I typically use a PC card adapter for uploading images to my PowerBook. It fits nicely in my bag and always seems to work without fail.
But a recent book project has forced me to test some new media readers, and one in particular has turned my head — the Belkin Hi-Speed USB 2.0 15-in-1 Media Reader & Writer. Yes, that’s quite a lengthy title, but it does a lot of stuff.
It accepts just about every type of memory card on the planet. And in my case, since I use CF and SD cards, I can put one of each in the reader at the same time. The upload speed is incredible. The specs say “480Mbps — 40 times faster than USB 1.1 media readers.” Well, I’m not sure about 40 times faster in real life, but this thing smokes.
It’s also quite thin and doesn’t take up much room at all in my laptop case. No special drivers are required. My PowerBook has USB 2.0 built-in, and that’s all it needs. The only downside is the hefty USB cord that accompanies it. I tried substituting one of my Zip-Linq retractable cords, but the Belkin didn’t like it and wouldn’t mount on the Mac. So for now, I’m stuck with the hefty cord.
Cord issues aside, I’m really hooked on this $49 device. I just love watching it drain a 512MB card in no time at all.