Just to add to my previous review. Re. that USB 3.0 lead: the instructions show both the lead *and* the USB 3 motherboard connector plugged in. The lead is shown connected to a USB 3 port on the back of your PC.
However, the USB 3 ports and the card reader both seem to work fine whether or not you plug the USB lead in.
It is unclear to me why you need the USB 3 lead plugged in, as it seems to work fine without. Even so, if you've got a spare USB 3 port on the back of your machine you might as well plug it in - certainly won't do any harm. Perhaps BT might clarify this for us.
Not the cheapest, but it uses USB 3.0 for the card readers, so cards are read at maximum speed. This differentiates it from cheaper products.
Construction and finish is excellent - would suit a top-of-the-range PC. Also, Akasa is a good name, so you should expect excellent reliability and performance compared with some of the cheaper "no-name" alternatives.
Although not mentioned on the Specification page, it also has a standard power connector (actually a male and female molex pair). This allows the USB 2.0 ports to work as a powered hub so you can charge peripherals from them.
It's easy to fit. Just plug the USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and SATA connectors to your motherboard, connect the power lead, and you are away. Windows 8 installed the drivers automatically.
It also has a USB 3 lead with Type A connector. My best guess is that you can plug it into a USB 3 port on the back of your machine if you don't have a spare USB 3 connector on your motherboard.
I bought this product based on my need for a card reader but on the reviews by previous owners. I don't disagree with any of the comments made as it is a quality product and is relatively easy to fit. However, whilst not necessarily a fault with the product I am a little disappointed that I cannot get it to fit nicely within by PC case; a Carbide Air540 with those hot-swap bays for HDD and optical drives. When fitted the Akasa 5.25" body does not sit flush with the rest of the casing being recessed by about 3mm. I have tried to sort this and use the supplied screws but to no avail (just have to live with it). As for the internal connections there is little in explanation as to what is needed in the instructions. Having read the above comments decided not to connect the USB lead to a spare USB output on the rear of my PC. All other leads connected. All works as advertised except the right hand USB3.0. All sockets worked when connecting the USB lead to spare connector on rear.