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The all new MicroSD reader, now with type-C or reversible MicroUSB plug. A full-size SD reader. Aluminum casing, compact & beautiful.
The all new MicroSD reader, now with type-C or reversible MicroUSB plug. A full-size SD reader. Aluminum casing, compact & beautiful.
The all new MicroSD reader, now with type-C or reversible MicroUSB plug. A full-size SD reader. Aluminum casing, compact & beautiful.
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Back in 2013, we launched our kickstarter campaign to create the Mini MicroSD Reader for Android smartphones and tablets, the first of its kind. It was a great success. In 2014, we launched Dash Micro, an upgraded version with a faster USB storage chip and a sturdier design. Now, we are at it again: this time, a MicroSD reader with reversible USB 3.1 Type-C plug.

Using a MicroUSB smartphones still? We also created a mini MicroSD reader with reversible MicroUSB plug, the first of this kind. Don't want to let people with USB Type-C devices have all the fun!

Check out the youtube video of our Dash Type-C reader made by our fan Josh:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJuvOoiEegw

Dash Micro with USB Type-C Plug

USB Type-C interface is the future. It will be the one interface to rule them all! Already in the future with a type-C equipped smartphone or tablet or computer? We have a MicroSD reader to satisfy your storage need.

It works on smartphones and computers.

Tested and verified to work with Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Xiaomi 4c, LeTV 1/1 Pro/1 Max, Zuk Z1
Tested and verified to work with Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Xiaomi 4c, LeTV 1/1 Pro/1 Max, Zuk Z1
Tested and verified to work with MacBook 2015 and Chromebook Pixel 2015.
Tested and verified to work with MacBook 2015 and Chromebook Pixel 2015.

Features

  • USB 3.1 Type-C plug: so it works either way you plug it.
  • MicroSD card is spring loaded: simply push to release.
  • MicroSD card fits flush: completely stays inside the reader and is protected at all times.
  • Aircraft grade aluminum casing with anodized finish: strong, durable, good-looking.
  • Small & portable: carry it on a keying or carabiner in a silicone case that will be included, take it anywhere you go.

Dash Micro with Reversible MicroUSB Plug

One biggest selling point of USB type-C plug: it is reversible, it works either way you plug it. Now you can take advantage of that on your smartphones/tablets with old-style MicroUSB 2.0 ports: we also created a mini MicroSD reader with reversible MicroUSB plug. Don't want to let people with USB Type-C devices have all the fun!

You can plug it this way up, or the other -- it works either way, it is reversible!
You can plug it this way up, or the other -- it works either way, it is reversible!
Reversible MicroUSB connector on the reader
Reversible MicroUSB connector on the reader

Except for the plug, it has exactly the same design & form-factor as the type-C reader and has the same set of features.

Dash FS: a Versatile Reader for Full-Size SD Card

A lot of people have asked us about making a reader for regular full-sized SD cards since we launched our mini MicroSD reader more than 2 years ago. We spent a lot of time working on it. There are plenty of SD card readers on the market already. So we had to think hard and long: how to create that will stand out? We believe we have something that is very compelling and desirable.

So what's different with our Dash Reader?

  • First, we bet you have noticed that it looks gorgeous, some may even say stunningly beautiful. The design is simplistic and yet elegant, like something make by the fruit company in Cupertino.
  • SD card fits flush: completely stays inside the reader and is protected at all times. SD card is also spring loaded: push to insert, push to release.
  • Aircraft grade aluminum casing with anodized finish: strong, durable, good-looking.
  • It is versatile: it has a USB 3.0 Micro-B port, plug in the right cable to use it on computers with USB 3.0/2.0 ports, use it on a smartphone/tablet with MicroUSB 2.0 OTG port, or use it on computer/smartphone/tablets with USB 3.1 type-C ports.
Pictures of actual pre-production unit, NOT renderings. Available in 3 colors: gray, gold, silver.
Pictures of actual pre-production unit, NOT renderings. Available in 3 colors: gray, gold, silver.
It works with all kinds of devices, just plug in the proper cable.
It works with all kinds of devices, just plug in the proper cable.
Note: (1) SD card fits flush; (2) spring loaded, push to release.
Note: (1) SD card fits flush; (2) spring loaded, push to release.
Works with Android smartphones via MicroUSB OTG cable.
Works with Android smartphones via MicroUSB OTG cable.

Dash FS is a USB 3.0 reader -- it supports the higher transfer speed of USB 3.0, while being backward-compatible with USB 2.0.

Typo in the $12 Reward: it says "Add $13 for each additional unit." Should be "Add $12 for each additional unit." Kickstarter's web-based edit tool won't let us change a reward description once it has any backers.

The Finer Point: Device Compatibility

USB 3.1 and USB type-C interface are very new. Device compatibility can be a real concern until after the technology matures. Some devices with type-C ports on the market today are not true USB 3.1 devices; instead, they are just USB 2.0/3.0 devices with a type-C port (receptacle) for physical connectivity, some with its own proprietary twist. Thus our Dash Type-C may not be compatible with all of them.

We have tested and verified that Dash Type-C works with Apple MacBook 2015 and Chromebook Pixel 2015 -- both are true USB 3.1 devices; we also tested and verified that Dash Type-C works with Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, LeTV smartphones (Le 1, Le 1 Pro, Le Max: USB 2.0 with type-C port), and Zuk Z1 (USB 3.0 with type-C port).

For future devices, (1) for any "true" USB 3.1 computer/tablet/smartphones, most likely Dash Type-C will be compatible; (2) for computer with USB 2.0/3.0 based type-C port, most likely Dash Type-C will be compatible as computer's USB port will always be in "host mode"; (3) for smartphone/tablet with USB 2.0/3.0 based type-C port, there is a good chance Dash Type-C will be compatible, but incompatibility is a possibility as manufacturer may potentially use a proprietary mechanism to trigger USB "host mode" on the phone/tablet to work with external USB devices.

Disclaimer

The reversible MicroUSB connector (plug) component used is sourced from a supplier under official licensing of the reversible MicroUSB connector patent, granted or pending in China, US, and other countries.

Risks and challenges

Device incompatibility. As explained in the "The Finer Point: Device Compatibility" section above, it is possible that Dash Type-C may not work with a device that we haven't tested and verified. This is both a challenge for us (we need to make sure Dash Type-C will be compatible with as many devices as possible), and a risk going forward (we can't guarantee compatibility with all devices).

This is the 3rd MicroSD reader we created -- actually this time, 3 of them. We have successfully brought the first two to the market, we are confident that we will do it again this time. And we will make better ones this time around as we have accumulated quite a bit of experience. Thus the chance of outright failure is remote. We also have accumulated quite a bit of experience in quality control, we are confident that we will do better than ever on this.

Over the last couple of years, we had spent a lot of time working with vendors -- suppliers and manufacturers that will turn our design into products. We have learned that more often than not, things won't go as planned. Production delay is always a risk and a possibility even though we have gotten better at managing it and have planned almost everything.

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    Early bird special! Any one of the 3 readers: Dash Micro with USB type-C, Dash Micro with reversible MicroUSB, Dash Full-Size SuperSpeed (USB 3.0). Add $10 for each additional unit. Free world-wide standard shipping.

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    One Dash Micro reader with USB type-C in aluminum casing. Add $11 for each additional unit. $2 world-wide standard shipping.

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    One Dash Micro reader reversible MicroUSB in aluminum casing. Add $11 for each additional unit. $2 world-wide standard shipping.

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    One Dash Full-Size SD USB 3.0 reader in aluminum casing, with your choice of cable: MicroUSB 3.0 cable, USB type-C to MicroUSB 3.0 cable, or MicroUSB 2.0 OTG cable. Add $13 for each additional unit. $2 world-wide standard shipping.

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    Build your own rewards! Any combination of the 3 types of Dash readers (>=2 units): $11 each for Type-C reader or MicroUSB reader, $12 each for Full-Size SD reader. $2 world-wide standard shipping.

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