Card Reader Overview and Requirements

Athena ASEDrive IIIe
The card reader is an optional device for PM3 or PM4 users who store their workout data to a LogCard; it is not necessary for PM5 users. The card reader works in conjunction with the Concept2 Utility to transfer LogCard data and maintain your LogCard. The card reader reads the LogCard, and the utility provides the interface and functions so you can see the data on your LogCard and work with it.

Options for Reading Your LogCard

To manage your LogCard using the Concept2 Utility, you need a device that can read the LogCard. This device can be the PM3 or PM4 from your machine, or a third party card reader. Every PM3 and PM4 ships with a USB cable so that you can connect your Performance Monitor to your computer and use it with the Concept2 Utility or other third-party software. It is possible to quickly disconnect your Performance Monitor from your indoor rower or SkiErg and take it to your computer, in case your computer is not in close proximity to your Performance Monitor. Another option is to use a card reader instead of a Performance Monitor for reading your LogCard. Depending on your computer operating system, you have two card reader options:
  • The Athena ASE IIIe, available from Concept2
  • The OmniKey CardMan 3121
Please review the system requirements prior to purchase to ensure your card reader will be compatible with your operating system. Also note that LogCards are not included with card reader purchases.

System Requirements

Device Windows Macintosh
Athena ASE IIIe Yes*
*A special procedure is needed on some Windows 8 installations. For help, contact or
10.10: No
10.9: Yes, download driver
10.8.3: Yes
10.8: Yes
10.7: Yes
10.6: Yes
10.5: Yes
10.4.2–10.4.11: Yes
10.4.1: No
10.4.0: No
10.3: Yes
Intel Macs: Yes
OmniKey CardMan 3121 Yes. If Windows does not automatically install the correct driver, you can download it from OmniKey. Also, please see information for Windows 7 users. 10.10: Unknown.
10.6–10.9: Yes, download driver
10.5: Yes, download driver
10.4.2–10.4.11: Yes
10.3.9: Yes
Intel Macs: Yes
All Others: Untested
OmniKey CardMan 3021 Yes. If Windows does not automatically install the correct driver, you can download it from OmniKey. Also, please see information for Windows 7 users. 10.7: Yes, download driver
10.6: Yes, download driver
10.5: Yes, download driver
10.4.11: Yes
All Others: Untested
  • The LogCard is not compatible with the Athena ASEDrive V3CR.
  • OmniKey 4000 and 4040 may also work with the Windows version of the utility, but Concept2 does not directly support these devices.
  • For customers using any version of Windows and OmniKey card readers, installing OmniKey Workbench software is not recommended.
  • If you’re having trouble using either card reader with a Mac, restart the Mac by going to the Apple icon, pressing “Restart” and trying again. If the problem persists, please contact Concept2.


Getting started guides are available below for both the Athena and OmniKey card readers. For additional How To information, including troubleshooting tips, refer to the How to Use section.