Hoodman USB 3.0 Raw Steel UDMA Card Reader for CompactFlash and SD Cards

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About Hoodman

Enjoy time saving 5 Gbps data transfers of CompactFlash or SD cards with the new ruggedized RAW STEEL SuperSpeed USB 3.0 UDMA card reader from Hoodman. Hoodman built the new reader into a ruggedized metal housing and added a new concept to readers called "Pin Guard".

Pin Guard is an innovative drop down door that keeps reader pins protected until a CompactFlash card is inserted into the reader. The well thought out detachable 36-inch USB 3.0 cable is plenty long enough to reach behind towers and still find a home on a desktop. Reinforced cable inputs, metal housing and "Pin Guard" all work together to yield the most durable card reader made.

Summary of Customer Reviews

(6)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Reliable (6),Lightweight (5),Easy to use (4),Durable (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-professional (3)

Hoodman Specifications

Data transfers rate
5 Gbps
Construction
Raw STEEL
Interface
USB 3.0
Compatibility
CompactFlash, SD, SDHC, SDXC & UHS-1 memory cards

Reviews about this item

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5

(based on 6 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Need a Fast Card Reader?

I was looking to get a faster CF Card Reader and the Hoodman USB 3.0 RAW Steel UDMA Reader was the one. The RAW files produced by the Nikon D800 need a card reader of this caliber, unless you like waiting around for your files to be transferred to your computer. By no means is this a scientific test, but the transfer rate is almost double(1.68x)than my USB 2.0 CF Card Reader. Here is how I tested. Two RAW files taken with my D800 Total file size: 149 MB CF Card was an SanDisk Ultra 30MB/s 8GB...

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I was looking to get a faster CF Card Reader and the Hoodman USB 3.0 RAW Steel UDMA Reader was the one. The RAW files produced by the Nikon D800 need a card reader of this caliber, unless you like waiting around for your files to be transferred to your computer. By no means is this a scientific test, but the transfer rate is almost double(1.68x)than my USB 2.0 CF Card Reader. Here is how I tested. Two RAW files taken with my D800 Total file size: 149 MB CF Card was an SanDisk Ultra 30MB/s 8GB Transfer Utility: ViewNX 2 v2.7.1 64-bit Transfer Time with Hoodman USB 3.0: 4.1 Seconds Transfer Time with SanDisk Extreme USB 2.0: 6.9 Seconds. A great feature is the built in Pin Guard, it takes a little getting used to but it's nice that the pins are not exposed. This reader is rugged, it's all metal case is stout! Another feature that sold me on this was the ability to upgrade the device firmware. Hoodman released firmware about 6 months ago to add UDMA 7 support. So you don't have to go out and get a new card reader to support the faster cards, just update the firmware!

Reviewed by 6 customers

 
5.0

Fast, stable downloads

By

from Cave Creek, AZ  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I needed a replacement for my eSATA card reader and decided to try USB 3.0 on my MacPro. This Hoodman Raw Steel unit works like a charm - very fast and stable. Highly recommend

 
5.0

Terrific card reader

By

from Montana  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This card reader is MUCH faster than the 2.0 one I was using. It is rugged and functional.

 
5.0

Great!

By

from NY, NY  -  Professional

Small, compact and efficient. And a great price. Wonderful product for small and big video companies

 
5.0

Hoodman Card Reader

By

from Spokane Valley, WA  -  Semi-Professional

Works Great! Does the job!

 
5.0

Solid performer with fast image download

By

from Wilmette, Illinois  -  Semi-Professional

For quickly downloading large numbers of Raw images, this robust flash card reader does the job using USB 3.0 technology for both compact flash and SD memory cards. With no moving parts except to the internal dust flap in the compact flash entry pathway, this camera memory card reader should hold up to years of downloading.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Need a Fast Card Reader?

By

from Phillips Ranch, CA  -  Semi-Professional

I was looking to get a faster CF Card Reader and the Hoodman USB 3.0 RAW Steel UDMA Reader was the one. The RAW files produced by the Nikon D800 need a card reader of this caliber, unless you like waiting around for your files to be transferred to your computer. By no means is this a scientific test, but the transfer rate is almost double(1.68x)than my USB 2.0 CF Card Reader. Here is how I tested. Two RAW files taken with my D800 Total file size: 149 MB CF Card was an SanDisk Ultra 30MB/s 8GB Transfer Utility: ViewNX 2 v2.7.1 64-bit Transfer Time with Hoodman USB 3.0: 4.1 Seconds Transfer Time with SanDisk Extreme USB 2.0: 6.9 Seconds. A great feature is the built in Pin Guard, it takes a little getting used to but it's nice that the pins are not exposed. This reader is rugged, it's all metal case is stout! Another feature that sold me on this was the ability to upgrade the device firmware. Hoodman released firmware about 6 months ago to add UDMA 7 support. So you don't have to go out and get a new card reader to support the faster cards, just update the firmware!

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BRUCE R  This is compact, sturdy and easy to pack. Unlike some card readers, the cable folds up neatly so it doesn't take up too much room in your bag. The extra speed is great too!
Thakur Dalip S  All reviewers say this card reader is faster than USB 2.0 because it is USB 3.0. I want to know if this card reader is fast because of USB 3.0on computer and reader ? or, it is fast because of its special technology and uniqueness? Is this card reader faster than other USB 3.0 card readers, like Sandisc, Lexar etc?
BRITT S  As with any device, it will only be as fast as the USB port on the computer. If you use a USB 3 device on a USB 2 port on a computer, it will run at USB 2 speeds. If you have an older computer with USB 2 ports, you can sometimes upgrade with an internal card or on Mac with a Thunderbolt adapter to get USB 3 ports.
Shopper  will this read 64 GB flash cards into a mac? many readers do not do this. and i have 64GB cards
DAVID T  Sorry, I don't use a Mac either.
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