Review: Anker USB 3.0 SD/TF Card Reader


I’ve been a fan of Anker products for a while now, and I’ve never had anything less than a great experience with their various mobile and computer accessories. I have Anker chargers and cables for charging my devices at home and in my car, and at work I use Anker USB hubs and cables powering devices critical to keeping my department running. When I purchased the Anker USB 3.0 SD/TF Card Reader (Anker model # AR200) from Amazon.ca, the bar was very high. And this device cleared that bar without breaking a sweat.

Outer packaging

Anker has some of the best product packaging I’ve seen for any product in this price range.

 

Inner packaging

Opening this $15 accessory feels as good as opening a new smartphone.

The packaging is the standard Anker affair, which is to say it’s excellent. It makes you feel like you’re opening something worth a hell of a lot more than you are, and that’s a very good thing. It’s unusual for a product in this price range to have such good packaging, and truthfully most of the time product packaging is largely inconsequential so long as it keeps your product safe in transit. But the Anker packaging is outstanding enough that it deserves a shoutout.

 

The card reader itself looks very sharp. The glossy black box measures 40x26x10 mm not including the USB 3.0 connector, and the top is slightly indented with a silver trim and accented silver corner. The silver corner has a tiny hole for a blue LED to indicate when the reader is operating.

The card reader is a sharp looking little product.

 

You can even use an SD and a Micro SD at the same time!

Speaking of operation, the device works excellently. My Windows 10 machine immediately recognized the card reader, and silently installed the appropriate drivers without a hitch. Within a few moments I used it to transfer the photos for this review onto my desktop with no problems whatsoever. Check out the table below outlining the four tests that I ran, using my Sandisk Extreme 64GB MicroSD card, which is rated for 48 MB/s read speed.

Transfer USB Speed
2GB of 9 MB files read 2.0  44.6 MB/s
2GB of 9 MB files read 3.0  34.3 MB/s
2GB of 9 MB files write 2.0  13.9 MB/s
2GB of 9 MB files write 3.0  13.9 MB/s

It seems that using USB 3.0 the adaptor was able to max out the transfer speed of the card at just shy of 45 MB/s read speed. The same test on a USB 2.0 port was limited by the data capacity of the port at about 34.3 MB/s. Both of the write tests were limited by the speed of the card at a little less than 14 MB/s.

 

Another cool feature is that the Anker has both a micro SD card slot alongside a full sized SD card slot, so you won’t need to track down an adaptor when using a micro SD card. You can also use both card slots at the same time, should you want to transfer from one card to another, for example.

 

The only downside I noticed with this device, is that it takes up a fairly large area around your USB port, which may block adjacent ports if you have a lot of devices.

 

Overall, the Anker USB 3.0 SD.TF Card Reader is an excellent little device. It’s not going to change my life, but out of all the card readers I have used in the past (they are numerous), this one is my favourite. It’s compact, it’s fast, and it just works great. Would I recommend it?

Absolutely.