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Lexar Media FIREWIRE COMPACTFLASH READER ( RW019-001 ) (Retail Package)

by Lexar

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  • High-speed Firewire CompactFlash card reader, firewire 400.
  • Easy to install and use
  • Compact and durable
  • Save device batteries
  • Two-year limited warranty

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Lexar
  • Model: RW019-001
  • Item Package Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0000VYJTM
  • Item model number: RW019-001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 6, 2007

Product Description

LEXAR RW019-001 -- Transferring digital photos, hard data and MP3 music on CompactFlash to your FireWire capable Windows or Mac computer is fast and easy with this Compact Flash-Card reader and writer Requires no additional AC power source With the Lexar RW011 you can save your camera batteries for taking pictures not downloading images Supports up to 100, 200, and 400 MB per second for super rapid data transfer

Customer Reviews

Super fast, light, compact, and easy to use.
M. Lee
This card reader is only advertised as a generic "firewire" reader.
j2tharod85
I highly recommend this product, especially for Macintosh owners!
Midwestern Joe

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Edward Seid on September 7, 2004
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I bought this item with the idea of using it with both my desktop and notebook computers. The included 6-pin Firewire cable works fine with the standard Firewire port on my desktop. However, my notebook has a 4-pin Firewire port. FYI, the missing 2 pins carry the power. This device requires power and, according to Lexar's tech support, I would need a powered Firewire hub in order to get it to work. For me, this negates the portability and convenience that I was seeking. In the end, I decided to get a PCMCIA CF Reader for the notebook.

This device is very fast and I highly recommend it IF you have a 6-pin Firewire port. I gave it 4-stars because the caveat regarding the 4-pin Firewire port isn't documented.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lenny VINE VOICE on June 12, 2005
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There are 4 small rubber feet providing a firm grip on any surface. However, when you open up the front door and angle it down (see customer photo from "programmer"), the rubber feet does not come in contact with the surface.

Pulling the door open requires some force, and unless you're careful, the door comes right off. It's simple enough to push it back, but it's a little frustrating.

If you have a laptop, get a CF to PCMCIA adapter instead since many notebooks come with the mini firewire (unpowered) port, and the firewire port is the only source of power for this reader.

The included firewire cable (3 ft long) is just barely long enough to reach from my computer's front firewire port (located near bottom of the case) to top of my table.

No CF eject button - seemed to be missing on just about all readers I've checked recently.

Minor rant : why print "Do not remove card if LED is blinking" at the bottom of the device? Doesn't it make more sense to print it near the LED?

As with all modern OS, no drivers are required. In fact, no software or driver is included.

Now, the most important part, speed. I'm getting slightly over 9 MB/s reading speed with Lexar 80x media. Compare this with around 6.5 MB/s on my fastest USB 2.0 reader (generic brand, ICSI IC1210 chipset). With another reader I only get 4.5 MB/s. The USB reader cost 1/3 the price, however, and reads multiple flash card types.

To put the read speed into perspective : you're saving almost 1.5 minutes on a 2 GB card. 45 seconds on a 1 GB card. Is it worth the time saved? Only you can decide. Do note that USB 2.0 card reader speeds are highly variable, and most of them either don't list their speed, or give you the useless "up to 480 Mbps" figure. The 6.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Johnson on March 7, 2006
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I own several CF card readers, and this one is pretty much the same as all the rest (size, shape and functionality.) I believe it is a little faster than USB, based on the articles I read, but the nicest feature is the hinged cover that protects the card slot from dirt and dust, especially while travelling. It is sturdy and should hold up well even packed in a suitcase.

My laptop only has the 4 pin firewire plug (not self powered) so the Lexar will not work with it. If you have the 6 pin firewire plug the Lexar will work just fine for you.

Remember, the Lexar is firewire only and it only works with CF cards.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By heisetax on July 19, 2005
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Finally a FW CF card reader that works & that the average user can afford to purchase. This unit seemed to transfer CF cards at a faster rate than the USB2 units will do. It comes with a real light gauge FW40 cable for those times that you want to carry the reader. I still like my Granite Digital FW cables for home/office use.

The unit is a little larger than may be needed, but smaller than what I came to expect from Lexar for a self-contained card reader/holder. The cap is a sliding cap that stays with the unit & can be used as a stand while leaving the unit open. This card holder is just a little bigger than their USB2 SD card reader. My son already purchased one for his photography business. He agrees with me about the speed.

I've already reccommended this reader & will reccommend it in the future. I'm waiting for them to produce a FW SD card reader that will operate as well as this FW CF card reader.

Mac user's will like this unit. Window's user's with FW will enjoy this while those without may find another reason for adding a FW card.

Buy-It you'll like it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Vincent E. Vizachero on February 28, 2005
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This new Lexar firewire CompactFlash card reader is substantially faster than the older purple model. It is small, fast, and reliable.

I highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Buster on March 22, 2005
Well, it doesn't really weigh very much ...but that's one of its features.

When I first opened the package, I thought this reader seemed a little cheap. The fact is, it's probably the best $40 I've ever spent. I used to download my photos directly from my camera. This drained my camera battery, required that I use the clunky Canon software, and ...took ........forever.

The Lexar reader pops up on my desktop as a drive. I can use photoshop's image browser to look at thumbnails and very quickly download the images I need. I don't have to plug it in to anything other than the computer. There's no wall-wart! I've put away the proprietary Canon-to-USB cable, and I'm no longer worried about using the USB jack so much that I end up breaking my camera's rubber door that covers the connector. The drive is so small and light that I keep it in my camera bag all the time.

WARNING: Because this drive gets its power from the firewire cable, you must have a standard 6-pin firewire port. Many laptops only have the tiny 4-pin type.
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