In today’s digital world, we are always in need of space to store information. And thank goodness for memory cards, we are able to expand the digital space of our device and we now enjoy the abundance of room to save and store our files.
But at times, we forget that memory cards also comes with other peripherals that needed to access, transfer, and read those information like memory card readers. Most of the time, these things are taken for granted since we are focused on the cards themselves.
But what we don’t know is that is an important part of the package. Having a quality card reader can help you to access the saved files from one device to another. And since SD card manufacturers are continuously developing their line of memory cards, some devices might not be able to accommodate the new memory cards, that’s why SD card manufacturers developed a device that will allow new memory cards to be accessed in big SD card slots with less or no cables, hence, the card reader.
Before you grab one, it is important to know the key factors and the facts behind the reader. Some may not have an idea about the types of memory card readers. There are five basic types of memory card readers – the SD, microSD, xD, compact flash, and the memory stick. These types are also based on the size and types of your memory cards. The SD memory card reader is probably the most common of these five. Since SD cards are rampantly used in tablets and other devices. But the can still be classified into two, the SDHC AND SDXC which is larger in capacity as compared to ordinary memory cards. It is important to know this so you will know the appropriate memory card reader that you can use for your device.
The microSD cards are usually used for mobile devices. They are smaller in size but they also have the same capacity as the bigger-sized SD cards. In fact, they are known as the smaller version of SD cards. Since these microSD cards cannot fit into the normal SD slots, a special converter or reader is needed to be able to access the files saved inside. The likes of SanDisk Mobilemate Micro Memory Card Reader can be used to plug these special cards into devices that have SD slots. On the other hand, xD card readers are not entirely popular with the public. But with the increasing number of the photo enthusiasts, the card manufacturers developed something that can accommodate the needs of their digital cameras.
The compact flash was quite popular then with the photography bugs. But the introduction of SD cards caused their popularity to decrease. But old timers in the photography field still prefer to use these cards and that’s the reason why compact flash readers are still in the market.
Last but not the least, is the memory stick reader. There are different kinds of memory stick, the memory stick PRO and memory stick DUO are just two of the most popular kind. These kinds of devices are still used by SONY products, especially for their game consoles. Since they come in different types, it is a must that you know what kind of reader should be used on each type.
The suitability of the reader would largely depend on the cards that are why experts advise that users should purchase a reader that is the same brand as their cards since they are perfectly calibrated.