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.
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.
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
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
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