Product Comparison: Kingston FCR-HS3 vs Kingston FCR-HS4

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General Specifications
About the Product
The perfect companion for the avid photographer, videographer, design studios or printing houses, the USB 3.0 Media Reader is compatible with all major media cards types. As card capacities and file sizes increase, there is an increasing need to get your images transferred faster.
Kingston's USB 3.0 High-Speed Media Reader reads all major card format types and supports UHS-1 and UHS-II SD card speeds, making it ideal for photographers, videographers, design studios, and printing houses.
Size & Weight
0.63 in.
0.63 in.
3.66 in.
3.7 in.
2.07 in.
2.1 in.
0.32 oz.
1.76 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Kingston FCR-HS3 USB 3.0 Memory Card Reader
  • With price, size, and build quality put into consideration, I found this to be the best solution.
  • It's design and size make it portable.
  • This Kingston USB memory reader is the perfect size and it fits nicely below my iMAC.
  • Great compact size. East to carry and use.
  • This is great. Perfect size, light but well made.
Kingston FCR-HS4 Hi-Speed Media Reader
  • This is more right sized and easier to find in my laptop case when I do take it out and about. It is narrow, so it is more portable than I thought it would be too.
  • Compact and very versatile. Can accept many sizes and the down load is easy as connecting to a usb on your computer!
  • Very easy to use. Good size and weight.
  • Excellent product. Good size, the different card formats can be easily inserted and it is a very fast reader when connected to a USB 3 port.
  • It is a little large for a non-powered card reader, about the size of a tin of Altoids mints.
Compatible Cards
Compact Flash, SD, SDHC, SDXC, microSD, Micro SDXC, Micro SDHC, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick, Memory Srick M2
SD, SDHC, SDXC, Compact Flash, microSD, microSDHC UHS-I, microSDXC UHS-I, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
Number Of Slots
OS Compatibility
Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Chrome OS
Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS
256 GB
256 GB
5000 Mb/s
5000 Mb/s
USB, CF Slot, MS/DUO Slot, MicroSD Slot, SD Slot
USB, SD Slot, MicroSD Slot, MS/DUO Slot, CF Slot
Ultra portable, Sleek metal construction, Built-in LED indicator, Maximise the full speed potential of your memory cards
Compliant with USB 3.0 standards, backwards compatible with USB 2.0, Multifunction reader supports all major Flash cards and UHS-I and UHS-II speeds, Built-in LED indicator
What customers say about "Features"
Kingston FCR-HS3 USB 3.0 Memory Card Reader
  • The USB 3.0 feature is the No.1 reason for investing in one of these.
  • The "Kingston" piece on the top of the reader turns a bright red color when the card reader is in use.
  • There is red light when it is on and this is a good feature.
  • One of the best features i like is the fact that you can import from multiple cards at the same time which makes it super efficient!
  • I also found the long USB cord that is supplied with the card reader to be generous.
Kingston FCR-HS4 Hi-Speed Media Reader
  • Fits and then reads more than one card at a time.
  • More flexible, in that it's easier to shuffle cards into a reader than shuffle cards into a camera. This might not matter to you, depending on your card storage capacity, and how much you need to transfer.
  • This replaced an old SanDisk ImageMate reader that could not handle the higher capacity CF and SD cards. I've had no problems at all with cards ranging from 256MB to 64GB.
  • The Kingston high speed media reader is exactly that, high speed. With its USB 3 connection it can transfer files from your memory cards at far higher speeds than most computers built in media readers.
  • Plastic shell. Light, yes., Rugged, no. That said, it does not feel flimsy in the hand.
  • For micro SD and regular SD cards this is a very fast reader. For compact flash cards, is does not work well. If I sit there and hold the CF card in the slot with constant pressure, the device will sometimes work.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
2 year(s)
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