The Lexar Pro USB 3.0 Dual Slot Reader may be the most expensive card reader we looked at, but with the ability to read both SD and CF cards concurrently, speed is the key factor with this model.
USB 3.0 is the next generation of data connection, with data transfer up to 10x faster than a USB 2.0, so with a compatible computer image downloads should be super-fast. USB 3.0 products are backwards compatible too, so you can use this reader with your current system.
Compact in design, the Lexar Pro boasts a pop-up mechanism that provides protection for the connection pins within the slots – perfect for the outdoor photographer. It also has guides within the slots for easier card insertion. Aesthetically speaking, it looks the business too – sleek yet robust it wouldn’t look out of place on any desktop.
- Price: £34.95 (As of July 2016)
- USB: 3.0
- Card slots: CF & SD/SDHC
- Visit: www.lexar.com
This review was first published in the March 2012 issue of Practical Photography - download back issues here.