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Dynex Internal All in 1 Card Reader Review

Written by: Maxwell Anderson
Date: November 1st, 2006
Rating: 7.0 out of 10
Page: 1

Best Buy Co., Inc. is one of those companies that I just love to hate. They’re like Wal-Mart, but cockier. If anyone has ever dealt with the Customer Service at Best Buy, then you know what I mean. With that said, I also own stock in Best Buy because they’re a really good business. They’re not the best for the consumer, unless you’re into expensive extended warranties and overpriced merchandise, but they do somehow get a lot of repeat customers. Personally, I don’t shop there very much because of the high prices, but recently, I ended up purchasing something from them. Something made by a company that they own, no less.. something made by Dynex. Dynex is a small company, owned by Best Buy, that makes products to sell in Best Buy stores. As far as I know, you can’t get Dynex products anywhere else (except maybe eBay) and they’re usually entry-level in whatever they make. I bought this Dynex All-In-One Memory Card reader for one reason, and one reason only: because it’s cheap. I used a discount to get it, so it may not be the cheapest option for yourself at the current price of $14.99, but perhaps you’ve got a sweet coupon. Though, if you want a mediocre memory card reader that you can put in your 3.5″ drive bay, and you want to pick it up today, this thing might not be too bad of an option for you.

Here is a list of the memory cards that it will support:

-Smart Media
-xD (and xD Type M)
-Compact Flash/Microdrive
-Sony Memory Stick (and Pro Duo)
-SD
-MMC
-miniSD
-RS-MMC
-Transflash
-and finally, microSD

Sorry, you guys with the Sony M2 memory cards are gonna be out of luck without the adapter. Another format it can’t seem to read is MMCplus, which is ridiculous to me, but that’s the way it is.

I think that’s all the memory card support I’m going to need for awhile, except for the MMCplus; I guess I’ll just have to use my old card reader to accommodate once-in-awhile. The fact it supports regular, mini, and micro SD impresses me. The memory card reader I’ve been using for awhile only supports SD, MMC, xD, Smart Media and compact flash. That was enough for me for a long time, but now I need support for my Memory Stick Pro Duo. My old one didn’t fit into a 3.5″ bay, either, it just plugged into a USB port, and luckily I’ve got ones on the front of my case to accommodate. It’s still a hassle to have to find it and plug it in every time I want to use it. This guy, it just stays there, stationary, right next to your floppy and hard drive. Those with super small cases that have only one 3.5″ external bay may be out of luck, unless you’ve decided that floppies are obsolete. But really, who needs floppies when you’ve got SDs? The only time I ever use my floppy drive is when my computer breaks and my CD drive isn’t accessible for whatever reason.

As far as looks go, this thing is good enough. It’s not ugly, it’s not pretty.. it’s just functional. It comes with a black bezel on it, but also included in the packaging is a white/beige bezel. They both look exactly the same, just in different colors. Something I don’t really like about the look of this drive is the ugly “DYNEX” logo. I imagine it could be taken off somewhat easily and replaced with something else if you cared, but I’m too lazy, so I’ll leave it ugly. It features a green light that is solid whenever there is a card in it, and it blinks when you’re accessing the data. When there is no card in the unit, the light stays off. Something cool that this card reader does that my old one didn’t is add little icons next to the drive letters. Check it out:

I think that’s pretty cool. I used to have to guess which drive letter an SD card was compared to an xD, but now, I can just look at the name and the little pictures. Whoo hoo!

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