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decent transfer speeds, but a poorly designed CF slot is a fatal flaw...
on July 20, 2014
Sabrent provided a sample of this USB 3.0 card reader for evaluation, but unfortunately I can't recommend it very highly. The reader has a short integral USB cord, and ports for compact flash (CF), SD, and micro SD cards. Beneath a plastic a flip up cover, is a compartment with dedicated storage spaces for one CF, one SD, and one micro SD card.
When you insert a micro SD card into the reader, it smoothly and securely clicks into place, and the chances of it accidentally falling out are remote. For the SD card slot, the card slides in about 0.4", and there is no positive "click". The card may not fall out, but I would feel more comfortable, if it went in a little deeper.
Unfortunately, there are some significant issues with the CF card slot. There are guides that are intended to slide into the slots on the sides of the CF cards, but they are too short and don't extend far enough to do a very good job. It isn't that easy to slide a CF card into the reader, and have it mate smoothly with the 50 pins. When the pins do not align properly with the holes in the CF card, damage can occur to the contact points. If a pin is bent, you might be able to straighten it out, but if a pin is broken, replacement is probably your only option.
After I inserted a couple of different CF cards, I took a look at the pins, and a couple of them were already out of alignment, and one was severely bent. After just a few attempts, the reader was no longer useable. This is pretty much a deal breaker, as I can't recommend any reader that might damage a card.
Based on past experience, Sabrent usually does a better job of design than this. Unfortunately, 2 out of 3 isn't a passing grade. That may seem harsh, but if your high priced CF card is ruined, you may not be in a very forgiving mood.