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Rocketfish High-Speed Memory Card Reader - Card reader ( CF I, CF II, Microdrive, SD, miniSD, CF, microSD, SDHC, microSDHC ) - Hi-Speed USB

3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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  • Compatible with CompactFlash, CompactFlash UDMA, Secure Digital and Secure Digital High Capacity cards Also compatible with Microdrive, miniSD, microSD and microSDHC with the use of an adapter (adapter not included).
  • USB 2.0-enabled For high-speed data transfers up to 480 Mbps. USB 1.1 transfer rates up to 12 Mbps.
  • Compatible with CompactFlash, CompactFlash UDMA, Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, miniSD, microSD, microSDHC and Microdrive
  • Type of Accessory: Memory card reader
  • What's Included: * Rocketfish High-Speed Memory Card Reader * USB cable * Utility CD-ROM * Owner's manual

Product Description

If you use a DSLR or other high-end digital camera, this memory card reader will help you view your stored images. USB 2.0 capability ensures fast, 480 Mbps transfer rates to your computer or printer.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • ASIN: B002WECZGO
  • Item model number: RF-CRSWIVEL
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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I bought this an an open box item. It got to me fairly quick. My first impressions upon opening the box was that this thing looked really slick. I was expecting it to be a tad thinner but thats not really much of a concern. This product is LIGHT. REALLY light. I was not expecting it to be this light! It has a nice build quality, and the coating material on the product has a nice matte feel to it. The color scheme is also pretty nice.

I have a DSLR camera, and use a high speed 4GB CF card in it. I popped that in and it read and wrote perfectly onto the card and very good speeds. I love the fact that this thing has the USB connection built into the body. I was mainly looking for something wire free and compact. This fits the bill and I am very happy with it.

My only gripe with this product was that the USB connector does not have a "click" feel when you open it. It opens out almost all the way but does not lock. It sits around being all wishy washy about which direction it wants to bend in. Apart from that, its great! If not for this issue, I would give it 5 stars.
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I purchased this as a portable UDMA card compliant reader a few years ago. It has turned into my primary reader. It is fast, easily portable, and fairly sturdy.
Use caution inserting the CF card so that it enters the pins straight. All portable readers have short entry ramps to save size so just use caution.
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The swiveling feature built into this reader, a good idea if properly executed, is, because of an internal design flaw, the Achilles heal of this unit. Mine, like many other reviewers, worked for a time before becoming finicky then failing altogether. I popped it open and discovered the flaw. The five wires running from the circuit board of the reader to the back of the USB plug enter the plug through a hard rubber gasket. The edges at this entry point, while not sharp, are enough to gradually weaken the unprotected wires. On my unit, the black and yellow wires had broken right at the point they entered the USB plug. This happened over time as the plug was folded in and out from the reader and will happen, in my opinion to every one of these units eventually. I cannibalized a spare USB plug I had around and, with a soldering iron, some heat shrink and a half hour, got this reader working again. It's not as sexy looking, as it now has a four inch tail of a USB plug sticking out from where the red plug once folded, but it works and likely will for many years.

Manufacturers of these devices need to put real thought into how to make these products less disposable. There's no reason why a card reader like this should fail after a couple of months of use. Having it do so does not create repeat customers as I doubt any of those who gave this a negative review because of failure will buy this again and they'll be unlikely to buy other products with this brand. It would not cost Rocketfish more than a couple of cents more per unit to protect the wires at the point of entry, thus making this device much more reliable.
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I've been using this card for two years, and it's the best thing since sliced bread. It's super light-weight, slips easily into my camera bag, and while I generally use it with my own laptop, I've also plugged it into client's computers. It's recognized immediately and I can dump my photos directly onto the computer.

I've read through the other reviews and haven't experiences any of the problems they've mentioned -- other than the "It doesn't click" issue. But I don't recongnize that as an issue at all. I plug it into a USB socket, pop my CF card into it, and start downloading - not sure why having it "click" into place is important. It's plug N play.

The built in USB connector tucks away nicely when not in use, and you never have to worry about losing or breaking a cable.

I don't own any other RocketFish products, so I can't speak to the company as a whole, but this gadget does exactly what says it'll do. I couldn't be happier with it. - 5 stars
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The Rocketfish high-speed memory card reader comes in a nice plastic container and is powerfully and smartly colored. It's a greyish black, with strong red highlights. It says to the prospective buyer: "I am a no-nonsense machine with much to offer! I will make your life easier and do while looking smart!".

Let me tell you, it makes your life easier... after you return it for not working. I tried to load it into 3 machines. An XP and two Win7 machines. None of them worked, and even under the conditions of letting the machines choose the driver, as well as loading the rocketfish DVD driver in each instance. Be careful and do the smart thing, avoid rocketfish at all costs. Just the name should tell you, who would put a rocket on a fish and expect anything productive to turn out? A moron, thats who. Well, I am that much less a moron now. I sure hope you don't make this mistake too.
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