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Sonnet QIO-E34 Professional Universal Media Reader/Writer

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Sonnet QIO-E34 Professional Universal Media Reader/Writer

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Product Highlights

  • Reads & Writes to Any Memory Card
  • Includes 21-in-1 Memory Card Adapter
  • Bandwidth Up to 250MB/sec
  • 4-eSATA Ports

You Pay: $764.57

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The Sonnet QIO-E34 Professional Universal Media Reader/Writer reads from and writes to just about any memory card. This includes: P2, SxS, CompactFlash, SDHC, XD, SATA storage systems with an eSATA interface, all at high speed. Replacing multiple standalone card readers, the reader's dual P2, SxS, and CF slots enable you to offload files more efficiently.

The included Sonnet 21-in-1 Multimedia Memory Card adapter handles all other types of memory cards. The device copies files between any cards, attached drives, or host computer with aggregate bandwidth up to 250MB/sec. This is much faster than FireWire or USB adapters. QIO-E34 features 4-eSATA ports.

The QIO-E34 SxS slots double as ExpressCard/34 slots, and the P2 slots are compatible with CardBus cards. As a notebook user, this effectively adds 6 expansion card slots. This added compatibility enables you to utilize WiFi, FireWire, USB, Gigabit Ethernet, and other adapters. This is possible since Qio's included interface card extends the PCIe bus outside your computer.

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
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" (149.86 x 157.48 x 30.99mm)
UPC: 732311007248
Packaging Info
Package Weight 3.85 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.6 x 9.4 x 3.4"
Sonnet QIO-E34 Professional Universal Media Reader/Writer
  • PCIe Bus Extender ExpressCard/34 adapter
  • 21-in-1 Memory Card Reader & Writer
  • Universal 12V Power Supply
  • PCIe x1 Interface Cable
  • XLR 4-Pin Power Adapter Cable
  • Carrying Case
  • Software CD
  • User's Guide
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    SonnetQIO-E34 Professional Universal Media Reader/Writer
     
    3.3

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    56%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast transfer (5)
    • Lightweight (4)
    • Reliable (4)
    • Durable dock (3)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Digital capture (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional (6), Film professional (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    faster through put...

    The install has one quirk ( the first reboot after the install take a while to unpack some of the drivers )
    The unit works better than expected on my MacBook Pro.
    Off...Read complete review

    The install has one quirk ( the first reboot after the install take a while to unpack some of the drivers )
    The unit works better than expected on my MacBook Pro.
    Off load speeds are very impressive.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    One of a kind

    So as the subject says one of a kind. This is the only box you will need for all
    Of your camera media management needs. Very fast to drive transfers for both Read complete review

    So as the subject says one of a kind. This is the only box you will need for all
    Of your camera media management needs. Very fast to drive transfers for both
    Laptops ad towers.
    However a little problem exsists with the current firmware that disables one of
    the computers processors and does not allow for computer operation for 8min
    During boot up (not all machines). I am working with Sonnett to solve the problem
    But so far it's not totaly functional.
    So be warned. when it works it will be great. But if it's going to be glitchy on your
    Machine prepare for head aches.

    Reviewed by 10 customers

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    2.0

    P2 incompatable

    By Dave the DMT guy

    from Halifax, NS

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • As Advertised
    • Fast Transfer
    • Lightweight
    • Long Cable

    Cons

    • P2 Does Not Work In 64bit

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sonnet QIO-E34 Professional Universal Media Reader/Writer:

      I bought this, seeing that it was a cost effective way to get all of these card readers in one, simple, device. Sadly, what is not to be. After some research, I found that the P2 card readers will not work if you are running a 64 bit OS. Which is inconvenient on Lion: but makes the only reason I justified the price a noshow.

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      2.0

      Not worth it...

      By CameraDaddy

      from New York, NY

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • All in one card reader

      Cons

      • P2 Transfer speeds slow
      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sonnet QIO-E34 Professional Universal Media Reader/Writer:

        I work as a DIT / Media manager and thought this reader would simplify my kit. Not needing a bunch of separate readers would be great. Despite mixed reviews I bought this reader and when it comes to P2 cards this doesn't cut it.

        I have a 2011 MBP Running Lion and I had to boot in 32bit mode for the P2 cards to even show up on my computer. It would then intermittently just decide to not mount the cards. When the cards did mount the transfer speeds were definitely not as fast as they should have been.

        Maybe I could deal with this if it didn't cost so much but at this price point it should just work. It seemed fine for CF and SXS cards but I'm not paying this much money for 2/3 the functionality.

        Sonnet's Echo express is great for SXS. Lexar and others have great CF readers. If you're going to work with P2 just have production rent a Panasonic reader like the PCD-20 or the PCD-35. They are expensive but they WORK and are fast.

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        5.0

        Works as advertised!

        By Dan the Man

        from Hollywood, Ca

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable Dock
        • Fast Transfer
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Digital Capture

          Comments about Sonnet QIO-E34 Professional Universal Media Reader/Writer:

          We use this product to offload various field cameras onto our San in our post enviorment. They help us copy media very quickly for a very attractive price point. We currently own 6 units which keeps our post very close to production.

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          • No

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          1.0

          Not worth a look

          By Jonathon

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Difficult Setup
            • Poor Interface
            • Short Cable

            Best Uses

            • Digital Capture
            • Image Storage

            Comments about Sonnet QIO-E34 Professional Universal Media Reader/Writer:

            This product is not good. Do not waste your money on it. The power supply went out right away and the tech support was less than helpful. Stick with the brand name.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Better than expected

            By monteurtv

            from Switzerland

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable Dock
            • Fast Transfer
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • DC outlets design

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sonnet QIO-E34 Professional Universal Media Reader/Writer:

              After reading lots of forums and reviews, I bought the Qio with mixed feelings: I needed it and trusted Sonnet from using other products they make, yet this one seemed to be problematic for quite a few users.

              Turns out it's been performing very well and I had not a single crash with it, using mostly SXSPro cards and ex1 cards fitted in adapters. I have not used its P2 cards functionality yet.

              The only thing I don't like about it is the positioning of the 12v DC outlets as it can be confusing for people new to the product.

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              5.0

              Qio is radical dude

              By Nick S.

              from Los Angeles, Ca

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable Dock
              • Fast Transfer
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Digital Photography
                • Image Transfer

                Comments about Sonnet QIO-E34 Professional Universal Media Reader/Writer:

                I am a DIT and this was a great buy. It is like having a second computer when it comes to offloading speed. Offloading time is cut in half so you can check clips faster. Also won't get stuck waiting in a parking lot, waiiiiting for the file to copy.

                ONE thing. Just don't plan on doing much till the card is offloaded. Little on the fussy side when you and offload with anything else but the QIO. You will kernal panic.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Well built, and ready for action!

                By Ryland Jones

                from NY, NY

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast Transfer
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Difficult Setup

                Best Uses

                • Digital Capture
                • Image Transfer

                Comments about Sonnet QIO-E34 Professional Universal Media Reader/Writer:

                I work as an onset D.I.T. This product has definitely helped my workflow when dealing with lots of cards. It's best feature beyond giving your MacBook pro 4 eSATA ports, is the use of P2 cards on newer Mac operating systems. I am very glad to have this in my setup as a D.I.T.

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                • No

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                3.0

                One of a kind

                By biker.eh

                from Vancouver, BC

                About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Does it all
                • Fast
                • Nice design
                • One of a kind
                • Portable

                Cons

                • CPU performance loss
                • Does not always mount
                • Kernel Panics
                • Locks up 1 CPU core
                • Software rather glitchy

                Best Uses

                • DIT
                • Documentaries
                • Feature
                • HD Shooting
                • Massive data transfer
                • Multi camera shoots

                Comments about Sonnet QIO-E34 Professional Universal Media Reader/Writer:

                So as the subject says one of a kind. This is the only box you will need for all
                Of your camera media management needs. Very fast to drive transfers for both
                Laptops ad towers.
                However a little problem exsists with the current firmware that disables one of
                the computers processors and does not allow for computer operation for 8min
                During boot up (not all machines). I am working with Sonnett to solve the problem
                But so far it's not totaly functional.
                So be warned. when it works it will be great. But if it's going to be glitchy on your
                Machine prepare for head aches.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Share this review

                 
                1.0

                Waste of money

                By Filmmaker Billy

                from Los Angeles

                About Me Film Professional

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • None

                Cons

                • Not dependable
                • Poor Interface

                Best Uses

                • None

                Comments about Sonnet QIO-E34 Professional Universal Media Reader/Writer:

                When you can get your computer to boot and it's not crashing when inserting CF cards the product actually works.

                This product is far too quirky. Sometimes it boots, sometimes the system hangs and many crashes.

                We used this one day on a production and it was nothing but a nightmare.

                Sonnet's manuals and online FAQ are totally inadequate.

                Don't waster your time or money.

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                5.0

                faster through put...

                By Steve

                from NYC NY

                About Me Film Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Express slot adapter

                Best Uses

                • Any file based workflow

                Comments about Sonnet QIO-E34 Professional Universal Media Reader/Writer:

                The install has one quirk ( the first reboot after the install take a while to unpack some of the drivers )
                The unit works better than expected on my MacBook Pro.
                Off load speeds are very impressive.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Share this review

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