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Best Memory Card Readers

Updated December 2018
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    Memory card readers come in handy when you are working with a nontraditional data storage device. While most people choose to use a simple USB stick or hard drive, some use SD and CF memory cards while working with audio, photo, or video files. Card compatibility and data transfer speeds are the two most important things when buying a card reader. Basic readers only accept SD cards, but a few more advanced options exist that combine SD slots with compact flash and XQD card types. Professional card readers include more slots to read multiple cards at the same time. For speed, choose something with a USB 3.0 or higher connection.

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