Plugable Launches a New USB 3.0 Flash Card Reader

Tired of waiting for your photos to download? For photographers and other flash card users who want their files in a hurry, Plugable has introduced a new USB 3.0 flash card reader that combines blazing read speeds with the colorful design of our popular and well-reviewed USB 2.0 reader.

Plugable's new USB 3.0 card reader

How fast is it? As fast as your card allows it to be. In our testing with a newly-bought UHS-1 32GB SDHC card ($20 from Amazon), we saw read speeds over four times faster than our USB 2.0 device. Write speed improvements were in the range of 30 to 40 percent.

Results with less-advanced cards were throttled by inherent speed limitations of the cards themselves. Class-10 SDHC cards that were not UHS-1 clocked 15 to 20 percent gains in read speeds, while cards below Class 10 showed very little difference between USB 2.0 and USB 3.0.

So if you want to ensure the highest speeds from our new USB 3.0 flash card reader, make sure the card displays the UHS-1 logo. It makes a huge difference in your results.

Test results

Testing Platform: Windows 7 Pro 64-bit computer
Card: Sony 32GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 R40 Memory Card, purchased on Amazon for $20.
USB 2.0 reader: Plugable USB2-CARDRAM3
USB 3.0 reader: Plugable’s new USB3-FLASH3

Plugable USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 card  readers

Plugable USB 2.0 (top) and USB 3.0 (bottom) card readers

Photo test — 356 photos, 1.38 GB
USB 2.0 1:28 min
USB 3.0 28 seconds

Benchmark test using the Atto Disk Benchmark software
USB 2.0 Read 18 MB/s Write 16 MB/s
USB 3.0 Read 73 MB/s Write 21 MB/s

Benchmark results for USB 3.0 (left) and USB 2.0 (right)
130722_USB3.0_Card_reader130722_USB2.0_Card_reader

For any questions, contact support@plugable.com.

5 comments on “Plugable Launches a New USB 3.0 Flash Card Reader”

    • David Roberts David Roberts Reply

      Well, the color does make it easy to find on your desk! But if you want something more subtle, we do have the Plugable USB3-CARD6A reader (http://plugable.com/products/USB3-CARD6A). It’s brushed aluminum and takes a few more card types, like Compact Flash. It has a similar chipset, so you should see similar speed gains.

      • Midnight Reply

        I can find anything on my desk, when I’m sober, 🙂 but I like the design and the size of it. Just the color that I wish was also available in brushed aluminum or even black!

        Let’s see what other people have to say!

  1. Steve Reply

    I lay mine on the top of my black Dell computer under my desk. With 74 year old eyes, I find the beautiful green color great and so easy to see /find. Hey, I bought it to read my camera memory cards reliably and super fast. Not as a desktop ornament. Just my thoughts.

    • Bernie Thompson Bernie Thompson Reply

      Thanks for the description of how you’re using it and the kind words, Steve!

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