory card. Nice for protecting the connector during travel. The case is a bit thicker than other usb adapters. If you have a small cavity on your pc where your usb devices plug in this may be a tight fit so you may want to order a usb extension cable with it.
Highly recommended!
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Love this card reader. Easy to use, compact, stable / tight connections, very good read / write specifications. Used the reader on 2.0 & 3.0 USB ports on my laptop and desktop. Computers had no issues with the reader. I would recommend this reader to anyone needing a well engineered and rugged card reader.
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Works great with SD/SDHC/SDXC & microSD/SDHC/SDXC cards. Needed when only a USB is available. Works great with CD/DVD players having a USB port. This has been discontinnued with a newer model Kingston Digital MobileLite G4 USB 3.0 Multi-Function Card Reader (FCR-MLG4)
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Works well, I bought one of these in a store, used it for a couple months, but then I lost it, along with my camera, a bunch of SD cards (backups of my pictures, dumb mistake, don't backup your pictures and keep it in the same camera case) and my camera when I lost my camera case. I ended up getting a different camera, but this I wanted to keep the same, my only complaint is that the slide out parts on my new reader are very loose. On the first one I had they were solid, and had a very nice, sturdy feel sliding in and out, new one feels cheap, not sure why.
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I shoot with Sony's and some of my older cameras still use MS Duos, now i finally have a single compact (usb 3.0) reader that will support ALL of my memory cards.

Speeds seem well enough, on my 64gb ScanDisk Extreme Pro (95MB W/R) going to a SataIII hard drive, it capped out at around 65MB's (transferring 112 files @ 2gbs total) My other kingston multi card desk reader (usb 3.0) gets around 90MB's

If i had to "nit-pick", i would say that i dont like how NONE of the ports are protected. I own a IOGear USb 3.0 SD stick at at least the usb part has a cap. this is something that would prevent me from recommending or buying. For me, i just dislike having reading/transferring elements exposed. To make it perfect, i wish it has a hinging cap on both ends.

Updated "nit-pick"
As a few others mentioned, this device is large but more so with the amount of space it takes when plugged into your pc. I'm uploading a picture showing at at my work PC (Rosewill FUTURE case, Newegg #N82E16811147108) , if i plug this in, it takes over the space of the 2nd USB 3.0 port. On my work laptop (Asus ZenBook UX31e-DH72), IF the power supply is plugged in, you cannot plug in the reader. My home pc (Silverstone Tek Micro-ATX Case PS07B), that has more than enough space to cover this device and a usb plugged in device.
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