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Sonnet Qio Universal Media Reader

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Product Highlights
  • Read and Write
  • For P2, SxS, CompactFlash, SDHC & SATA
  • Up to 250MB/Sec

How many different memory card readers do you have? Chances are Sonnet's Qio Universal Media Reader will replace them all. Qio reads from and writes to P2, SxS, CompactFlash, SDHC, and SATA storage systems with an eSATA interface, at up to 250MB/sec--much faster than FireWire or USB adapters. It has dual P2, SxS, and CF slots and an included adapter for SDHC cards, allowing you to offload files or copy files between any cards, attached drives or host computer efficiently and quickly.

Qio also has 4 eSATA connectors, enabling you to connect 2 Sonnet Fusion F2 portable 2-drive RAID SATA storage systems (not included) and copy files between them with ease--you can also connect 4 drive enclosures such as Sonnet's Fusion D400QR5 (not included) and Fusion D500P (not included) with access to as many as 20 drives, thanks to Qio's support of port multipliers and integrated hardware RAID controllers. 

Since the SxS slots double as ExpressCard/34 slots, and the P2 slots are compatible with CardBus cards, Qio essentially sextuples the number of expansion card slots available to you if you use a notebook computer. If you use a desktop computer, Qio lets you swap adapter cards without opening the case--you can utilize WiwFi, FireWire, USB, Gigabit Ethernet, and other adapters as well, because Qio's included interface card extends the PCIe bus outside your computer, basically adding expansion slots to your computer.

All in a rugged aluminum exterior the size of 3 CD cases--5.9  x  6.2  x  1.2"  (14.9  x  15.7  x  3 cm).

Replaces multiple card readers--comprehensive memory card compatibility with support for Sony, SxS, Panasonic, P2, CompactFlash, and SDHC cards (with included adapter)
Built-In SATA connections--integrated, fast SATA host controller based on Tempo SATA E4P with four eSATA ports supports and powers two Fusion F2 SATA storage systems, or supports SATA drive enclosures with up to 20 drives(3) total
Fast--uses PCI Express bus interface to deliver superior performance; aggregate bandwidth of 250MB/sec
Small and rugged--strong aluminum case measures just 5.9 x 6.2 x 1.22"
Universal 12V output AC power supply with wall plugs for US, Japan, Europe, UK and Australia is included--for battery-powered operation, the included XLR 4-pin adapter cable can route battery power to the Qio
Ships with Sonnet PCIe Bus Extender PCIe
Security--Kensington slot
External Connectors:
(Qio Enclosure)
2 x CompactFlash
2 x CardBus (P2)
2 x ExpressCard/34 (SxS)
4 x eSATA
external PCIe x1-18
3 x power
Compatible Memory Cards P2, SxS, CompactFlash®, SDHC, and SATA storage systems with an eSATA interface
Computer Interface Power Mac G5 with PCIe slots, Mac Pro; Mac OS X(4) Version 10.4+; Snow Leopard tested
Data Transfer Rate Up to 250 MB/s aggregate
Power Requirements Universal 12V output AC power supply with wall plugs for US, Japan, Europe, UK and Australia is included;
System & Software Requirements Power Mac G5 with PCIe slots, Mac Pro; Mac OS X(4) Version 10.4+ (10.7.x (32-bit) or earlier for P2 cards)
(Snow Leopard tested)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.9 x 6.2 x 1.22" (15 x 15.74 x 3 cm)
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
Sonnet Qio Universal Media Reader
  • Qio Universal Professional Media Reader/Writer
  • Sonnet PCIe Bus Extender PCIe Adapter
  • SDHC Adapter
  • Universal 12V power supply with 10-foot cable
  • 1-Meter External PCIe x1 Interface Cable
  • 1-Meter XLR 4-Pin Power Adapter Cable
  • Carrying Case
  • Software CD
  • User's Guide
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
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    SonnetQio Universal Media Reader
     
    4.4

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast transfer (4)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

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        4.0

        Great Reader...But...

        By Dr. V

        from Cortland, New York

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast Transfer
        • Multiple media types

        Cons

        • P2 reader 32-bit only
        • Quirky w multiple cards

        Best Uses

        • Video ingest

        Comments about Sonnet Qio Universal Media Reader:

        The reader works. Nice fast downloads on a MacPro from CF, SxS, and P2 cards. We got the unit because we use all media types.
        Things to consider before buying/installing the card:
        1. Read the directions. You need to install the software before mounting the card.
        2. We needed to run the firmware updates before the Mac would recognize the reader.
        3. If you have trouble with the computer seeing the reader, try installing the PCI card in a different slot. We got it on the third attempt.
        4. If you are using P2 cards, you must run the Mac in 32 bit mode. Panasonic is not yet licensing the 64 bit drivers. If you need 64 bit, you will need to pay Panasonic for the privilege.
        5. As others have noted, you can't eject one card while the other is reading and you can't read CF and SxS cards at the same time.

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        5.0

        Great Card Reader Super Fast

        By Nick the DIT

        from Atlanta GA

        About Me Professional

        Pros

        • Durable Dock
        • Fast Transfer
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Short Cable

        Best Uses

        • Digital card transfer
        • Image Transfer

        Comments about Sonnet Qio Universal Media Reader:

        I work as a DIT and Digital Media Manager. This card reader is not idiot proof and not bullet proof but it does a stellar job with CF cards and SXS cards it may work for p2 cards as well but I haven't used p2 on it.

        The esata ports come in very handy if you're using this with a macbook pro or if you want to use it with a mac pro without adding an esata card into your PCIe slot.

        There were a lot of issues prior to the newer firmware updates but I have experienced very few problems with the reader (ones that could not be solved with a reset of the computer).

        One issue that has not been fixed (at least it doesn't work on mine) you can't eject the second sxs card while the other one is reading this will cause a kernel panic on macs. You can't boot CF cards in one slot and SXS cards in another one at the same time. Other wise that's about it. Make sure you have the most recent firmware for your computer and you should have very few issues and a very capable reader!

        I've gone through about 2000 SxS cards and 200CF cards in the past 6 months and it still works great.

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        5.0

        Great Fast MultiFormat reader

        By PauljM

        from Maumee, OH

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Interface
        • Fast Transfer
        • Lightweight
        • Long Cable

        Cons

        • None so far

        Best Uses

        • P2 Transfers for edit

        Comments about Sonnet Qio Universal Media Reader:

        Great transfer speeds direct from the bus, instead of firewire or usb. Well worth the investment for the flexibility and speed. This is the desktop model, looking to purchase the laptop version next.

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        4.0

        Qio Universal a winner!

        By AutomaticSnash

        from Erie, PA

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast Transfer
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Digital Capture
          • Digital Photography
          • Image Storage
          • Image Transfer
          • Viewing Images

          Comments about Sonnet Qio Universal Media Reader:

          I love this product. FAST FAST FAST and lots of media input choices. Easy to install, but you better read the directions or blogs. A few loading issue were reported and long boot times for those who didn't install correctly. Everything worked out great for my computer.

          Only major down side is the price.

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          4.0

          Great Card Reader, Decent deal

          By DW

          from St. Louis, MO

          About Me Awesome, Editor, Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Affordable
          • Fast
          • Speeds workflow
          • Stylish

          Cons

          • 32 bit driver only
          • Poor Documentation

          Best Uses

          • Editing
          • HD Shooting
          • Video Ingest

          Comments about Sonnet Qio Universal Media Reader:

          Using it in a video editing environment to ingest footage from p2 cards and CF. It's a much better deal than readers from Panasonic and adds a few other formats as well.
          Be careful how you install it, you must follow instructions or face a very slow boot time and other problems.
          32 bit only drivers presented a situation. My mac pro booted to 64 bit by default and they did NOT get along at all. The reader only works in a 32 bit boot. If you're having problems and you installed it correctly, this is probably your problem.
          Would be nice if they added a few more p2 slots and a 64 bit driver. I'm sure they're working on it.

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