One of the key ways of making sure a media reader stays in your computer case and not gathering dust in a box somewhere in your closet, is determining whether it is capable of being the "digital middleman" to several other devices. Does it support other media? How many? Does it allow external connections via USB2.0 and Firewire? Does it feature audio outputs? What is the internal data card reader speed? All of these questions need to be asked and SilverStone has created a media reader which will certainly last a very long time. In fact, once installed in your computer, it will be a permanent resident.
- Aluminum housing
- High-quality design
- Generous cable length (about 21" extended outside the 3.5" casing--24" total)
- One of the highest compatability with media cards (26 different types supported as of this review)
- USB-mini and Firewire 4-pin
- HD Audio (Azalia) stereo support
- AC'97 support
SilverStone's FP34 Media Reader and I/O Combo Device can be a great addition to your computer system, as well as reduce the clutter on your desktop. So many card readers are lacking in one area or another, but the FP34 seems to cover just about everything a person could want and need from a media reader. With the additional USB2.0 and firewire ports, as well as HD Audio and AC'97 support, the FP34 breaks away from most card readers I've seen and used.
Another factor which plays into the FP34's success is it's true USB2.0 data transfer speeds. Many card readers sold today claim they are "USB2.0" but fail to convey to the consumer this only means the reader has a USB2.0 port on the device. Not so with the FP34, and SilverStone makes it clear you have USB2.0 data transfer rates.
Considering the average consumer now owns own a digital camera, an MP3 player, camcorder, and even a cell phone, chances are the need for something like the FP34 is becoming apparent. If you haven't given SilverStone's FP34 a closer look, I hope you came across this review and decided like I have, to add the FP34 to a computer system and at the forefront of media reader necessity.