December 2012 Ian Chiu
Nexcopy has a long history of making media duplicators; following the release of a USB 3.0 flash drive version, it recently announced a model specifically for CompactFlash. The aptly-named CF Duplicator with its all-metal chassis shares the same fundamental design as its other siblings although this one weighs at 13.6 lb., quite a bit heavier than the USB 3.0. Height-wise, it stands about 5″ tall in the back, and slopes down to about 3″ in the front, making it easier to check status lights and ports.
The Nexcopy can accommodate 15 cards in total with 3 sockets on each of its 5 rows. All of these sockets have deep rail guides which eliminate bent pins during heavy use. Media compatibility includes any Type I and II CompactFlash. As the CF Duplicator is USB 2.0-based, Windows software is provided for processes like duplication from bootable IMG files; pushing unique data streams to each CF card; and content extraction. The Nexcopy also comes with a modular design, capable of expanding to 45 CF sockets (with 3 duplicators) if needed. Keep in mind with each unit, you will need to find another USB port for the software security dongle. The CF duplicator retails for $1299 if you are interested in some mass data distribution via CompactFlash.
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