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Kingston USB 3.0 Memory Card Reader FCR-HS3

4.5 out of 5 stars 777 customer reviews
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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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Technical Details

  • USB Powered

Product Description

USB 3.0 HI-speed media reader

Product Information

Product Dimensions 3.7 x 0.6 x 2.1 inches
Item Weight 1 pounds
Shipping Weight 0.3 ounces
ASIN B005ES0YYA
Item model number FCR-HS3
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4.5 out of 5 stars 777 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #228 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Computer Accessories > Memory Card Accessories > Memory Card Readers
Date first available at Amazon.com July 27, 2011

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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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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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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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average speeds nothing to write home about, but was working ...for about two months, then one day when i needed to upload images from my CF card... it never recognized the reader...
wrote tech support ... no answer for now... will update if i hear anything from them.

update 2/13
RMA department couldn't recognize when i bought the device so i sent them the receipt. Then i was issued an RMA with no paid label and checked the shipping prices ( i always prefer to track what i send), so taking under consideration that Kingston did not send me a paid shipping label and i would actually need to go to the post office, waste my time while waiting for weeks for Kingston to decide if the reader can be fixed or should i get a new one... blah blah blah.. it was easier for me to search for a different card reader here on amazon. Sorry Kingston i used to love your products, i don't know if its a lemon or not but your warranty is not up to par with other vendors.
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Update 6/9/13: The replacement unit died this morning. I sat down at my computer to clear a few memory cards and the light on the top won't light up. I tried unplugging the cable at both ends and re-booting the PC. Neither worked. Needless to say i will be contacting Scott from Kingston (see below). Lowering this item to 1 star. Needless to say any replacement from Kingston will hopefully be a superior model or a full refund. I will update when it happens.

UPDATE 4/30/13: The replacement is working as it should. I will update if this one dies, but for now upgraded to 4 stars

I purchased this as my primary importing method for my new photo editing desktop. I Wanted to take advantage of USB 3.0 speeds and my sandisk extreme cards. Well, it was extremely speedy while it worked. Unfortunately it just stopped working for no apparent reason. Amazon was kind enough to send me a new one, and I hope it lasts longer this time. I checked the warranty and this item is covered for 2 years through Kingston. So for any of you out there with dead ones, maybe check that out.
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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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