Card readers come in many forms and a single unit can cater for just about every card available on the market. But Kingston has one focus when it comes to its MobileLite range – making a card reader that is as small as possible while still remaining usable.
The company’s MobileLite Generation Two, or MobileLiteG2 for short, manages to offer SD, SDHC, microSD, microSDHC, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, and Memory Stick Micro compatibility in a unit that is just 62.15 x 29.4 x 16.4 mm and weight 18.9 grams.
Resembling a mini USB stick the USB connector and card reader area retract for protection and it also ships with a USB extension cable in case you have an awkward to reach USB port. It is compatible with all versions of Windows including 7, Mac OS X 10.3+, and Linux 2.6 onwards. You also get a two year guarantee.
In terms of price the MobileLiteG2 on its own will retail for $11, but Kingston also ship it with a 4GB SDHC card ($28.50) or a 8GB SDHC card ($46).
Read more at the Kingston press release, found via Gizmag
In terms of size I don’t think you can get much smaller than the MobileLiteG2 and it’s the type of device you can just hook on to a set of keys or slip into your wallet. Being so small also means it will be easy to lose so needs to be attached to something you carry with you every day.
Card readers are more readily being included as standard on hardware meaning a separate reader is no longer required. In fact the last three laptops I have setup all had a card reader integrated into the casing. As they don’t take up much space and are cheap to make it’s an easy decision for manufacturers to take and offers a genuinely useful extra feature to consumers with other devices like digital cameras.
What I would like to see more of is the combination of card reader and storage device. Kingston could easily enhance the MobileLiteG2 by offering it combined with a USB stick in a single stick casing. That would not only increase the functionality on offer, but also allow the contents of the cards to be stored directly on the device. Add in 4 or 8GB of onboard flash memory and I’m sure it would sell.