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Fujifilm Card Reader is a relatively aesthetically pleasing card reader with a USB connection.
Entirely compatible with PCs and Macs alike, it is a very portable device in that it is rather compact, although this does naturally increase the risk of losing it. Its pleasant, lightweight design however, does make it perfectly acceptable to leave in one's PC's USB port permanantly, without looking unsightly or having its wires dangle precariously.
Available for around four pounds (approx.) on Amazon, it is frankly a little overpriced. This is due in no small part that it only reads one kind of SD card, and only one card can be inserted at any given time. When most pound shops in this country offer larger, albeit uglier, but equally reliable card readers that support a multitude of cards, for just £1, (Poundland, Poundworld for example) the price can't really, in my opinion be justified.
Not having to connect your camera directly to your PC does however, save on battery consumption so a card reader is worth having if only for that reason. Also, the card's transfer rate is consistently adequate and the self contained drivers install automatically and instantaneously, and are also available online should they become somehow lost. The device is relatively sturdy and can be dropped from a good height without being damaged, although no anti-shock casing exists for it to my knowledge
Nonetheless, it is still relatively cheap for a card reader and Fujifilm are a reputable brand, but since the device does not come with a guarantee itself, this doesn't really mean much. The card does however, come 'free' with a variety of Fujifilm cameras, along with an optional extension lead if you can't reach your USB port, which is arguably handy, and a specific detail difficult to come by in most peripherals of this sort.
So while this is fine for an item which comes free with a more expensive one, I would not recommend buying it separately, as there are cheaper, equally efficient models already readily available on the market, specifically in the myriad pound shops dotted around the UK.
In a moment of utter clumsiness I managed to knock my laptop off the table (admittedly from a low height) onto the floor. Unfortunately there was a SD card reader in the computer's USB port which took the full brunt of the fall. Luckily, the laptop was unharmed (these Macs are made of sturdy stuff!), but the card reader was completely obliterated. A few clicks later I had ordered a new card reader online, this time made by Fujifilm.
Cost, Design, and Appearance
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Price-wise, the card reader retails at only £2.99 from amazon.co.uk - placing it amongst the cheapest in its class. The reader is compatible with both regular SD cards and the newer 'SDHC' (high capacity) ones, plus it will work straight from the box with either PC or Mac. From a design perspective, the reader is small and ultra-pocketable - it also weighs very little. In the hand, the reader feels generally tough and also looks smart with its shiny black plastic outer shell. SD cards are inserted into the right hand side of the device, and the process feels smooth without any excess scraping on the card itself.
When in use, a small light illuminates on the bottom edge of the reader, which handily serves as a reminder that you shouldn't suddenly pull the device out of your computer. The USB end of the reader is protected by a removable transparent plastic cap, which keeps the product dust free when not in use.
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I've had no problems with the card reader in the five months that i've owned it (even though it has been lost and subsequently found several times!). Overall, the Fujifilm SDHC card reader is a reliable and well made product which is available at a very reasonable price - recommended.