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SanDisk ImageMate All-in-1 Flash Memory Card Reader

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  • Detachable metal stand included
  • Up to 34MB/s* transfer speed
  • Fast, sleek and reliable USB reader for all memory card formats
  • Launch button to start your favourite application

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  • USB Powered

Product Description

Transfer your files to your PC quickly, easily and safely with this USB reader. The All-in-One Reader works with all popular types of memory cards, without the need for an adapter. With read/write speeds of up to 34MB/s*, this is one of the fastest USB 2.0 readers you can find. The included metal stand lets you easily detach the reader and slip it into your notebook bag. Press the transfer button on top of the reader to automatically launch your favourite application or website when transferring or editing your files. And when you're all done, stand back and admire your work and your All-in-One reader, sleekly styled to look great on your desk. Package Contents: Reader, Metal stand, USB 2.0, Quick Start Guide (Downloading the User Guide)

Product Information

Product Dimensions 7.5 x 2.5 x 2 inches
Item Weight 6.1 ounces
Shipping Weight 6.4 ounces
ASIN B001FR8PQS
Item model number SDDR-189-A20
National Stock Number 7025-01-573-8776
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4.0 out of 5 stars 136 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #733 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Computer Accessories > Memory Card Accessories > Memory Card Readers
Date first available at Amazon.com January 29, 2009

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By Mitchell Small on May 5, 2009
I do not like the software that comes with many digital cameras that forces you to connect the camera to your computer to transfer your photos. The card reader built into my computer does not read the newer SDHC cards, so I needed an external card reader.

Installation could not have been simpler: plug one end of the supplied mini-USB cable to the reader and the other to your computer. Wait until a message shows the device is ready and you are done. No drivers to install, no setup program, just plug it in and you are done. The small size allows it to easily fit into a laptop case for travel or share with other computers at home.

Despite what some people have posted about this reader not working properly with their operating system, mine is performing flawlessly with Vista. What is more, I find this reader is faster than the one built into my computer.

Strongly suggested for fans of digital cameras and other devices with removable memory cards. As a bonus, it can also read the micro-SD card from my GPS without needing to find that pesky adapter that is always getting lost.
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I have been using the older SanDisk ImageMate 12-in-1 card reader for years, happily reading my Compact Flash, Memory Stick, and SD cards. Then, one day I bought a newer, larger capacity SD card (also SanDisk), and found that the 12-in-1 would not recognize it.

A Google search revealed that the protocol for reading the higher capacity and/or higher speed cards that are now on the market was somehow different from what the 12-in-1 was designed to handle. SanDisk's website allowed that there was a firmware flash upgrade available for the 12-in-1 that would allow it to read memory cards with the newer protocol, but unluckily my particular reader was old enough that there was no flash available for its serial number range.

I bought a nice looking all-in-one reader made by IOGear (their "56-in-1 Memory Card Reader/Writer"), and it worked with the new card, but the transfer was agonizingly slow. It took almost an hour to transfer the 8GB card's contents to my computer. Extrapolating how long the older Sandisk 12-in-1 took to transfer a 2GB card, this was a ridiculously long time. Another Google search revealed that this reader, and some others, were notoriously slow...I should have Googled before I bought!

The same search suggested that the new SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One Reader/Writer was a speed demon, so I ordered one from Amazon (no local stores carried it, interesting enough).

The new SanDisk reader works well. The cards plug in and can be removed easily enough, the reader transfers data at a reasonably fast rate, etc. However, I find that SanDisk really fell down in the ergonomics department with this product.
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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 the Lexar Pro UDMA Dual-Slot Reader and a SanDisk 16GB Extreme III 30MB/s SDHC card hoping for at least 20MB/s performance.

Alas, the Lexar reader only gave me 10MB/s performance on this SDHC card (see re-test later for 18MB/s)

So I then purchased this SanDisk All In One Reader (SDDR-189-A20) and I achieve 17MB/s, which is much faster than I ever had before, however no where near the 30MB/s advertised.

According to [...]:
Unlike the ImageMate Multi-Card reader, the ImageMate All-in-One doesn't include support for the proprietary data timing mode found in SanDisk's Extreme III 30MB/s Edition SDHC. This means it doesn't deliver an extra speed boost when paired with one of these specific cards.

So I then purchased the Multi-Card reader (SDDR-199-A20), which is basically a 1 slot version of the 3 slot SDDR189.

On my Dell XPS600 with Windows XP SP3 with Norton IS2009 turned off, downloading a 1GB movie takes
55 seconds - 18MB/s - on the SDDR189 and the Lexar (close enough to rank together)
41 seconds - 24MB/s - on the SDDR199
43 seconds - 23MB/s - from my USB 2.0 hard drive
31 seconds - 31MB/s - from that same hard drive via firewire 400 ()
10 seconds - 95MB/s - from my external esata hard drive ()

Considering that a typical download is 2 to 5 GB, we are talking about saving several minutes here.

I like the Lexar reader a lot. Even more-so now that my initial test of 10MB/s proved to be faulty.
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I ended up returning this reader because of its inability to read a SanDisk 16GB micro SD card (mSDHC) in the mSDHC slot. SanDisk technical support confirmed that the SDDR-189 has a flaw in its mSDHC controller where it cannot handle the initial power up of certain current generation mSDHC cards. The workaround offered was to utilize a micro SD to SD adapter and place it in the SD slot of the reader. This worked but essentially made the reader purchase pointless as the intention was to do away with mSD to SD adapters, being able to natively read mSD, SD, and CF media on hand. There are no fixes planned for the SDDR-189's mSDHC controller, so for now it's either go with another vendor or wait to see what the next generation of SanDisk reader offers.

Other reviewers have noted the overly lightweight design and two handed operation, one to hold the unit on the stand and the other to remove the media. In addition, I found that the mSDHC slot required the card to be inserted so far that there is very little exposed material of the card left to grasp when trying to remove it from the reader. The slot is not spring loaded to allow for a push release, so what you have is a minuscule edge to pinch onto with your fingernails. The other media slots (SD and CF that I used) did not have this problem, leaving a reasonable amount of card material to grasp.
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