|Silverstone FP37 SDXC USB 3.0 Front Bay Card Reader|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Accessories|
|Written by Aidan Moore|
|Thursday, 25 October 2012|
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SilverStone FP37 Detailed Features
The SilverStone FP37 is very simply packaged with only the drive and attached cable, and a half page of instructions included in the box. The instructions reflect the simplicity of installing the device, directing the user to install the card reader in a 3.5" drive Bay and plug the USB cable into the motherboard connector.
The front panel of the drive is well laid out with the SD and memory stick slots on the left, CompactFlash and XD in the center, and a single USB 3.0 connector on the right.
All memory slots are polarized, with the exception of the CompactFlash slot. It takes a few tries before a user realizes that the CompactFlash card must be inserted upside down for proper operation. The fact that the CompactFlash slot does not have any mechanical guides compounds the awkwardness of using this slot. Several users have reported damaging the FP37 through improper insertion of a CompactFlash into the slot.
The USB 3.0 connector on the front of the FP 37 is a welcome addition to most desktop computers.
It is a good idea to flip the unit over and record the serial number of the FP37 before attempting to install it in your system. Depending on your particular serial number, one of two firmware upgrades to the device may be required before the FP37 is recognized by the operating system.
SilverStone has an interesting way of providing firmware upgrade support for this device. A quick check of their website shows no files available in the download section, however the Q&A section reveals links for two versions of firmware which may be necessary depending on the serial number of the device.
Using an Asus X79 motherboard as the test platform, Windows 7 immediately identified the presence of the new hardware when the unit was attached to the motherboard. There were a total of four devices identified, and after a few minutes three devices were successfully installed, and the fourth one appeared to have failed. A reboot was necessary, at which time all four devices were automatically recognized by the Windows operating system.