Excerpt: The product works well, but the design is not great. I have to fiddle around with SD cards for a little bit before I can get it to work. You not only have to flip the SD card upside down, but the slot is very close to the table top (less than 1/4"), so you need one hand to hold the card, and another to hold the hub. It does work, but design was a bit of an afterthought.
Summary: This thing is big and heavy, uses an external power source, and from others it fries easy if you are not grounded when plugging stuff into it. I thought I could replace my usb hub and card reader with one device, but it was larger and heavier than my hub, card reader and mouse. At $40 it is not a great deal by any means. It needs to be smaller, lighter and then I would buy one again. Also include a micro usb cord and you are on a roll.
Summary: This this thing lasted about 2 weeks, then died. There is no pilot or other indication that it is on and running, so do not know exactly when it quit. Slots for sd did not feel right and flash drives required jiggling to get inserted. Usually wound up flipping it over several times. Accompanying software seemed ok at first, then I started getting messages that said usb drive failed to install correctly. Do not know if that was hardware or software problems.
Summary: I chose this USB combo hub / card reader because of it's multi-function design. Well, the extra USB hubs work fine, but the card reader not so much. I tried using the SD card and micro SD slots and neither worked. The SD card would not fit into the SD slot, and the machine would not read the micro SD card. I emailed IOGEAR support today and hopefully they will be able to help resolve these issues.
Summary: This is the perfect reader for anyone that has a multitude of different cards. I work in graphics and get media in a lot of different formats, thanks to this reader I can now accept all of them. With 5 USB 2.0 ports and the ability to read pretty much any media you can't go wrong for the price. Easy to use, plug & play with optional organizational software.
Summary: I am a heavy user of card slots and usb devices, swapping them frequently throughout the day. Having a card reader and usb ports on the same hub is huge for convenience. Previous combo devices have been way less than stellar. But this combination hub is wonderful. The quality and engineering is excellent. Cards, including compact flash cards, insert straight every time.
Summary: While shopping for a card reader and or a usb hub. After searching everywhere I settled on this one. Glad I did. It works great. Does everything claimed. Good build quality and great service. Price could be a little cheaper, other than that, great deal. Recommended for everyone.