As mentioned in the specifications, the card-reader is supported in Windows 2000, XP and Vista, and the fact that you do not need any special drivers is a nice touch.
No external power supply (5V) is included, which is disappointing. This means that if you wish to use the HUB for an external 2.5” hard drive, or equivalent with high power consumption, you are forced to by an extra power supply for it.
The test: The speed of the HUB and the card-readers SD-card port has been tested. As a reference SD-card reader, we’ve used the integrated SD-card reader in a Dell Inspiron 6000.
As we can see from the test results, there’s no performance difference between using the USB HUB or a USB port on the PC.
This changes a bit when testing the card-reader. The performance of the SD-card reader is just a bit slower than the internal reference reader in the PC.
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We’ve only tested the SD card performance because we do not have any reference readers for other card types.
Worth mentioning is that it is possible to use all 4 card-ports simultaneously.
Conclusion: The card-reader with USB-HUB is small and handy. There’s no performance loss on the USB ports, which is a definite plus. Unfortunately the card-reader lacks a 5V power supply, which should be bundled. It’s a shame, because more and more people need to get the maximal amount of power from their USB ports for external hard drives etc.
The card-reader itself works without any problems, and immediately responds when a card is inserted.
The performance is great, a bit lower than the reference reader – but hardly anything you would notice in daily use. All in all a decent product, but lacking a 5V power supply.
Full USB 2.0 support No drivers required
5V power supply is not bundled
Sweex CR100 card-reader and USB 2.0 HUB (UK)SteffenSweex CR100 card-reader and USB 2.0 HUB (UK)