Feeds
75%
Akasa_combo_tn

Akasa Combo multi-format memory card reader

Leave the adaptors at home

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Review Memory card readers come in all shapes and sizes, and it can be a challenge finding the one you need.

Multi-format models tend to be the easy answer, but even then you can't be sure it supports all the memory cards you have. Fortunately, Akasa has come to the rescue with the Combo card reader, that not only supports most memory card formats, it does so without needing any additional adapters.

Akasa_combo

The front of the Combo has slots for Compact Flash Type I/II cards - including Micro Drives - Memorystick and Memorystick Pro as well as the Duo versions of both formats, SmartMedia - but not xD - SD, MMC and miniSD. The miniSD cards share the same slot as the SD/MMC slot, but are inserted with the connectors downwards whereas the SD/MMC cards are inserted with the connectors upwards.

On the right hand side is a small slot for microSD or TransFlash as the standard was known. To make the Combo slightly more appealing, Akasa also added a three port USB 2.0 hub, with two ports on the left side and one around the back.

The PC interface is a mini USB 2.0 connector and a suitable cable is supplied. There's also a 5V power input and Akasa supplies a power adaptor in the box with the Combo. This is great if you need to power devices from the USB hub and it puts less of a strain on your USB port on your PC if you attach multiple devices that draws a lot of power. To protect the Combo from scratches if you want to carry it around with you, a small imitation leather carrying pouch is also supplied.

The Combo is available in three different colours which Akasa describes as "midnite black, polar white and dragon red". On the top of the Combo is a set of four LED lights which indicate if there's a card inserted as well as which USB ports are in use.

Akasa_combo_rear

The build quality of the Combo is as good as you'd expect for £16 - it's not bad, but it flexes quite a lot if you squeeze it around the middle. Performance is dependent on the type of memory card you're using, so this will vary depending on the formats and speed of the cards you use.

Verdict

If you need an affordable multi-format memory card reader with a built in USB hub, the Akasa Combo is well worth a look. There are many competing products out there, but most of them require you to use an adaptor with mini and microSD cards, which are becoming commonplace in mobile phones.

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

75%
Akasa_combo_tn

Akasa Combo multi-format memory card reader

An affordable multi format card reader that doesn't require you to have adaptors for the newer types of memory cards.
Price: £16 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Reg man builds smart home rig, gains SUPREME CONTROL of DOMAIN – Pics
LightwaveRF and Arduino: Bright ideas for dim DIYers
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
Apple patent LOCKS drivers out of their OWN PHONES
I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't let you text that
Microsoft signs Motorola to Android patent pact – no, not THAT Motorola
The part that Google never got will play ball with Redmond
Slip your finger in this ring and unlock your backdoor, phone, etc
Take a look at this new NFC jewellery – why, what were you thinking of?
Happy 25th birthday, Game Boy!
Monochrome handset ushered in modern mobile gaming era
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code
Slow and kludgy rollout will protect corporate profits
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.