PDA-Armor's CR-617 USB2.0 Card Reader

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PDA-Armor's CR-617 USB2.0 Card Reader
Test Setup and Performance

People rely more on technology today than ever before. It's not uncommon for a person to carry a cell phone, PDA, digital camera, and MP3 player as part of his or her daily routine. With all these storage devices comes the need to move and share data quickly and easily. A device that is becoming commonplace in the home or at the office is a Card Reader. These little beauties allow a quick, simple plug-and-play solution for several different card formats. Today, we're going to take a brief look at PDA-Armor's budget solution - the CR-617 6-in-1 USB2.0 Card Reader.
Despite the legible, "Aluminum Deluxe Case" claims that you see clearly on the top of the package, the fine print states "available on the CR-618/CR-619 models." This is the CR-617, and although it sure looks aluminum, it is not.
Specs, Features & Bundle
This card reader handles the following standard formats: 1) Compact Flash, 2) IBM Micro Drive, 3) Secure Digital, 4) Multi Media Card, 5) Smart Media, and 6) Memory Sticks. Unless you have a device that uses the new XD cards, you should be fine.

Here is a list of features and specs as listed on PDA-Armor's page:


  • ABS Plastic
  • Fast file transfer
  • Flexible Data Exchange
  • Plug and play & Hot-Swapping supported
  • Read and Write all files for PC or MAC.
  • Stylish / Light / Perfect for Mobile User


  • Interface - USB Ver. 2.0
  • OS Support - Win98 / 98Se / ME / 2000 / XP, MAC OS 9.X / 10.X or higher
  • Data Transfer Rate - up to 480Mb/sec
  • Power Requirement - DC +5V, supplied by USB port
  • Dimension - 4.14" x 2.25" x 0.60"
  • Weight - 64.3g


The CR-617 comes with everything you need to get going on pretty much any OS. In the box you get the card reader, driver CD for Win98/98SE and Win2K. I installed this by simply plugging it in when using both Windows 2000 and XP. I did not need drivers at all.

More pictures of this little card reader.
(Front. Four slots allow for 6 different cards. All four may be used at the same time.)
(Back. Device uses a "mini-usb" jack.)
Now that we've taken a good look at this little beauty, let's head on over and see if it performs as good as it looks.