|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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Card Reader Final Thoughts
For anyone who needs to transfer large files between a DSLR and a computer, a USB 3.0 card reader can be a real timesaver, and the FP37 performs this function very well.
The FP37 is not without its quirks. The need to insert a CompactFlash card upside down is made even more confusing by the fact that this requirement is not described on the front panel, and there are no hardware guides to ensure proper alignment of the card to the socket.
SilverStone FP37 Conclusion
The SilverStone FP37 demonstrated very good performance, translating the high speed of the USB 3.0 interface into speedy media card access. Ultimate transfer speeds depend heavily upon type of media used, and the FP37 appears capable of handling these higher bandwidth devices.
SilverStone has put some thought into the appearance of this front panel device by including two choices of front panel color. Most desktop PCs can add a bit of high-tech finish to their front panels by choosing either the black or silver front panel option.
The device is well constructed and very simple to insert in an available 3.5" front panel bay. It would have been helpful if SilverStone included an adapter for 5.25 inch bays, as most computers have at most a single 3.5 inch front panel bay.
The functionality of the FP37 could have been greatly improved if a CompactFlash socket had been a bity more intuitively designed for normal card insertion. The combination of difficult card alignment and upside down insertion somewhat reduces the functionality of this card reader.
The SilverStone FP37 is available for $32.99 (Newegg), and represents good value given that an additional USB 3.0 connector is made available on the front panel.The FP37 device is a good choice for systems with an available 3.5" external drive bay and a motherboard with a USB 3.0 header available. Installation is straightforward even with the need to potentially upgrade the device firmware.
+ Supports most media card formats
- Upside down CF card insertion
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