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Kingston DataTraveler Reader integrates card reader into USB drive

Darren Murph

Looks like Kingston's DataTraveler is taking yet another form, as it's moving beyond its uber-secure and ReadyBoost-lovin' ways onto a hybrid rendition to multitask with the best of 'em. Although the new DataTraveler Reader may seem like your average 1GB / 2GB / 4GB USB 2.0 thumb drive at first glance, just popping the unusually wide hood will reveal the secret within. Aside from toting a good bit of your files on its lonesome, users can also expand the amount of usable storage by inserting their own SD, MMC, or SDHC card. The firm states that Windows Vista and OS X users alike won't have any issues tangling with this here device, and with the right adapter, you can even slip miniSD, microSD, MMCplus, RS-MMC, MMCmobile, and MMCmicro cards into the reader too. Notably, the drive appears as two separate partitions on one's computer if a flash card is riding shotgun, so you know precisely where your incriminating photos are headed when you drag 'em over. The 1GB and 2GB flavors of the DataTraveler Reader will be landing in stores later this month for $19.99 and $34.99 respectively, while those eying the capacious 4GB edition will be forced to guess the price while waiting for it to surface in Q2.

[Via DigitalMediaThoughts]

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