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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Inateck Card Reader+HUB Review

I received this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions states are my own and may differ from yours.
Inateck Card Reader+HUB Review
I recently had the chance to try out a new cool gadget from inateck. It's a card reader / hub for your USB-OTG (on the go) compliant phone/tablet. The HUB part includes three USB 2.0 compliant ports, allowing you to connect a keyboard, mouse, and/or full-size thumb-drive, among many other devices. The card reader side includes an SD card / Micro SD slot and an M2 card / MS card slot.
Inateck Card Reader+HUB Review
Thankfully, my Galaxy S5 is USB-OTG compatible and everything worked fine after connecting the device to the micro-USB port on the phone. If I connect an external flash drive or HDD to the hub, I can transfer data to/from the USB storage, allowing quick access to family photos, movies, or other things which are on the thumb drive, or backup to the drive. No need to use Wi-Fi or the phone's data plan to transfer files. Or, just put your movies on the thumb drive and you'll have plenty to watch while you're offline on an airplane.

I actually found it great to connect a keyboard and mouse to my phone. My laptop was being repaired last week and I was stuck with just the phone one day. The mouse/keyboard setup allowed me easier data entry to keep up with my email and messaging for the day. It was weird using a mouse with the phone but it worked fine with no additional setup required.

Interesting device that I wasn't sure about when I first got. I'm starting to see more and more uses for it. It also allows quick transfer from a camera to the phone that I've yet to try. Overall, a great way to expand the storage options of the phone/tablet.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours. See my disclosure policy for more information.


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