• Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader - LRW400CRBNA
  • Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader - LRW400CRBNA
  • Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader - LRW400CRBNA
  • Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader - LRW400CRBNA
  • Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader - LRW400CRBNA
  • Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader - LRW400CRBNA
Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader - LRW400CRBNA
Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader - LRW400CRBNA
Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader - LRW400CRBNA
Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader - LRW400CRBNA
Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader - LRW400CRBNA
Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader - LRW400CRBNA

Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader - LRW400CRBNA

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  • Leverages SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology for high-speed file transfers, with a USB interface speed up to 500MB/s
  • Ultimate high-speed performance to accelerate digital workflow
  • Maximizes speed and bandwidth of USB 3.0 computers, and supports the latest UDMA CompactFlash (including UDMA 7), SDXCTM, and SD UHS-I/UHS-II (SD 3.0) card formats
  • Enables concurrent and card-to-card file transfers
  • Pop-up design protects card slots when not in use

Customer Reviews

Corrupted image files and now damaged CF cards that can't use in camera I recently got a new MacBook Pro so I needed to upgrade my CF card reader since my new laptop doesn't have a firewire connection port. I've had this for a few weeks now. It worked ok on the first two shoots/uploads. But for the first time ever, as I was loading my 3rd set of photos into Lightroom - the images showed up as corrupted and unusable. When I put the card back into my camera, my camera says the card is "damaged and can no longer be used" -- this is the first time this has ever happened and it was after using this card reader. Does anybody have any input on this? What CF card reader is the best? 1Please read this review before you purchase. I am very displeased with this product. First attempt to deliver to my office was Friday 12-23 at 6:32 PM. That meant I needed a card reader for the weekend holiday. I went to my local MicroCenter store and purchased an Inland USB 3.0 card reader for $9.99 +tax. This package arrived today. This evening I decided to test both products side by side. I tried to copy two types of music media formats. First, I copied 26 song FLAC files that were 993 MB from my Samsung SSD external drive. The Inland took 1:13.45 minutes and the Lexar that was more than twice the price took 1:22.19 minutes. Then I tested 85 songs which was exactly 1GB. Again the $10 device out preformed the $22.95 Lexar, 1:19.48 vs 1:28.81. Very disappointing. I gave 1 star for a great design and 1 star for a nice long USB cable. I am deciding if I will return this due to lack of performance. 2Change of mind, great product Update 5/11/2016: I posted a review which you can see below, but I was dead wrong. It wasn't the Lexar USB 3.0 Dual Slot card Reader that was failing me, it was the way I had it hooked up. I had it plugged into the monitor, and for some reason the monitor would stop recognizing with my computer. Once I converted to the front USB plug in on my tower, the Dual Card reader works perfectly as I hoped from the beginning. I haven't had one ounce of trouble with it since changing up how I connect it to the computer. So I definitely have to recommend the product now.My original review: Not too happy with this product, but I haven't figured out what the problem is yet. I have a 16GB Lexar SD Card from my DSLR Camera. I Plug the USB Card reader into the computer and it's almost instantly recognized. I put the SD Card in and it too is recognized, but for how long is anybody's guess. It opens to Windows explorer for me to transfer the files and then the USB device "acts" as if the device is ejected. The computer will keep recognizing the device for several moments, then shut it down (eject). It gives me just enough time to transfer the photos usually, but I have had the problem where I get part of my files transferred and then it ejects mysteriously. I think it's a device issue, not my computer as I don't have this problem with any other USB devices I own. I wouldn't purchase again due to this problem. I figured Lexar would be a great product, but I'm not too happy with it overall. 5When using a microSDXC, USE microSD-to-SD adpator and SD card socket!! I'm using Lexar 25-in-1 / Transcend RDF9, RDF9K2 ...I felt this Lexar 25-in-1 is very reliable and fast (almost identical with RDF9).But one problem I met was when I put the microSDXC (SANDISK Extreme Pro 256 GB) into the microSD memory card slot, the write speed was significantly disappointing (about 20 MB / sec.). When I used a microSD-to-SD adaptor and put it into the SD memory card slot, I could observe the write speed increased up to 45~60 MB / sec.I thought the microSD card slot would work better then using the SD card slot with an adapter, but what I found was the opposite. This is a well-made, reliable card reader, and WHEN YOU'RE USING THE microSD card, PUT IT IN A MICROSD-TO-SD CARD ADAPTER AND PUT IT IN THE SD CARD SLOT. It will bring you more speed! Thanks!Left picture is the write speed of Lexar 25-in-1 card reader and Right picture is that of Transcend RDF9K.(SANDISK Extreme Pro 256 GB microSDXC was used for test) 5Favorite Card Reader so far!! So far, my favorite card reader.I've been shooting professionally for 25 years, and using card readers since the Nikon D1. Compact Flash cards and readers are becoming scarce, as SD is now more the norm. But pro bodies still have CF cards, including my D4.As my old one was only USB 2, i figured it was time for an upgrade. Tried another USB 3 card reader, and it failed after 2 months (pin bent in the CF card slot), so went in search again.There are varied reviews on this Lexar reader, but upon closer inspection, it seems there are at least 3 models of this reader (that all look the same externally). The one i got is model # LRW400CRBNA, with a 2015 date on the box. This 400 series i think is the latest at the time i am writing this.It is indeed USB 3, with a usb3 cord as well, that inputs into the back of the device. I like that it has an interchangable cord, and comes with one.I can swap other devices using the same cord--such as my Pioneer external BR burner, another great product:http://www.amazon.com/Portable-External-CyberLink-Software-BDR-XD05/dp/B00HSHLZJ8/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1434128497&sr=8-8&keywords=pioneer+bluray+writerIt has a great form factor, as the shell can enclose and protect itself. It stays open very well in use. When closed, the buttons on the side pop open the clamshell--this is very sensitive, almost like a mousetrap, and snaps open! Not a big deal, but kind of surprised me how sensitive it was.It can download TWO CARDS at ONCE--my main reason for purchase. So you can put a CF card and SD card and upload them both simultaneously. It is much easier to put in the CF card first, as it is on the bottom.It is VERY FAST at READING both cards. This of course, is dependent on your computer, usb ports, etc. But its the fastest reader i have ever used (other than other formats, such as the Sony XQD).It has a nice padded rubber bottom that grips relatively well and stays in place. Seems trivial, but its nice.As it only has 2 cards formats, it doesnt use a gazillion drive letters on your computer like some of those readers with 10 or more formats. If you only need SD and/or CF, this is the reader for you. I dont have or care for any of those other weird formats. Of course, you can just use a SD card adapter if you need to put in a MicroSD card.The device was recognized immediately on my two computers, with no need to download drivers or install software. WHEW, what a relief--No crappy proprietary software to put on my machines.It just works well. Reads cards from every camera ive put in it so far (Nikon D4, D7000, D300s, Fuji XT1, etc) with no glitches.Couldnt be happier to have something work well, with NO HASSLES.I will update if i ever have a problem, or if the product fails. Thanks for reading, hope this has been of help to you! 5Excellent Dual-Card Reader for Professionals I am a professional wedding photographer who shoots and imports thousands of RAW photos into my iMac every week. I use CF and SD cards on two Canon 5D IV bodies. I bought this unit because my previous multi-card reader from Transcend kept flaking out. It would read sometimes, and not read other times. That Transcend card reader was a flimsy device whereby a single movement of its USB cable would render my iMac unable to read the device.Fast forward to this little beauty, and I've had no such problems in almost a year of use. The Lexar Professional USB 3.0 card reader is tough, fast, and stable. It is built of hard plastic; it connects instantly to my iMac and Macbook Pro upon plug in; it transfers files from both CF and SD cards very quickly, even on USB 2.0; it can be closed when not in use, preventing the ports from being exposed to dust; and moving the USB cable while in use will not cause any disruption during file transfer because it won't move the reader itself. My previous Transcend reader was so flimsy and lightweight it could not rest on its feet, thus there was rarely ever a truly secure connection to the USB port. The Lexar Professional, meanwhile, is engineered well enough to support itself on its rubber base and not move if the USB cable is moved around. This ensures your Lexar will always remain connected to its port until you decide to disconnect.Overall, though pricier than other multi-card reader options, this device is highly reliable for professional use. I highly recommend!SIDE NOTE:Several reviewers have given negative reviews about this card reader, claiming that it corrupts files. One more reason I replaced my cheap and unreliable Transcend multi-card reader is because I thought that it was causing corrupt files. Upon receiving the Lexar Professional reader, I imported the files to my iMac only to witness the horror: more corrupt files (as seen in other reviewers' negative posts). I then deduced that my USB port might be the culprit. I switched to another USB slot on my computer, and the issue was solved. I've had no such issues after almost a year in use. Turns out the issue was a bad USB port on my iMac, not the card reader. That was just my experience, but perhaps that is the cause of other users' turmoil too. 5WARNING THIS WILL CORRUPT YOUR FILES! I am a professional commercial photographer. I shoot somewhere in the neighborhood of 15k images a quarter for Nike and fortunately over the years I have learned from my mistakes to triple back up my images while I shoot. I copy to both cards in camera (Canon 1dx) and am tethered to a computer where they are stored and backed up to a G-drive (great product).Occasionally while on location or in studio I use a card reader to add another level of back up. I had my digital tech throwing away cards that kept delivering corrupt files until I realized (silly me) that the fault was with this Lexar reader. Granted, the files on the card will not always be corrupted by this reader and you can redo the process to get them again but sometimes you don't have time to check every image before you erase the card. I have included a test image to show as an example.PLEASE DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT.~Ben 1CORRUPTS CF CARD - TOTAL LOSS - DO NOT BUY THIS !!! LEXAR - What is wrong with you? I trusted your brand name and you let me down in a very big way! I read a few reviews warning that this card reader would corrupt memory cards but I figured that a serious company like Lexar would have addressed the issue by now as some of those reports were old. Their site states that it is compatible with UDMA7 cards so I decided to test this reader with my SanDISK Extreme 64GB CF card. I copied a 50GB folder of NIKON RAW images and everything seemed to be fine so I decided to move the folder from the card to my desktop and 1/3rd of the way I got an error saying that some images could not be coppied as they were corrupt! When I closed the error message the card showed folders/images with gibrish names and then I lost it all... the card was no longer recognized by the computer (Win 10 Pro latest edition; Crosshair Hero VI, Ryzen 7 1800X, 32GB, etc) and no attempt I made resulted in recovering it!DO NOT BUY THIS READER IF YOU CARE FOR YOUR IMAGES AND YOUR MEMORY CARDS!Lexar - shame on you! This product issue is worthy a recall! 1Rushed Purchase So Far, So Good! I've avoided CF cards in the past as the last thing I wanted/needed was yet another format to contend with and SD cards have been serving me well for a looong time. But the best laid plans, as the saying goes, went out the window with the purchase of a DSLR incorporating only one thing I didn't particularly care for .. CF cards.Not having a reader for these cards I hurriedly went to order one in hopes of it arriving ahead of, or at the same time, as the DSLR. It did (rockstar efficiency from Amazon!) and I couldn't be more pleased with this reader. I particularly like the design that allows the reader proper to be folded down and held within the built in dust cover/stand!It's very, very, early in this new phase of having CF cards in my workflow and I will update this review should anything change.As it stands right now .. Zero negative experiences and fingers are tightly crossed hoping it stays that way.ps: Bonus This reader is also compatible with my SD cards and while I do have other readers the two formats being incorporated into one compact package is exactly what I need.Note: I didn't rate Tech Support as I have zero experience contacting or interacting with them so my 'no stars' in that category should be interpreted as 'No News = Good News'. 5Might be the BEST reader for CF cards!!! LOVE this thing! If you have CF cards there's always one thing that SUCKS and that is inserting them into a CF card reader. The problem with CF card readers is the distance from the beginning of the reader to the pins that go into your CF card. Because of this HORRIBLE design flaw, I ALWAYS end up bending a pin (or two...three...even four) when inserting the CF card. Then starts the journey of getting anything I can find to try and bend the pin back in place and when you do, the pins that were bent are never fully straight again, therefore susceptible to bending every time you insert your CF card. When you are on the job and have to transfer footage/files to your computer, sitting there and taking a minute or two just to insert your card, well, not only looks unprofessional but also can be frustrating and a pain in the a$$.I've had a couple of CF card readers and this one is by far the best I've ever had (yea...that song popped in my head as well). My last CF card reader was Inland All-In-One USB 3.0 Card Reader and I would not recommend it for CF cards. There aren't really any true guides when inserting it into that card reader, which means your margin for error (or bending a pin) is tremendously great.The distance from the beginning of the Lexar reader to the pins is roughly 1.5 cm (maybe more), which may not seem like a big deal but it makes all the difference in the world. I have yet to bend a pin. The guide track on the sides of this card reader guide the cf card in for a perfect fit every single time. When fully inserted more than half the card is covered by the reader. For me, this brings a lot of peace of mind and I no longer worry about bending a pin.Once you are done transferring footage, just simply remove the card and close the reader by pressing down on the top until you hear it click. I thought I was going to break it at first but that hasn't happened yet. There are two buttons (more like cut outs in the plastic body) on each side of the reader, that when squeezed releases the reader from 'storage mode' and allows you to insert your cf or sd card. The 3.0 speed is as advertised. I have not tried this on usb 2.0, so I am not sure how it will function, yet, I don't see it operating any different with the exception of it being slower.As far as price is concerned, I do think $49 is pretty high for a card reader and that price kept me from buying it about 5 months ago. Yet I must say, it is probably worth it for people who've experienced the 'bent pin' issue. However, I caught a sale and purchased this for $19.95 and at that price...well, I ordered two! This is a pretty simple design and is easy to operate. If you have CF cards, I don't think you will find a better card reader. 5
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Description
  • Leverages SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology for high-speed file transfers, with a USB interface speed up to 500MB/s
  • Ultimate high-speed performance to accelerate digital workflow
  • Maximizes speed and bandwidth of USB 3.0 computers, and supports the latest UDMA CompactFlash (including UDMA 7), SDXCTM, and SD UHS-I/UHS-II (SD 3.0) card formats
  • Enables concurrent and card-to-card file transfers
  • Pop-up design protects card slots when not in use
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Customer Reviews

Corrupted image files and now damaged CF cards that can't use in camera I recently got a new MacBook Pro so I needed to upgrade my CF card reader since my new laptop doesn't have a firewire connection port. I've had this for a few weeks now. It worked ok on the first two shoots/uploads. But for the first time ever, as I was loading my 3rd set of photos into Lightroom - the images showed up as corrupted and unusable. When I put the card back into my camera, my camera says the card is "damaged and can no longer be used" -- this is the first time this has ever happened and it was after using this card reader. Does anybody have any input on this? What CF card reader is the best? 1Please read this review before you purchase. I am very displeased with this product. First attempt to deliver to my office was Friday 12-23 at 6:32 PM. That meant I needed a card reader for the weekend holiday. I went to my local MicroCenter store and purchased an Inland USB 3.0 card reader for $9.99 +tax. This package arrived today. This evening I decided to test both products side by side. I tried to copy two types of music media formats. First, I copied 26 song FLAC files that were 993 MB from my Samsung SSD external drive. The Inland took 1:13.45 minutes and the Lexar that was more than twice the price took 1:22.19 minutes. Then I tested 85 songs which was exactly 1GB. Again the $10 device out preformed the $22.95 Lexar, 1:19.48 vs 1:28.81. Very disappointing. I gave 1 star for a great design and 1 star for a nice long USB cable. I am deciding if I will return this due to lack of performance. 2Change of mind, great product Update 5/11/2016: I posted a review which you can see below, but I was dead wrong. It wasn't the Lexar USB 3.0 Dual Slot card Reader that was failing me, it was the way I had it hooked up. I had it plugged into the monitor, and for some reason the monitor would stop recognizing with my computer. Once I converted to the front USB plug in on my tower, the Dual Card reader works perfectly as I hoped from the beginning. I haven't had one ounce of trouble with it since changing up how I connect it to the computer. So I definitely have to recommend the product now.My original review: Not too happy with this product, but I haven't figured out what the problem is yet. I have a 16GB Lexar SD Card from my DSLR Camera. I Plug the USB Card reader into the computer and it's almost instantly recognized. I put the SD Card in and it too is recognized, but for how long is anybody's guess. It opens to Windows explorer for me to transfer the files and then the USB device "acts" as if the device is ejected. The computer will keep recognizing the device for several moments, then shut it down (eject). It gives me just enough time to transfer the photos usually, but I have had the problem where I get part of my files transferred and then it ejects mysteriously. I think it's a device issue, not my computer as I don't have this problem with any other USB devices I own. I wouldn't purchase again due to this problem. I figured Lexar would be a great product, but I'm not too happy with it overall. 5When using a microSDXC, USE microSD-to-SD adpator and SD card socket!! I'm using Lexar 25-in-1 / Transcend RDF9, RDF9K2 ...I felt this Lexar 25-in-1 is very reliable and fast (almost identical with RDF9).But one problem I met was when I put the microSDXC (SANDISK Extreme Pro 256 GB) into the microSD memory card slot, the write speed was significantly disappointing (about 20 MB / sec.). When I used a microSD-to-SD adaptor and put it into the SD memory card slot, I could observe the write speed increased up to 45~60 MB / sec.I thought the microSD card slot would work better then using the SD card slot with an adapter, but what I found was the opposite. This is a well-made, reliable card reader, and WHEN YOU'RE USING THE microSD card, PUT IT IN A MICROSD-TO-SD CARD ADAPTER AND PUT IT IN THE SD CARD SLOT. It will bring you more speed! Thanks!Left picture is the write speed of Lexar 25-in-1 card reader and Right picture is that of Transcend RDF9K.(SANDISK Extreme Pro 256 GB microSDXC was used for test) 5Favorite Card Reader so far!! So far, my favorite card reader.I've been shooting professionally for 25 years, and using card readers since the Nikon D1. Compact Flash cards and readers are becoming scarce, as SD is now more the norm. But pro bodies still have CF cards, including my D4.As my old one was only USB 2, i figured it was time for an upgrade. Tried another USB 3 card reader, and it failed after 2 months (pin bent in the CF card slot), so went in search again.There are varied reviews on this Lexar reader, but upon closer inspection, it seems there are at least 3 models of this reader (that all look the same externally). The one i got is model # LRW400CRBNA, with a 2015 date on the box. This 400 series i think is the latest at the time i am writing this.It is indeed USB 3, with a usb3 cord as well, that inputs into the back of the device. I like that it has an interchangable cord, and comes with one.I can swap other devices using the same cord--such as my Pioneer external BR burner, another great product:http://www.amazon.com/Portable-External-CyberLink-Software-BDR-XD05/dp/B00HSHLZJ8/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1434128497&sr=8-8&keywords=pioneer+bluray+writerIt has a great form factor, as the shell can enclose and protect itself. It stays open very well in use. When closed, the buttons on the side pop open the clamshell--this is very sensitive, almost like a mousetrap, and snaps open! Not a big deal, but kind of surprised me how sensitive it was.It can download TWO CARDS at ONCE--my main reason for purchase. So you can put a CF card and SD card and upload them both simultaneously. It is much easier to put in the CF card first, as it is on the bottom.It is VERY FAST at READING both cards. This of course, is dependent on your computer, usb ports, etc. But its the fastest reader i have ever used (other than other formats, such as the Sony XQD).It has a nice padded rubber bottom that grips relatively well and stays in place. Seems trivial, but its nice.As it only has 2 cards formats, it doesnt use a gazillion drive letters on your computer like some of those readers with 10 or more formats. If you only need SD and/or CF, this is the reader for you. I dont have or care for any of those other weird formats. Of course, you can just use a SD card adapter if you need to put in a MicroSD card.The device was recognized immediately on my two computers, with no need to download drivers or install software. WHEW, what a relief--No crappy proprietary software to put on my machines.It just works well. Reads cards from every camera ive put in it so far (Nikon D4, D7000, D300s, Fuji XT1, etc) with no glitches.Couldnt be happier to have something work well, with NO HASSLES.I will update if i ever have a problem, or if the product fails. Thanks for reading, hope this has been of help to you! 5Excellent Dual-Card Reader for Professionals I am a professional wedding photographer who shoots and imports thousands of RAW photos into my iMac every week. I use CF and SD cards on two Canon 5D IV bodies. I bought this unit because my previous multi-card reader from Transcend kept flaking out. It would read sometimes, and not read other times. That Transcend card reader was a flimsy device whereby a single movement of its USB cable would render my iMac unable to read the device.Fast forward to this little beauty, and I've had no such problems in almost a year of use. The Lexar Professional USB 3.0 card reader is tough, fast, and stable. It is built of hard plastic; it connects instantly to my iMac and Macbook Pro upon plug in; it transfers files from both CF and SD cards very quickly, even on USB 2.0; it can be closed when not in use, preventing the ports from being exposed to dust; and moving the USB cable while in use will not cause any disruption during file transfer because it won't move the reader itself. My previous Transcend reader was so flimsy and lightweight it could not rest on its feet, thus there was rarely ever a truly secure connection to the USB port. The Lexar Professional, meanwhile, is engineered well enough to support itself on its rubber base and not move if the USB cable is moved around. This ensures your Lexar will always remain connected to its port until you decide to disconnect.Overall, though pricier than other multi-card reader options, this device is highly reliable for professional use. I highly recommend!SIDE NOTE:Several reviewers have given negative reviews about this card reader, claiming that it corrupts files. One more reason I replaced my cheap and unreliable Transcend multi-card reader is because I thought that it was causing corrupt files. Upon receiving the Lexar Professional reader, I imported the files to my iMac only to witness the horror: more corrupt files (as seen in other reviewers' negative posts). I then deduced that my USB port might be the culprit. I switched to another USB slot on my computer, and the issue was solved. I've had no such issues after almost a year in use. Turns out the issue was a bad USB port on my iMac, not the card reader. That was just my experience, but perhaps that is the cause of other users' turmoil too. 5WARNING THIS WILL CORRUPT YOUR FILES! I am a professional commercial photographer. I shoot somewhere in the neighborhood of 15k images a quarter for Nike and fortunately over the years I have learned from my mistakes to triple back up my images while I shoot. I copy to both cards in camera (Canon 1dx) and am tethered to a computer where they are stored and backed up to a G-drive (great product).Occasionally while on location or in studio I use a card reader to add another level of back up. I had my digital tech throwing away cards that kept delivering corrupt files until I realized (silly me) that the fault was with this Lexar reader. Granted, the files on the card will not always be corrupted by this reader and you can redo the process to get them again but sometimes you don't have time to check every image before you erase the card. I have included a test image to show as an example.PLEASE DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT.~Ben 1CORRUPTS CF CARD - TOTAL LOSS - DO NOT BUY THIS !!! LEXAR - What is wrong with you? I trusted your brand name and you let me down in a very big way! I read a few reviews warning that this card reader would corrupt memory cards but I figured that a serious company like Lexar would have addressed the issue by now as some of those reports were old. Their site states that it is compatible with UDMA7 cards so I decided to test this reader with my SanDISK Extreme 64GB CF card. I copied a 50GB folder of NIKON RAW images and everything seemed to be fine so I decided to move the folder from the card to my desktop and 1/3rd of the way I got an error saying that some images could not be coppied as they were corrupt! When I closed the error message the card showed folders/images with gibrish names and then I lost it all... the card was no longer recognized by the computer (Win 10 Pro latest edition; Crosshair Hero VI, Ryzen 7 1800X, 32GB, etc) and no attempt I made resulted in recovering it!DO NOT BUY THIS READER IF YOU CARE FOR YOUR IMAGES AND YOUR MEMORY CARDS!Lexar - shame on you! This product issue is worthy a recall! 1Rushed Purchase So Far, So Good! I've avoided CF cards in the past as the last thing I wanted/needed was yet another format to contend with and SD cards have been serving me well for a looong time. But the best laid plans, as the saying goes, went out the window with the purchase of a DSLR incorporating only one thing I didn't particularly care for .. CF cards.Not having a reader for these cards I hurriedly went to order one in hopes of it arriving ahead of, or at the same time, as the DSLR. It did (rockstar efficiency from Amazon!) and I couldn't be more pleased with this reader. I particularly like the design that allows the reader proper to be folded down and held within the built in dust cover/stand!It's very, very, early in this new phase of having CF cards in my workflow and I will update this review should anything change.As it stands right now .. Zero negative experiences and fingers are tightly crossed hoping it stays that way.ps: Bonus This reader is also compatible with my SD cards and while I do have other readers the two formats being incorporated into one compact package is exactly what I need.Note: I didn't rate Tech Support as I have zero experience contacting or interacting with them so my 'no stars' in that category should be interpreted as 'No News = Good News'. 5Might be the BEST reader for CF cards!!! LOVE this thing! If you have CF cards there's always one thing that SUCKS and that is inserting them into a CF card reader. The problem with CF card readers is the distance from the beginning of the reader to the pins that go into your CF card. Because of this HORRIBLE design flaw, I ALWAYS end up bending a pin (or two...three...even four) when inserting the CF card. Then starts the journey of getting anything I can find to try and bend the pin back in place and when you do, the pins that were bent are never fully straight again, therefore susceptible to bending every time you insert your CF card. When you are on the job and have to transfer footage/files to your computer, sitting there and taking a minute or two just to insert your card, well, not only looks unprofessional but also can be frustrating and a pain in the a$$.I've had a couple of CF card readers and this one is by far the best I've ever had (yea...that song popped in my head as well). My last CF card reader was Inland All-In-One USB 3.0 Card Reader and I would not recommend it for CF cards. There aren't really any true guides when inserting it into that card reader, which means your margin for error (or bending a pin) is tremendously great.The distance from the beginning of the Lexar reader to the pins is roughly 1.5 cm (maybe more), which may not seem like a big deal but it makes all the difference in the world. I have yet to bend a pin. The guide track on the sides of this card reader guide the cf card in for a perfect fit every single time. When fully inserted more than half the card is covered by the reader. For me, this brings a lot of peace of mind and I no longer worry about bending a pin.Once you are done transferring footage, just simply remove the card and close the reader by pressing down on the top until you hear it click. I thought I was going to break it at first but that hasn't happened yet. There are two buttons (more like cut outs in the plastic body) on each side of the reader, that when squeezed releases the reader from 'storage mode' and allows you to insert your cf or sd card. The 3.0 speed is as advertised. I have not tried this on usb 2.0, so I am not sure how it will function, yet, I don't see it operating any different with the exception of it being slower.As far as price is concerned, I do think $49 is pretty high for a card reader and that price kept me from buying it about 5 months ago. Yet I must say, it is probably worth it for people who've experienced the 'bent pin' issue. However, I caught a sale and purchased this for $19.95 and at that price...well, I ordered two! This is a pretty simple design and is easy to operate. If you have CF cards, I don't think you will find a better card reader. 5
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