Back in the days of 2008 when every computer didn't come with a SD card reader, I needed a way of backing up the photos I had taken with my camera. I wasn't as technology minded back then and to be honest didn't even know USB SD card readers existed. For this reason, to solve my conundrum of getting these photos onto my laptop, where else would I turn to for advice on my camera? That's right, Jessops. They instantly showed me this very small black device which they said was just what I was looking for. Taking their word for it, I handed over £8 and I was on my way.
This device is plug & play i.e. it required no proprietary drivers to use - everything it needs to run will already be installed on modern computers therefore when you plug it in, it will work straight away - this was very helpful considering I was only just starting my journey with technology and therefore any complex setup would have confused me completely. Once plugged in, you can open up the device folder on your computer and copy over files as you would with any other folder - no additional software needed at all"
The device is about the same size as a credit card in length and width and about a 2cm height. This means that is is very compact, for all of the features it has, this is very surprising. The USB connection swings out from its own compartment in the side of the device which makes it even better for storing as you do not have to worry about it snapping of due to getting caught. The only issue with this is that it can be a little difficult to get out as it has no spring assist for the USB arm which is a feature I would have liked - I can spend a few seconds trying to get my thumb nail to get a grip on the small node on the arm to get it out of the compartment.
For what I needed, this card reader suggested as Jessops was a bit of an overkill. If I was to get just an SD card reader which is all that I really needed, I could have probably only spent about £3-£4, however, this device was a reader for practically every type of card you can imagine. I see myself as very knowledgeable with technology, I'm even going to university to study Computer Science and even I have never heard of the majority of the storage devices that this reader can handle, there are about 14 or 15 different cards which, even more surprisingly, can all be read simultaneously by the reader if you are the one person in the country who would actually need this feature!
I like this card reader, but the card in my main camera is a compact flash, and although the card fits in the slot, the computer can't pick it up, as I am using this camera most of the time, its a bit of a bind. It brilliant on my phone and small compact camera cards though, and the small size makes it dead handy to take around with you should you need to.
This must rank as one of the best purchases I have made for under £20 as I have been using this multi card reader for about two years now. The only time I do not use it really is when I'm travelling as I have a card reader that is smaller and matches the card I use in my main camera.
The main benefit of this device is that as well as reading micro sd, SDHC and M2 cards to name but a few, it can also be used to read other less common makes and therefore is a useful device to have around the house. It has a rectangular shape and is bit more bulky than a traditional card reader, the size in area of a small mobile phone like the old Nokia but not as heavy or thick. The usb folds back into the main body of the reader when it is not in use which means that it will not get damaged in transit or when stored in a draw.
On the side there is a small led which flashes recd if the card is not ready to be removed to prevent any corrupting or loss of data, there are different sized slots so there is plenty of scope to find one to match the memory card that you are using, the transfer speed is good depending on the card that you are using. The card reader is robustly made and is compatible with windows and mac operating systems.
It is so easy to use and I have found it to be reliable and fast which is all you can really ask from a card reader. Certainly worth the money in my opinion.
I bought this card reader from Jessops when I stupidly broke the adapter for my camera so I could download my photos. It only cost £15, which I thought was ok given that it can be used with so many different types of cards, in fact I didn't even know that there were that many different cards. The cards just slide into the relevant ports and it's a case of plug and go.
It is a USB 2.0 device but it is backwards compatible so will work if you have an older laptop. I bought this when I was running Windows XP and it continued to work when I upgraded to Windows 7. The website doesn't list Windows 7 as one of the operating systems, but it works for me. All you have to do is plug this device into your computer's USB port and Windows just picks it up, so there is no need to install any software. I've had no problem with it downloading photos etc from my SD card and I've also been able to save data onto other cards with no issue whatsoever.
The USB plug tucks away inside the reader when you're not using it, so there is no danger of snapping it off or getting it clogged up with fluff. The other good thing about having the USB plug integrated into the unit is because there also isn't the danger of losing a cable that makes it work.
All in all this is a smart little unit, it's just black with the logo written in white across the top. And don't worry if you're not sure which port to put which card in, because they are all labelled on the unit. It's about the size of an average sized mp3 player and so is very very portable. I'm really pleased with this purchase and would recommend it for anyone else who is looking for a card reader.
This memory card reader is made by the company Jessops and is an all in one card reader. It is able to read many different sorts of memory cards, including SDHC cards, the most common sort. It can also read more uncommon sorts of memory cards though which is certainly very useful, especially when you find an old memory card from years ago like I did and find that your computer can't read it because of how big it is. This memory card reader could easily read it though because it has slots for smaller and larger memory cards.
The shape of it is reasonably rectangular and it has several slots all over it for you to put your memory cards into. It also has a USB point for connecting it to your computer which can be folded up so that it hides inside the main case of the reader. This is a very useful feature as it makes it less likely that you could catch the USB part and break it - something which, as a clumsy person, I would undoubtedly do with a memory card reader with a more conversational design where the USB is on a lead that sticks out from the main casing, as my old one did until I did just that with it.
The colour of the memory card reader which I have is black all over with white writing on it but I believe you can get a version which is white all over with black writing as well now.
I believe I paid £15 for this memory card reader about two years ago (although it is now available on places like ebay for around £10) and it is still most definitely working just as well as it was when I first bought it.
There is a lighting system on it where it will flash red if it's not ready for you to remove the card from the card reader and it will flash green when it is okay to remove the card. My friend has the same one as me though and they said that the light bulbs no longer work in their's. They've had it about the same time as mine and apparently while it still works as well as mine in terms of moving the items from the card reader to the computer or just for looking at the things on the card, the lights no longer work so you have to be careful with when you take things out or put things in in case it isn't ready for it to be removed and wipes the card clean. I've never personally experienced this but I could imagine it would be extremely annoying. Many cards do have a lock feature so they can't be wiped though so maybe enabling that could prevent loss of serious data.
Overall, I would say this is a pretty decent memory card reader. It would perhaps be useful if there was some sort of clip for the retractable USB part so that it didn't keep randomly flipping out of it's slot but in general, it works well for what it's meant to do. This is merely a design fault and doesn't effect the actual use of the product at all really. I would definitely buy another one when I need to replace this one as I don't feel that the price is too bad and it gets the job done efficiently.
I am always listening to music and posting photos on to Facebook so I was looking for a memory card reader so I could have easier access to editing my files. When my mum said she had seen one for sale on the internet which read different types I couldn't help myself, I had a look and thought it looked good.
I bought it off of Argos.com for £13.49 which I didn't think was too expensive for a product which had been reviewed as being good, so obviously I bought it.
I received it through delivery about four days after and was impressed with how easy it works. You just plug it in to your laptop or PC and it comes up as a normal flash drive would. I had to install the settings and software for it, but I wasn't much bothered by that.
The actual product is a small black rectangle which has several ports where you add the different memory cards to it. It is able to accept the following memory card-
- Micro SD
These different memory cards are sold individually and don't come with the product. I really like the way the product looks, although is slightly big and weighs down my laptop a little when I lift it (expected).
I like the range of different memory cards that you can use with this product as you usually have to get an individual USB lead for each device that the cards go into, which can be a pain if you've lost it. I think it makes it easier to access your files if you are going to work or going away. I can keep them safe too which I think is good. When you attach the product to a computer it will light up, letting you know it is connected and a series of simple instrusctions will appear on the screen. You are able to put more than one card in at a time which I feel is very useful. If you wanted to access one card first, and another after it enables you to do this.
When you disconnect the product you will need to eject it as it can format the card, losing precious data ( has happened to me!).
They are widely available at a range of prices. Mine cost me £13.49 which is good but you can get them from Curries and PC world ranging from £10-25. I think that this is a reasonable price range and I do recommend it to anyone because to this day I havn't been able to find fault with it.
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Jessop's is a fairly trusted name although sometimes classed as a bit expensive, I knew of them as a camera store and that was about that but they stock a lot of accessories too and this card reader was something I needed and had been looking for, for some time.
I had seen many cheaper than this one but had never heard of the brands making them so was worried they might be no use and at only £15 this one wasn't exactly expensive.
It is an all in one card reader meaning if you have a memory card this will read it and therefore you can upload or download to and from it using this.
It works with a USB 2.0 connection so it is very fast, it also is backwards compatible meaning if you have an older PC or laptop with USB 1.0 connections only then this will still work fine for you.
The USB connection slides out from the side so is nicely tucked away when you are not using it, saving it from getting broken.
The six slots on the front are clearly marked so you always put the right card in the right slot; the slots are for cards SDHC, SD, MicroSD, XD, CF and Memory stick.
The card reader does not need any software to install it you simply plug it in and windows does the rest, making it easy even for the least technical minded people of which I am probably one.
I have owned the reader for more than a year now and it has given me no troubles at all, it just works first time every time and it transfers files to and from my PC with very good speeds.
So all in all for me this was £15 well spent and although you can buy similar products for under a tenner I feel secure in the fact that mine is made by a brand I know and trust, and I would recommend this to others no trouble at all.
This is a very handy all in one card reader from Jessops. It is simply designed, being black all over, with silver writing on. It measures 6.5cm x 4cm and is 1.3cm deep. The USB connection slides out from the side so is nicely tucked away when you don't want to use it, and rotates out a full 180 degrees very easily. It is a USB 2.0 connection (whatever that means!)
There are six entry points for the cards to go in with a list on the front that tells you which cards it takes: SDHC, SD, MicroSD, XD, CF and Memory stick. When I was first given this card reader I initially panicked, being a bear of little brain, and wondered how I would ever know which slot to put which card in. But on turning over the card reader I discovered a handy little map, obviously put there with imbeciles like me in mind. It tells you quite clearly where each card goes and gives you even more types of cards that fit into each slot. For example on slot takes M.S./PRO/Duo. Who knew there were so many different cards out there?
The cards I use go in and out of the slots with ease and so far no damage. The computer has no trouble picking the card reader up and reading all my images. All in all, a very handy machine and a lot easier that searching for all those different camera leads and trying to find the right one to fit the camera you have been using.
It retails for £15, which I think is a reasonable price.