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Kingston Portable USB 3.0 HI-SPEED Media Reader

Kingston Portable USB 3.0 HI-SPEED Media Reader (Kingston: FCR-HS3)
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Vendor: Kingston
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Kingston FCR-HS3 USB 3.0 15-in-1 Media Reader
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Kingston Portable USB 3.0 HI-SPEED Media Reader
Very Good
Below Average
Rating: 9.06/10
With 17 User Reviews

Review Date: 04/04/14
Cons: None

Pros: Faster than USB 2.0Faster than my old 3.5" card reader
It has been working perfectly so far. I hardly ever need to read/write to a memory card on my computer, so this is just a good back-up for me. I will update  if it stops working or if I find another issue with it.

Review Date: 03/09/14
Cons: none unless you want to it be able to install into a 3.5" bay

Pros: Indeed faster than usb2.0compact
Yes it is usb3.0 speed. My SanDisk Extreme CF UDMA 60MB/s when up to 80 read, 60 write. Very nice. For a 64GB SDXC I, read was 46, write was only 10. I believe this is an excellent reader for those that uses professional cameras that use super high speed CFs.

Review Date: 02/09/14
Cons: - not embbed in the computer

Pros: - looks good in sealed package- very light
I have purchased this because of usb 3 and it looks promising. After 1 month, I think I am about to try to see if it works.

Review Date: 12/02/13
Cons: Gaudy drive access light

Pros: USB 3.0FastSmallSturdy
This allows full-speed access to the faster flash memory cards coming out now. On some card readers, the USB 2.0 interface would be a bottleneck, but not with this one - you will be able to use the full speeds of these new cards.It supports all the latest card formats - SDHC, SDHC UHS-I, SDXC, SDXC UHS-I and microSD (without an adapter). The firmware can be updated so it might be able to support future standards.It's fairly small and feels quite sturdy, with a brushed metal case and an angled, solid-feeling, glossy front. Cards slot in firmly and smoothly, with little free play once inserted.About the only thing detracting from it is the drive access light, which consists of a large Kingston logo that's brightly backlit when a card is inserted and flashes on drive access.

Review Date: 11/10/13
Cons: none

Pros: smallfastusb 3.0
bought on sale for 19.99$. Works as advertised. ~40mb/s transfer from my sandisk 64GB SDXC card

Review Date: 05/16/13
Cons: Wish it had a USB port in front not not waste my USB3 port.

Pros: Super fast Card reader. it was reading and writing to my SanDisk 64GB SDXC 45mb/s rated card at around 40-43mb/s, so basically the max the card could put out.Great price on saleOnly tried with SDXC, SDHC cards.
Super fast Card reader. it was reading and writing to my SanDisk 64GB SDXC 45mb/s rated card at around 40-43mb/s, so basically the max the card could put out. Only tried with SDXC, SDHC cards as I do not have any CF Cards. Great price on sale.

Review Date: 04/17/13
Cons: no rubber feet

Pros: Smallcable(long enough)usb 3.0external
This product is good overall. It uses usb 3.0 to transfer data which is quite faster compared to usb 2.0. The card reader Kingston Logo glows red when there's something inserted.I thing that I would like to see from this good product is for it to have rubber feet. Without it, the card reader is prone to slip when inserting the card into it. I used sticky tact for my quick fix.

Review Date: 02/20/13
Cons: - Wrapped in rage wrap- Kinda bright

Pros: - Fast and great performance for the price
The Kingston logo lights up when a card is inserted and there's read/write activity but unfortunately it's a tad bright. On the upshot the price is great and the performance you can wring out of it is top notch.

Review Date: 01/07/13
Cons: light on top is a bit bright.

Pros: Fast, reliable.
Get this card reader even if you only have USB2 now! You will appreciate it when you upgrade to a computer which has USB3.0. Its an extremely reliable card reader even if you dont buy it for the increased speed.This card reader does everything as expected, and is quite fast when connected to a USB3.0 port. When using a Sandisk Extreme 16gb SDHC card I get about 45 MB/sec read.The other thing I like about this reader is that it works every time, and does not get "confused" when I plug/unplug the card many times, unlike some of the generic cheap readers I have purchased in the past.

Review Date: 11/27/12
Cons: bright light

Pros: easy too install and useread all the cards i put in
It works well the light is too bright and there are now 4 removable drive appearing in my windows explorer i wish they would appear only when a card is present in a slot.

Review Date: 10/21/12
Cons: inserting SD card could be challenging

Pros: Fast,metal panel
It's a decent card reader, reliable and fast, that is, once you manage to get your SD card in...usually takes me couple of attempts to find the perfect angle.

Review Date: 10/12/12
Cons: Kingston light a little too bright.

Pros: Great Reader works perfectly
This USB 3.0 card reader is great it's fast and does a great job at transferring data at fast speed.

Review Date: 09/23/12
Cons: None

Pros: Lightning fast!
Fastest I've ever experienced downloading raw files from CF cards. I can never go back to USB 2 after using this. I now have two of these and am completely satisfied with its performance. Price has gone down quite a bit in just a few months. $18.99 sale price is a steal!

Review Date: 09/09/12
Cons: Prix trop élevé même lorsqu'en solde à 18.99$Pas compatible avec les cartes flash xD si requis.Logo rouge Kingston trop brillant.

Pros: Bon manufacturier.Bonne qualité des matériaux et de fabrication.Câble USB 3.0 de 43" de long.Fente SD et microSD.Quatre unités de disques vus simultanément par Explorer.
Ce lecteur a la capacité de faire des transferts de fichier entre deux cartes (de différents type) simultanément parce que ce lecteur voit toutes les fentes individuellement. Sa fabrication et de bonne qualité et le long câble USB 3.0 de 43 pouces est très pratique. Le taux de transfert est limité par les cartes mémoire et non le lecteur donc très performent du coté vitesse si la carte mémoire l'est aussi. On très bon achat même si ce lecteur est relativement cher.

Review Date: 09/08/12
Cons: Only 4 card slots versus the Verbatim brand with 5 or 6 card slots.

Pros: USB 3.0, compact, relatively long cord, USB 2.0 compatible, supports SDXC, supports UHS-I speeds, LOGO lights up when active and flashes during activity/data transfer, can use the multiple card type slots simultaneously & eject the card type slots independantly. Detects as a bootable Zip device in some PCs if connected during POST/Bootup, on sale for $20 or less you get faster speed support for the same price as USB 2.0 card readers, even the packaging is nice and compact and efficient blister pack making very little packaging waste to toss.
What can I say? I bought it to support higher card speeds and to be able to manipulate multiple cards simultaneously. I have yet to do a performance test with this reader on a USB 2.0 port running a UHS-I SD card. My hope is that the reader will use the UHS-I speed regardless of the port type the reader is connected to. At the very least I hope there is still some performance gain using this reader on a USB 2.0 port versus using a USB 2.0 reader. This and the verbatim are the only 2 models I've encountered that support SDXC and high speed UDMA CF cards and UHS-I transfer rates. This review was modfied by poster @ 09-08-12 05:24 PM

Review Date: 09/03/12
Cons: cheesy Kingston logo

Pros: FAST! works as it should
If you shoot high res photos or transfer large files to SD cards for a tablet or phone then you NEED a USB 3.0 reader. The difference in transfer times is incredible. I have this unit double side taped to the bottom of my desk so it is fairly hidden and I love it.

Review Date: 06/20/12
Cons: The bright lit up Kingston light on top but nothing that a piece of gaffers tape didn't quickly cover up.

Pros: F-A-S-T fast. Price (compared to equivalent Sandisk & Lexar products).
Smokin' fast file transfers from my Sandisk Extreme Pro UHS-I SDHC cards. Fantastic when you have 800+ Raw files to transfer at the end of the day.
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Product Features

SDXC Compact Flash
SD UHS-I MemoryStick

Kingston FCR-HS3 USB Flash Card Reader
Transfer to multiple devices-fast with the Kingston FCR-HS3 USB Flash Card Reader. The Kingston FCR-HS3 USB Flash Card Reader is the perfect companion for avid photographers and videographers as it lets you quickly move data from your media cards straight to your USB-compatible devices. Featuring its high-speed USB 3.0 Interface, transferring files such as photos, music, and video at top-notch speeds of up to 5.0Gb/s. This media reader comes with a plug-and-play function, allowing you to maximize the full speed potential of your memory cards without the need for drivers. Purchase the Kingston FCR-HS3 USB Flash Card Reader today!

What It Is And Why You Need It:

  • Versatile Flash Card Reader; works with Compact Flash, CF Type II and II, SD, SDHC, SDXC, microSD, microSDHC, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, and Memory Stick M2
  • USB 3.0 Interface; delivers blazing-fast data transfer speeds up to 5.0Gb/s

Product Specifications

Installation TypeExternal
InterfaceUSB 3.0
Dimensions3.66" x 2.07" x 0.63"
CompatibilityCF Type I (UDMA 0-6)
CF Type II (UDMA 0-6)



Memory Stick
Memory Stick PRO
Memory Stick Duo
Memory Stick PRO Duo
Memory Stick M2
Support - Compact FlashYes
Support - Memory StickYes
Support - MMCNo
Support - SDYes
Support - SmartMediaNo
Support - xDNo
FeaturesUSB 3.0 — up to 5.0Gb/s data transfer speed

Ultra portable; sleek metal construction

Maximize the full speed potential of your memory cards

Built-in LED indicator and three-foot USB 3.0 cable

Portable — convenient small size

Operating System Compatibility Windows 7, Windows Vista (SP1, SP2), Windows XP (SP3)

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