One of the things I don’t like about my Compaq Presario C714NR is that it doesn’t have any media card slots. I thought it wouldn’t be a big deal or an issue since I already have a generic card reader. Later on I found out that my cheap card reader doesn’t work with Vista and I couldn’t find the USB cable for my Canon Powershot S3 IS so I had no other way of transferring my photos to my laptop.
Because of that, I had to find and get myself a new card reader. I wanted it to be affordable yet reliable and of good quality. I don’t know if you’ve noticed this but I’m a bit brand conscious. When it comes to memory cards and flash drives, my brand of choice is Sandisk. So I looked around for an affordable Sandisk card reader that can accommodate multiple memory card types. The one that I decided to get was the Sandisk ImageMate 12-in-1 Reader/Writer and I the cheapest one I found was over at ANTonline which sells for $23.77. The Sandisk ImageMate 12-in-1 card reader usually retails for atleast $30 in other online stores.
- In docking: Outer dimensions (H x L x W): 150 x 100 x 52 mm
- Reader unit (H x L x W): 20.5 x 101 x 69 mm
- Transfer, print, email, and display images with the touch of a button
- Hi-Speed USB 2.0 certified for superior data transfer
- Backwards compatible with all USB 1.1 ports
- No additional card adapters needed
- Easy to install and use; no additional driver installation required for Windows ME, 2000, XP and OS X v10.1.2 plus. Driver included for Windows 98SE and Mac OS 9.2.x plus
- Separate reader and docking station for easy desktop/laptop connectivity
- Certified Windows XP and Mac OS X
The ImageMate 12-in-1 Reader/Writer is compatible with the following memory card formats :
- CompactFlashÂ® II
- RS-MMC Dual Voltageâ„¢
- Memory Stickâ„¢
- Memory Stick Duoâ„¢
- Memory Stick PROâ„¢
- Memory Stick PRO Duoâ„¢
- xD Type M
- xD Type H
The Sandisk ImageMate 12-in-1 card reader worked out of the box. I didn’t have to use the CD and install the drivers. Transferring photos was fast and easy. It includes an optional stand (see photo above) which saves space and lets you access the card reader conveniently.
If you’re looking for a good external multimedia card reader, I highly recommend the Sandisk ImageMate 12-in-1 card reader. And if you do decide to get one, the one at ANTonline is still the cheapest I’ve seen so far.
Are you also using an external multimedia card reader like this? If so, what brand and model is it? What are your experiences with it?