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This Signalex multi card reader was bought for my daughter last year as her laptop didn't have a slot for her mini or micro SD card that her camera/ phone uses. You can use various sized SD cards in the photo machines in stores but that's not much good if you're needing to transfer the photo's onto a computer at home.
We deliberately went to Poundland to get a card reader as we knew they sold a few computer accessories and hoped they'd have one and they did, therefore I only paid a bargain £1 for it.
The USB card reader supports the following - MS, SD, Mini SD, Micro SD it's literally just a transfer device. It's small and neat, about 7 inches long with the varies card slots down the side, from memory hers is black. Tucked away underneath is the USB end that you just undo then plug straight into the slot in the laptop. For a pound it's great quality.
To use you just select the right size slot for your SD card and push it in, then plug the USB into the laptop. The device then transfers the pictures from the card to the laptop. It does this really quickly not even a minute for a tonne of snaps- we're not impatiently waiting to look at the piccies.
She's used this loads and it still works, the end hasn't come lose and is firmly attached.
Again for a pound I can't complain, it does what it's supposed to.
** Introduction **
Here we have a cheap and cheerful card-reader produced by Signalex, this is a USB composite device which works via Plug & Play technology which means you won't need any driver discs or installation processes to get up and running.
** What Is It & What Does It Do? **
The unit is a budget memory card reader which connects to your PC or Laptop via a USB port, The device allows you to enter memory cards of the following types (MS, SD, Mini SD, Micro SD) which will then be read by the reader and allow you to access the data on your memory cards via your PC without the need of an integrated card reader. Most PCs come as standard with card-readers today and often new laptops have them built in to the front or side of the unit, however there are still scenarios where user's don't have access to a card reader however need one to access their data.
** This Particular Model **
This is about as 'cheap' and 'cheerful' as they come when it comes to external PC components, this model is produced by Signalex which is an exclusive manufacturer line whom are dedicated to Poundland, so that would be your first point of call to getting one, find out where your nearest Poundland store is and of course all it will cost you is £1, at this price you could grab a couple incase one ever became faulty, although I have no faults to report on my part as of yet.
** Conclusion **
Cheap and efficient USB card reader, with easy hassle free installation. Basic computer knowledge is required to use this product correctly.
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I got this at the pound shop for the princely sum of £1, and it works just fine. I have digital cameras that use SD cards and mini and micro SD cards in other devices, and use this reader to transfer to the computer to save having to find various USB cables.
I have used it for almost a year and it has no issues with plastic weakening or any indication of imminent failure - it works as well as when it was new.
The transfer rate is a little slow compared to transferring directly from my digital DSLR, for example (A Pentax k-5) but not as slow as USB 1.0 and fast enough if you just leave it to transfer. I often take this with me if I am away on holiday rather than take cables for my camera, and for £1 it performs a great little job on the cheap.
The device is a little too wide at the USB socket end, I couldn't fit it beside a slot with another cable in it, which is not ideal as I only have 4 USB slots available and usually use 3 or 4 of them for external hard drives, printers and an external SCD writer - so my biggest gripe would be that this is too wide.
These days many desktop computers come with built in slots to accept all the major memory card formats whilst laptops and netbooks seem to stick to offering only SD card readers. This is certainly the case with all the computers I use - the two desktops I have both offer all the slots I need whilst my netbooks and my work laptop have only the more common SD slot. This would be fine if everything I owned used SD cards but of course that's not the case. My DSLR camera uses SD cards, my husband's diddy little video camera uses micro SD and his compact uses old long MS sticks and the compact camera that lives at the bottom of my handbag and is used for most of my work travel, uses the smaller MS cards. For the times when I'm not at home (which is most of the time) it's handy if I have a way to transfer photographs onto my portable computers and for that I use a couple of Signalex Multislot USB card readers.
You may ask why I have a couple and the answer is simple; firstly I'm prone to leaving them around the place so having two makes it twice as likely I can find one and secondly I buy them for the grand sum of just one pound and it seems almost rude not to have more than one. Yes, I know, it sounds absurd that you can buy much for a quid but these card readers are sold in Poundland in the town where my parents live. I bought the first one back at Christmas and the second last weekend. I've found them to be really useful and an absolute bargain. My first digital camera was a Sony and so I've been tied in to the MS card system -which sometimes feels a bit like buying into betamax and losing out to VHS but I'm not bitter.
~Not always Necessary~
Now obviously not everyone needs such a thing. If you have near constant access to your home PC and it has all the slots you need, then save the pound and buy an ice-cream instead. I use mine in several ways. When I'm away on holiday, I download my photographs (I take a LOT of photographs) every couple of days so that if my camera were to be stolen or my memory card broken or corrupted, I have a back up. When I'm travelling for work, I often take a few photos in a restaurant or hotel, write the review whilst I'm still on the road, and can load the photos and publish the review without waiting until I get home. For work I visit factories, take lots of pictures with my compact camera and then can share them with colleagues without any of us having to track down a suitable card reader.
So what do you get for 100 pennies? Well firstly you don't get broken fingernails because Signalex package the card reader in a cardboard sleeve with a transparent 'pod' in which the card sits. You don't need to rip anything, you don't need to get the scissors out and you won't have to swear as you fight through impenetrable moulded and fused together plastic to get at it - just slip your hand inside the cardboard and slide out the card reader. It's 7.5 cm long, 2.6 cm wide and 1.7 cm thick so it won't take up much space. Mine are both pink which unusually for me wasn't a conscious choice, it was just the only colour available.
The pink part is transparent so you can see all the electrical gubbins inside but the base is white opaque plastic. On one end there's a plastic loop through which you could possibly attach it to a key ring or similar but it's likely to be a bit of a squeeze. Turn the reader over and the USB fitting and a short cable are tucked neatly into the base, ready to be flipped out when you want to use the reader.
The slots are all clearly marked with the exception of the one on the end which I'm not too sure about but I think it's an MS Micro slot. On the side you have the standard MS slot which takes both the chunky older MS sticks and the thinner 'mark 2' cards. The biggest slot takes SD and Mini SD and a tiny one underneath is marked for Micro SD. I've not used the Micro SD as our tiny video camera will download by an inbuilt USB connection so it's not needed. I've also not used the one for MS Micro as we have no devices that need that.
Slot your memory card into the appropriate slot - it's really pretty idiot proof. If you can't read what type your card is, then stick it in the hole where it fits. If you get it wrong or put it in upside down, it will be apparent. Easy. Then stick the reader into the USB port on your computer using the cable which is attached. Nothing to download, nothing to fuss about with just get on and download your pictures.
I cannot get too technical with you on transfer times and there's no info on what type of USB this is or how fast it should be. This is a reader for people who don't read instructions and there aren't any - or any specifications - available. It's ultimate plug and play for techno-ninnies. All I can say is that for me it's 'plenty fast enough'. I've never sat here thinking "It's a great little widget but I wish it was faster". I ran a quick test transferring 120 photos from my DSLR all in high resolution, and they transferred in approximately 12 seconds which really surprised me. There's no need for any batteries as the device takes the power needed for transferring files directly from your computer. I use the readers a few times most weeks and up to now have had no problems of any kind. I would suggest to not store it anywhere too dusty - I slot mine into one of the pockets of my handbag organiser - as with four slots open to the environment, it would be a shame to damage the electrics with a biscuit crumb or bit of pocket/handbag fluff or whatever horrors lie in the dark recesses of your computer bag.
I suspect most people think Poundland is a place for buying discount shampoos with their ingredient lists in Mongolian or packets of digestive biscuits getting uncomfortably close to their sell-buy dates but it does have a few excellent gems and I do suggest checking out the computer accessories section if you find yourself in or a Poundland. We've had various other little gizmos from the Signalex range and never had a problem with any of them and all are significantly cheaper than from most places. If you don't have a Poundland, these card readers are also available on Amazon for around £4, a price at which I'd still say they're great value - especially if the bus fare or parking to get to your nearest Poundland makes their option less attractive.