If you’re in the market for a memory card reader OR an SD card, then look no further! The Kingston MobileLite G2 Reader was rightfully rated the Best Travel Gadget of 2009 by Time Magazine as it’s one of the easiest, smartest, and most efficient card readers on the market. This little well-designed device is a multi-card reader compatible with all of the common memory cards. The MobileLite is extremely affordable, and even includes an SD card up to 32GB in capacity.
The MobileLite design is what really won us over. It’s a bit narrower than a pack of tictacs and very light. There’s no annoying USB cap and the USB plug doesn’t jut out of the reader. There’s a collapsible cover that slides in to expose the USB plug. On the opposite side there’s another collapsible cover that covers and protects the memory card inserted. This allows you to safely store memory cards in this ultra-portable reader for safe keeping. There’s a blue LED light which displays reading and writing activity.
Most memory card readers are fat and the Kingston MobileLite G2 is no exception. This can be frustrating when trying to fit it in your computer or laptop near other ports being used. The Kingston MobileLite solves this problem by including a short USB male to female extension to plug the G2 in to. There’s also a removable keychain attached to the reader.
When you plug the MobileLite G2 card reader to your computer with a memory card inserted, it will show up like a regular drive. You can drag and drop files as you choose. There’s nothing complicated about it, and there’s no software or drivers required. It’s compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux.
The SD memory card included with the MobileLite G2 is SDHC Class 4. For SD cards, just having a class makes them a suitable speed for any digital camera. Classes run from Class 2, 4, 6 to 10. This rating relates to their minimum writing speed. Class 4 means it should write at least 4MB/s, which is plenty fast for all digital cameras, most DSLRs, and some video cameras. The included Kingston SD card was able to transfer 100MB of images (~25 to 75 pics depending on quality) to my computer in just 6 seconds, which was extremely fast. When transferring that 100MB of images back to the card it took 70 seconds. As expected, the read speeds are a lot faster than the write speeds.
We have a few different memory card readers laying around the office, but the Kingston MobileLite G2 has become our go-to. The design isn’t just good looking, but it’s extremely functional and we love that we can storing an unused memory card in it for safe-keeping. The USB extension has proved extremely worthy as our MacBook’s USB ports are right next to each other. Amazon sells a stand-alone MobileLite G2 for $8.74, but for an extra couple dollars you can get it with an included 4GB SD Card. $10.99 for an awesome card reader and a 4GB SDHC Class 4 card–can’t beat that! The reader/card combos are available in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and even 32GB varieties for extremely affordable prices. The 16GB combo costs just $23.74 and the 32GB combo costs $41.74, all from Amazon. Kingston Technology is pretty much the king of memory, so you can’t go wrong. There’s a two-year warranty on the MobileLite G2 and a lifetime Warranty on the SD card.
The Good: Affordable, Smart Design, One Piece (No Caps), Multi-Card Reader, Two-Year Warranty on G2, Lifetime Warranty on SD card, USB Extension included
The Bad: None Yet!
Supports SD/SDHC/SDXC, microSD/SDHC/SDXC, MSPD6, MS Pro HG Duo6 and M2.