In this Itechguide, Victor picks the 5 best SD card readers. The best SD card reader is discussed with the 5th on top of the list.
My pick of the best SD card readers gives brief details of each SD card reader and its unique features. Some of the items may also include technical specs.
My aim is to provide you enough information to make a decision. To help you decide which of the items to get, I strongly recommend that you take the time to read through the 5 gadget reviewed.
Here are the 5 best SD card readers…
Anker 2-in-1 USB 3.0 SD/Micro SD Card Reader
Beginning at no 5 in my pick of the best SD card reader is “Anker 2-in-1 USB 3.0 SD/Micro SD Card Reader.
This gadget has some great features. Firstly, it comes with 2 card slots – one for SD cards, the second for Micro SD cards.
Secondly, this item supports USB 3.0, with a data transfer rate of up to 5Gbps. This makes your data transfer faster than if you were using a USB 2.0 card reader.
The next very noticeable and important feature of this reader is its compatibility with multiple Operating Systems and devices. The device works perfectly with Windows and Mac operating systems without requiring you to install any device driver.
The final feature that makes this product unique is its ability to read from or write to *2 cards simultaneously. This saves you time. The device also has an LED indicator to show you when it is working.
*This reader can read 128GB SDXC and 64GB micro SDXC cards simultaneously.
WingHome Trail Camera Card Viewer
Coming 4th in my pick of the best SD card reader is “WingHome Trail Camera Card Viewer”.
This device has a lot of amazing features. The first feature that caught my attention is its 4-in-1 feature. This reader has a Lightning, a Type-C and a USB 3.0 connector. These make it one of the most versatile SD card readers in the market!
It also has 2 card slots. This device has a slot for SD cards and another slot for Micro SD cards. This widens your options for the type of SD card you can purchase.
There is one more feature I think will be of interest – its compatibility with multiple Operating Systems. This device works with Windows, iOS (iPhone or iPad), Android, macOS, and Linux. No matter your Operating System or device, this connector should work without needing device driver installations – simply plug and use!
This device also supports “Air Transfer” – you can move files from your Mac/PC to your phone by drag and drop. To do this, the devices must be connected to the same WiFi.
The max size this card can read is 4-256GB micro SD/SD cards.
Vanja USB Type C SD Card Reader
Taking the 3rd spot in my pick of the best SD card reader is “Vanja Card Reader”.
The first most exciting feature of this card reader is its support for both SD and TF cards. This reader supports SD, SDXC, SDHC, MMC, RS-MMC. It also supports Micro SDXC, Micro SDHC, UHS-I cards.
Secondly, “Vanja Card Reader” has 3 connectors – USB-A, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3. This makes it compatible with most PCs, Mac and USB-C enabled smartphones and tablets.
Though this reader supports multiple card formats and connectors, it DOES support iPhone, iPad or SIM Cards. If you need a reader to connect to your iPhone, go for another reader in this review.
Finally, this device support cards up to 128G size and a data transfer speed of up to 5Gbps (due to its USB 3.0 support). These features make transferring your data fast – saving you a lot of time.
COCOCKA Micro USB OTG to USB 2.0 Adapter
At no 2 in my pick of the best SD card reader is “COCOCKA Micro USB OTG to USB 2.0 Adapter”.
The first most tantalizing feature of this card reader is its support for both SD and Micros SD cards. This increases your card purchase options. Also, if you have any of these card form factors already, you can confidently purchase this reader.
The next very noticeable and important feature of this reader is its support for up to 128GB cards. This is a reasonable size that should meet the need of most users. It also has 2 types of USB connectors that connect to most PCs, MAC, and smartphones.
One noticeable disadvantage of this device is its USB speed limitation. It comes with a USB 2.0 port. This means it can support a maximum data transfer speed of 480 mbps. If you compare this to the maximum data transfer speed of USB 3.0 readers (up to 5Gbps), you clearly see the drawback of this device.
Apart from the USB speed limitation of this device, it has another great feature worth mentioning – its support for a wide range of devices and Operating Systems. This card reader works with Windows, MAC OS and Android. It also supports OTG-enabled smartphones.
UGREEN USB 3.0 Dual SD Card Reader
Finally, at no 1 in my pick of the best SD card reader is “UGREEN USB 3.0 Dual SD Card Reader”.
The first feature that gave this device a number 1 spot in my review is its 2TB maximum card capacity. This device can read cards up to a size of 2TB! This makes it a clear leader when compared with other card readers in its league.
Another great feature of this card reader is its 2-in-1 card reading capability. This reader supports SD (SD, SDXC, SDHC, MMC, RS-MMC) cards and TF (Micro SD, Micro SDXC, Micro SDHC) card form factors.
It is also compatible with the common Operating Systems – Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Chrome OS. It also supports fast data transfer of up to 5Gbps – making it easy to transfer HD files quickly.
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