Camera Memory Speed
Memory Card Comparison & Performance Tests for Digital Cameras

Card Reader Reviews

These Secure Digital, microSD, CompactFlash, XQD and CFast card reader reviews include read and write speed tests using several memory cards. Most readers support USB 3.0 or USB 3.1 for maximum transfer speed. USB 3.0 is capable of up to 500 MB/s speed. USB 3.1 is capable of up to 5 or 10 GB/s. If you have a computer with only USB 2.0, USB 3.0 card readers are backwards compatible but limited to 35MB/s which is the maximum speed possible with USB 2.0. In most desktop computers it is possible to upgrade to USB 3.0 by adding a PCI-e USB 3.0 expansion card such as the Silverstone Tek EC04-P.

The most common type of USB port is the standard USB Type-A. A newer standard USB Type-C (or USB-C) is finding its way onto laptops and other devices. This port requires a special connector. Few USB card readers are available with USB-C connectors, but more are on the way.

Card ReaderConnectionSDmicroSDCFMSXQDCFastLowest Price
Delkin Dual Slot SD UHS-II and CF Card Reader ReviewUSB 3.0SDCF$21.95 Amazon
Delkin Multi-Card CFast SD UHS-II microSD Reader ReviewUSB 3.0SDmicroSDCFast$34.95 Adorama Amazon
Delkin Travel Reader ReviewUSB 3.0SDmicroSD$9.99 Amazon
Delkin Universal Memory Card Reader ReviewUSB 3.0SDmicroSDCFMS$15.95 Amazon
Hama USB 3.0 UHS-II SD Card Reader ReviewUSB 3.0SD
Hama USB Type-C 3.1 UHS-II SD Card Reader ReviewUSB 3.1 Type-CSD
Kingston FCR-HS4 Card Reader ReviewUSB 3.0SDmicroSDCFMS$17.00 Adorama Amazon
Kingston MobileLite G4 UHS-II ReviewUSB 3.0SDmicroSD$8.95 Adorama Amazon
Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 ReviewUSB 2.0 / WiFiSD
Kingston Multi-Card Reader FCR-HS3 ReviewUSB 3.0SDmicroSDCFMS$47.99 Amazon
Lexar C1 USB-C microSD Reader ReviewUSB 3.1 Type-CmicroSD$10.95 Amazon
Lexar LRWM03U-7000 UHS-I microSD Reader ReviewUSB 3.0microSD
Lexar LRWM04U-7000 UHS-II Reader ReviewUSB 3.0SD
Lexar LRWM05U-7000 UHS-II microSD Reader ReviewUSB 3.0microSD
Lexar Professional Dual Slot Reader ReviewUSB 3.0SDCF
Lexar Professional Dual Slot UHS-II Card Reader ReviewUSB 3.0SDCF$33.47 Amazon
Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 ReviewUSB 3.0CF$27.99 Amazon
Lexar Professional Workflow SR1 ReviewUSB 3.0SD
Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 UHS-II ReviewUSB 3.0SD$32.99 Amazon
Lexar Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader ReviewUSB 3.0XQD
Lexar XR2 XQD 2.0 Card Reader ReviewUSB 3.0XQD$44.99 Adorama
SanDisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-II Reader/Writer ReviewUSB 3.0SD$24.99 Amazon
SanDisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-II USB-C Reader ReviewUSB 3.1 Type-CSD$54.95 Adorama
SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II SD Reader/Writer ReviewUSB 3.0SD
SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.0 ReviewUSB 3.0SDmicroSDCFMS$29.95 Adorama B&H Photo
SanDisk ImageMate Pro Multi-Card Reader/Writer ReviewUSB 3.0SDmicroSDCF$27.65 Amazon
SanDisk microSD UHS-II USB 3.0 Reader ReviewUSB 3.0microSD
Sony MRW-E90 XQD 2.0 / SD UHS-II Card Reader ReviewUSB 3.0SDXQD$69.00 Amazon
Sony S1 High Speed UHS-II Reader/Writer ReviewUSB 3.1 Type-ASD$29.99 Adorama Amazon
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF8 Black ReviewUSB 3.0SDmicroSDCFMS$12.99 Amazon
Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF9 ReviewUSB 3.0/3.1SDmicroSDCFMS$32.64 Amazon
Transcend SD Card Reader RDF5 Black ReviewUSB 3.0SDmicroSD$7.99 Amazon