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Swift Syncro

SM/PC Card Read/Write Drive

Posted 8/12/00

Swift Syncro Reader

The Chase Technologies' Swift Syncro is a dual card reader for both 3.3v SmartMedia and PC (Type I or II) flash memory cards. It is a USB read/write device for Win98/2000 PC or USB- enabled Macintosh (OS 8.51+) users that need to transfer data from multiple types of storage media.

The Swift Synco is just slightly larger than an ordinary computer mouse and requires only the USB connection for operation. It directly accepts *any* 3.3v SmartMedia card or PC Card (Type I or Type II) without need for an adapter. Included is a CompactFlash Type I to PCMCIA adapter. To read CompactFlash II, MultiMediaCard, Memory Sticks or the IBM Microdrive you will need the appropriate PCMCIA adapter.

Installation is simple, just plug it into the USB port. Windows 98 "sees" the new device and prompts you to insert the driver CD disc. A few seconds later the card reader becomes part of your resources and My Computer now has two new "removable" drive icons.

My Computer drives

Data transfer is much faster via the USB port than with the serial port plus it saves draining your camera batteries during the download. Even with the newer digicams that have USB built-in it is still nice to use a card reader to save those batteries.

How does the Swift Syncro perform?

Card typeFolder sizeReadWrite
CompactFlash 80MB75.7MB2:194:02
SmartMedia 64MB51.1MB1:207:35
Memory Stick 64MB59.9MB1:509:37
Microdrive 340MB178.0MB4:3912:16
SmartMedia card read using Delkin DDSMFLS-AD adapter
Memory Stick read using Sony MSAC-PC2 adapter


  • Connects to any Windows 98/2000 USB-enabled PC
  • Connects to Apple Macintosh / iMac OS 8.5+
  • Fast transfer speeds
  • Small footprint
  • Easy installation
  • No AC power or batteries required
  • Performance up to 900KB/sec
  • Installation software on CD

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Steve's Digi-Rating

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I give the Swift Syncro reader a rating of 5 digicams, it operates as expected, installation is easy, and it is reasonably priced.

Note to Windows 95 OSR 2 users: Even after the USB support has been added there is no guarantees that it will work. My advice -- upgrade to Windows 98.

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