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Compact Flash Readers: Considerations Before Purchasing
You might be on the market for a compact flash reader as you are a digital image editing hobbyist, an expert photographer, or simply are looking for an another avenue to less speedy models of media storage.
Compact flash certainly fits the bill with a large number of of your high end media needs. But here are a few considerations before you go out and buy a compact flash reader. You want make sure you have a clear idea of what you are looking for instead of saying "Everything".
For example, does the reader work with all standards of compact flash or just for a few? You should anticipate whether or not you may be using a flash media standard now or in the future that may not be compatible with a flash reader you are considering.
If you do not care too much about that, then just get a compact flash reader that works with the format you use the most for example some may work with SmartMedia flash, while others could read Microdrive flash standards, but not both at the same time. And ignore the additional features.
If you are looking at an USB 2 reader, it should be reverse or backwards compatible with the 1.1 ports in both backwards and forwards directions. The reader needs to automatically detect whether the card is an USB 2 or USB 1.1 port either by reviewing the built-in software in the card, or by checking on the amount of pins on the card.
Simple as 1, 2, 3. Make sure you get faster speeds, i.e. USB 2, with speedy read and write speeds if you use larger more bandwidth heavy media such as high resolution film and photography. A good flash reader will work for you at least a few years depending on your needs and your ability to keep up your reader.
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