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Kingston USB 3.0 Memory Card Reader FCR-HS3

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  • USB 3.0 - up to 5.0Gb/s data transfer speed
  • Ultra portable; sleek metal construction
  • Maximize the full speed potential of your memory cards
  • Built-in LED indicator and three-foot USB 3.0 cable
  • Versatile works with the following Flash card formats: CF Type I, CF Type II, SD, SDHC, SDHC UHS-I , SDXC, SDXC UHS-I microSD - microSD,
  • Backwards Compatible - with USB 2.0
  • Guaranteed two-year warranty
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  • USB Powered

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  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 0.6 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B005ES0YYA
  • Item model number: FCR-HS3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (472 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 27, 2011

Product Description

USB 3.0 HI-speed media reader

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Customer Reviews

It transfers my files at 20 MB/s, 20x faster than my old card reader!
Shneebly
Often in my line of work I have to upload two cards at once and I like to keep a card reader in my bag at all time because you just never know when you need one.
michael a yanow
Works great, reads faster than computer's built in SD card reader, reads about twice as fast when plugged into a USB 3.0 port than a USB 2.0 port.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Wes on June 26, 2012
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I needed a reader to replace my built in reader to the PC. So I got this reader + the Plugable USB 3.0 card.

I've used the SD and CF slots, and they are very easy to access. The cards go in and come out without the awkward bumps or need to use strange hand contortions.

I also capture some statistics, although I'm not sure how relevant this is to the reader itself since, the media you are accessing generally limits the transfer rate. I wish I had some type of media that actually exceeded the rate of transfer USB 3.0 provides to test the reader, but I don't have anything that fast right now.

Kingston's USB 3.0 Media Reader Computer Memory FCR-HS3
Plugable PCI Express to SuperSpeed USB 3.0 2-Port Expansion Card for Desktops (NEC/Renesas Chipset)

Windows 7 64bit
2.79 GB file transfer from local HD to memory card
I took the average reading from the last 15 seconds of data transfer

SECURE DIGITAL
Sandisk Ultra 64gb (rated 30 MB/s)
Write 12.6 MB/s
Read 40.2 MB/s

Transcend 32gb (rated ?)
Write 18.7 MB/s
Read 21.8 MB/s

Patriot LX Series 32gb (rated ?)
Write 11.0 MB/s
Read 22.3 MB/s

COMPACT FLASH
Lexar UDMA 7 CF 64gb (rated 400x)
Write 58.2 MB/s
Read 106.0 MB/s
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By WMWM on February 20, 2012
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Ive been looking for a fast card reader to import all my DSLR RAW+Jpeg shots without taking forever. Even though this one seemed a bit more expensive, i can assure you, its worth it. Most important thing, speed, which is very fast, i got sustained speeds of 40+ MBps with a Sandisk ExtremePro 16 GB (theoretical max speed of 45MBps) . When the card is in use, the red kingston logo lights up. Also durability is a giant plus, you cannot tell from the photos, but the top shell is made from dark brushed metal, giving it a classy and cool look while hiding fingerprints, along with looking chiseled. The cord is 2.5 ft long so it suits my purposes well. Even if this wasnt USB 3.0 it would still be a great USB 2.0 card reader. 5 stars!

Pros:
Fast USB 3 speeds
cord is replacable
Brushed metal shell
lighted kingston logo
2 year warranty

Cons:
expensive
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Sally VINE VOICE on November 16, 2011
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Buy this reader - it is a dream compared to USB 2.0 readers, and its price make it the obvious choice compared to the other products in this arena.

I shoot with a 21mp Canon 5D Mark II, and the largest cards I have are 32 gig compact flash cards. In moving from USB 2.0 to Firewire 800 on my Mac, to USB 3.0 with this reader, it's a delight to see my 32 gig card downloaded in just over 7 minutes compared to what would have taken around 40 minutes with USB 2.0.

The reader supports other card types, but I do not have those and so cannot comment on its performance with them.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Den on November 5, 2011
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Despite the issues one reviewer had with performance, I'm seeing a 2x+ speedup over my USB 2.0 SHDC reader with the Kingston when using a very fast flash card.

When copying from a fast Sandisk Extreme Pro 32GB SDHC UHS-I card, Windows reports about 18.9MB/second copying over a folder filled with JPEG and RAW files when using my old USB 2.0 reader. With the same card in the Kinsgston FCR-HS3, Windows reports 42.0 MB/s. It cuts the transfer time by more than half.

Note that you need a fast, premium SDHC card for this to be worthwhile. Using an Amazon Basics 16GB Class SHDC Class 10 card, the Kingston copied at at 21.2 MB/s, where the USB 2.0 adapter was nearly as fast at 18.6 MB/s. A PQI Class 6 SDHC card got a similar speedup, copying at 19.3 MB/s over USB 2.0, and 21.8 MB/s on the Kingston USB 3.0 adapter. Class 6/Class 10 cards just won't send data faster than a little over 20 MB/s.

So it's only worth replacing an existing reader if you have a very fast SDHC UHS-1 or SDXC card (or similarly fast card using one of other techs). That said, if you need a reader anyway, it's worth buying this even if you're using stock Class 6/10 cards, given that you'll probably use something faster in the future.

My only wish is that I wish there was a reader with just SD technologies. My DSLR doesn't use CF and I haven't owned a CF card in years, and the last time I needed MS was before my PSP died. It'd be nice to have a smaller SD-only model, though this one's quite compact as-is.
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38 of 47 people found the following review helpful By mntony on February 25, 2012
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For the most part, this device is okay, and it certainly seems to transfer data quickly. The trouble with the device is recognizing when a CF card has been installed. It shows up in Explorer right as though it should work like any other card reader. However, when a card is installed, it continues to appear as though it's empty. It's easy to "fix" by unplugging the USB cord from the device and reinserting it at which point the CF card is now recognized. So, I have to ding it for the inconvenience and for not really quite working right. But it's still usable and does run at USB3 speeds.

EDIT: I should have mentioned, I'm running Windows 7 64-bit.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nikhil S. Shringarpurey on March 30, 2012
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This little card reader is an absolute gem for any photographers, or really anyone needing to use a lot of flash memory cards. With my old card reader, I was pulling around 15 MB/sec per card. With the same cards, this reader is just kissing 80 MB/sec. Now, this will require a decent card (I use SanDisk Extreme, but NOT ExtremePro, as I felt it was too expensive). With a good card though, this thing will blow your mind.

Bonus - this comes with a nice USB 3 cable that you can use for other devices, too!

A 5x speed savings? Yeah, that's worth 25 bucks!
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