Every few months we get the chance to look at a new product from StarTech. In the past, we have looked at docking stations, USB to SATA adapters, and even quad-port gigabit NICs.
StarTech dabbles in a wide range of accessories for both PC and Mac devices. We have one of their latest solutions in house today, a dual-slot SD card reader using the new USB-C standard. As the name suggests, this solution offers read/write access to two SD cards simultaneously while being compatible with both SD 4.0 and UHS-II standards.
The MSRP of the StarTech 2SD4FCRU3C comes in at $58.99 with a two-year warranty, and compatibility of this solution is OS independent.
Packaging follows what we have seen from StarTech with previous solutions. We have the white box with yellow and black accents. The right side carries an image of the device.
The back of the box offers even more languages to the left with the scope of delivery listed out at the bottom.
The scope of delivery includes the manual and reader itself.
The front of the device houses both included SD card slots.
The side houses a 5v input if extra power is needed.
The USB-C cable is attached directly to the device and has its own storage built into the housing of the reader.
To test the dual slot reader, I used two SanDisk SD cards, both 32GB; one being UHS-I and the other UHS-II.
The performance of the UHS-I card reached 92 MB/s read and 83 MB/s write.
The UHS-II card was capable of 222 MB/s read and 193 MB/s write.
In researching for this review, I didn't find many directly comparable SD card readers on the market. StarTech appears to have one of the only dual-slot UHS-II capable solutions available now, and the build quality of this solution is quite good.
I had no issues with either of the slots as far as dimensions or inserting cards, and the internals seem to be ample as well. The built-in USB-C cable could present issues if, at some point, you snagged the cable, but StarTech has done their due diligence creating a place to store that cable when not in use.
The performance was certainly up to par for our UHS-I card bringing in 92 MB/s read and 83 MB/s write. Our UHS-II card (again a 32GB SanDisk) brought in 222 MB/s read in its testing and adding to this was 193 MB/s write.
For those in need of a solution wielding dual ports, the StarTech reader is certainly a viable option. The performance and build quality are up to the task and adding to that is an MSRP at $58.99 and two-year warranty.
Tyler's Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IX Hero (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (buy from Amazon) / (Read our Review)
- Memory: G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 (buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Hybrid (buy from Amazon)
- OS Storage: Intel 730 480GB SSD (buy from Amazon) / (Read our Review)
- Secondary Storage: MyDigitalSSD BP5 512GB SSD (buy from Amazon)
- Case: EVGA DG-86 (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750 P2 (buy from Amazon)
- Networking: ASUS PCE-AC88 AC3100 (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: ASUS ROG 10G Express
- Power Supply: ASUS Thunderbolt EX3 (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 (buy from Amazon)
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line: StarTech's Dual Slot USB-C SD card reader is a solid and ample solution for those needing the ability to transfer media from two devices simultaneously.
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