Anker PowerExpand+ 2-in-1 SD 4.0 Card Reader review: speed reading

An affordable way to solve your laptop's missing UHS-II reader headache

5 Star Rating
Anker PowerExpand+ 2-in-1 SD 4.0 Card Reader on a black leather mat
(Image: © Gareth Bevan / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

SD cards are not going anywhere any time soon, and this SD card reader from Anker is an affordable way to add the SD card reader back to any laptops where it has been prematurely removed. Offering quick and reliable speeds in a small size that can easily slip into a laptop sleeve, it's an excellent solution to SD reader headaches.


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    Nice design, well made

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    Quick speeds


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    Big brand names are the same price

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    Advertised speeds limited by SD cards used

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Getting photos and video from an SD card can be tricky. If your computer has an SD card reader, great, but is that reader UHS-I and UHS-II compatible, and will it get the maximum speeds? But what if your computer doesn’t have an SD reader built in? Then you have the added complications of how fast is its best USB port, how fast and compatible is your external card reader, and whether will they work in harmony for the best speeds. And all this isn’t even taking into account the maximum read and write speeds of the card itself.

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microSD CompatibilitymicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
ConnectivityUSB-C 4.0
Max speed312MB/s (USB 4.0, 3.2, 3.1), 104MB/s (USB 3.0)
Size 5.75 x 3.45 x 1.06 cm
Weight31.8g / 1.12oz
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FeaturesExcellent speeds with good SD cards and quick ports.★★★★★
DesignWell made, although I think the SD cards are upside down.★★★★☆
PerformanceQuick transfer speeds that rival other big-name SD readers.★★★★★
ValueWon't break the bank, but doesn't undercut established memory brands.★★★★☆

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.