• SanDisk ImageMate 12-in-1 USB 2.0 Flash Memory Card Reader SDDR-89-A15
SanDisk ImageMate 12-in-1 USB 2.0 Flash Memory Card Reader SDDR-89-A15

SanDisk ImageMate 12-in-1 USB 2.0 Flash Memory Card Reader SDDR-89-A15

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  • Sandisk ImageMate 12-in-1 Reader/Writer accepts the following memory types - 1. CompactFlash Type I, 2. CompactFlash Type II, 3. SD SecureDigital Card & SDHC, 4. miniSD, 5. MultiMediaCard, 6. RS-MMC, 7. Memory Stick, 8. Memory Stick PRO, 9 Memory Stick Duo, 10. Memory Stick PRO Duo, 11. SmartMedia, 12. xD-PictureCard and xD-PictureCard Type M

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Fried Itself After Working One TimeUPDATE: After pondering this incident for a while, I have decided that it may indeed be MY fault that the reader got fried. Folks, be very careful when unplugging a USB device like this -- don't just yank it out of the slot. Use the taskbar icon for "safely remove hardware". Normally I am VERY careful about this, but it is possible that I was careless in my efforts to get the reader to work.SO, please take that into consideration. My other comments about the slots in the reader are still valid.****I bought one of these readers for my parents while staying with them on vacation. It worked ONCE, and not after that.Windows reports the USB ports are working correctly, and I tried reinstalling the software that comes with it, but the thing simply doesn't work anymore. The light comes on, but it will not recognize a card and is not visible as a drive even though Windows alleges that there is a USB mass storage device attached.Finally Windows said that the device had malfunctioned and was not working properly. I am computer savvy and I went through a standard troubleshooting procedure. Reboot: check. Reinstall: check. SanDisk website: check. Updated USB port drivers: check.No joy. It's dead as a doornail, and I'm returning it to the vendor for a refund.As a sidenote, the card slot for Memory Stick is awkward and it's difficult to insert the card correctly. Not that I ever got a chance to find out if it actually was correct, since the device stopped working before that.I won't be buying another SanDisk card reader. 1Great Concept and Even Better that it's TransferableThis is my first multi-card unit. I've always found it unnecessary to purchase a computer with it built in because I don't like to remove the flash memory from the product that it is installed in under the completely uneducated and unsubstantiated theory that constant removal and insertion will wear out the connecting pins (bending etc) so I am fine with connecting a USB cable to my camera etc to transfer things over.I ended up buying this unit on a combo deal after buying some flash memory and I have it hooked up. I've used it a few times, mostly just CF and it's a pretty huge pain in the butt to get the card in properly though that could be because this is my first one and I don't use it all that often. Other than that, does what it says, connects up properly, I can move it to a lap top or another computer which is nice if you don't want to have different types of USB cables or those silly little proprietary camera stands to transfer pictures (I think that is so obnoxious).Four stars because the product is good (don't ask about transfer speeds, it doesn't take me long enough to notice) and if a multi-card reader is something you want and will use, get this one. 4Good, but doesn't seat cards wellI bought this along with a SanDisk Extreme III 2 GB SD card. When the card is seated well in this reader, the performance is very fast. The difficulty is getting the card to seat. The only card I have problems with are the SanDisk Extreme so you might be tempted to say it's the card's problem however, that card works very well in every other device I have (camera, palm and wolverine.)I will ask SanDisk for service, but with the price, I'm not sure it will be worth any shipping changes that might be necessary. I will update with SanDisk's reply.Here is the update:When I got this reader, I was very excited. No drivers required, very fast transferring data, etc. What's not to like? Then my new SanDisk card arrived. I got a faster card to support burst speeds on my camera. This reader would only read this new card on occasion. The SanDisk site doesn't say this will only read cards up to a certain speed. I was expecting to use this with my new card.I went to SanDisk support. Here is their answer:The Extreme III card is not supported on your reader. You would have to use the other readers that you have tested your card in or, if the card is less than 30 days old, you may take it to the place of purchase for replacement or refund if you were told that it would work on the reader in question.For any other concerns, don't hesitate to email us again.Best regards,Najeer B.SanDisk Technical SupportI would change my rating to one or two stars at this point, but unless I delete this entry, Amazon doesn't appear to allow me to change it. 3Handy little gadgetI've had sandisk readers since 1999. So easy, so handy, so desk friendly. Latest upgrade was to the 12-in 1. Bought a Canon S2IS camera that uses SD cards, and a Kodak that uses CF cards.This little device handles both. I do wish the cord would have been longer, but thank goodness I have a Dell Ultrasharp 17" flat screen monitor that has USB ports built right into it. I'm running Windows XP PROFESSIONAL and have all the latest Windows SP packs installed. No problem what so ever. I too added a shortcuts to my desk top for each card I swap out, and renamed them.....CanonSD and KodakCF. That way, I pop in the card, click my shortcut and presto.....there are the photos. Installation was a snap too. I didnt even have to use the disc. Like I've said, this is my 3rd reader. One was used with my Windows 98 computer, one with Windows XP that took CF cards only, and now this one. None have ever failed either.There are other card readers out there, but stick with SanDisk....they're the best. Just bought one for my Mom and my Daughter. They're going to love this..no more camera cables to try to hook up and fool with. 5Fast, portable, and plug-n-playable... when it worksI have a memory stick, Compact Flash and Secure Digital cards. This works with them all. I had an old card reader, a cheap plastic green one, that I gave that to my kid and got the new one. I was surprised at how noticeably faster it was over the old one. Even if you don't have USB 2.0, it's backwards-compatible. You can find out if you have 1.1 or 2.0 in this FAQ ([...] When you remove the docking station (the black base), it's just as compact as my green one that I could fit into a small drawer on my desk. It doesn't feel like cheap plastic like the old one and it's sleek looking -- not that it matters.You can keep it out of its docking station if you prefer to keep it in a drawer or do as I do and put the reader on top of my CPU that's under my desk. It comes with a USB 2.0 cable so you can hook it when it's without its docking station. Also, unlike other readers, there are labels for each slot (might be too small for some people to read) so you don't have to risk breaking something trying to remember which slot is which.A card reader is worth the investment especially if you have more than one gadget. Instead of connecting your digital camera, PDA or whatever to the computer to upload data and media files, just take out the card and insert it into the reader. No drivers needed - it's plug 'n play in its purest form.Updated December 5, 2007: I dropped this to three stars from the original five. It simply stopped working after barely over a year. I contacted Sandisk three times and no response. Very disappointing. With more card readers coming out smaller or built into computers -- this one is old by today's standards. 5Only one minor annoyance...Really trivial, but my *only* gripe is that is takes up four drive letters whenever it is plugged in. Its not that I actually need those drive letters, its just that it makes "My Computer" listings a bit more cluttered.But other than that, this reader is great. It took me longer to get the reader out of the package (that plastic clam-shell type) than it did to set it up. Litterally just plugged it in, XP recognized it and a few seconds later it was ready to go.So far I have used CompactFlash and SD cards with awesome success. You push in the card and it is instantly accessible, when you're done just pull the card back out again. Speeds are absolutely top-notch. Much faster than when I connect the camera directly to the computer (Digital Rebel XT and an old Olympus D-510). It is as fast as if copying from one hard drive to another.The package comes with the reader/writer, one long USB cable, one short USB cable, and a docking stand. You can leave the docking stand hooked up to the computer and take the reader/writer and the short USB cable with you on the road, for example with a laptop. The reader/writer is not very big and will easily fit in a laptop bag without taking up much room (or weight). The silver and black design should nicely complement any desk.Add all of the above a great price point (even better at Amazon) and you can't go wrong. A great buy for those who have many different types of digital media, or for those looking for the fastest possible transfer speed.[...] 5Excellent but with a big problem! Works well with Macintosh; plug and play. Time trial results...Ordered this on Tuesday, asked for the free super saver shipping, was supposed to ship in a week, received it only 2 days! So 10 stars to amazon for its amazingly fast free shipping service!Now, as to the reader... I subtracted a star not because of the short accessory USB cable (that could be viewed as a plus for travel as others have pointed out), but because the darn thing is wobbly! The pedestal it sits on has too small a base and the grips aren't very good. The consequence is that the unit is top heavy with the card reader in it! Gently hit it and the thing falls over!The yellow LED light is also too big and bright and angled just to hit your eyes, so that's a contributing demerit. (I'll probably use some black electrical tape to mask most of it.) As some have noted as well, you do have to position a card just so for it fit in-- but I guess that means things are snug. Oh, also the slots are labelled, but they're in tiny print and the text is upside down when the reader is in its pedestal-- so you have to pick the thing up and hold it horizontal. (If you're unsure what I mean, look at the picture!) It almost could have worked better having it be designed with feet on the horizontal bottom of the unit and even skipping the pedestal (though I'm sure some like that because of desk space--but at only 3 3/4" wide anyway, it wouldn't take much room at all!).Finally, under the category of flaws, the packaging is that horrible molded plastic with sealed edges that requires scissors to open and which results in jagged & sharp edges that are frankly an accident waiting to happen. We really need European packaging & recycling laws... so we could return this ridiculous packaging to the company at their expense... shame on Sandisk for using it.Except for the last one, these are all really nit-picks that add up to the loss of a star. On the plus side, it has a short but sweet manual and works fine even attached to an unpowered 4 port hub!But how does it work? And would I buy it again? Incredibly well and absolutely yes. All the glowing reviews were right on target.At first I was concerned because when I put a memory stick into it (my main reason for getting it--that and to replace 2 dedicated readers, one for Compact Flash and one for SD cards), it seemed to transfer the card's files slowly.WINTER OLYMPICS...So, I decided to time an SD transfer, comparing the speed of my Palm SD card reader vs. this 12-in-1. My 256 meg SD card, Panasonic brand, has 730 items on it taking up 172.6 megs. I decided to have the Palm reader go first, so that if there were any advantages, say caching the first run, unlikely, it would help the 12-in-1.TIME TRIALS RESULTS:Well the competition was incredible. A good run up to the Winter Olympics. Here are the specs for the 2 consecutive trials. At the 2 minute mark, the Palm reader had transfered 95 megs compared to 92.7 for the 12-in-1. At the 3 minute mark, it was an absolute dead heat. The 12-in-1 then snatched the gold right with an incredible burst at the end, completing the 172.6 meg transfer in 3 minutes 50 seconds compared to 4 minutes and 3 for the Palm reader. [Just out of curiosity, I timed the memory stick transfer today... A Lexar 128 meg stick, with only 51.8 megs took a sluggish, turtle-like 3 miniutes and 31 seconds in the 12-in-1. Not likely a fault of the Sandisk; suggests instead that memory sticks have much slower transfer rates!]I looked and looked for a multi-card reader with good reviews that worked well. This fits the bill. Can't wait to do the card to card transfer! So, buy it, you won't be disappointed.--------Well, it's now October and I discovered a REAL PROBLEM! The darn thing can't read a Lexar 512mb Memory Stick Pro card! My Clie reads it fine, but the card reader shows nothing! In reviewing the comments here, I see that someone else found a similar problem with it and Lexar MS Pro cards!! BAD, SANDISK, VERY VERY BAD.I HAVE DOWNGRADED THIS A COUPLE OF STARS AS A RESULT! 3Very handy, universal reader of most everything digital.Someone complained that this device was garbage, but in my view, it is a well built "read and write anything" device that is at the top of it's class. It comes with a nice standalone desktop docking mount, and a generous USB cable for your primary PC, no matter what OS you run. It also comes with a short mini USB cable that you can use with the compact reader head to plug into most any PC or MAC that you come across while you are on the road.The software included is the standard BS "lite" versions of a few photo editing programs, plus a Win/Mac driver that offers "features" like one button file transfers. Huh? All the software included is pretty much junk that is only included to entice you to buy the real version. Forget the included CD.The reality is that the card reader works perfectly without any drivers being installed at all. I tried it on Win 2k systems, Win XP systems, and six different flavors of Linux, and in each case, the device showed up as four new drives (reflecting card type), and worked without error no matter what system I plugged it into, and without any drivers being loaded at all. I have been Windows free for about two years, but I still support Windows clients. This device is just as at home on my Linux PC's as it is on client Windows PC's, and without using any driver disks at all.The bottom line is that it's a cheap, fast, quality multi card reader, and it doesn't care what OS you run. The "free" software included is just window dressing, and if you throw away the disk when it arrives at your doorstep, you will never miss it. This is a great reader that has both a desktop mount, and laptop portability. Did I mention that it's cheap? Buy one, and you will like it. 5A Must Have For All Digital Camera and Music Player OwnersSanDisk is a well known manufacturer of flash memory and associated devices. Memory flash cards are now part of nearly anything electronic that stores user data. From digital cameras to digital music players (even cell phones), the memory flash card is the way these devices record their data.The SanDisk SDDR-89-A15 is one of the products in their "ImageMate" memory reader line. It is a 12-in-1 reader, which integrates with your personal computer flawlessly. No drivers are needed to connect this device with your Windows PC (assuming you are running Windows 2000 or newer). It is a USB 2.0 compliant device, but is backwards compatible with USB 1.1 (although at slower transfer rates). The drive does come with a driver utility disk, in case you wish to take advantage of the one-touch transfer button, on the top (or side, if you have it mounted vertically) of the drive. This button will allow you to transfer, print, e-mail, or view the contents of your flash card, by simply pushing the button. However, most of us do not have much use for this feature, and therefore adding the extra software to your computer is completely unnecessary.The SanDisk SDDR-89-A15 ImageMate 12-in-1 Reader is compatible with the follow flash card formats:1. CompactFlash 2. CompactFlash II3. SD(tm)4. SDHC(tm)5. miniSD(tm)6. miniSDHC(tm)7. MultiMediaCard(tm)8. MMCplus(tm)9. MMCmobile(tm)10. RS-MMC(tm)11. RS-MMC Dual Voltage(tm)12. Memory Stick(tm)13. Memory Stick Duo(tm)14. Memory Stick PRO(tm)15. Memory Stick PRO Duo(tm)16. SmartMedia(tm)17. xD18. xD Type M19. xD Type HSome other card formats can still be used with this reader, such as the MicroSD cards, but would require the use of an adapter.Overall I am extremely happy with this card reader. Simply plugging it into an open USB port, on my Windows XP computer, prompted Windows to detect new hardware, and it installed drivers within Windows and automatically added 4 new drive letters in Windows Explorer. My only complaint is that sometimes Windows seems to lose track of this card reader, after the computer has gone to sleep. The drive letters still appear in "My Computer" and Windows Explorer, but when I insert a card it is not detected by Windows. I can't really blame SanDisk for this problem though, as I'm sure it has something to do with the operating system, or the power management of my PC itself.For those of you that are still plugging your digital cameras into your computer, using a USB cable, stop wasting the batteries in your camera and simply purchase this great flash card reader. You can then pop out your memory card, insert it in the reader, and you will have instant access to all of your photos immediately. And the transfer rate between this reader and your computer will be so much better than the time it takes to transfer data from your camera to your computer. I highly recommend this reader, and plan to enjoy the convenience of mine for many years to come. 5Small, versatile and worth every dime. UPDATE FEB 14 2010After a few experiences of using different storage media, I needed a quick and flexible way to get data and images on my MAC G4. I found the Imagemate and it's perfect. I use it for my Sony camcorder memory cards, my nephew's PSP memory mini duo, my Nikon digital camera sd card, my Palm sd card. It has a stand that looks nice on my desk without taking up a lot of space, about 2x3 inches, but I'm not sure because I don't use it to save a little space (not weight) in my laptop backpack. It holds the Imagemate upright and and it comes with a USB cord. It also comes with a shorter, cute USB cord for use without the stand. So it's functional without the stand. The Imagemate is exactly as advertised with one exception for MAC: it has a one-touch upload button which does not function for the MAC. I'm not sure if that's mentioned in the product description but it's not an inconvenience. I still give it 5 stars. FYI: On the mac, it shows up on the desktop when you put a card in, not when it's plugged into the USB port. And then the green light on it comes on. I'm really...really..picky about the technology I buy. I travel globally so each item I pack must be worth it's weight and convenient. This is feather light, works great and I never worry if I can transfer pictures or data from any kind of memory card. Another sign that this was a good purchase, my friends are now asking to use it. So far, this is my best product purchase of the year.UPDATE FEB 14 2010Updated all technologies since last review: laptop, cameras, etc. STILL using this product. Goes with my laptop, camera and netbook wherever they go since you never know when you might need it. Worth e-v-e-r-y dime. I don't bring the stand when traveling to save space. Very small, almost weightless. 5
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  • Sandisk ImageMate 12-in-1 Reader/Writer accepts the following memory types - 1. CompactFlash Type I, 2. CompactFlash Type II, 3. SD SecureDigital Card & SDHC, 4. miniSD, 5. MultiMediaCard, 6. RS-MMC, 7. Memory Stick, 8. Memory Stick PRO, 9 Memory Stick Duo, 10. Memory Stick PRO Duo, 11. SmartMedia, 12. xD-PictureCard and xD-PictureCard Type M
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Fried Itself After Working One TimeUPDATE: After pondering this incident for a while, I have decided that it may indeed be MY fault that the reader got fried. Folks, be very careful when unplugging a USB device like this -- don't just yank it out of the slot. Use the taskbar icon for "safely remove hardware". Normally I am VERY careful about this, but it is possible that I was careless in my efforts to get the reader to work.SO, please take that into consideration. My other comments about the slots in the reader are still valid.****I bought one of these readers for my parents while staying with them on vacation. It worked ONCE, and not after that.Windows reports the USB ports are working correctly, and I tried reinstalling the software that comes with it, but the thing simply doesn't work anymore. The light comes on, but it will not recognize a card and is not visible as a drive even though Windows alleges that there is a USB mass storage device attached.Finally Windows said that the device had malfunctioned and was not working properly. I am computer savvy and I went through a standard troubleshooting procedure. Reboot: check. Reinstall: check. SanDisk website: check. Updated USB port drivers: check.No joy. It's dead as a doornail, and I'm returning it to the vendor for a refund.As a sidenote, the card slot for Memory Stick is awkward and it's difficult to insert the card correctly. Not that I ever got a chance to find out if it actually was correct, since the device stopped working before that.I won't be buying another SanDisk card reader. 1Great Concept and Even Better that it's TransferableThis is my first multi-card unit. I've always found it unnecessary to purchase a computer with it built in because I don't like to remove the flash memory from the product that it is installed in under the completely uneducated and unsubstantiated theory that constant removal and insertion will wear out the connecting pins (bending etc) so I am fine with connecting a USB cable to my camera etc to transfer things over.I ended up buying this unit on a combo deal after buying some flash memory and I have it hooked up. I've used it a few times, mostly just CF and it's a pretty huge pain in the butt to get the card in properly though that could be because this is my first one and I don't use it all that often. Other than that, does what it says, connects up properly, I can move it to a lap top or another computer which is nice if you don't want to have different types of USB cables or those silly little proprietary camera stands to transfer pictures (I think that is so obnoxious).Four stars because the product is good (don't ask about transfer speeds, it doesn't take me long enough to notice) and if a multi-card reader is something you want and will use, get this one. 4Good, but doesn't seat cards wellI bought this along with a SanDisk Extreme III 2 GB SD card. When the card is seated well in this reader, the performance is very fast. The difficulty is getting the card to seat. The only card I have problems with are the SanDisk Extreme so you might be tempted to say it's the card's problem however, that card works very well in every other device I have (camera, palm and wolverine.)I will ask SanDisk for service, but with the price, I'm not sure it will be worth any shipping changes that might be necessary. I will update with SanDisk's reply.Here is the update:When I got this reader, I was very excited. No drivers required, very fast transferring data, etc. What's not to like? Then my new SanDisk card arrived. I got a faster card to support burst speeds on my camera. This reader would only read this new card on occasion. The SanDisk site doesn't say this will only read cards up to a certain speed. I was expecting to use this with my new card.I went to SanDisk support. Here is their answer:The Extreme III card is not supported on your reader. You would have to use the other readers that you have tested your card in or, if the card is less than 30 days old, you may take it to the place of purchase for replacement or refund if you were told that it would work on the reader in question.For any other concerns, don't hesitate to email us again.Best regards,Najeer B.SanDisk Technical SupportI would change my rating to one or two stars at this point, but unless I delete this entry, Amazon doesn't appear to allow me to change it. 3Handy little gadgetI've had sandisk readers since 1999. So easy, so handy, so desk friendly. Latest upgrade was to the 12-in 1. Bought a Canon S2IS camera that uses SD cards, and a Kodak that uses CF cards.This little device handles both. I do wish the cord would have been longer, but thank goodness I have a Dell Ultrasharp 17" flat screen monitor that has USB ports built right into it. I'm running Windows XP PROFESSIONAL and have all the latest Windows SP packs installed. No problem what so ever. I too added a shortcuts to my desk top for each card I swap out, and renamed them.....CanonSD and KodakCF. That way, I pop in the card, click my shortcut and presto.....there are the photos. Installation was a snap too. I didnt even have to use the disc. Like I've said, this is my 3rd reader. One was used with my Windows 98 computer, one with Windows XP that took CF cards only, and now this one. None have ever failed either.There are other card readers out there, but stick with SanDisk....they're the best. Just bought one for my Mom and my Daughter. They're going to love this..no more camera cables to try to hook up and fool with. 5Fast, portable, and plug-n-playable... when it worksI have a memory stick, Compact Flash and Secure Digital cards. This works with them all. I had an old card reader, a cheap plastic green one, that I gave that to my kid and got the new one. I was surprised at how noticeably faster it was over the old one. Even if you don't have USB 2.0, it's backwards-compatible. You can find out if you have 1.1 or 2.0 in this FAQ ([...] When you remove the docking station (the black base), it's just as compact as my green one that I could fit into a small drawer on my desk. It doesn't feel like cheap plastic like the old one and it's sleek looking -- not that it matters.You can keep it out of its docking station if you prefer to keep it in a drawer or do as I do and put the reader on top of my CPU that's under my desk. It comes with a USB 2.0 cable so you can hook it when it's without its docking station. Also, unlike other readers, there are labels for each slot (might be too small for some people to read) so you don't have to risk breaking something trying to remember which slot is which.A card reader is worth the investment especially if you have more than one gadget. Instead of connecting your digital camera, PDA or whatever to the computer to upload data and media files, just take out the card and insert it into the reader. No drivers needed - it's plug 'n play in its purest form.Updated December 5, 2007: I dropped this to three stars from the original five. It simply stopped working after barely over a year. I contacted Sandisk three times and no response. Very disappointing. With more card readers coming out smaller or built into computers -- this one is old by today's standards. 5Only one minor annoyance...Really trivial, but my *only* gripe is that is takes up four drive letters whenever it is plugged in. Its not that I actually need those drive letters, its just that it makes "My Computer" listings a bit more cluttered.But other than that, this reader is great. It took me longer to get the reader out of the package (that plastic clam-shell type) than it did to set it up. Litterally just plugged it in, XP recognized it and a few seconds later it was ready to go.So far I have used CompactFlash and SD cards with awesome success. You push in the card and it is instantly accessible, when you're done just pull the card back out again. Speeds are absolutely top-notch. Much faster than when I connect the camera directly to the computer (Digital Rebel XT and an old Olympus D-510). It is as fast as if copying from one hard drive to another.The package comes with the reader/writer, one long USB cable, one short USB cable, and a docking stand. You can leave the docking stand hooked up to the computer and take the reader/writer and the short USB cable with you on the road, for example with a laptop. The reader/writer is not very big and will easily fit in a laptop bag without taking up much room (or weight). The silver and black design should nicely complement any desk.Add all of the above a great price point (even better at Amazon) and you can't go wrong. A great buy for those who have many different types of digital media, or for those looking for the fastest possible transfer speed.[...] 5Excellent but with a big problem! Works well with Macintosh; plug and play. Time trial results...Ordered this on Tuesday, asked for the free super saver shipping, was supposed to ship in a week, received it only 2 days! So 10 stars to amazon for its amazingly fast free shipping service!Now, as to the reader... I subtracted a star not because of the short accessory USB cable (that could be viewed as a plus for travel as others have pointed out), but because the darn thing is wobbly! The pedestal it sits on has too small a base and the grips aren't very good. The consequence is that the unit is top heavy with the card reader in it! Gently hit it and the thing falls over!The yellow LED light is also too big and bright and angled just to hit your eyes, so that's a contributing demerit. (I'll probably use some black electrical tape to mask most of it.) As some have noted as well, you do have to position a card just so for it fit in-- but I guess that means things are snug. Oh, also the slots are labelled, but they're in tiny print and the text is upside down when the reader is in its pedestal-- so you have to pick the thing up and hold it horizontal. (If you're unsure what I mean, look at the picture!) It almost could have worked better having it be designed with feet on the horizontal bottom of the unit and even skipping the pedestal (though I'm sure some like that because of desk space--but at only 3 3/4" wide anyway, it wouldn't take much room at all!).Finally, under the category of flaws, the packaging is that horrible molded plastic with sealed edges that requires scissors to open and which results in jagged & sharp edges that are frankly an accident waiting to happen. We really need European packaging & recycling laws... so we could return this ridiculous packaging to the company at their expense... shame on Sandisk for using it.Except for the last one, these are all really nit-picks that add up to the loss of a star. On the plus side, it has a short but sweet manual and works fine even attached to an unpowered 4 port hub!But how does it work? And would I buy it again? Incredibly well and absolutely yes. All the glowing reviews were right on target.At first I was concerned because when I put a memory stick into it (my main reason for getting it--that and to replace 2 dedicated readers, one for Compact Flash and one for SD cards), it seemed to transfer the card's files slowly.WINTER OLYMPICS...So, I decided to time an SD transfer, comparing the speed of my Palm SD card reader vs. this 12-in-1. My 256 meg SD card, Panasonic brand, has 730 items on it taking up 172.6 megs. I decided to have the Palm reader go first, so that if there were any advantages, say caching the first run, unlikely, it would help the 12-in-1.TIME TRIALS RESULTS:Well the competition was incredible. A good run up to the Winter Olympics. Here are the specs for the 2 consecutive trials. At the 2 minute mark, the Palm reader had transfered 95 megs compared to 92.7 for the 12-in-1. At the 3 minute mark, it was an absolute dead heat. The 12-in-1 then snatched the gold right with an incredible burst at the end, completing the 172.6 meg transfer in 3 minutes 50 seconds compared to 4 minutes and 3 for the Palm reader. [Just out of curiosity, I timed the memory stick transfer today... A Lexar 128 meg stick, with only 51.8 megs took a sluggish, turtle-like 3 miniutes and 31 seconds in the 12-in-1. Not likely a fault of the Sandisk; suggests instead that memory sticks have much slower transfer rates!]I looked and looked for a multi-card reader with good reviews that worked well. This fits the bill. Can't wait to do the card to card transfer! So, buy it, you won't be disappointed.--------Well, it's now October and I discovered a REAL PROBLEM! The darn thing can't read a Lexar 512mb Memory Stick Pro card! My Clie reads it fine, but the card reader shows nothing! In reviewing the comments here, I see that someone else found a similar problem with it and Lexar MS Pro cards!! BAD, SANDISK, VERY VERY BAD.I HAVE DOWNGRADED THIS A COUPLE OF STARS AS A RESULT! 3Very handy, universal reader of most everything digital.Someone complained that this device was garbage, but in my view, it is a well built "read and write anything" device that is at the top of it's class. It comes with a nice standalone desktop docking mount, and a generous USB cable for your primary PC, no matter what OS you run. It also comes with a short mini USB cable that you can use with the compact reader head to plug into most any PC or MAC that you come across while you are on the road.The software included is the standard BS "lite" versions of a few photo editing programs, plus a Win/Mac driver that offers "features" like one button file transfers. Huh? All the software included is pretty much junk that is only included to entice you to buy the real version. Forget the included CD.The reality is that the card reader works perfectly without any drivers being installed at all. I tried it on Win 2k systems, Win XP systems, and six different flavors of Linux, and in each case, the device showed up as four new drives (reflecting card type), and worked without error no matter what system I plugged it into, and without any drivers being loaded at all. I have been Windows free for about two years, but I still support Windows clients. This device is just as at home on my Linux PC's as it is on client Windows PC's, and without using any driver disks at all.The bottom line is that it's a cheap, fast, quality multi card reader, and it doesn't care what OS you run. The "free" software included is just window dressing, and if you throw away the disk when it arrives at your doorstep, you will never miss it. This is a great reader that has both a desktop mount, and laptop portability. Did I mention that it's cheap? Buy one, and you will like it. 5A Must Have For All Digital Camera and Music Player OwnersSanDisk is a well known manufacturer of flash memory and associated devices. Memory flash cards are now part of nearly anything electronic that stores user data. From digital cameras to digital music players (even cell phones), the memory flash card is the way these devices record their data.The SanDisk SDDR-89-A15 is one of the products in their "ImageMate" memory reader line. It is a 12-in-1 reader, which integrates with your personal computer flawlessly. No drivers are needed to connect this device with your Windows PC (assuming you are running Windows 2000 or newer). It is a USB 2.0 compliant device, but is backwards compatible with USB 1.1 (although at slower transfer rates). The drive does come with a driver utility disk, in case you wish to take advantage of the one-touch transfer button, on the top (or side, if you have it mounted vertically) of the drive. This button will allow you to transfer, print, e-mail, or view the contents of your flash card, by simply pushing the button. However, most of us do not have much use for this feature, and therefore adding the extra software to your computer is completely unnecessary.The SanDisk SDDR-89-A15 ImageMate 12-in-1 Reader is compatible with the follow flash card formats:1. CompactFlash 2. CompactFlash II3. SD(tm)4. SDHC(tm)5. miniSD(tm)6. miniSDHC(tm)7. MultiMediaCard(tm)8. MMCplus(tm)9. MMCmobile(tm)10. RS-MMC(tm)11. RS-MMC Dual Voltage(tm)12. Memory Stick(tm)13. Memory Stick Duo(tm)14. Memory Stick PRO(tm)15. Memory Stick PRO Duo(tm)16. SmartMedia(tm)17. xD18. xD Type M19. xD Type HSome other card formats can still be used with this reader, such as the MicroSD cards, but would require the use of an adapter.Overall I am extremely happy with this card reader. Simply plugging it into an open USB port, on my Windows XP computer, prompted Windows to detect new hardware, and it installed drivers within Windows and automatically added 4 new drive letters in Windows Explorer. My only complaint is that sometimes Windows seems to lose track of this card reader, after the computer has gone to sleep. The drive letters still appear in "My Computer" and Windows Explorer, but when I insert a card it is not detected by Windows. I can't really blame SanDisk for this problem though, as I'm sure it has something to do with the operating system, or the power management of my PC itself.For those of you that are still plugging your digital cameras into your computer, using a USB cable, stop wasting the batteries in your camera and simply purchase this great flash card reader. You can then pop out your memory card, insert it in the reader, and you will have instant access to all of your photos immediately. And the transfer rate between this reader and your computer will be so much better than the time it takes to transfer data from your camera to your computer. I highly recommend this reader, and plan to enjoy the convenience of mine for many years to come. 5Small, versatile and worth every dime. UPDATE FEB 14 2010After a few experiences of using different storage media, I needed a quick and flexible way to get data and images on my MAC G4. I found the Imagemate and it's perfect. I use it for my Sony camcorder memory cards, my nephew's PSP memory mini duo, my Nikon digital camera sd card, my Palm sd card. It has a stand that looks nice on my desk without taking up a lot of space, about 2x3 inches, but I'm not sure because I don't use it to save a little space (not weight) in my laptop backpack. It holds the Imagemate upright and and it comes with a USB cord. It also comes with a shorter, cute USB cord for use without the stand. So it's functional without the stand. The Imagemate is exactly as advertised with one exception for MAC: it has a one-touch upload button which does not function for the MAC. I'm not sure if that's mentioned in the product description but it's not an inconvenience. I still give it 5 stars. FYI: On the mac, it shows up on the desktop when you put a card in, not when it's plugged into the USB port. And then the green light on it comes on. I'm really...really..picky about the technology I buy. I travel globally so each item I pack must be worth it's weight and convenient. This is feather light, works great and I never worry if I can transfer pictures or data from any kind of memory card. Another sign that this was a good purchase, my friends are now asking to use it. So far, this is my best product purchase of the year.UPDATE FEB 14 2010Updated all technologies since last review: laptop, cameras, etc. STILL using this product. Goes with my laptop, camera and netbook wherever they go since you never know when you might need it. Worth e-v-e-r-y dime. I don't bring the stand when traveling to save space. Very small, almost weightless. 5
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