Four Great Card Readers to Watch TV With
For around $25 you can pick up a SD MMC MS USB Movie Video Photo MP4 TV Card Reader Player from www.1topstore.com which also comes with a remote control. There is no support for USB hard drives but USB flash is accepted, as are files in MPEG and AVI movie formats, JPEG, BMP image formats and MP3 audio, and the device users the standard single composite video port and two-channel audio.
Listed at Amazon is the Panasonic DMW-SDP1EB High Definition SD Memory Card Reader (pictured left) which upscales standard definition images to HD 1080i quality, and has a variety of playback modes. There is no USB connector on this device, however, (just a card slot) and it is really more suited to individual images than movies.
The 7-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader/Writer w/TV Out from www.geeks.com ($29.95) is feature packed and requires the usual A/V connectors on your TV and a USB port on your computer for installing it. This is a truly versatile card reader supporting all of the popular flash card formats and comes with a remote control and mains power supply, although note that there is no USB input.
Finally, www.redstore.com have the AVerMedia AVerLife E232 Cinema Media Player (£44) which is an HDMI and USB card reader. With an HDMI connector in addition to the usual composite video found on the other readers in this list, videos going from card reader to TV will be in up to 720p high definition quality, depending on the source media – this can be USB based or MS/SD/SDHC/MMC flash card.
Note, however, that this device cannot be used on a PC or laptop.
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