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NZXT Aperture M

Posted August 4, 2012 by Vinny Petronio in Peripherals







Total Score


Price at time of Review: $35


Easy to install; Sleek styling; USB 3.0 connectivity; Long cables; Reasonably priced.


No USB 3.0 card reader; Limited color options
Solid connectivity for USB 2.0/3.0 and flash-based products.
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by Vinny Petronio
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When it comes to computers, the transfer speed of data is always of paramount importance whether it be hard drives, DVD drives, or even the transfer of data from a hand held device. This includes your phone, camera, video recorder, or for that matter any device that houses a memory/flash card. The obstacle here is that most devices require installing new drivers and software and offer you nothing but slow and cumbersome file transfer speeds.

What can we do to overcome this lag, and speed up the process? The answer is really quite simple. Install a card reader, (also called a media hub). A card reader has the potential to move data at lightning speeds off the flash card, compared to hooking that device via USB to your computer. It’s also an easy and cost effective olution to improve the speed and transfer of data from any portable device you own that houses a flash card.

Today we’re reviewing just such a device, the Aperture-M from NZXT.

NZXT gives you every conceivable slot for all your flash card needs. It supports CF, MD, SM, XD, SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MS, M2, and yes Micro SD, as well. It does all of this and even includes USB 3.0 with pin header for the icing on the cake. Seeing USB 3.0 on a card reader is an excellent thing, as the transfer speeds are extremely quick. Let’s take a look at the NZXT Aperture M and see what it brings to consumers.


NZXT was established in 2004 with the objective of designing unique products catered for hardware enthusiasts and gamers. NZXT has won numerous awards from media and publications from across the globe with a product line spanning from gaming chassis, power, and gaming input devices. Formed by gamers, NZXT continues to expand into new horizons and push the envelope further with each product unveiling.




    Nice review Vinnie. Looks like a solid piece of hardware.


    It’s a good looking device for sure. Props to them for that.


    My understanding is that most, if not all, media cards transfer data slower than the max USB2.0 data rate – let alone 3.0. Maybe this is the reason NZXT decided not to waste a USB3 port on the card reader. I could be wrong though.


    Nice device,however i give it a C- for the simple fact that being a 5.25″ bay, it could pack more (4 USB PORTS,an SATA,eSATA,even a floppy drive,or a SSD SLOT). Another problem i notice is that the USB port are too close to each other, making it hard for some devices to connect together at one time. Also when connecting a device( like a flash drive),it does not go in deep or lock in,which give me the sensation it’s still loose. I’m just saying this because i have seen 3.5″ bay internal card readers with 4 USB ports.


    For such a great concept, you’d think NZXT would have included a simple one-page installation instruction sheet. Hellll-lloooooo?? Are you supposed to connect both cables to MB, or just the USB 3.0 (if you have that port on MB)? The card readers work great, but the USBs did not recognize when i inserted a thumb drive. But, alas, no way to know if i’ve installed it correctly.


    And i agree that more options could be included: eSata, 3.5 floppy (for legacy stuff), heck why not even a Cat-6/Media Cable type port in case you need to talk PC to PC?

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