Sd card reader/USB 3 hub for nMP?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by chfilm, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. chfilm macrumors 65816

    chfilm

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    Hi,
    Since I'll soon be loosing my iMac and with it some nice handy features like an sd card reader at the back of my display or 4 USB 3 ports directly on my desk, I need something to compliment my nMP.

    I plan to eventually store it away in a cabinet together with the TB raids. Sadly the old tb display that I got to replace my iMac has no SD slot nor USB 3.

    Is there any hub that combines those two requirements and looks adequately nice?

    Should I consider maybe a TB docking station in order to fuel the entire power of a fast sd card? Or is that overkill? I can never copy pictures down the card fast enough..
     
  2. chfilm thread starter macrumors 65816

    chfilm

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    It doesn't have an SD card a lot though.

    Interesting is the audio out option. Do you know if it's optical?
     
  3. Bear macrumors G3

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    A TB dock would be a good idea. As for a SD Card reader, I'd recommend the Lexar Professional Workflow SR1 SD/UHS-I/USB 3.0 Reader LRWSR1RBNA which can be used by itself or as part of Lexar's multireader hub system.
     
  4. chfilm thread starter macrumors 65816

    chfilm

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    Turns out the Caldigit dock, otherwise a nice option, is not only missing an SD card slot, but also has no optical audio out :(
    Useless for me.
     
  5. chfilm thread starter macrumors 65816

    chfilm

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    Hm it's been frustrating for me.. My solution now is two usb 3 hubs at different locations, one leaving the nMP for hard drives that are stored in one place hidden away, and another one that goes to my cabinet where I have my raids, next to my desk at hands reach. There I have attached a very simple usb 3 card reader.
    I find now in day to day business that this solution kinda works.

    Actually I could even attach a usb 2 card reader just to my TB display because my fastest SD card tops out at 45mb/s anyway ;)

    Here are some pix of my setup (cant see the card reader though) http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=18801103&postcount=710
     

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