Friday, July 26, 2013

Digital Card Readers

 Are you one of those people that takes plenty of photos with your digital camera, smartphone or tablet? Do you struggle to figure out how to get the photos OUT of the camera and into your computer?  Do you have the camera cord in drawer or box, but it has now intertwined itself in a tight-knit-never-to-be-untangled-without-you-screaming-a-few-CHOICE-words type of ball with all the other cords from previous devices?
Feeling like you need a degree in "Digital Forensics" to match the proper cord with the proper device?

Enter the world of Digital Card Readers! No, this isn't something that's spankin' brand new. They've been around for several years. But I meet folks all the time who have never heard of this little device and wondered how they got left holding the ball of cords and missed out on this great little secret.

Well, let me tell you, the Digital Card Reader has saved me time and headaches. You can pick them up just about anywhere. I found the best price to be at WalMart or Target. The office supply stores carry them, but at a premium price (in my opinion). For less than $10 you can say goodbye to trying to find the right cord, hook everything up and finally transfer the pictures. With a card reader, you simply remove the card from the device, insert it into the reader and put the reader into the USB port of your computer. No cords, no tangles, no mess. I love that I can keep it in my purse and carry it back and forth between home and school. Or because the price is right, leave one at school and have one at home. If you don't own one already add it to your Back To School shopping list! You won't be sorry you did.
A few shopping tips....
If you have multiple devices with different sized memory cards; there are readers that can hold more than one type/size of card.
If your USB ports sit right next to each other on your computer AND you are using one port on a regular basis (in my case I've run out of space on my hard drive and am storing everything else on an external hard drive that uses one of my ports)...Then be sure to look for a "slimline" type of USB connection. The readers come in all sizes...and I'm sure a few fun colors too. Google it! or Bing it! either way you're sure to find one (or two) to fit your needs!
Oh, one more tip...should you go shopping and ask for them....the clerks at the store are not always GEEKS...sometimes they don't know they even sell them. The Digital Card Readers are often shelved near the digital memory cards. I know....but you'd be surprised at how many store clerks sent me in the wrong direction.

 I hope this helps! If you have any questions about Digital Card Readers, I'm happy to help you out. Or if you already have one, I would love to hear from you. I'm sure others would find it helpful to hear your experiences too. I checked online before posting this and as of RIGHT NOW...TODAY....Walmart is selling various card readers for as little as $3.82!!! I KNOW!!! (They were higher than that in the store!)
And get this....order online and PICK IT UP AT THE WALMART NEAR YOU!! How much easier can it get? ;-) Quick....before the prices on the image below to go the the Walmart site.
(Come back and let me know what you got!) ;-)
Click on image to get to the Walmsrt site


Fran Kramer said...

This was a great post. I only use digital card readers. I love them. However, I have trouble keeping track of these. I have a personal card reader and one for school which has made life far easier for me!
It was wonderful to finally meet you but the time flew by much too fast!

Cindy said...

Thanks! I love mine too. My issue seems to be keeping up with the cap that goes on the reader. I am so tempted to go to Walmart's site and grab a few at those low prices! ;-)


Teacher and Life Long Learner said...

Thanks for this informing post! Guess I have another item on my shopping list. Smiles and stop by anytime!

Cindy said...

Glad you found this helpful. At least this item doesn't cost too terribly much! ;-)
Have fun with it.