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SonyXQD Card Reader
 
4.8

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast transfer (33)
  • Lightweight (27)
  • Reliable (21)
  • Durable dock (15)
  • Excellent interface (13)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Image transfer (25)
    • Digital photography (20)
    • Image storage (12)
    • Digital capture (11)
    • Viewing images (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-professional (17), Professional (16), Enthusiast (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (44)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Only game in town

    First of all, I would've given the Sony XQD card reader 5 stars except for the price. At the time of purchase, it was the only choice.
    To be fair, it...Read complete review

    First of all, I would've given the Sony XQD card reader 5 stars except for the price. At the time of purchase, it was the only choice.
    To be fair, it IS made very well. It came with an 18" USB3 cable. It has a nice blue activity light that can be seen from most all angles.
    This card reader only reads XQD. Sony, it would've been nice to combine it with a Compact Flash reader. Then, I'd only carry one reader. Now, I have to carry multiple cables to go with my card readers.
    It IS a nice looking card reader.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Over 2 Hours to download XQD to new iMac

    Sorry this is long winded but if you plan to use XQD with MAC please read. After speaking with Sony for an hour and a half and Apple for an hour I need to...Read complete review

    Sorry this is long winded but if you plan to use XQD with MAC please read. After speaking with Sony for an hour and a half and Apple for an hour I need to share the following compatibility issue with the MRW-E80. The MRW-E80 is rated at a maximum data speed of 125 MB/s. However on a brand new iMac i7 quad core using the latest OS 10.8.2 the card downloaded at only 4 MB/s. Using this card reader and a Sony 32 GB XQD series H card it took 2 HOURS and 20 minutes to down load to the iMAC.I tried the MRW-E80 on my wifes year old i7 Windows PC and it downloaded at 67 MB/s. Sony tells me they have an accelerated driver for Windows but not for MAC. Apple tells me this is a Sony issue. Note: as a test I transferred the same data that is on the XQD card from a hard drive to the iMAC and it did fine at 190 MB/s. And I also transferred the same data from an SDHC class 10 card with a USB 2.0 card reader and it tested out at 20 MB/s. This reader would likely work much better on a Mac if it had a Thunderbolt connection. 2 hours is crazy slow. I have never rated a product this low before but I feel I need to let you know.

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    5.0

    It is a card reader

    By Keith

    from Williamstown, MA

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony XQD Card Reader:

        It is a card reader. There is not much to say about it

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        • No

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        5.0

        Sleek and Cool

        By Jensen B.

        from Amelia Island, FL

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony XQD Card Reader:

              This card reader looks really sleek and cool. It works great and is designed pretty classy. Push the card in, and push the card in for it to come out. Pretty cool.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Must have

              By thekurgan

              from Sacramento, CA

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable Dock
              • Fast Transfer
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Digital Capture
                • Viewing Images

                Comments about Sony XQD Card Reader:

                I like the size of this reader, and it's a must-have for the XQD cards and is not expensive.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Must Have If Using XQD Memory Cards

                By Bob

                from Charlotte, NC

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast Transfer

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Digital Photography
                  • Image Transfer

                  Comments about Sony XQD Card Reader:

                  Works fine so far.

                  I don't know of any other options for XQD cards.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Nice unit

                  By High Point Photography

                  from Princeton, MN

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable Dock
                  • Fast Transfer

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Digital Photography

                    Comments about Sony XQD Card Reader:

                    Quick and durable. Loaded fast and easy to put cards in, felt it was built well.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Must Have To Use The XQD Card

                    By HawgWildTerry

                    from Marysville, WA

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast Transfer
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Digital Photography
                      • Image Storage
                      • Image Transfer
                      • Viewing Images

                      Comments about Sony XQD Card Reader:

                      Must have product to use with the XQD Cards

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Very happy with it

                      By ChrisSFLA

                      from Fort Lauderdale

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable Dock
                      • Excellent Interface
                      • Fast Transfer
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Digital Capture
                        • Image Storage
                        • Image Transfer
                        • Viewing Images

                        Comments about Sony XQD Card Reader:

                        Light weigh and very well built.

                        I use this with our F5/55 cameras in conjunction with XQD cards.

                        Definitely recommend it.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Works as Advertized

                        By diwanicki

                        from NJ

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable Dock
                        • Excellent Interface
                        • Fast Transfer
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Image Transfer

                          Comments about Sony XQD Card Reader:

                          Works Great I would recommend to anyone needing a XQD reader

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Well constructed and fast XQD reader

                          By Ryan A

                          from Adelaide, South Australia

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Excellent Interface
                          • Fast Transfer
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Digital Capture
                            • Digital Photography
                            • Image Transfer

                            Comments about Sony XQD Card Reader:

                            I purchased this along with the 64GB S Series XQD card. It's small enough to fit into the pocket of your bag or anything really. Lightweight, well constructed, looks sleek and being USB3 its fast! All in all a good product.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            XQD Card Reader by Sony

                            By NikonMan-Tony

                            from Michigan

                            About Me Semi-Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast Transfer
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Digital Capture
                              • Digital Photography
                              • Image Storage
                              • Image Transfer
                              • Viewing Images

                              Comments about Sony XQD Card Reader:

                              Great product that works seamlessly with my Mac and Nikon D4. Great product - I own two of them now.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Sony XQD reader

                              By Alan

                              from Tucson

                              About Me Semi-Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable Dock
                              • Excellent Interface
                              • Fast Transfer
                              • Lightweight
                              • Long Cable
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                              • Only For Nikon D4 D4s
                              • Only For Sony Xqd Cards

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Sony XQD Card Reader:

                                Absolutely necessary for reading the Sony XQD memory cards.
                                A very fast card reader using the USB 3 interface.
                                Works very well with a high quality, externally powered, USB 3 hub.

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                                5.0

                                Works fine as advertized

                                By Poppajohn63

                                from NJ

                                About Me Semi-Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Fast Transfer

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Digital Photography

                                  Comments about Sony XQD Card Reader:

                                  I use a 64 GB card for sports photography. I shoot about 500 photos per game and it has room for 3 games.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  perfect pair

                                  By t-pew

                                  from Irving, TX

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable Dock
                                  • Excellent Interface
                                  • Fast Transfer
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Image Transfer
                                    • Viewing Images

                                    Comments about Sony XQD Card Reader:

                                    This is a perfect pair for my 32GB XQD N Series
                                    Fast read and reduce the import time in LR

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    as expected

                                    By klars

                                    from columbus ohio

                                    About Me Semi-Professional

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Fast Transfer
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Long Cable
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Image Transfer

                                      Comments about Sony XQD Card Reader:

                                      USB 3 ...works as expected

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                                      • No

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                                      4.0

                                      only thing that reads XQD Cards

                                      By anorth

                                      from Sydney, Australia

                                      About Me Professional

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable Dock
                                      • Excellent Interface
                                      • Fast Transfer
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Reads Xqd Cards
                                      • Small

                                      Cons

                                      • While To Mount

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Digital Photography
                                      • Fast Image Transfer
                                      • Image Storage
                                      • Image Transfer

                                      Comments about Sony XQD Card Reader:

                                      only thing that reads XQD Cards
                                      nice small compact size
                                      only problem it takes longer than usual to mount on my Mac Pro usb2 connection using Mac OS 10.9.1

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                                      4.0

                                      Necessary but watch out.

                                      By yipdog

                                      from Mesa, AZ

                                      About Me Professional

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable Dock
                                      • Fast Transfer
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Image Transfer

                                        Comments about Sony XQD Card Reader:

                                        Worked perfectly in my laptop with USB2. Tried on my tower which has a USB3 port and it killed the port. Not sure why.

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        great for down loading xqd card

                                        By bobby g

                                        from okla city, ok

                                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Sony XQD Card Reader:

                                              great for down loading to computer

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                                              • No

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                                              5.0

                                              Easy to use and very reliable!

                                              By mdp

                                              from albuquere,nm

                                              About Me Semi-Professional

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Durable Dock
                                              • Excellent Interface
                                              • Fast Transfer
                                              • Lightweight
                                              • Reliable

                                              Cons

                                              • NOTHING

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Digital Capture
                                              • Digital Photography
                                              • Image Storage
                                              • Image Transfer
                                              • Viewing Images

                                              Comments about Sony XQD Card Reader:

                                              Great for checking and copying your clips to hard-drive.

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                                              • No

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                                              5.0

                                              Fast work Great

                                              By JP

                                              from Tulsa

                                              About Me Professional

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Durable Dock
                                              • Excellent Interface
                                              • Fast Transfer
                                              • Lightweight
                                              • Reliable

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Digital Capture
                                                • Digital Photography
                                                • Image Storage
                                                • Image Transfer

                                                Comments about Sony XQD Card Reader:

                                                This Sony unit rocks very fast both on the PC & IMAC screams on uploading the files.

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                                                • No

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                                                5.0

                                                Very Fast

                                                By Mark

                                                from Chevy Chase, MD.

                                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Fast Transfer
                                                • Lightweight

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Sony XQD Card Reader:

                                                    I bought this reader to go along with my D4. I was worried about whether it would support Thunderbolt, or not, but that turned out not to be an issue at all. I tried it out to download about 400 raw files that I shot in RAW + JPEG, with the RAW going to the Sony XQD card, and the JPEG going to the CF card. To my utter surprise, it took this reader about the same time to download the RAW files as it did my CF reader to download the same considerably smaller JPEG files. I am very impressed with this reader, and the XQD cards.

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