The SanDisk ImageMate Multi-Card reader easily and quickly transfers files to and from multiple memory card formats, including xD, Memory Stick, SD, SDHC, and MMC. The transfer button is nice as it automatically launches a user-defined application or web site. A single press of the reader’s button will open a designated application such as Adobe Photoshop or a website like Facebook. After using the transfer button the traditional drag-and-drop method seems dated, but who could ever give up drag-and-drop all the way.
When we first started using the SanDisk ImageMate Multi-Card USB 2.0 Reader/Writer we were not sold on the detachable metal stand, but after using it for a couple weeks it started to grow on us. The picture above show the two plastic ‘feet’ that help it stay firmly in place along with the metal plate for the magnet. The detachable metal stand also has rubber pads on the bottom of the feet to keep it in place on your desk or counter. When you are traveling you just remove it from the stand and toss it in your bag and you are off.
The performance on the Multi-Card reader was impressive as it was found to be up to 39% faster than the Kingston USB 2.0 Hi-Speed 19-in-1 Media Reader. It seems that every few years memory card readers get significantly faster, so if you have updated your Flash memory card and not the reader it is highly likely that you aren’t getting as much performance as you could be. Moving 1GB of data from the SDHC card to the desktop with the SanDisk ImageMate Multi-Card reader took about 38 seconds, which is quick!
When it comes to pricing the suggested retail price is $19.99, but the SanDisk ImageMate Multi-Card USB 2.0 Reader/Writer (part number SDDR-199-A20) can be found online for $14.99 shipped. If you haven’t updated your Flash card reader in over a few years this is a cheap and inexpensive way to improve transfer rates. The ImageMate Multi-Card USB 2.0 Reader/Writer also comes backed by a two-year warranty just in case something happens to go wrong. Just be sure to get a Class 6 high performance card or better to get the best performance from this reader.
Legit Bottom Line: SanDisk ImageMate Multi-Card USB 2.0 Reader/Writer was found to be up to 39% faster than our previous fastst reader, which says it all.