November 22, 2010 // 7:44 am
- The PS3 E3 Card Reader
is a normal card reader for the PC, but with additional firmware installed on it you can turn this device in a PS3 JailBreak clone mod-chip.
Hello and welcome to another review I am making for PS3News.com!
This time I will be reviewing the E3 Card Reader from Team E3.
First some details from the product:
Flash size: 128K
Flash memory onboard: 4 MB
Dual-Firmware support: Yes
Easy use: Yes
LED: 2 blue and red
• The production is from a high level
• Quality Built Hardware
• Easy To Upgrade
• Dual-boot option inside
• 4Mb flash is very small, but you can overcome that with another normal USB stick inserted with the packages on it!
Features from the E3:
• 32bit processor with 128k flash
• MicroSD SDHC supported
• Multi-System supported - (WinXP/vista/Win7/MacOS/Linux)
• 4M programable onboard FLASH - (Accessed as 4M USB drive)
• Support Multi-System - Super-Drag-Drop Upgrade -Nothing more than a file copy
The package was sent with DHL Express mail. The envelope was funny enough checked for my safety?! (see picture). It took 6 days to reach me. The text on the package said: 1x E3 card reader sample
Shipping is ok here - 8/10
There was no package inside the DHL envelope. Only a small sack with a E3 Card reader inside. I don't really care if it comes in a nice box or if it's just in a sack, but compared to the other clones it gives me a cheap impression. Also no manual is inside.
It gets a 7/10. Minor here is the lack of a manual.
E3 Card Reader unit itself.
The stick looks a lot like an i-device with its little grey circle (which is not a button what many may think)
When you hold it, it feels from good quality and doesn't look cheap. On the back there are some pictures about the units compatibility with all the different operating systems. Further are there some logo's like CE, FC and RoHS.
9/10 Good stick nothing to say...
E3 working itself. And Upgrading
The E3 stick comes with NO firmware installed on it so you need to download that from their site. When you go to e3card-eu.com you get their site and you are able to choose from 2 sets of firmware.
1. 2010-11-04 - Dual boot firmware
2. 2010-11-04 - Single boot firmware
I chose 1 and installed it on the stick. You ask how to update the E3? Very simple! When you plug the unit in to your computer it shows 2 or 3 drives, depending whether you inserted a SD or not.
When you would like to upgrade you copy the downloaded .bin file on the E3Upgrader disc and the light from the E3 stick will go from red -> Blue. Wait 5 seconds now and safely remove the stick from your computer. That's it! Simple as can be!
When you insert it in your PS3 make sure the power is off. Switch it on and immediately push eject. The E3 stick lights up blue and your good to go.
Only down side is when I want to shut down my PS3 it gives me 2 warning beeps (which means something is wrong...)
The dual boot option allows you to choose what firmware to use. Whit no SD card inserted it will automatically choose for Hermes 4b. But if you insert a SD card (even a blank one will work) you get KaKaroto firmware.
8/10 Again. Upgrade feature rocks!
Very nice and satisfying product.
8 + 7 + 9 + 8 = 32 / 40 * 100% = 80 total score.