AvidCard CAC USB Smart Card Reader (Type C Cable) Review

There are so many changes in tech nowadays. It always seems like there’s some new software, middleware, or connector that you have to keep up with. And this can seriously affect your ability to find a proper CAC reader.

Right now, one of the biggest things causing grief for CAC users is the lack of Type C USB readers. Most are still on the older USB 2.0 (or earlier). Thankfully, smart card reader manufacturers like AvidCard out there are doing their best to keep up with the trends.


They’ve put together an awesome no-frills CAC reader that really gets the job done and looks great when doing so.

The AvidCard CAC USB Smart Card Reader (Type C Cable).

It’s just like its older USB connection reader with the only difference being the connector cable. For a full review of the non-type C reader, check out our article HERE!

The AvidCard Type C–like its non-type C counterpart–is compatible with just about all operating systems including:

  • Windows 7/8/10
  • MacOS 10.9-13
  • Windows Server 2008/2012/2016/2019
  • Windows CE 6.0/7.0
  • Linux
  • Android 4.0 and Later

But…it doesn’t support iOS which is kind of a bummer. We’re Apple users over here at HomeCACUse and would have loved for this to be compatible with our phones. But I can see why they did it this way. With Apple’s Lightning connectors, it’s more trouble than it’s worth to provide an adapter.

It does support all major smart card platforms, and that’s really nice to see.

The reader also meets full compliance with all industry standards such as ISO/IEC 7816, PC/SC, and USB CCID. And it can handle transactions quickly and efficiently at speeds up to 600 kbps.

It is slightly more expensive than most run-of-the mill CAC readers, but with an actual dedicated Type-C USB connection, we don’t mind paying a slightly higher premium.

Pros and Cons of the AvidCard CAC USB Smart Card Reader Type C

As far as basic smart card readers go, the AvidCard USB Smart Card reader has a bunch of great features.



  • Elegant and ergonomic design
  • Rugged by nature
  • Provides full compliance with all industry standards
  • Work flawlessly will all contact smart cards
  • Full compliance to EMV 2011 and GSA FIPS 201 to provide additional protection and security
  • Decent data transmission rate
  • Compatible with most OS’s
  • Affordable


Not compatible with iOS

Final Thoughts on the AvidCard USB CAC Smart Card Reader

This is far from the most advanced CAC Card reader we’ve seen, but it’s a legit contender when it comes to Type C offerings. And that’s really what matters.


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