Introduction: We’ve received a combined card-reader and USB HUB from Sweex. Sweex delivers a wide range of multimedia products, and it is going to be interesting to see if they’ve succeeded in making a decent card-reader.
Packaging: The card-reader is packed in a cardboard box. The front of the box shows the many formats, which the card-reader supports.
When you open the box, you’re almost chocked. The card-reader is surprisingly small compared to the box it was delivered in.
Inside the box you find the card-reader, a CD with manuals and a USB cable.
Specifications: This is the specifications:
• 4 Slots for: CF, MD, SM, XD, MS, SD and MMC • 3 Port USB 2.0 HUB • Plug and Play and Hot swappable • Data rate between 700 and 4000 Kbps • Power supply from USB or 5 V adapter (not included) • Supports Microsoft Windows 2000, XP and Vista
The product: The card-reader alone is small and smart. It measures 65x105x16mm, and made in a light grey colour with a Sweex logo in the middle. The USB-HUB is placed in one end, the card-reader on the side, and connections for power and USB on the opposite side.
On the top there’s 5 small diodes, one to indicate power from either USB or 5V supply, one to indicate read/write actions from a card, and finally there’s a diode for each USB connection to indicate if a unit is connected or not.