Enermax's new card readers are perfect for empty external bays


— 6:00 AM on August 19, 2014

Enermax's new Mighty Charger card readers slipped under our radar last week. The bay inserts aren't the most exciting products, to be honest, but I kinda want one for my own PC. These things have just the right mix of fast memory card slots and juiced-up USB ports.

The multi-pronged card readers support SuperSpeed transfer rates, and so do the blue USB jacks. The yellow ones are "Super Charge" ports that can feed up to 2.4A to compatible devices. Those ports are compliant with version 1.2 of the USB battery charging specification, according to Enermax, and all the USB 2.0 connectors are capable of supplying 1.5A. (USB 2.0 ports generally provide only 0.5A.)

The 5.25" ECR501 has five USB 2.0 ports and internal mounting points for dual 2.5" drives and one 3.5" unit. Auxiliary drives can't be added to the smaller 3.5" ECR301, which lacks an xD slot and is limited to three USB 2.0 ports. Both versions come with eSATA connectivity.

Enermax says we can expect to see Mighty Charger card readers on sale later this month. The ECR501 is set to retail for $39.99, while its little brother will be priced at $34.99.

   
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