This card reader / writer is also perfect for users with MP3 players, PDA's and mobile phones as well as digital cameras or camcorders. Anybody that transfers or stores data on flash memory cards or Microdrives will love the Data Banker. I purchased mine from OnlyUSB.com for just $49.99, that's less than what I paid for just a SmartMedia PCMCIA adapter a year ago.
The Data Banker is compatible with personal computers equipped with USB and running
Windows 98SE, Windows ME, Windows 2000 or Windows XP or Mac OS 8.6 or higher. It is
powered directly from the USB port, no external power supply required and comes with
a 3-foot USB cable. The unit itself is small (4.5 x 4.5 x 1.3 inches), only slightly
larger than a mouse and weighs less than five ounces so it's great for travelling with
your laptop too. In operation it draws only 200mA of power from the USB port.
The installation was quick and easy on my Pentium III 1000MHz machine running Windows 98 Second Edition. You load the software drivers first and then plug in the card reader and after the usual "detecting new hardware" routine it is ready to be used.
The data throughput is rated at 12Mbps but the actual transfer rate is dependant on your computers processor speed and more importantly, the speed of the flash memory device being accessed. Sony Memory Sticks are incredibly slow and CF cards like Lexar 12x or 16x Pro cards are very fast. Suffice it to say that it is as fast and usually faster than using the USB built into your camera. BUSlink rates the unit's transfer speed at 1.5Mbyte/sec.
Many people ask why they should use an external card reader rather than using the USB that's built in to their camera. The main reason is that you don't run your camera batteries down transferring all that data and you don't have to tie up your camera while downloading images. As I've already stated, external card readers are usually faster than the camera's USB port which certainly makes a difference if you're using a large CF card or especially a device like the one-gigabyte Microdrive.
a year ago a single-slot card reader capable of reading only one type of memory card
cost about the same if not more.
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