Lexar Media USB 2.0 6-in-1 High Speed Reader
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- Small convenient size
- High speed USB connectivity
- Supports today's most popular media
- Lightning fast transfer rates
- Transfer large volumes
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From the Manufacturer
With all of the different types of memory cards available today, the Multi-Card Reader is the most versatile solution for transferring files to your computer. You are able to transfer files from devices such as digital cameras, video camcorders, MP3 players and even personal digital assistants (PDAs). Its compact size and USB connectivity make it convenient to take it with you wherever you go.
Works with all popular media types!
- CompactFlash (Type I and II)
- Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro
- SD Card
- xD Card
Remove your memory card from your digital device, insert it directly into the Multi-Card Reader, then drag and drop files to your computer
Portable Design makes it easy to use
Easily connects to your computer through your USB port and needs no external AC power. Streamlined design makes it convenient to carry with you in your travel bag.
Saves your camera batteries
Use your batteries for taking more pictures with your camera instead of transferring images to your computer. The Reader lets you transfer your photos without even turning your camera on.
Transfer Images Faster
USB 2.0 is 480 Mbps, 40 times faster than USB 1.1. It's a much faster way to transfer data if you have this newer technology in your computer, and it's backwards compatible with older USB ports.
1-year Limited Warranty
Top Customer Reviews
Once you plug the drive in, four new drive letters are added, one for each memory card slot. The Lexar drive has the same problem of all drives of this type in that the computer does not indicate which drive letter has the compact flash and which drive letter has the other media. But since the drive designations are the same each time you plug the Lexar drive into your computer, you can learn which is which. The first time that I plugged the Lexar drive into my XP computer, the computer kept telling me that I had added new drives which was a bit annoying. However, this only happened the first time and I have had no problems since.
I chose this Lexar drive due to its being USB 2.0. My current computer does not have a USB 2.0 port, but my next computer will and so I wanted to plan ahead. Windows gives me a warning that I have plugged a high speed device into a slower USB port, but it works just fine, just at the slower speed. (I can only vouch for how the drive works with XP. I don't know how well it works with other operating systems).
Overall, a great little drive to transfer files. I would recommend it to anyone with a digital camera or anyone who wants to transfer large data files between computers.
A few things to keep in mind though: the first is the design. The door opens by being pulled down, that wouldn't be bad, but it's a curved piece of plastic so the card reader is held off the table by the cover, take a look at the pictures, and you'll see what I mean. Also, the USB cable attaches to the side and not the back. So if you're looking for a card reader to sit on a table next to your computer. All neat and tidy you my will look elsewhere. I think this was more designed for on the go. Throw in a backpack etc.
Those were a few things I wanted to mention.
Have some fun and get it done
I called up Support, and they took care of me. They didn't ask me where I purchased, when I purchased, etc. They had me ship them my Rev A, and they sent out, for free, a Rev D. All I can say is: Wow. Reading the cards with Rev D is so much faster than the Rev A (twice as fast). And writing to them works perfectly.
Please, call up Lexar support. Tell them the reader doesn't work with SanDisk cards. They should take care of it.
I emailed Lexar tech support and got no answer (except the automated one) after several days. I managed to get through to a live technician on their 24/7 online service this evening (after failing to raise anyone last weekend), and his advice was to *not* use any driver on Windows 2000.
This is contrary to all the printed materials packed with the unit, mind you, as well as the version matrix found under drivers on the Lexarmedia web site. Perhaps the latter Win2K service packs supplant the need for a 3rd party USB 2.0 driver. It would be nice, of course, for the driver installer to sense this, and not install a conflicting driver, which appears to be the case.
I uninstalled the driver, rebooted, and after telling the device manager to update the driver (it came up with an yellow exclamation point), it found a usbstor.inf file on my local drive, and installed it.
Now, it works like a champ. Nice, stable, high speed transfers.
By the way, I preferred the Lexar reader because I found (at least the older USB 1.1 ones) they run just fine on Linux, as well, so I can use them on either my desktop or my Linux laptop, running SuSE 8.1. I don't have USB 2.0 ports on my laptop, so I can't tell you if the RW018 runs under Linux, there, yet.
On a related matter, I had a SanDisk Ultra 128 MB CF card go bad on me recently (couldn't write or format the card) and SanDisk replacemed the card for me under their 5 year warranty. They even paid UPS shipping both ways. The replacement card carries a lifetime warranty. Very responsive technical support, compared to Lexar, I must say.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It worked for a year and stopped working. The computer recognizes it, but the memory can't get recognized. I had to buy another reader.Published on February 1, 2009 by Cristiano C. Duarte
I bought this reader back in 2004 or early 2005. It's been really good to me, I can't complain. However, we just bought a new camera that can use SDHC cards, and my trusty Lexar... Read morePublished on August 24, 2008 by J. English
I have a couple of these readers (home and office) and have been very satisfied with how they work. It reads most kinds of cards though I only use SD media. Read morePublished on January 12, 2007 by Renee Christensen
Lexar USB2.0 reader went from erratic to consistently dead. Playing with the software was annoying, it seems to crash Windows Explorer or Computer management very easily. Read morePublished on December 23, 2006 by kevin76013
I've had this for 1.5 years, use it very often, and love it. Pictures transfer fast and make it very convenient. Great product. Highly recomended.Published on November 25, 2006 by C. Pace
High speed reader that works flawlessly and at high speed. All you need for your card and computer.Published on July 4, 2006 by Ghost