Kingston USB Drive Integrates Memory Cards

Very handy for those on the move.

If you thought the venerable USB Drive didn’t have any more (useful) permutations left in it then you’d be very wrong indeed…

Storage guru Kingston has come up with ‘DataTraveler Reader’ a hybrid USB drive with a flip top compartment that allows you to insert a variety of memory cards to not only boost its own capacity but save you carrying around a separate adapter.

SD, MMC and, importantly, SDHC cards are all on the menu (along with microSD, miniSD and all the MMC variants if you use an adaptor – though maybe that destroys the point) and given the reader/drive’s USB2.0 connection your only speed limitation will be that of the flash memory itself.

Once plugged into a computer the Traveller’s integrated storage shows up as one drive letter and your memory card of choice as another. It plays friendly with both Vista and Mac OS X (and yes obviously XP) and with a 1GB edition setting you back just $19.99 and a 2GBer a mere $34.99 there’s little premium compared to a regular USB Drive.

A price-less 4GB edition of the DataTraveller Reader is coming towards the end of March if you want extra capacity and while I could never see a reason why on earth I would ever need another USB drive ”ever” (we get a lot of freebies in press packs) I see I’ll be forced to rescind that comment.

Kingston UK

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