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We recommend Hoodman STEEL SuperSpeed USB 3.0 UDMA Card Reader: CompactFlash, SD, SDHC, SDXC and UHS-1 (Mfr P/N: STEELUSB3) from Hoodman for $44.99 as a suitable alternative.


Raw Steel
USB 3.0 UDMA Card Reader

Mac / PC / USB 3.0
Up to 10X Faster!
Enjoy time saving 5 Gbps data transfers of CompactFlash or SD cards with the new ruggedized Raw Steel SuperSpeed USB 3.0 UDMA card reader from Hoodman. Downloads are up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 specs.
Pin Guard Protected
Hoodman built the new reader into a ruggedized metal housing and added a new concept to readers called "Pin Guard". Pin Guard is an innovative drop down door that keeps reader pins protected until a CompactFlash card is inserted into the reader.
Durable Construction
The well thought out detachable 36-inch USB 3.0 cable is plenty long enough to reach behind towers and still find a home on a desktop. Reinforced cable inputs, metal housing and "Pin Guard" all work together to yield the most durable card reader made.

Product Specifications:

Hoodman Part Number



  • Available USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port
  • Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, or XP
  • Mac OS X (all versions)


  • Card reader
  • USB 3.0 cable

Max Data Transfer Rate

  • USB 3.0 - Up to 300MB/sec
  • USB 2.0 - Up to 60MB/sec


  • 2.5" x 2.8" x 1.0" (6.4 x 7.1 x 2.5 cm)


  • 2.4 oz. (68 g)


Manufacturer provided specifications for Hoodman p/n RAWUSB3 UPC#: 017932333229


  • Winner of Professional Photographer Magazine 2012 Hot One Award

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 5 / 5 1 out of 1 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Somewhere on the planet, with cameras and MBA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Very significant speed increase downloading video SD cards June 22, 2015 I rewrap all Panasonic footage shot in AVCHD so that it plays well with FCPX—and with the new Hoodman, I can use ClipWrap to do the rewrapping while offloading from the cards. This (the Hoodman's USB 3 combined with rewrapping rather than transcoding) has revolutionised my workflow.

A note to other FCP editors: if your machine is fast enough (I use top spec 5K iMac), then rewrapping is all you need AND doing this on the fly does not seem to slow the download speed from the card.

Very happy with the product.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Hoodman Raw Steel USB 3.0 UDMA Card Reader Mfr P/N: RAWUSB3 OWC SKU: HOORAWUSB3 Features a dropdown door that keeps the pins protected until you insert a CompactFlash card. Supports CompactFlash, SD, SDHC, SDXC and UHS-1 memory cards. Hoodman 1 Year Limited Warranty
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