Product Type: Fujifilm Card Reader
Newest Review: ... it to my knowledge Nonetheless, it is still relatively cheap for a card reader and Fujifilm are a reputable brand, but since the device do... more
Good for free, not great for £4.
Fujifilm SD Card Reader
Member Name: Daedalus
Fujifilm SD Card Reader
Date: 20/09/12, updated on 20/09/12 (18 review reads)
Advantages: sturdy, compact, okay for money, wired for easier physical access, good transfer, reputable brand.
Disadvantages: far cheaper models available, no guarantee, not great for the money.
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.
Summary: If it comes free with your camera, stick with it, otherwise don't bother.