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Delkin DevicesExpressCard 34 - CompactFlash Card Adapter
 
3.0

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

54%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (13)
  • Reliable (7)
  • Strong construction (5)

Cons

  • Limited compatibility (5)
  • Poor interface (3)
  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Digital photography (11)
  • Image transportation (5)
  • Image storage (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (11), Pro photographer (5), Professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fast and Handy

Compact and easy to carry in a computer bag. As fast as firewire card readers the perfect accessory for a MacBook Pro or any notebook/laptop that has a 3/4 port. I wish...Read complete review

Compact and easy to carry in a computer bag. As fast as firewire card readers the perfect accessory for a MacBook Pro or any notebook/laptop that has a 3/4 port. I wish it had a protective case that could prevent it from becoming banged around or mangled in a stuffed computer bag, but nothing is perfect. In fact the Delkin ExpressCard 34 may prove to be more durable than I think.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

To Bug Ridden

I only give it 3 stars because when it's working properly, it does what it's supposed to do, and does it FAST! The problem is that it is the only thing that has...Read complete review

I only give it 3 stars because when it's working properly, it does what it's supposed to do, and does it FAST! The problem is that it is the only thing that has created a system level kernal panic crash of my MacBook Pro in the last 2 years. There is a very specific sequence you have to use when using this card. I have not used it a lot yet, but it seems that you have to put the expresscard in the computer w/o the CF card in it. Then insert the CF card in the reader, being careful not to eject the reader from the slot while doing this. If you have the card in the reader before putting the reader in the computer, it will not work. I pulled the card out and re-inserted it and it crashed my computer. NOT COOL! It did not come with any driver installers or make any suggestions to do so. I'm going to continue to look online to see if there are any.

As of right now, I have to say go with a FW or USB reader until the bugs are worked out. It may simply be a driver issue. I don't know enough about these things to be sure.

PS. Mine does not look like the one in the pic. Instead of the white piece on the end, it's black.

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1.0

Card Reader?

By ChuckC

from Georgia

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Comments about Delkin Devices ExpressCard 34 - CompactFlash Card Adapter:

This reader simply does not work. It locks up my MacBook Pro every time I insert it. Delkin does not have a working driver for Snow Leopard let along Lion. Can't say anything about Windows...but if you have a Mac...this is not for you.

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1.0

ExpressCard 34

By ChuckC

from Georgia

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Comments about Delkin Devices ExpressCard 34 - CompactFlash Card Adapter:

This reader is a real disappointment. It crashes my MacBook pro every time I insert it. I looked on their web site for a driver...no luck. It is real junk.

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3.0

Mixed

By We Be Picture Takin'

from Mount Juliet, TN

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast data transfer

Cons

  • Poor Interface

Best Uses

  • Digital Photography

Comments about Delkin Devices ExpressCard 34 - CompactFlash Card Adapter:

My computer runs the 64 bit Windows 7.
This card reader is fast, when it is working. In order to reliably read the card, the computer needs to be started with the card and reader in place. It is a minor inconvenience. I have not attempted to swap cards as I have not had an instance where I used multiple cards since purchase.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Excellent tool

By Kimla

from Tow, TX

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Reliable
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Digital Capture
    • Digital Photography
    • Image Transportation

    Comments about Delkin Devices ExpressCard 34 - CompactFlash Card Adapter:

    Just what I needed to make my MacBook Pro even handier.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    [...]

    By DP

    from Madison,ct

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Image Transportation

        Comments about Delkin Devices ExpressCard 34 - CompactFlash Card Adapter:

        [...] it worked fine.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Lightning Fast Downloads

        By Kelly

        from Citrus Heights, Ca.

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Reliable
        • Spacious Storage
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Digital Photography
          • Image Storage

          Comments about Delkin Devices ExpressCard 34 - CompactFlash Card Adapter:

          I use the Delkin ExpressCard 34 to to quickly and efficiently download high volumes of large Raw image files from my camera's CF memory card to my laptop. The ExpressCard 34 is much faster and much more convenient than the old USB reader I used to use.

          The ExpressCard is small and easy to tuck into my backpack or shirt pocket. I can leave the adapter installed in my computer and it's ready to go by just inserting the CF card and downloading the files.

          The Delkin ExpressCard 34 has increased my workflow efficiency.

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          • No

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          3.0

          Wish the driver would be updated...

          By Robert P

          from New York City

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Speedy transfer rate

          Cons

          • Poor Support for Mac OS

          Best Uses

          • Simple file transfer

          Comments about Delkin Devices ExpressCard 34 - CompactFlash Card Adapter:

          I'd love to offer a review of how this unit works. Unfortunately it kept crashing my MacBook Pro. And I mean the gray curtain of death: Kernel Panic.

          They acknowledge on their support site that the drivers aren't perfectly compatible with Snow Leopard (Mac OS 10.6) One should only use the reader to copy files to the hard drive and then manipulate or view them from there, but I couldn't even accomplish this. Perhaps a faulty install so I tried twice. Erasing old drivers each time before install. As soon as I insert the reader: Crash.

          Worked better on MacBook Pro with Leopard installed.

          I like the price, I like the form factor. I just wish they could work out the kinks with the newer OS drivers. Better drivers = more stars.

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          • No

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          1.0

          I would not recommend this product

          By ChadRitchie

          from Taylorsville, NC

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Crashes Computer
            • No install info

            Best Uses

              Comments about Delkin Devices ExpressCard 34 - CompactFlash Card Adapter:

              This looked to be a great match for exporting photo/videos from a CompactFlash card to my MacBook Pro. A few seconds after I plugged the adapter in my MacBook crashes (the gray screen asking me to shut down). After spending an hours or so searching for answers, I ended up on the delkin.com website where I found out that drivers needed to be installed. After installing the drivers (with CompactFlash card inserted) everything seemed to work fine. When I inserted another card the MacBook crashed again. This card reader is not worth trashing a hard drive. I suggest looking for an alternative.

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              1.0

              Mac users - DON'T get - 0 STAR!!!

              By Irish

              from Sacramento, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • None

              Cons

              • Limited Compatibility
              • Poor Interface
              • System Failure

              Best Uses

                Comments about Delkin Devices ExpressCard 34 - CompactFlash Card Adapter:

                If you want to see what your Mac looks like when it crashes - go ahead and buy this. Does not import to iphoto - you must use a desktop folder to import.

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                1.0

                Not a reliable adapter

                By The Dude

                from NC

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • None

                Cons

                • Crashes MacBook Pro
                • Limited Compatibility
                • Weak Construction

                Best Uses

                • Door Stop

                Comments about Delkin Devices ExpressCard 34 - CompactFlash Card Adapter:

                The description says no drivers required, that is not true. You will need to download drivers from delkin[@] for this adapter to work at all. Then it is very unreliable. It has crashes my new MacBook Pro about five times and I am discontinuing use and going back to my USB reader.I'm giving one star rating because the option to choose less isn't available.

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                5.0

                fastest possible trasfers

                By Jenn

                from Denver, CO

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Digital Photography
                  • Image Transportation

                  Comments about Delkin Devices ExpressCard 34 - CompactFlash Card Adapter:

                  I am a documentary photographer shooting thousands of RAW images. This is the fastest way to transfer those images to my macbook pro. The only disappointing thing is the only macbook pro this will work on now is the 17 inch.

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                  1.0

                  Kernel panic on Mac

                  By swissnik

                  from basel

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Digital Photography

                      Comments about Delkin Devices ExpressCard 34 - CompactFlash Card Adapter:

                      No, I would not recommend it. I have several kernel panic on the MacBookPro. Support from Delkin is not helpful, in others word, I never got a reaction on my mails. Very bad signs.

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                      4.0

                      Now I can free up a USB port

                      By barbara

                      from Cincinnati area

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Limited Compatibility

                      Best Uses

                      • Digital Photography
                      • Image Storage

                      Comments about Delkin Devices ExpressCard 34 - CompactFlash Card Adapter:

                      While traveling, sometimes I need to have two USB attachments to my lap top. Now I can use this reader, in the up til now useless, Express Card slot as a card reader and make life just that much easier.

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                      2.0

                      Mac users beware

                      By Nick Simmerer

                      from Upper Marlboro, MD

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Delkin Devices ExpressCard 34 - CompactFlash Card Adapter:

                      I'm going to keep this because aperture still allows importation from it. Bu in snow leopard, after installing the drivers, this just shows up as a typical hard drive, not as a camera card. It does not allow Nikon Transfer to see it to import pictures from the card. Otherwise it works fine for simple transfers or in aperture.

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                      5.0

                      Better than predecessor?

                      By RSC

                      from Powder Springs, GA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Digital Photography
                        • Image Storage

                        Comments about Delkin Devices ExpressCard 34 - CompactFlash Card Adapter:

                        My first Delkin ExpressCard 34 bit the dust after 3 years. I should give it a break, but a pin pulled out at an angle on it.

                        This one appears to be a newer design. The throat is not as pictured. The picture is of my older one. The new throat is deeper and more robust. Hopefully, this will ensure that the pins are in alignment during insertion and extraction.

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                        3.0

                        Works, but ligthweight construction

                        By Dan

                        from Santa Cruz CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Weak Construction

                        Best Uses

                        • Digital Photography

                        Comments about Delkin Devices ExpressCard 34 - CompactFlash Card Adapter:

                        I use this in a Sony PC with an express card port. The unit works fine, except it seems a little flimsy. Pushing the unit into the Express card slot feels like the plastic piece that the CF card fits into could easily break. The unit works fine, but just feels less robust than I expected.

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                        3.0

                        Must install Mac Drivers

                        By gregor

                        from nyc

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Limited Compatibility
                        • Poor Interface

                        Best Uses

                        • Image Transportation

                        Comments about Delkin Devices ExpressCard 34 - CompactFlash Card Adapter:

                        It takes a lot to crash a Mac but this thing could do it consistently until I installed drivers from their site. Too bad the device doesn't mention this or come with drivers.

                        Now with the drivers installed and if you follow the procedure of first inserting the card into the reader and THEN inserting the reader into the Expresscard slot and THEN dragging it to the trash when finished it seems to work.

                        It shouldn't be so difficult and my Lexar firewire reader is plug and play and almost as fast. I'll continue to use it until it crashes my machine again and the I'm using it as a doorstop.

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                        3.0

                        It Works

                        By Bill V

                        from Bronxville, NY

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Digital Capture

                          Comments about Delkin Devices ExpressCard 34 - CompactFlash Card Adapter:

                          I have not had the best experience with unreliable Delkin Devices, but this card works so far and speeds up picture downloading.

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                          5.0

                          Ultra fast Delkin ExpressCard 34

                          By F8F11

                          from Los Angeles, CA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Digital Photography
                            • Image Transportation

                            Comments about Delkin Devices ExpressCard 34 - CompactFlash Card Adapter:

                            I use the expresscard 34 to download literally thousands of images, and need to edit immediately. The Delkin delivers. 100 images download in under 30 seconds. Use the port that's made to download your images and free up a USB port. Of course I wish the old PCMIA port was still in laptops, but since they're not, go with the Delkin ExpressCard 34!

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                            4.0

                            Works as Advertised

                            By Bartman

                            from Belleville, Ontario

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast downloads
                            • reasonable price

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Delkin Devices ExpressCard 34 - CompactFlash Card Adapter:

                                The CF card adapter is a quick and convenient way to download cards onto a laptop. The build quality is good and it fits well in my Macbook Pro. Delkin provides drivers for both Mac and that other kind of computer on it's website.

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