Cable Matters USB 3.1 Type-C Dual Slot Card Reader review: Fast data transfers from a SD reader that’s easy on the wallet

Upgrading to a 2016 MacBook Pro means buying USB-C adapters for everything that connects to the laptop, and those costs quickly start to add up. Fortunately, for photographers who need to read SD or microSD memory cards, the cost of a good card reader can be as little as $ 12.

The Cable Matters USB 3.1 Type-C Dual Slot Card Reader ($ 12 on Amazon) marked the next-best transfer speeds of the models we tested, second only behind the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II USB-C Reader. That device benefits from its ability to read UHS-II cards (which include a second row of pins for greater data throughput), and also posted slightly faster UHS-I speeds—but the SanDisk is priced at $ 50.

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