nas03We have another network storage device in our labs; the Thecus N2800. This is a 2-bay NAS with dual network controllers, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and eSATA connectivity. We have tinkered around with some of Thecus’ products before and found that they usually are looking at getting you solid performance, but you are not going to get a ton of frills with them. This is not to say they do not have their own feature set that is worth talking about, but that in the past we have found them to be very straight forward products. Good performance, good price and they will do what you need them to. We have been told that this has changed at Theucus and they are moving in the direction of adding in a wider feature set with their NAS Products. So let’s take a look and see if there has been any improvement.

mbl05With the increasing popularity of the SD form factor for media storage (SDHC, SDXC, etc) in modern devices like Cameras, Camcorders and more it was no surprise to see many mobile devices built with an SD card reader. However, most desktop were left out as there is no spot on a motherboard to deal with this. So many photographers and videographers end up tethering their cameras to their systems just to get their images onto them for work. This is awkward and can be annoying. True there is an option for a multi-card reader, but many of those are slow or can be as bulky as the cameras were. With the release of the USB 3.0 specification and the rise of the case with USB 3.0 ports on the front it was time to revisit the multi-card reader. Today we have a small USB 3.0 multi-card reader from Kingston that is not much bigger than a USB flash drive. So follow along as we introduce you to the Kingston MobileLite G3 USB 3.0 Reader.

   

Kingston Digital Launches USB 3.0 Media Reader

·        USB 3.0 Interface Provides Up to 5.0Gb/s Data Transfer Speed

·        Perfect Device for Quick Downloads from High-Capacity Flash Memory Cards

 

Fountain Valley, CA -- August 1, 2011 -- Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the launch of the Kingston® USB 3.0 Media Reader. The reader takes advantage of performance benefits offered by USB 3.0 technology, allowing for faster data download times.

The Kingston USB 3.0 Media Reader supports multiple card formats including the newer high-capacity SDXC. With its quick and easy plug-and-play design, it delivers up to 5.0Gb/s data transfer speed for high-resolution images, large data files and more making it ideal for serious enthusiasts who need a fast and reliable data transfer device. It is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0.

“The Kingston USB 3.0 Media Reader’s ability to handle multiple card formats combined with its small form factor makes it perfect for use at home, on the road or in the office,” said Andrew Ewing, Flash memory business manager, Kingston. “It is the essential device for reading higher-speed cards currently offered in the market and a convenient way to move photos, music, data and more between multiple platforms.”

The Kingston USB 3.0 Media Reader comes with a three-foot USB 3.0 cable. It is backed by a two-year warranty, 24/7 tech support and legendary Kingston reliability. For more information visit www.kingston.com.

Kingston USB 3.0 Media Reader Features and Specifications:

·         Portable: convenient small size

·         Versatile: works with the following Flash card formats:

  • CompactFlash

– CF Type I (UDMA 0-6)

– CF Type II (UDMA 0-6)

  • Secure Digital

– SD

– SDHC

– SDHC UHS-I

– SDXC

– SDXC UHS-I

  • microSD

– microSD

– microSDHC

– microSDXC

  • Memory Stick®/M2*

– Memory Stick®

– Memory Stick® PRO

– Memory Stick® Duo™

– Memory Stick® PRO Duo™

– Memory Stick® M2

·         Requirements: system with USB 3.0 port

·         Backwards Compatible: with USB 2.0

·         Dimensions: 3.66" x 2.07" x 0.63" (93.17mm x 52.68mm x 16.00mm)

·         Speed Rating**: USB 3.0, up to 5.0Gb/s data transfer speed

·         Operating Temperature: 32º to 140ºF / 0º to 60ºC

·         Storage Temperature: -4º to 185ºF / -20º to 85ºC

·         Operating System Compatibility: Windows® 7, Windows Vista® (SP1, SP2), Windows XP (SP3)

·         Guaranteed: two-year warranty

 

* All brand and product names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only. Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO Duo are trademarks of Sony Corporation. Kingston is not affiliated with Sony Corporation. Other product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

** Speed may vary due to host and device configuration.

 

Kingston USB 3.0 USB Media Reader

Part Number

Capacity and Features

MSRP (U.S.)

FCR-HS3

Multi-Card Reader 3.0

$ 45.00

K I N G ST O N PAR T NUMBERS

 

About Kingston Digital, Inc.

Kingston Digital, Inc. (“KDI”) is the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products. Established in 2008, KDI is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, USA. For more information, please visit www.kingston.com or call 800-337-8410. 

 

Kingston and the Kingston logo are registered trademarks of Kingston Technology Corporation. All rights reserved. All other marks may be the property of their respective titleholders.