The ImageMate 8-in-1 is a high speed USB 2.0 device and is capable of transfer rates as high as 480 Megabits per second. When used with older systems it's backwards compatible with the USB 1.1 standards but the transfer rate drops to a maximum of 12 Megabits per second.
This card reader / writer is also perfect for those with MP3 players, PDA's and mobile
phones as well as digital cameras or camcorders. Anybody that transfers or stores data
on flash memory cards or Microdrives will love the ImageMate 8-in-1. It's true Plug and
Play with USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) compliance when used with Windows ME, Windows
2000, Windows XP and Mac OS 10.1.2+ systems. Drivers are included for computers equipped
with Windows 98SE, Windows 2000 or Mac OS 9.x operating systems.
The installation was quick and easy on my Pentium 4/2000MHz machine running Windows XP Pro with a USB 2.0 add-in PCI card. I just plugged it in and after a minute Windows had finished detecting and installing the four new devices and it was ready for use. No drivers were required whatsoever.
The USB 2.0 data transfer is rated at up to 480Mbps but the actual transfer rate is
dependant on your computer's processor speed, the USB port (and/or hub) and more
importantly, the speed of the flash memory device being accessed. Suffice it to say that
the ImageMate 8-in-1 when used with a USB 2.0 port is always MUCH faster than using the
USB built into your camera.
(Sandisk does not recommend the use of IBM/Hitachi Microdrives)
We originally tested and reported that this card reader worked perfectly with the 1GB IBM Microdrive -- it still does for me, however Sandisk has officially recommended not using Microdrives with this reader. In some cases the Microdrive can draw more power than what is available on the USB bus port. This can cause damage to the drive, the reader or the PC.
Once you have used a USB 2.0 card reader you'll never want to go back to the slow USB 1.1 speeds again. You may not notice a lot of difference when you upgrade from a Pentium 1.2GHz to a Pentium 2.0GHz computer but believe me, you'll immediately notice the difference in transfer speed between USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 card readers!
If you don't have USB 2.0 it can be added to existing PC/Windows systems with an open PCI
card slot for as little as $20. Most all of the new desktop and notebook computers sold
now and in the future will include USB 2.0 right out of the box.
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