Just as CFast 2.0 memory cards were not needed in DSLR kits prior to the introduction of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, CFast 2.0 memory card readers were also not needed. While a camera can be directly connected to a computer for image uploads, I always use external card readers with one kept in my studio and another in my laptop case. So, along with a CFast 2.0 Memory Card, Transcend sent me a CFast 2.0 memory card reader to review.
As are most memory card readers, the Transcend CFast 2.0 memory card reader is a simple device. A CFast 2.0, 1.1, or 1.0 memory card plugs into one side and a standard USB cable (included) plugs into the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port other side. Attach the reader with card inserted into a computer and the memory card mounts as another drive on the system, ready for access by your favorite image transfer software.
This reader is tiny (2.66 x 1.77 x 0.60" / 67.6 x 45.0 x 15.2mm), weighs almost nothing (0.91 oz / 26g), is attractive in appearance (glossy black) and is competitive in price. The memory card slot is oriented (and keyed) for label-up card insertion of same-brand cards (opposite of SanDisk) with adequate slot depth to insure that the card is properly aligned. This simple device has proven very reliable – and very useful. It does its job and stays out of the way.
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