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I bought this Sony reader at nearly $100 thinking I was getting a quality product. It is actually made out of very light, cheap plastic, with no bottom pads so it slides all over the desk when you are trying to insert a card. It seems like it won't last a month. Sure, it does what it is supposed to do, but so do all the other brands at less than $20..00 Avoid this over-payment; definitely not worth the money.
Not impressed. Had this just over a yr and not heavy use. I opted for the more expensive Sony one thinking it was a better reader. I guess soon as yr was up so was the reader. No longer working for Xqd or SD. To be honest this was the first time even trying SD. Could have had 3 or 4 others as I paid for this. For what I paid you would think Sony would replace.
Worked great! for 2 months... after that it is dead to the world. contacting Sony support is a nightmare, after 2 weeks of getting shuffled around from one call center to another, and ending up with a "sorry we are experiencing technical difficulties and cannot take your call at this time" I was finally able to talk to somebody that would actually help... and I have to send in the device for evaluation... on my dime.... worst. support. experience. ever... UPDATE: Weeks later the service center is still experiencing technical difficulties and cant take my call. I don't think I have ever been this disappointed in a company...
The Good- The reader works as expected. The Bad - The image shows a usb plug on the device itself, so you could plug it into a port directly. Nope. The device used a Usb cable. on top of that, it i a proprietary connector so if you lose the cable you are screwed. The device is a lot bigger than I though, and is pretty flimsy plastic.
The next issue is, Sony announced it will be discontinuing XQD card completely since CFXpress will be coming out soon. I am sure other card makers will follow, so this is already obsolete technology.
Price - This is ridiculously expensive for what it is. Its a card reader! Same as any other $12 card reader, but since this is relatively new and targeted for photographers with new cameras that use QXD cards, there are not many options out there, and you pay for it.
I haven't used this device to transfer any images for a few days, but it remained plugged into my USB-3 port on my iMac. Upon touching it, I was surprised to feel how hot it was, even when not in use. It would explain why the USB-3 port on my iMac recently died. Nothing would work on that port. This XQD reader might be the culprit. If you read the reviews on this models on Sony.com it has 1-star reviews of users complaining of heat. A device should not be hot when not in use. It draws excess amperage from the USB-3 port and is clearly a design flaw. DO NOT BUY.
This reader overheated and died after about 6 uses. I was very happy with it and the transfer rate until it died. I was transferring about 400 Nikon z7 raw files using a 2year old Mac notebook when I suddenly got a drive disconnect message on the computer screen. The reader was very warm and never worked again. Fortunately the card was unaffected. I was in India and had brought a small Sony xqd “adapter” type reader so was able to finish the trip with no problem. Unacceptable quality from Sony especially at the price.
This is not my first Sony XQD Reader. The first one lasted me years (and I’m a professional so...lots of daily use) before the spring inside stopped pushing the card back out. I figured it was time to upgrade it to the faster 3.0. This one was finicky in the beginning but as of yesterday my computer no longer recognizes it. The spring loader on the new one was never great but useable. It’s not moved or been bumped but before it stopped it would connect and disconnect over and over, leaving images untransferred . Every connection is tight. I’m a bit disappointed that after 6 weeks (just outside the Amazon return window) I have to replace this dud. I paid more for one I thought I could trust. Bummer.
I bought this thinking that it would be working like a lot of others that don't but i was wrong, did i get a fluke faulty product?... Maybe but it would read the SD card but tried a few XQD cards and it would see it then just disappear from the file explorer once i put the card in the unit... No Bueno!
Returned just like the last two other brands that do not work and will have to buy another LEXAR unit that i have had for a couple years that has never failed reading any of my XQD cards. :/
I have now owned two of these and I will not own a third. The second one, which I bought when the first one failed (thinking I bought a lemon), worked exactly like the first -- great for a couple of months and then not at all. I thought that maybe the first one was defective but the second is failing the same exact way: I insert the card, the red light blinks to tell me it is engaged, the red light goes off, and no way I move it/adjust it, plead with it, swear at it, makes it engage again. And therefore my photos sit on on XQD card rather than my computer. Quite frustrating. A rather expensive piece of junk.