It would make sense that this is my card reader of choice, it’s almost perfect isn’t it, I mean the named it after my little blog 🙂 hahahaha ok maybe not but it’s a happy coincidence. It also happens to be super fast, tough card reader that handle being thrown into a bag and left to fend for itself. Come on a card reader doesn’t usually rate to highly on the “OMG I must protect it at all costs” radar.
In case you haven’t guessed this is not some plastic thing, Hoodman have gone all out with a metal body construction. It’s still light weight but it can take a beating so unless you lose it or something faster than USB 3.0 comes out the RAW Steel card reader should last you some time.
I recently just bought a new laptop for all these workshops we’ve been running and it has USB 3.0. Now I can tell you USB 3.0 is fast much faster than USB 2.0 and the Hoodman RAW Steel is USB 3.0 compatible and backwards compatible with USB 2.0. Running through USB 3.0 the Hoodman RAW Steel reader transfers at a rate of 5gbps. Just imagine how quickly you can download your 32gb CF card now.
The all important slots
It seems we are in an age where companies try to put more and more features on a device to make it better value. Hoodman didn’t go this way, you get 2 slots. One for CF cards and the other for SD cards. The CF slot has a little door which keeps the dust and other things out. It’s nice that the fit on both slots is tight enough that you don’t have to worry about your cards falling out. Once they are in there they aren’t going to lose connection even if you do accidentally push it off your desk and you don’t realise that it’s just hanging there. I was testing it 😉
Pros and Cons
When writing a review I usually look for something that is wrong with the item but since the Hoodman is so simple it really is hard. I suppose my only concern would be that the door on the CF card slot would break first but I doubt that would really make that much of a difference. Sometimes the cards can be a little difficult to get into the slots but then again that really isn’t a Con as I would rather a secure fit that I know won’t have any connection issues etc..
Apart from the super fast download speeds one of my favorite features is the fact that you can disconnect the cable. I have a problem with devices that have cables that can’t detach, I always seem to break them, at least this way I can separate the two and pack the cable away neatly.
In short get a Hoodman USB 3.0 RAW Steel UDMA Reader I’ve had card readers in the past but this one has found a permanent place in my bag, because I know it will work, I know it’s fast and I know it can handle whatever get’s thrown at it.
If your interested in getting a Hoodman USB 3.0 RAW Steel UDMA Reader, I picked mine up from Camera Electronic.