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This was a bit of a 'god send' when I can across it. For years I've used standard SD cards in my cameras etc (and Sony Memory Sticks before that) and every time I wanted to quickly transfer files and the like to my computer, I could just take the card out and slot it into one of the multitude of card reading slots on my computer and easy transfer data. Then just when I thought that these memory cards couldn't get much smaller, along came the micro SD card that was less than the size of my finger nail. I've got a 16Gb one in my mobile phone at the moment, that has more capacity in this tiny little device than the rack full of data CDs that I have on my desk and the small fist load of USB Memory sticks in my drawer combined.
So this whole problem of being able to quickly transfer data and photos onto a computer from a micro SD card was solve when I came across this Sandisk Mobilemate Micro. A mere snip at £4.75 from Amazon, it is itself a very small device, and I think they may have actually artificially bulked it up a bit and ergonomically shaped it with a bulbous bit at one end just to make it easier to handle. But it is still tiny, and hence it comes with a black attachment cord attached to the back of it at one end and a ring at the other so that you can attach it to a lanyard, your key ring or even your phone. The device is basically plastic, and is red and black in colour.
The purpose of it is to allow you to transfer your data from your micro SD card (as commonly found in modern mobile phones) to your computer. As well as the micro SD, the device will also read micro SDHC and memory stick micro (M2) memory cards. The idea is that you can fit these cards into the back of the device into the little slot that lies underneath at the back of the device. The one slot will accommodate each of the 3 memory card types.
The idea then is to plug the front end of the device into a spare USB 2.0 slot on your computer. The beauty of this device is that there is no need for any pre-loading of drivers for it to work, and hence you can easily transfer files to and from any PC based systems, and Mac systems to. Plug it in and your system should quickly recognise it as a mass storage device and allow you to open it within a window in order to view the contents and transfer files as required.
I've been using this for quite a few months now and it has lasted very well, especially considering that I normally have it stuffed in a drawer or buried in my pocket. It does feel and look to be well made. The memory cards seem to have a positive fit into the rear of the device and don't at all feel loose in any way, and likewise, the USB connection at the front feels solid and not likely to fall out.
In summary, with the increasing use of micro memory cards in mobile phones and some electronic equipment in the modern day, a simple fast method of data transfer is required, and this Sandisk Mobilemate Micro perfectly satisfies that need. Cheap, well made and reliable, you just can't go wrong. Highly recommended.
At work, I come across a vast number of memory cards/USB sticks, etc. The majority of them are very good, adn it's so easy to get caught up in how many different varieties there are as producers compete with various different designs. Everything seems so easy - that is, apart those tiny little cards you get in mobile phones, etc: micro SD cards.
This little card reader is the smallest I have seen, and no surprise there: all it needs to do is house the tiny little microSD cards and hey presto, you have an easy way of transferring your data from your phone onto a computer. You can get other similar products such as regular size SD cards that have a small slot for the micros to go in, but I find them unreliable.
It's quite amazing just how small this is. It's designed to be easily handled between your finger and thumb, slightly raised where you'd hold it and this makes it quite ergonomic and practical to use. Putting it in a USB slot is also very easy, as the join between the plastic paddle handle and the actual USB element of it is secure. Sometimes, there's a bit of movement on other USB connectors and they don't feel secure. This, by contrast, is very firm as there is no break in the surface: it's an all in one connector and main part.
The device usually appears very quickly on my desktop, without the 10 seconds or even more that some USBs can take to register. I like the fact this is pretty much instantaneous. Nor does it try to load anything onto your desktop to make using it more interactive. That really bugs me about things such as Cruzers.
As devices become smaller and smaller, such as this one, it stands to reason they get fiddlier. After all, our fingers don't shrink to get more efficient as time goes by, so the ratio makes it sometimes harder to handle them. I have particularly chunky fingers, and this does make handling micro SD cards somewhat of an occasional chore. Thus, putting the micro SD card into this tiny 'stick' is a bit fiddly, too. This is to be expected, though, and in no way reducing the efficiency and how well this works.
I'd definitely recommend getting one of these. Most of us with mobile phones will find there's a micro SD card either in your phone or available for it in terms of memory. This little accessory is a great way of transferring your data across without having to carry around cables. This device will cost you around the £5 mark, but this really depends on where you get it from. I think this is a great investment, and is also a great little present for someone. Highly recommended.
As our electronic devices decrease in size, so do the memory cards
that we put into them. Although the MicroSD card ('SD' stands for 'Secure Digital') has been around for a few years now, i'm still impressed that so much data can be stored on such a small item. For those of you who haven't seen a MicroSD, it's basically an uber-tiny bit of plastic which is around half the size of a postage stamp - it's all very fusturistic... and all too easy to lose! There are many ways to transfer the images, sounds, or videos which are stored on a MicroSD card to your computer - but my favourite method is via Sandisk's 'Mobilemate Micro'.
Costing in the region of £4 - £8 depending on your choice of retailer, the device is manufactured from sturdy black plastic, and is comfortable to hold. To use, you simply side a MicroSD into the slot on the MobileMate's upper surface, and then attach the device to the USB drive of your computer. It works with both PC and Macs, and once attached, a folder should appear on the desktop with the contents of the MicroSD card inside. Getting the MicroSD into the Mobilemate is probably the trickiest part of the process, as it is a little fiddly - however, just picking up a MicroSD from a flat surface is fiddly in itself (especially if you've got no fingernails), so a little difficulty is to be expected. As well as reading regular MicroSD cards, Mobilemate is also compatible with the MicroSDHC (high capacity) format of memory cards - this is especially handy, as many of the older MicroSD card readers aren't able to read MicroSDHC's.
The Mobilemate Micro comes with a small black cord lanyard, allowing you to attach the device to your keyring and have it with you at all times. A word of warning however - I had the attached to my keys for a couple of months, and one day it suddenly wasn't there. A metal section on the end of the lanyard is a slight weakness, and its structural integrity should be checked from time to time - manage to keep hold of your Mobilemate Micro however, and you'll find it to be a handy and well designed device - highly recommended.
The Sandisk MobileMate card reader is a stunning device for use with micro memory cards. Tiny, easy to use and very sleek, it is simply brilliant.
It is probably the smallest piece of hardware that I own, at just about the size of a thumb. The fact that it fits into a USB drive at all is a phenomenal feat. Aside from size, it is sleek, with a black main body and red (or silver in some models) trim. On the reverse, logos show you that it can take Micro SD cards (even SD HC) and M2 memory cards from Sony.
The device simply does the job very well. Just plug in your memory card to the device, plug the device in a USB port and you can instantly access all of your files. Having used it with an in-phone microSD card, I found transfer rates fast, with no hiccups along the way. There is very little to say other than that it has never left me disappointed and has always performed data transfer well.
For those looking for a quick, easy and cheap way to access files on your PC from microSD or M2 memory cards this is the ideal choice. Small, sleek and reliable it will solve your problems in no time at all. Just make sure not to lose it, as it really is very tiny!
This can be snapped up from between £0.50 and £5.00 (search performed on Amazon).