Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Scythe Launches Interesting USB 3.0 Based Card Reader

By - Source: Scythe | B 16 comments

Scythe has released a card reader that is a little more exciting than we're used to from card readers.

While many people are switching over to the cloud for data storage and transfer, Scythe has decided to give those among us who still use memory cards and USB sticks some love. While we question the need for yet another 3.5" card reader, this is one that we can certainly welcome.

Scythe's Kama Reader 3, the SCKMRD3, is bringing some USB 3.0 goodness to built-in card readers. Previously, these card readers were limited to USB 2.0 speeds, but this reader would, of course, be a lot faster. While most cheap memory cards might have trouble saturating USB 2.0 bandwidth, there are a lot of photographers with much pricier, faster and bigger compact flash and SDXD cards that can go well over USB 2.0 speeds.

Scythe has even given us some benchmarks, showing more than double the read speeds on a 64 GB Transcend SDXC card.

So far there has been no word on US availability; however, the product has already hit shelves in Europe for a price of about €20, translating to roughly $27.

Display 16 Comments.
This thread is closed for comments
  • -1 Hide
    bujuki , April 18, 2013 9:51 PM
    Power Logic MediaPort 1000 Universal Card Reader is a another interesting product. Although its card reader uses USB 2.0 it has 4 USB 3.0 port. The price when I bought it was about 35 USD. I don't know if it's available in US though.
  • 2 Hide
    agnickolov , April 18, 2013 10:39 PM
    I wish somebody releases a card reader with integrated 2.5" to 3.5" disk adapter on the back. I've been looking for ages for one for my HTPC...
  • 0 Hide
    samwelaye , April 18, 2013 11:24 PM
    Quote:
    Power Logic MediaPort 1000 Universal Card Reader is a another interesting product. Although its card reader uses USB 2.0 it has 4 USB 3.0 port. The price when I bought it was about 35 USD. I don't know if it's available in US though.


    If the reader itself uses usb 2.0 then having 3 3.0s on it is a total waste. they will only run at the 2.0 speeds...
  • 2 Hide
    drakepandor , April 18, 2013 11:43 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Power Logic MediaPort 1000 Universal Card Reader is a another interesting product. Although its card reader uses USB 2.0 it has 4 USB 3.0 port. The price when I bought it was about 35 USD. I don't know if it's available in US though.


    If the reader itself uses usb 2.0 then having 3 3.0s on it is a total waste. they will only run at the 2.0 speeds...


    I just looked into the Power Logic MediaPort 1000. It uses 1 full USB 2.0 connector as well as PCI-E x 1, which would be how it supports the USB 3 ports. I'm guessing though that the card slots run through the USB 2 connector.
  • 0 Hide
    stuartl , April 19, 2013 4:59 AM
    AFT has had a USB3 card reader available for over a year now.
    http://www.atechflash.com/AtechFlash_Product_PRO-57U.htm
  • 0 Hide
    Non-Euclidean , April 19, 2013 5:57 AM
    Just what I need, another card reader.

    Not to slam it, but I dont really need USB 3.0 speeds for the limited amount of transferring I do with cards.
    The only card I really transfer to is my phones internal, and I can access that fine with a Micro USB cable.
    But I could see the use if I was transferring a lot of stuff on/off a huge card...
  • 0 Hide
    jn77 , April 19, 2013 8:37 AM
    I have had USB 3.x card readers for about 12 months now, not sure how this is news, I transfer multiple 32gb and 64gb CF cards weekly to the pc and NAS.
  • 5 Hide
    thefiend1 , April 19, 2013 10:05 AM
    "people who still use memory cards and usb sticks" Um, last I checked MANY people use these as well. The cloud can suck it.
  • 0 Hide
    dalethepcman , April 19, 2013 11:18 AM
    Rosewill (newegg's in house brand) has had these available for well over a year, and while I like Scythe's products, the multi function card reader is a dying breed, as CF, SD, and mSD (and maybe memory stick) are widely accepted standards, where all other formats are obsolete / obscure.

    I would have prefered and update to the Kama 3 line of fan controler / card reader combo's.
  • 0 Hide
    mynith , April 19, 2013 12:04 PM
    Funnily enough I thought there were SATA-based ones as well. Wouldn't these be better still?
  • 0 Hide
    festerovic , April 19, 2013 12:24 PM
    This is great, been waiting for a while. Great boost in speed if you are using cards a lot.
  • 0 Hide
    dalethepcman , April 19, 2013 1:32 PM
    Quote:
    I wish somebody releases a card reader with integrated 2.5" to 3.5" disk adapter on the back. I've been looking for ages for one for my HTPC...


    The kama 3 has 2x esata/usb 2 combo ports, 3 card reader slots (sorry no CF) two fan controllers with LCD, analog audio in/out, and an externally available 2.5" hdd bay.

    The utility is why I would have liked an update to this line.

    http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/hdd/013/ScytheUSA-ProductsKamaPalne3.html
  • 0 Hide
    hetneo , April 19, 2013 1:37 PM
    It's going to be $20 not $27, if it ever hit the US market.
  • 0 Hide
    laststop311 , April 20, 2013 4:04 AM
    I'll be replacing my adata 3.5" usb 2.0 reader with this. It is painfully slow transferring music to my 64GB micro sdxc. Upgraded to the 70MB/sec read 30MB/sec write 64GB Samsung microsdxc from a 30MB/sec read 15MB/sec write 64GB sandisk thinking it would boost the speeds but I then realized the crappy card readers bandwidth was saturated. This will be nice when I want to load a different set of music before I leave and every minute shaved off is a help.
  • 0 Hide
    laststop311 , April 20, 2013 4:09 AM
    The Samsung micro sdxc card will benefit nicely from this. I recommend everyone get this card over the sandisk. One of the reasons manufactures do not use micro sdxc slots is the performance is not as snappy as the built in nand, which can lead to some people not having the same user experience across all devices, but with the more than doubled read speed of the new Samsung micro sdxc (70MB/sec vs 30MB/sec for the sandisk) as well as the increased IOPS you get equal or better performance to the internal nand eliminating the performance gap problem of external memory.
  • 0 Hide
    soundping , April 20, 2013 4:55 AM
    Still have to pick it up to put a card in it.