The surprise music card - 2010 Honda Insight EX Long-Term Road Test

2010 Honda Insight Long Term Road Test

2010 Honda Insight EX: The surprise music card

September 01, 2009

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Our 2010 long-term Honda Insight's radio is all high-tech with WMA and MP3 CD capability, ipod interface, but no Sat radio.

However, I opened the radio door yesterday and got a surprise.

For those of you who have harped on our long-term Nissan R35's compact flash card port, and have expressed incredulity regarding the Lexus ES350's cassette player, I present to you the Insight's PC Card adapter.

Although cassette is archaic, and CF is almost dead, at least most non-nerds have heard of these formats. But PC Card? Ask most non-geeks what that is and you'll probably get a stupid look.

What kind of fossil would own one of these?! Uh, me.

It was around 2000 and my laptop at the time had only one USB port, taken up by the mouse.
Way to go Sony.

I needed a way to read the CF cards for my camera, but didn't want to swap out the mouse.

I was working for an international company at the time, and my colleagues told me I could get a PC card adapter as a workaround.

Do what now? Never heard of it.

Well, I got one, and if the mass were five time the actual it would make a great paperweight or doorstop.

That is, until I met the Insight.

Albert Austria, Sr Vehicle Evaluation Engineer @ 5860 miles

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