Today I am going to review a mobile card reader from a company called Kingston a company that is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products The design of the reader is very unique and looks like a very sturdy product much improved from the G3 but how well does it perform? That’s what this review intends to show you, so read on….


Kingston MobileLite G4

An essential part of your mobile gear.

Kingston’s MobileLite G4 is a multi-function card reader with a small metallic form factor that’s roughly 20 percent smaller than the previous generation and no bigger than a large paper clip, so it easily fits in a pocket, purse or camera bag and is ideal for personal or professional use. This versatile device reads SD, SDHC, SDXC, UHS-II and microSD/SDHC/SDXC, UHS-I and supports the latest card speeds.

MobileLite G4 is compliant with the USB 3.0 specification and delivers USB 3.0 performance to save time when transferring digital files, photos, games, music and more. It’s backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports to allow users to migrate to USB 3.0 in the future, using one card reader. MobileLite G4 is backed by a two-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston® reliability

Compliant — with the USB 3.0 specification, SDA 4.20 standard

Versatile — supports SD/SDHC/SDXC, microSD/SDHC/SDXC

Supports the latest card standards, UHS-I and UHS-II

Backwards compatible with USB 2.0

Portable — easily fits in your pocket

Guaranteed — 2-year warranty, free technical support

Dimensions: 52mm x 33mm x 9mm

Compatible with:
Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 8 RT, Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista (SP1, SP2), Mac OS X v.10.6.x+, Linux v.2.6.x+


Product Name: Kingston Mobilelite G4

Provider: Kingston


The Review:

A few years ago I reviewed the Kingston MobileLite G3 which I like a lot and was once one of my most used daily tech items. Recently Kingston has given their Mobilelite card reader a facelift which I at the time I had mixed feelings about the body is composed of aluminum with a black plastic end, which houses the card openings for the SD cards (micro/standard). It measures 52mm x 33mm x 9mm.

To benchmark transfer speeds a Kingston Canvas Go 32GB HD SDHC Card and a Kingston Canvas React 64GB microSDXC were used.

Using AJA System Test with a stress test of 16GB we see the Kingston Canvas Go 32GB HD SDHC performed at 56MB/s for writes and 90 MB/s reads with the Kingston Canvas React 64GB microSDXC peaking at 55 MB/s writes and 91 MB/s for reads.


The reader is able to mount both microSD and SD card simultaneously.



So yes Kingston Mobilelite G4 is worthwhile product. I used this product for a few weeks and I like it for the size it’s small and compact and the build quality of this reader is just right too. When I had it in my backpack/camera bag and it rubbed up against something it didn’t put a dent in the reader the product has great read/write speeds depending on the card you’re using (hint: go with the NEW Kingston Canvas SD Cards)