Unlike man, not all CF (Compact Flash) cards and card readers are created equal. Indeed, this is a big deal if you make your living peering through a viewfinder. Lexar prides itself in manufacturing professional level memory products. Read on and discover if the products live up to the hype.
UDMA: The Ultra Direct Memory Access (UMDA) protocol allows compliant devices to capture images faster and more efficiently manage that content later in the digital imaging workflow. If time is money, then improving one’s overall workflow efficiency is like money in the bank.
32GB Premium SDHC card, Universal Card Reader, and 320GB FireWire 800/USB SureFire Portable Hard Drive
Price: $100 online for 32GB SDHC card, under $30 online for Universal Card Reader, and under $120 online for 320GB SureFire Portable Hard Drive
Note: the SDHC card is also available in 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB sizes, for correspondingly lower prices; and SureFire is also available with 250GB and 500GB capacity, with appropriate pricing. Verbatim’s helpful web site has detailed information, and you should begin your research at the company’s site.
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HP Photosmart C4280 All-in-One Printer
Price: $99 (US)
I remember hearing once, long before computers became so popular, that they would become so fast and powerful, with a storage capacity and connectivity, that we would essentially live in a paperless world. And so here we are today, in a world dominated by computers of all shapes and sizes. Computers are so common now that, if we know someone who does not have one, we are mystified how that could even be possible. But the promise, or prediction, of the paperless world has never come to pass. If anything, the commonality of computers has only increased our need for paper. Be it for documents or pictures, printers of all shapes and sizes can be found plugged into most computers, whether using a direct USB connection or over a local area network.
SanDisk ImageMate USB
Flash/Smart Media Reader
Estimated Price: $49.00
Like Tim, I’ve suffered through very slow downloads when I’ve tried to move the images that are on my Smart Media card from my digital camera to my computer. I had also discovered that my USB capable system (6400/180 with G3 card and Keyspan PCI USB card) would not permit me to hook up my digital camera and download pictures through the USB ports. The camera manufacturer (Toshiba) attributed this to the fact that the camera works with iMac’s, G3s, G4s, etc. but not with a G3 equipped legacy Mac. So I was reduced to unplugging my printer after I had shut down the system, hooking up the serial cable, restarting my Mac and then slowly downloading the pictures through the software provided. Very, very frustrating to say the least, particularly when people want to see the pictures on the monitor right away.
After doing my research and hunting around for other options, I finally selected the SanDisk ImageMate USB SmartMedia reader as the best and least expensive option open to me. Initial installation of the unit was as easy as 1-2-3. Insert the Installation CD in the drive, double-click the Installer icon, follow the directions, then restart the system. Once the system had restarted, I just plugged the unit into the USB hub, inserted my SmartMedia card and then double-clicked on the SanDisk icon which appeared, opened the folder inside and found all my pictures waiting for me as JPEG images. After that it was just drag and drop the images inside to my desktop picture folder and I was done. Less then a minute to insert the card, double-click and then see what the pictures looked like, rather then spending what seemed like forever to download the pictures.
With the folder open on the desktop, viewing is easy, as is renaming each JPEG image. Trash what I don’t want, rename what I want, and then drag the images to the desktop picture folder. Definitely a major time saver as far as I’m concerned! The one thing I did discover is that you must have Apple’s File Exchange extension on if you want the unit to be seen by your Mac, so make sure you have it on when you go to use the reader. SanDisk has a very informative website and even carries the drivers and Mac FAQs on the site, so we’re not forgotten.
Now while the reader comes in the basic computer grey color with Navy Blue accents, it’s not that bad to look at when it sits there on your computer desk, kinda like it’s smiling at you. And while the unit has a suggested retail price of $49, I was able to get my unit for $29. I looked around for the best prices locally, went to the closest store that handled the product (Best Buy) showed them the flyer with one of their competitor’s pricing and they honored the price difference.
MacMice Rating: 5