Belkin 8in1 media reader USB 2

Published: December 23, 2003
Author: Amber Lupala
Editor: Amber Lupala
Provider: Belkin

Introduction

We reviewed a 8in1 media reader from Belkin like a year ago that was USB 1 and tonite we have their USB 2 reader on the test bench. This will be interesting to see the difference between USB 1 and USB 2. Media readers are great tools for people that use alot of different media or a seriell device to transfer data. Lets have a look how fast this new media reader from Belkin really is.

About Belkin:

Belkin Components is the preeminent technology leader in connectivity solutions for the computer and consumer electronics user. Since the inception of the company in 1983, Belkin has enjoyed 19 consecutive years of dramatic growth with gross sales exceeding $460 million worldwide FYE/2002. A remarkable result compared to the $100,000 in sales of that initial year.

Specifications:

Works with 8 types of media: CompactFlash I, CompactFlash II, SmartMedia, Secure Digital, MultiMedia, IBM Microdrive, Memory Stick, and MagicGate� Memory Stick�
� Downloads images, music, and files up to 40 times faster than USB 1.1
� Transfers data from different media cards simultaneously
� Transfers files through simple, drag-and-drop copy-instantly
� Works with your handheld computer, MP3 player, or digital video camera
� Powers through your computer’s USB port-requires no additional power supply
� Installs and works easily with Plug-and-Play, hot swap capability
� Comes with a Belkin Lifetime Warranty and free technical support
� Comes with the amazing Ulead� DVD PictureShow 2 for PCs which allows you to enhance photos and share your photos on CDs, DVDs and TV
� Includes Ulead Photo Explorer� photo editor for Macintosh� computers, a digital photography solution designed to let you capture, view, and convert images, and share with the Web

The product:


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Belkin has listened to us reviewers and made their packages easier to open, but they have still kept the nice plastic packaging. On the back there are tons of info like specifications etc.


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It’s very easy to open this as Belkin has made some changes on their plastic package so it’s easier to open. Included here is the power adapter, cd with drivers and a manual.


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This media reader is about the size of a credit card but a bit thicker…It has a nice modern color scheme as it goes in silver and black. On the right picture we can see the slots where all the media goes. This reader supports CompactFlash I, CompactFlash II, SmartMedia, Secure Digital, MultiMedia, IBM Microdrive, Memory Stick, and MagicGate� Memory Stick. This should cover all the media you have.


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On the bottom we find a sticker with some info. On the right we have the USB connector. The small connector goes into the reader and the big one into the computer.

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