The Digital Concepts 51-in-1 card reader/writer allows you to read from and write to (supposedly) 51 different kinds of memory cards. I certainly haven’t tried all the options, but I find that it’s versatile and works great in all the ways I’ve tried it.
When I first opened the package I learned that there is a small DVD included, and was afraid that I was going to need to install some software before I could use it. If you just want to read cards from your camera, however, it’s truly plug-and-play. You only need to add the software if you want to read from a SIM card. This will allow you to download directories and text conversations from your phone to your computer. I have not tried this at all.
The reader is 1.75 x 3.5 x 0.5 inches in size with an 18-inch cord that can be detached from the reader for storage. The other end plugs into a USB port on your computer. When connected, the slots show up as additional drives on your computer, and are easily accessed.
This is my third card reader, and it’s my favorite. First I had the GFM Card Reader. It was about the same size but the cord is very short and permanently attached to the reader. It developed issues with writing to the cards after about a year. It still works most of the time and I’ve kept it for backup. Then I bought the OHM Card Reader. That was a big mistake as it is designed in such a way that it blocks adjacent USB ports. I also keep it for backup, but it drives me crazy. So, this reader, because of the longer cord, does not interfere with any adjacent ports or jacks, which is perfect!
This Digital Concepts Card Reader hasn’t caused an error of any kind yet. I’ve owned it about six months now, and use it nearly every day, as my job requires the manipulation of a lot of pictures. I like the longer cord because I can place the actual reader either close to, or farther from, my computer depending on where I’m working. The longer cord also means that the wires aren’t always being bent tightly causing fatigue and possible failure.
There are a total of six slots, four on one side of the reader and two on the other. These slots can supposedly accommodate 51 different kinds of cards. Basically these are various types of SD cards, Mini SD cards, Micro and T-Flash cards, SIM cards, XD cards, CF, XF, and MD cards. It comes with an instruction sheet which lists them all, and illustrates which slots are which in case you can’t tell by looking. There are labels on the reader as well, which have not worn off.
The card is made by Sakar, a company which makes numerous electronic accessories for computers, game consoles, etc, so they have lots of experience in the market.
It’s a small thing, but I like that the card goes into the slot right side up, which just makes sense to me. The GFM reader, my next favorite, wants the card inserted upside down. This really makes no difference at all to anything, but it always seemed odd.
The only thing that might be confusing is that each slot shows up as a separate drive, and if you only have a card in one slot (which I usually do) I have to remember which drive letter is the one I want or I end up doing a couple of extra clicks to find it. Hardly a big deal, but it’s the only negative thing I can think of about this product.
When I need to travel, I just unplug the cord and slip the reader and cord in one of the pockets of my laptop case.
It works with all new versions of Windows, XP, and 2000. If you need to use it with Windows 98se, there is supposedly a driver you can download for free from the Sakar web site
The Digital Concepts 51-in1 Card Reader is warrantied to the original owner against defects in material and workmanship under normal use, if the product is not opened or tampered with. Actual product number is CR-75P. It retails for $19.99, but I got it on sale for $17.99.
Made in China.