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Gear Head Card Readers & Adapters
Choose a Gear Head™ card reader to easily transfer files between the removable flash storage media in your portable devices and your computer. This brand makes a wide selection of external card readers with multiple slots and support for different types of memory cards. You can find them in the large inventory of flash storage devices and accessories available at Staples®.
Consider Flash Memory Support When Comparing Gear Head Card Readers You should make sure the card reader you want can read and write data onto the memory cards you have. Most readers are only compatible with popular flash storage media formats like SD and microSD. Gear Head's entry-level card readers can access and write data to five different types of memory cards. If you have a camera or portable media player that saves data on less common memory cards like T-Flash, Compact Flash, and Memory Stick®, pick the brand's 23-in-1 card reader. There are models that support even more flash memory formats. Gear Head offers such models including readers that work with up to 58 different types of memory cards.
Transform Your Memory Card Into a Thumb Drive With a Gear Head Card Reader Card readers from Gear Head are plug-and-play USB devices. Some of them have a compact box shape while others look like flash drives. Choose the first type if you only need a flash memory reader/writer occasionally. If you have a spare memory card lying around, you can turn it into a pen drive with one of the brand's thumb-sized readers. These have integrated USB connectors rather than USB cables. Each one has only one slot for an SD, SDHC, or microSD memory card. Once installed in the slot, you can use this portable card reader like a regular flash drive. If you select a model that accepts SD cards, you need an adapter that to use it with a microSD card but you cannot insert SD cards into the smaller slots found on readers that are only compatible with microSD cards.
What Is the Difference Between USB 2.0 and 3.0 Gear Head Card Readers? USB 3.0 card readers offer faster file transfer speeds than USB 2.0 units. This means that it take less time to copy and write data to a memory card with a USB 3.0 reader. A USB 2.0 device has a maximum data rate of 480Mbps while a USB 3.0 device can move files at speeds up to 4.8Gbps. A USB 3.0 reader is also backward-compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1. This means you can still use it on computers equipped with slower USB ports.
Are Gear Head Card Readers Compatible with Mac® Computers? Yes. You can use Gear Head readers with computers running Mac OS X® 10.3 and later. They also work on PCs running Windows® XP and above. You do not need to install drivers or special software to make the readers work on both operating systems.
Do Gear Head Card Readers Need Power Cables? No. These are USB-powered devices. They draw power from computers via the same USB cables and connectors that carry data.
Memory card form factor: SD, SDXC, SDHC, miniSD, MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick MagicGate, Memory MagicGate Duo and most other major media types