Lindy – USB 2.0 6-in-1 card reader review

multiple memory card reader with fast interface
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£27.75

We recently reviewed another of Lindy’s card readers, and at first glance there’s not a huge amount of difference between that one and this.

For example, this card reader, like its predecessor, can read and write Sony Memory Stick, Compact Flash, Smart Media, Secure Digital, MultiMedia Card and IBM Microdrive memory cards, via its four slots. It’s small – small enough to carry around with you in a shirt pocket – and it draws its power from the host computer, so there’s no need for a separate power supply.

In fact, the only major difference between this card reader and the older model is that this one is designed for USB 2.0 computers. That may not seem like a major difference, but if you’ve ever had to wait while several hundred megabytes of digital photos are downloaded from your camera via the old USB standard, you’ll know that the interface does matter.

All four card slots are active on the device at the same time. There are two pairs of LEDs indicating which type of card is being accessed, which is handy as it’s not always clear from the drive letters assigned when the card’s software is installed via the 8cm CD supplied in the box (incidentally, you’ll need Windows 98SE or later, or a recent Mac OS).

You can copy data directly from one card to another, although bear in mind that there’s only one slot for SD/MMC and one for CompactFlash/Microdrive, so you couldn’t copy between, say, a Secure Digital card and a MultiMedia Card. That caveat aside, it all works well.

Company: Lindy

Contact: 01642 754 000


Verdict
For those of you with multiple digital cameras, MP3 players, PDAs and other memory-packed devices, this is an excellent solution to the problem of data transfer. It's fast, supports the majority of cards on the market and saves you messing around with lots of different cables.