The 7 Best SD Card Readers

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This wiki has been updated 4 times since it was first published in May of 2019. Secure Digital technology has been around for a while and continues to advance, with higher-capacity and faster cards constantly in development. If you want to add memory to your Android smartphone, increase storage on your tablet or 2-in-1, or back up media or documents, a good SD card reader is essential. Here are some of the most versatile and cost-effective options available. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best sd card reader on Amazon.

7. Sony MRW-E90

6. Vava Hub

5. Satechi Type-C

4. Cable Matters 201058

3. IOGear Quantum

2. Sony MRW-S1

1. Kingston FCR-HS4

Editor's Notes

May 21, 2019:

SD cards and their smaller counterparts, microSD cards, are just about everywhere now. One of the easiest ways to transfer data between tablets, smartphones, and cameras is to use an external card reader. If your needs are limited to SD cards and high speeds, the Sony MRW-S1 is the way to go. There's not much to it, but in real-world use, it just about maxes out the UHS-I and UHS-II specifications. The Satechi isn't much more complex, though it is a bit fancier and has a more professional fit and finish in addition to two slots which can both be used at the same time. The Cable Matters and IOGear Quantum are both pretty simple and relatively inexpensive, as well. Owners of extremely powerful cameras may need to consider Sony's XQD reader, which accommodates the storage speeds needed by 4K and even 8K cameras. For top-of-the-line functionality, check out the Vava Hub. It's one of the most full-featured USB-C units, though its SD reading and writing speed leaves a bit to be desired. But if you want the best balance of portable flash memory, Kingston's multipurpose reader is it. It's reliable, long-lasting, quick to read and write, and it also doesn't cost very much.


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Last updated on May 30, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

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