I'm an avid photographer, so my digital camera gets a good workout! Unfortunately, I lost the cable that connects my camera to a laptop many years ago, so to transfer images onto my computer I have to take the SD card out and physically plug it into my machine.
My new laptop has a built-in SD card slot, but my older machine that I used for many years did not, so I had to purchase an SD card reader to plug into my laptop's USB drive. I found the Easyi USB SD card reader in a local cheapy shop for around £1.
The main body of the Easyi USB card reader is made of black plastic and measures approximately 1.5cm x 4cm x 0.5cm. The brand logo and the SD logo are printed on the front, along with a stylised image of an SD card. The front of the card reader narrows slightly into a standard metal USB plug, and at the top of the device is the SD card slot. At the bottom of the device is a small light strip, which is illuminated when an SD card is being read by a computer.
The USB plug is protected with a fitted clear plastic cap.
To use the card reader I gently push my SD card into the appropriate slot, remove the protective cover from the USB end and then plug the USB end of the card reader into my computer. After a few seconds a menu pops up on screen stating that a new drive has been detected, allowing me to click on the drive folder and access my pictures.
Data transfer of both JPGs and AVIs between the reader and computer is quick, with around 1GB of data transferring in around 45 seconds. Whilst data is being transferred the light strip flashes to indicate the stick is 'live'.
Once I've finished transferring files, I click on the 'eject drive' option on my computer and remove the card reader. To remove the SD card from the reader I pull it out gently and clip the protective cover back on. It pops on and off easily and it hasn't fallen off during the time I've been using the reader.
The reader has been used countless times over the years and my SD cards have sustained no noticeable damage from beng inserted and removed in the SD slot, telling me that this little reader is very well made. I've used it with both Windows XP and Windows 7 and neither operating system has had any trouble accepting the drive. I've not had to install any software to use the reader; it's strictly 'plug and play', which is always a relief to me!
I've now had my card reader for about 5 years and it's been very reliable. I've only had one bad experience where I lost some photos because something went wrong in the transfer process. That may have been down to a number of problems, so I can't blame the reader and it's never happened since.
Even though my new laptop has a built-in SD card reader I've still hung on to this little device in case slot on my laptop stops working. It takes up no room, and has proven very reliable.
Whilst I haven't seen this reader in pound shops since I bought it, I've seen them for sale on Amazon for £2.99 so they're still widely available.
**Price and Availability**
The EASYi USB SD Card reader is usually found at around £1. It is currently available on Amazon for 99p + marketplace sellers' postage and packaging charges. I bought mine from a pound store in Scarborough, Yorkshire, so even better!
The reader is about 4cm in length (5cm inc black cap) and is styled in black plastic with a white and red logo. It's pretty standard in terms of looks and is smart and suitable for business use.
It couldn't be easier to use. It has a slot in the side which you place your SD card in. Once you have your SD card in the USB slot it acts just like a USB stick, in that you can view, move, add and delete files.
It's quite fast in terms of transfer speed (USB 2.0) and I've used it no problems with 512mb to 16GB cards of all speeds.
I use it primarily for getting the photos from my camera onto my computer and also with video files from my video camera. It works great with PC and Mac, compatible with every version of Windows I have tried and Mac OS X Tiger and Snow Leopard.
It's very sturdy and in use it doesn't feel flimsy or heat up.
My only slight criticisms are that I wish it had a keyring on it (as I keep losing it!) and I wish the cap was attached to the body when the cap was removed as I keep losing that, too! That aside, I really cannot complain with this USB SD card reader especially considering it was only a quid!
I absolutely recommend it, it's brilliant value for money, is incredibly useful and it's robust. I don't think there is any need to spend more money than this when this does the job just fine.
5/5 and if you can get one in the pound shop snap one up!
I love taking photos and I'm guilty of taking too many of them quite literally thousands of them so that results in countless numbers of SD cards of varying sizes (memory size) sitting in drawers all over my house. The fact that most, if not all digital cameras come with a USB slot on the side so I can transfer my photos to and from my computer or laptop is a very handy way to view and edit them. But to be able to just slot my SD card into this USB stick makes the process even quicker and even more simple to do.
This compact gadget is only the size of a standard USB stick so that means I can carry it around with me to clients and just pop it into my laptop or theirs if I don't happen have mine with me. Having photos of my previous work is a great way of helping a client to know what to expect and what the end result may look like if they use the products correctly.
I just simply remove this tiny reader from my bag pop in my SD card by sliding it into the side of the reader and insert it into the USB slot on the device which I wish to display the images on. They appear almost instantly on screen and I can flick and scroll through them at my leisure. This can also accommodate SDHC they are the high capacity cards and give me the option of using them If I need to. Quite a few new TVs and fancy gadgets have USB slots built in so that as well is fantastic to be able to view my work on a large screen TV if I want to.
Apart from using this for work we had a Playstation 3 that was one of the first models to be realised and that had a SD card slot on the front under the flap but when we replaced our PS3 with the new slimmer bigger memory model the SD card slot had been removed so having this gadget again makes viewing and transferring photos back and forth so much easier than having to do it with the usual USB cable.
This is a plug and play device meaning just that, I just pop it in and it is ready to go it couldn't be easier to use. This one cost me around ten pounds but there are very cheap ones available but I can't vouch on how well they work but you can pick them up in £ world, and saying that according to dooyoo amazon Market place are selling this for only 99p at the moment.
Whether it is £1 or £10 the clear convenience and ease of use of this device means I have to give it five stars.
I purchassed this a while ago when I had my old laptop, there was no sd card slot inbuilt into the laptop. I needed a reader so I could take the photos from my camera Sd card and put them onto my computer. I got mine from amazon for under £4. they are good value for money because they are built well. My brother bought a cheap version and it stopped working! this hasnt failed me yet and still is getting use.
there are lots of these on the market, most of them can read micro sd cards now, but I find they are not made aswell as this one. This is very easy to use, all you do is place the Sd card into the slot provided. you then plug it into a usb slot in your computer/laptop and your computer will then recognise it and give you options to open the folder where the files are stored on it. My laptop instantly recognises its been put in and will open up straight away.
The Usb reader is black and looks great. It doesn't look tacky and is well built so it wont break easily. the device it has the name of the device and also a image of an SD card showing what way you need to put it into the slot provided.
If you want a simple to use SD card reader that won't let you down, then this is the one for you. the price of it is brilliant and wont break the bank. most new laptop have an inbuilt reader, but if your not lucky enough to have one (like me) then this is a great alternative and will help you keep up to date! Well worth a try :)
overall i was very happy with my purchase, I wasnt expecting it to be brilliant for the price, but i am really happy and glad I got myself one :)
thanks a lot for reading, hope it helped you out :)
I purchased one of these little SD card readers from Amazon not long after christmas, as we have quite a large family there is always hundreds of pictures taken at family party's etc and with the demands of Facebook and Twitter everyone has been waiting for them to be uploaded but the problem was that the only memory card reader in the house is conveniently built in to what's also the slowest laptop! ...So I decided to invest in one of these budget SD readers so I could easily download the content on to the family desktop pc.
As with almost all of my purchases from Amazon the device arrived promptly without any issues and worked fine within a few seconds of inserting the device and memory card in to the USB slot. The reader cost me just short of £4 which is considerably cheaper than a lot of readers around.
There isn't a great deal to say about this product other than it serves its purpose well, its small enough to just fit in a jacket pocket for easy transportation between work and home etc.
As far as im aware it operates with the USB 2.0 interface which allows fast transfer speeds of up to 320mbps however it will be nice to see newer readers with USB 3.0 capability.
Overall this easy SD reader is just one of them useful products that you should buy just for the off-chance that it may one day just come in useful for your media device, and for less than £5 delivered you really can't go wrong!
I had to purchase a card reader as my quite old laptop wouldn't read my new sd picture card.
I was initially a bit miffed about this and was just tempted to buy another picture card that my laptop could read, however, when I saw how small and light this is I decided to just go ahead and buy a card reader.
This is so small and compact and lightweight, it easily fits into a pocket, or a handbag, or a camera case, or a laptop bag. It was also really cheap.
This worked instantly, I just inserted my sd card, inserted it into my laptop and my laptop then found the devive and displayed all my pictures instantly.
It is then easy to transfer all my pictures from my sd card through the card reader onto my laptop.
I have quite a lot of picture cards and it can read all of them, no problems whatsoever.
Definately a worthwhile purchase.
After a stint in Asia doing a bit of travelling I had taken around 6000 pictures, thats 6000 files that needed to be transferred from my SD memory cards (all 12 of them) to my PC. I had read in a 'Travel Photography' guide that it is not advisable to transfer directly from your camera as any loss in power can cause loss of images, which for my was a risk I wasn't willing to take. I got this nifty little card reader from Amazon for around £4, very cheap in my eyes. I have had and been using this reader for around 6 months now
DESIGN, I like the look of the EASYi, it looks like and is a similar size to a standard USB memory stick. It is black in colour and made of plastic. The SD card slot is on the right hand side (as in the picture above) and the transfer indicator light is on the left, this shows when the PC is interacting with the device in any way. Out of the box it comes with a clear plastic protector for the USB end that I lost about a day after I started using it, but i'm like that. There is a small plastic loop at the rear for attaching to keyrings etc. The EASYi only caters for SD and SDHC cards (the same size) so if you are looking for a multi car reader this is not for you.
DAY-TO-DAY, I find this device very pleasant to use, it is very simple after all. It is Plug and Play so no messing around with drivers or other software, it comes up on screen just as any external hard-drive or memory stick would, in the My Computer window. The memory card itself sits very comfortably and firmly in its slot meaning I have never had any trouble with bad connection. Due to its size it is very easy to travel with either in a laptop case or camera bag, you barely notice it's there.
RELIABILITY, To date I have never had any complaints about this device as far as reliability are concerned, no lost files, no connection problems, the light even still flashes to life every time it's plugged in.
IN SUMMARY, This is a great device. It's role is very simple and it does it with great efficiency. Yes it could look more glamourous but really for around £4 I really cannot complain. If you want a device to read your SD/SDHC cards then this is ideal for you...and don't worry all 600 images made it safely to my PC.
I seem to accumulate card readers like my dark clothing accumulates white cat hairs - although the majority of the cheaper ones that I've bought have long since broken, and the pricier multi-tasking ones have all gone missing! My latest card reader is the EASYi USB Card Reader for SD/SDHC - a handy device which should make the process of image transferal from camera to computer into a simple task.
PRICE & AVAILABILITY
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In terms of its cost, the reader has a current price of £3.75 from Amazon. The recommended retail price is £10.24 - although I've always seen it sold for less both online and on the high street. If you're after a bargain then you should head over to Ebay, where in recent weeks I've seen sellers getting rid of their stock for around £1.99.
DESIGN & APPEARANCE
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Rectangular is shape with slightly rounded edges, the EASYi looks pleasant enough with its black plastic body. The size is pretty much as standard for a single slot reader - it isn't the smallest that I've seen, but it's by no means the bulkiest either. Strangely enough, the reader seems to be identical to Integral's Single Slot SD reader (which I also own) - except for the fact that it's black rather than white, and features a slightly rubberized finish. The USB end of the reader is protected by a see-through cap (which can be easily removed), whilst the opposite end has a small hole which allows it to be attached to a cord for transportation. SD cards are slotted into the device on the right hand side, and they slide in effortlessly and remain securely in place.
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As a plug-and-play product, the reader will work straight from the box - there are no drivers to download, and both PC and Mac users are catered for. As well as standard SD cards, the reader is also compatible with SDHC (high capacity) cards, which the older card readers on the market aren't compatible with. The only downside (and I'm being especially picky here) is the fact that the product isn't a multi-reader - that is, it doesn't cater for the XD or MMC cards of this world.
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*For the price* I would argue that the EASYi USB SD Card Reader is the best device in its class that you can currently own - just search for the product on Amazon and you'll see a wealth of positive ratings (out of 234 reviews, 223 are rated four or five stars), which says it all. In the couple of years that I've owned it, I've found the product to be reliable and easy to use; plus, it offers very good value for money - recommended.