Sony announced the addition of a user-friendly, 17-in-1 external multi-card reader to its PC accessories product range.

The MRW62E S1/171 multi card reader not only reads 17 types of storage cards including Sony’s Memory Stick range, SD and xD-Picture Card, but also includes Drive Letter recognition software to make it easy to identify different card formats when transferring data.

The Drive Letter recognition software makes the multi-card reader means that instead of the usual removable disk icons that appear in Microsoft Windows when an external storage device is connected the software displays a picture of the type of media instead.

The 17-in-1 external multi-card reader is Microsoft Windows Vista compatible and has a USB2 connection for driver-less, "plug and play" operation and optimum data transfer of digital photos, music and data.

The card reader supports most common media cards, including; Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo, MagicGate Memory Stick, Memory Stick Micro, CompactFlash, Microdrive, SmartMedia, xD-Picture Card, SD Memory Card, SDHC, miniSD Card, MultiMediaCard and RS-MMC.

The Sony MRW62E-S1/171 will be available from June 2007.