In short the Brando, but pros may prefer the Lexar reader because of the
better warranty and support. Laptop users, with only CF cards, will like
the PixelFlash CF reader or the Transcend. Those who like bling my find
the Team or Kingston reader to their liking.
© Michael G Hains 2011-2012
The performance is very consistent across the readers, as shown by the Graph. Card
readers are within about 2% of each other. For practical purposes, they have the
same real world performance.
A person’s choice in card reader should come down to particular features, like size,
durability or cost rather than performance. There are no material differences
between the readers tested. For The Doc the best combination of price, features and
build is the Brando. It is well made, cheap and a multicard reader and it works. The
Digitech is also very good.
Pros may wish to spend a bit more and get the Lexar because of its build quality,
durability, support and warranty. But only if you use CF & SD cards, as it is not a
multireader. Those who like bling, may find the Team or Kingston readers appealing.
But the blinking red Kingston logo may annoy some. The Transcend Reader is the
smallest of the readers and is a well rounded package.
What is disappointing is the poor selection of card readers now offered by SanDisk,
who once had a range of fast high quality card readers. Sadly no more.
Lexar, how about a dual CF version of your reader? Allowing the user to download
from 2 CF cards, at once, using USB 3.0. With his set up The Doc could average
around 150MB/s with such a reader. That is worth a premium.