Enermax ECR501 Mighty Charger Card Reader Review

Posted by on Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 8:00am

Enermax ECR501 Mighty Charger Card Reader

Introduction

I was a bit surprised to see that Enermax developed this card reader since there is so much competition in the market. But the results I found to be quite spectacular. The thought that went into the development of this card reader clearly shows.

The Enermax ECR501 is designed to be a multipurpose Card reader that accepts all common types of cards that have been used in the last decade as well as featuring 2 USB 3.0 ports and 5 USB 2.0 ports and eSATA.

Introduction of the Enermax ECR501 Mighty Charger

The Enermax ECR501 Mighty Charger is the latest generation of featuring card readers that will accept pretty much any type of card used in the last decade and a total of 7 USB ports and an eSATA port.

Of the 7 USB ports with one USB 3.0 and a supercharger port that has 2.4 amps of charging power allowing faster charging of your devices. The other 5 USB 2.0 ports will also supply up to 1.5 amps of power. Enermax also added an eSATA port for additional connectivity to users who have external hard drives with eSATA. Enermax also built into the frame of the card reader mounting locations for two x 2.5 inch hard drives and one 3.5 inch hard drive.

What makes the ECR501 so special and differentiates it from the competition is the build quality, aesthetics and most importantly the performance. One of the most important aspects is how they achieve the performance that transforms what looks like an ordinary card reader into a product that is class leading in its market. Enermax uses the USB 3.0 bus for the card readers compared to the USB2.0 bus that other readers typically are using for the card readers.

Now most of you might wonder why this is so significant it because USB 2.0 max transfer rate is 480megabits per second or 60megabytes per second whereas USB 3.0 transfer rate is up to 5gigabits per second or 625megabytes per second. Now this really comes into play if you are trying to transfer a lot of high resolution photos to your computer from one of the card types that the ECR501 accepts. Theoretically this allows you to transfer files off of your cards up to 10 times faster.

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