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Appeared on: Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Traxdata 11in1 Card Reader


1. Introduction

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- Introduction

In day to day operations, a large part of our storage needs are covered by memory cards. With this in mind, Traxdata recently released the 11in1card reader with USB2.0 interface, that intends to cover all our needs, especially since it supports almost all available memory card formats. Low priced, TraxData's 11in1 Card Reader is a very attractive choice.

- Features/Package

The TraxData 11in1 Card reader supports reading/writing for 11 memory card formats and uses the USB2.0 connection interface.

The supported memory card formats are:

The TraxData 11in1 Card reader package is quite small and includes the memory card reader itself, a USB2.0 connector cable and a CD with drivers for Linux, Mac and Win98/2000.

This means your card reader can be used with the most popular operating systems. The reader takes its power from the USB2.0 interface so no external power is required. According to TraxData, the 11in1 reader has 2 years warranty and sells at the recommended retail price of €17.99.

We are not so sure about which chipset is being used in the particular models, since discovering its internal secrets wasn't very easy...


2. Installation

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- Installation

For our tests, we used WinXP SP2 Operating System and after plugging in the 11in1 card reader, Windows recognized it as a USB Storage device. Aafter a few seconds, we had four (4) additional storage drives, with different names, where each device represents the corresponding connection port:

Have you noticed anything unusual? The last port is recognized as "XD USB Device", but according to the specs, XD is not supported, or is it....? Unfortunaly, we didn't have an xD memory card handy, but according to some rumours, it is supported 100%, so maybe we should call the 11in1, the 12in1 card reader :-)

The 11in1 card reader, has a led at the top left corner, which blinks orange when a memory card slot is being accessed (reading/writing). After inserting a memory card, the card is recognized instantly and you can access the memory card contents like any normal storage device performing actions such as rename, copy, delete, format, etc. We tried a SanDisk 16MB and TraxData's 1GB SD cards and both worked without any problems with good reading/writing results.

We used FD Tach beta 0.9.0.3 and we checked the performance with the SanDisk 16MB secure digital card

As we can see, the results are very good in terms of reading/writing:

The results with the 1GB SD card were also very good, confirming the drive's USB2.0 connection to the host PC.

- Conclusion

Without any doubt, TraxData's 11in1 (or 12in1) memory card reader is a very good product, low priced, full of features and with very good performance. At a price tag of €18, you can buy a fast memory card reader with USB2.0 connection that supports virtually all memory card formats. Even more, it also supports Linux and MacOS operating systems, making it a versatile and universal computing product.

TraxData's 11in1 reader is highly recommended for all users with digital cameras, and we will certainly keep it connected to our PC since our daily need for transferring photographs is quite high :-)



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