NZXT Aperture M Card Reader Review

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NZXT have introduced numerous cases, fans, heatsinks and fan controllers over the years which have earned them a lot attention from the PC enthusiast audience.  Today we will look at their new Aperture M card reader.

The Aperture M is a 5.25” mesh style reader that looks to set a new standard by supporting almost every media card in the market along with the perk of dual USB 3.0 ports and compatibility for the newest SDXC cards. The Aperture M blends almost flawlessly into any chassis with a mesh front panel.

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Features:

  • Unique design that blends well with any chassis that has a front mesh panel
  • Media hub supports: CF, MD, SM, XD, SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MS, M2, and MicroSD
  • Ante up your ports with dual USB 3.0

Specifications

Model Aperture M
Color Black/Black
Installation 5.25″ ODD
Connection USB 2.0/USB 3.0 Header
Support CF, MD, SM, XD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MS, M2, MICRO SD
LED White

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The Aperture M ships in a sturdy cardboard package similar to the NZXT Sentry fan controllers.  The front of the package contains a view of the Aperture M media hub which also features 2 USB 3.0 ports.

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The opposite side of the box details the specifications and a list of features, along with an image of the Aperture M installed in a system.

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Inside the box is the Aperture M card reader, four small screws and a product manual stored in a zip lock bag.

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The Aperture M is designed to fit seamlessly into a large number of cases that make use of a mesh front panel design. With all the media devices on the market today that store data, NZXT’s Aperture M Card Reader should meet many of the needs of today’s connected society.

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Installing the Aperture M is a simple process.  It just slides into any available 5.25″ drive bay before secured with mounting screws.

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There are 2 separate connections used to provide the power for this device.  The dual USB 3.0 ports need to attach to a USB 3.0 header that can be found on many motherboards.

If you don’t have a USB 3.0 header on your motherboard these ports are of no use. In this case we wish NZXT would include an adapter to step down to a USB 2.0 header so the ports could still be utilised.  The card reader gets power from a USB 2.0 header connection which is far more common and can be found on pretty much any motherboard on the market today.

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Here are 2 images that show the Aperture M being placed into an open 5.25″ drive bay on a Thermaltake Overseer. We chose this particular chassis because it makes use of the mesh styled front panel and we can see how the card reader blends into the design.

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As we can see from the images above, the Aperture M looks great when paired up with this case.  Even though the mesh is a slightly different design, we feel most people would be happy with the appearance.  We also included a picture with the Aperture M in the Phantom 410.  The Phantom 410 did not have a mesh face plate so we used one from the original Phantom for comparison purposes.

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We tested with a 32MB SanDisk card and a SanDisk 2.0 GB card. Almost every card available will work with the NZXT Aperture M Card Reader.

If you are one of the many people with multiple media devices, then the NZXT Aperture M card reader will be an ideal ‘all in one’ solution.

The Aperture M supports all the major media cards including the newest SDXC cards.

To make the Aperture M even more versatile, NZXT have added 2 USB 3.0 ports that take power from a USB 3.0 header located on the motherboard.

The installation couldn’t be any easier; the Aperture M simply needs to be secured in any available 5.25″ drive bay. Once secured it gets the power it needs from USB headers on the motherboard.

Pros:

  • simple to install.
  • mesh design suits a large number of cases.
  • 2 x USB 3.0 ports.
  • supports CF, MD, SM, XD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MS, M2, MICRO SD media.

Cons:

  • No adapter to allow people without a USB 3.0 motherboard header to use the USB 3.0 ports.

Kitguru says: The NZXT Aperture M is priced at $32.99 USD, and should be available at retailers soon.  After looking at other options the Aperture M is slightly more expensive, but if you can make use of the 2 x  USB 3.0 ports it becomes more attractive.  The steel mesh design will blend with the mesh front panels on a large number of cases available today.  If you want a good looking and versatile card reader, the Aperture M from NZXT is definitely worth considering.

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