Review of Verbatim USB 3.0 Universal Card Reader

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Let’s take a break from the CES stuff for a review. Up for review today I’ve got another product from Verbatim and it’s another card reader but this one is USB 3.0. I have to wonder about this as memory cards really aren’t that fast so how much of a difference is it really going to make going from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0? The Verbatim USB 3.0 Universal Card Reader is nice looking and it can read most any type of cards out there. It’s a card reader so it’s not exactly one of the most exciting things out there, but it does have it’s place in our digital lives.

The Verbatim UBS 3.0 Universal Card Reader comes in the rather stand plastic clamshell package but it’s scored on the back so it’s easier to open and no tools are required.

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Inside of the package you won’t find much, just the card reader and the USB 3.0 cable. The USB 3.0 connection is the mini type, personally I don’t like these as I’ve broken them, they just seem to fragile. I have to wonder who thought these things would be a good idea.


The card reader is plastic, silver on the top with  a clear cover over it. On the top are also all of the labels for the card reader types so you know what to plug in where.


On the front side you’ll find card slots along with an LED.


On the back side is the UBS 3.0 connection and slots for M2 and microSD cards.


The bottom of the reader has an identification label and rubber feet.



USB 3.0 Universal Card Reader

Verbatim’s USB 3.0 Universal Card Reader makes transferring your digital photos faster and easier than ever. Allowing for transfer speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 readers, and a sleek, modern design with silver finish, the Universal Card Reader supports a wide variety of memory card formats. Offering plug-and-play functionality with both Windows and Mac operating systems, once connected, you can instantly begin transferring your photos.

-Supports memory card formats including CompactFlash Type I & Type II (CF), Secure Digital (SD), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), Mini SD, Micro-SD, Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro (M2), MultiMedia Card (MMC), xD-Picture Card (xD)
-USB 3.0 increases transfer speeds up to 10x faster than USB 2.0
-Sleek, modern design with a silver finish
-100% Compatible with USB 2.0 ports

Price: $25.74 (from Amazon at time of review)

The LED on the card reader is blue and it blinks for activity.


For testing I used the same ATP 4gb SDHC Class 6 Card and am comparing it to the built-in USB 2.0 card reader in my computer and to the Verbatim USB 2.0 Pocket Card Reader.

So I’ve got ATTO Disk benchmark test results for you.

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So the USB 3.0 is faster as you can see, the write speed is about 4 mb/s faster and the read is about 3 mb/s. It’s not amazingly fast, but there is an improvement. There might be more of an improvement if I had a faster card, but I don’t seem to have any on hand.


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The Verbatim USB 3.0 Universal Card Reader works fine, I really see nothing wrong with it. It is faster than USB 2.0 but not by much really. Is it worth it? Maybe, as the price is close USB 2.0 readers of the same quality.  The reader looks nice and it works well.


+Works fine
+Looks nice
+Decent speeds

-Not much difference between USB 2.0 and USB 3.0
-Mini USB 3.0 connection


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  • Martin Wallenborg

    I do not mean to be rude, but this review is useless if you do not use faster flash cards. I have a Lexar USB 3.0 SD/CF reader and use SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-I SDHC memory @95 MB/sec with a real life transfer speed of 87-88 MB/sec, which is approx four times faster than a regular SD card on a USB 2.0 reader. What’s the disadvantage with a mini USB 3.0 connection?

    • Kristofer Brozio

      sorry, Class 6 is the fastest card I’ve got on hand.. I’ve got nothing that uses CF cards, I don’t even have any anymore. 
      As far as mini-UBS 3.0 connectors, I don’t them because I’ve had a few break on me, and I wasn’t being rough with them either. I’ve had them break inside of the device and at the USB cable, it’s just a fragile connection and I personally don’t care for them.