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Kingston's new card reader handles SD, miniSD, and microSD in one package

Kingston's new MobileLite 9-in-1 memory card reader can handle SD, miniSD, and microSD media.

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If you're a gadget-head like me, you've probably juggled your fair share of memory cards. My digital camera takes an SD card, my cell phone takes a miniSD card, and my friends' cell phones take microSD cards. Obviously, this makes sharing media between the devices a bit of a pain. Sure, miniSD cards usually come with SD adapters, and microSD cards usually come with miniSD or SD adapters, but the whole adapter-swapping dance makes almost makes moving data not worth it.

Kingston Technology just announced the MobileLite 9-in-1 USB Reader, a memory card reader that bypasses all of the adapters and lets you work directly with your SD, miniSD, and microSD cards. Its handy USB stick design can be easily carried around and popped into any USB port without cables, and it lets you access any of the three aforementioned memory cards. It's SDHC-compatible, so your 4GB+ cards should work just fine with it. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Sony's Memory Stick or the xD memory cards used by Olympus and Fujifilm. If your gadgets all use differently sized SD cards (like the vast majority of digital cameras), though, this reader will work great.

The MobileLite 9-in-1 USB Reader alone will run you about $9, or around $23 with a 1GB SD card. Later this year, Kingston will offer the reader in bundles with a 2GB SD card or a 1GB microSD card, with suggested retail prices of $35 and $24, respectively. A good deal, if you're tired of treating your microSD card like a Russian nesting doll just to read it on your computer.