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Sony Card Reader vs Kingston Card Reader.
on August 21, 2011
Needed to transfer data off a rare Sony Memory Stick and couldn't read it with my aged San disk card reader. Compared the Kingston 19-in-1 USB 2.0 Flash Memory Card Reader FCR-HS219/1 to this Sony 21 in 1 MRWEA7 and chose the Sony for the obvious native format support. I figured the $10 difference in price was justified since I prized the data I needed to save. The physical differences between the two readers are evident -- Sony hands down. The Sony ships with a short USB cable (1.6 feet) that is more than adequate for any laptop and desktop with a front panel USB port however too short if you need to plug into a back panel USB port. The Sony reader resembles my Mac Porsche inspired LaCie external drives and is solidly built. The Kingston is as ugly as sin. The MRWEA7 is Mac and PC compatible. Supports Mac OS 10.2-10.6 and Windows 7, XP and 2000. The high speed USB 2.0 Sony reader is plug and play. The only software download that exists is an icon replacement utility that turns generic drive icons into ones that resemble the card that you insert into the reader for easy identification -- no guessing between 5 ports as to which drive to open when you need images in a snap. Sony supported memory cards as follows; Memory Stick without Magicgate, Magicgate Memory Stick, Memory Stick with Magicgate, Memory Stick Duo without Magicgate, Magicgate Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Duo with Magicgate, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro (m2), SD memory card, SDHC memory card, miniSD card, miniSDHC card, microSD card, microSDHC card, Multimedia Card, RS-MMC, Compact Flash I/II, Microdrive, xD picture card. MMCplus and MMCmobile are supported but parallel data transfer is not. Recording or playback of Magicgate cards is not supported due to copyright issues. No adapter cards included. Performs flawlessly between Mac and PC. Message to Sony -- you need to standardize. Didn't you learn from the betamax failure? Those that repeat past failures are doomed to failure.