Combo all in 1
This no-name device resembles the above-described Eurodata, which was painted black. Otherwise, it is exactly the same, being based on an Alcor Micro AU6362 controller with firmware 01.26.
I will also test a few internal models that are to be installed into a 3.5” bay of your system case. This is a handy solution if you often work with memory cards and don’t have much space on your desk.
Gembird All in 1
The internal reader from Gembird looks like a typical representative of its class. It’s got a plastic case and four connectors on the front panel. Its cord is connected to the mainboard’s onboard USB headers. The device is based on a Micro AU6362 controller with firmware 01.26 and does not support SDHC. There is a place for an ordinary USB connector on the front panel, but the connector itself is missing.
Microsonic CR 09
This reader has a different color of the case than the previous model and a USB connector on the front panel, but differs greatly on the inside. The Microsonic CR 90 is based on a new Alcor Micro AU6377 controller with firmware 01.00. As opposed to most other internal readers, it supports SDHC.
52 in 1 plus
This model has a lot of additional connectors on the front panel. Besides the reader’s slots, there are USB, FireWire and two audio connectors that can be attached to the mainboard’s internal connectors. This reader is based on a Genesys Logic GL819 controller with firmware 93.17. Trying to meet every variant of the USB port pin-out on the mainboard, the manufacturer put a bunch of individual pins instead of a monolithic connector on the end of the cord.
CR 102, CR 103A and Noname
These three models differ in the position of an additional USB connector on the front panel and the design of the connector on the cord (monolithic or not). In fact, this is one and the same model based on an Alcor Micro AU6362 chip with firmware 01.26.
Two Nonames from China
And finally, there are these queer devices from China. The 3.5” one lacks a top panel and connects by means of an ordinary external USB connector. The 5.25” device offers a bunch of cables, one cable for each interface on its front panel. The oddest thing is that the cables end in ordinary USB and FireWire connectors. The user is probably supposed to put the cables out through the back panel of the system case and plug them into the mainboard’s external connectors. These readers are based on an Alcor Micro AU6362 controller with firmware 01.26.