updated 04:30 pm EDT, Mon September 18, 2006
DigiMate III Card Reader
Card readers are most often built solely as passive devices that seldom do more than pass information to a central computer. Professional photographers and others who regularly spend time away from computers will often find these adapters lacking, which is why the DigiMate III card reader could be indispensable. In addition to supporting several different memory types including CF, Memory Stick, and SD cards, the DigiMate III can be opened to install a 2.5-inch notebook hard drive that stores photos or other data directly transferred from the smaller storage formats. A touchscreen interface simplifies file transfers and helps monitor the current status. This independence also extends to more than its freedom from computers, as a built-in lithium-ion battery will keep the reader in use for two hours of activity when away from AC power. The DigiMate III connects to Macs or Windows PCs through USB 2.0 and is shipping now for $49.