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Lexar Dual-Slot USB 2.0 Flash Memory Card Reader RW035-001
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High-Speed Reader for Professional Photographers Lexar offers high-performance Professional UDMA readers designed to help professional photographers and advanced photo enthusiasts maximize their post-production workflow speed. Lexar Professional UDMA Readers are ideal for use with high-speed cards, and provide incredibly fast download speeds when paired with a UDMA card-so you can maximize your workflow and minimize your post-production time. The Lexar Professional UDMA Dual-Slot USB Reader is a high-performance reader with a compact, design that enables the fastest download speeds from the highest capacity CompactFlash (CF) and Secure Digital (SD) cards. Fully compatible with UDMA CF, standard CF, SD High Capacity (SDHC), and SD cards, the reader provides versatility and the ability to leverage blazing-fast UDMA CF card speeds. The Lexar Professional UDMA Dual-Slot USB Reader satisfies the demand for faster transfer rates from card to computer. The reader has two slots, allowing it to read both CF- and SD-format cards, including UDMA CF and SDHC. The rugged Lexar Professional UDMA Dual-Slot USB Reader has a compact, portable design that's perfect for the photographer on the go. And its dual-slot, with slots for both CF and SD cards, makes it incredibly versatile. Lexar is the brand trusted by professionals. When used in conjunction with a UDMA CF card, the reader's high-speed performance allows you to reliably improve workflow and drastically accelerate download speeds from card to computer-saving you time and money. The portable Professional UDMA Dual-Slot USB Reader comes with free, dedicated customer support and a two-year limited warranty. Designed with professional photographers in mind, the Lexar Professional UDMA Dual-Slot USB Reader delivers high-speed transfer rates, so you can get back to the business of photography. *Highest transfer speeds achieved when paired with a UDMA memory card.
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One of the main things that brought me to it is the dual card function. CF has been (still is) the standard in most professional cameras. Some have added a second card in SDHC for backup or simultaneous writing.
For a trip I am about to go on, this is excellent. My pro cameras can download and my girl friend's point-and-shoot uses SDHC.
The other little touches that pros can appreciate: They put a slim rubber piece all around the bottom. No more sliding around the table!! Also, it closes like a clam shell. Not a big deal; just another dust free addition.
I don't have the 32GB problem so I cannot address it. Three things keep me in the 2GB-4GB-8GB market.
1. I have to send cards in for edit many times during a shoot. If I filled even a 2GB card, I over shot.
2. I can buy 32GB's worth of 2GB and 4GB for a lot less than one 32GB card.
3. Even when woking for myself, filling 32GB cards could spell disaster!! It is better to have work spread out on multiple cards in case of failure or loss of one.
Just for kicks I tested it with a Sandisk SDHC Ducati--one of the fastest cards out there. It works just fine.
A great professional investment.
It also, some times, has problems of conection as well as reading certain cards.
I never had a BIG issue with, but, for the price paid, could be, at least, better build.
<Here is the original review 6 weeks after purchasing it in 12/2008>
I recently purchased a Canon Vixia HF100 camcorder and knew the files would be HUGE, so I was looking for the fastest SD card download set up I could find.
I initially bought this Lexar Pro UDMA Dual-Slot Reader and a SanDisk 16GB Extreme III 30MB/s SDHC card hoping for at least 20MB/s performance from the SDHC Card.
Alas, this Lexar reader only gave me 18MB/s performance on this SDHC card, so I purchased the Sandisk SDDR199 to achieve 24MB/s for the SDHC card and I use this Lexar reader for our CF cards.
I like the Lexar reader a lot. I perceive it to be of better quality and I like that it protects the slots from my kids who have already bent the pins on another CF reader by jamming something into the inviting slot. I like the simplicity of having just two slots. The included usb cable is too short to reach my desk, however it is a standard cable so I just use the cable for the Sandisk (1 cable, two readers).
I am going throw away all the other card readers that have proven themselves to be highly unreliable, slow to respond and not worth their cheap price.
I would love to see someone make a firewire (or esata) SD/CF combo reader because I read that Firewire CF card readers are getting about 40 MB/s.
This one worked great right out of the box - just plugged it in, inserted a CF card and began importing my images at high speed. The speed of the reader seems quite fast and it also seems well made. I can download about 400 raw format images from my Canon 7D in around two minutes.
It snuggles down inside of its plastic "frame" until you are ready to use it. Then you just squeeze the buttons on each side to pop up the reader and expose the two card slots - one for CF cards and one for CD cards. The reader comes with a reasonable length USB cable - about 3' long.
All in all this seems like an excellent product and I recommend it.
I've had no problems with formatting, etc. I always format in camera anyways. There was one instance when my 8GB card was full and when I inserted it to move the files, the PC said I needed to format the card in order to use it. I just canceled and opened up the card with Windows Explorer and manually moved the files over without a problem. Installation is plug-and-play both on my Vista and Win 7.
If you want the quickest transfer speed, you'd be better off with Firewire or USB 3.0 but for USB 2.0, it's nice and quick.