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Transcend PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter

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Transcend PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter

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Product Highlights

  • Dual USB 3.0 Ports
  • Connection Bandwidth of 5Gbps
  • Requires Free ExpressCard/34 Slot
  • Fits Most Laptops
  • Compatible w/ Windows XP, Vista, 7
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The PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter from Transcend is a simple, but effective upgrade for adding USB 3.0 ports to your existing Windows laptop. Compatible with virtually all Windows notebook computers, the adapter fits in a free ExpressCard/34 slot and offers two USB 3.0 ports. Each port offers a connection bandwidth of up to 5Gbps. While each of these ports is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 devices, the adapter is ideal for use with USB 3.0 external storage devices. If you're looking for exceedingly fast USB 3.0 speed in a tidy, easy-to-install setup for your Windows laptop, look no further.

Adds two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports to any laptop computer with a free ExpressCard/34 slot
Connection bandwidth up to 5Gbits per second (in USB 3.0 mode)
Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 devices
Efficient power management to help save battery life
Unrestricted simultaneous two-way data transfer
Supports Plug and Play and hot swapping
xHCI compliant
2-year limited warranty
PC Interface ExpressCard/34
USB 2x   USB 3.0
Backwards compatible with USB 1.1 and 2.0
Operational Bandwith Up to 5Gbps
Certification CE, FCC, BSMI
Operating Temperature 41 to 122°F / 5 to 50°C
Operating System Windows 7, Vista, XP
Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.56 x 1.57 x 0.55" / 11.6 x 4.0 x 1.4 cm
Weight 1.05 oz / 30 g
Transcend PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter
  • USB Power Cable
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
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    TranscendPNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter
     
    3.8

    (based on 24 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    72%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to install (12)
    • Highly compatible (9)
    • Good power output (6)
    • High quality (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Upgrade (8)
      • High-end multimedia (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Quality oriented (13), Budget shopper (6)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (11), Business (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Vroom

      Overall this product is solid especially for its price. There are a few drawbacks but it meets the needs that I had in mind when I bought it so I'm satisfied.

      First...Read complete review

      Overall this product is solid especially for its price. There are a few drawbacks but it meets the needs that I had in mind when I bought it so I'm satisfied.

      First drawback to note that plugging in the express card alone gives it enough power to use one (1) USB 3.0 portable media, if you want to use more than one USB 3.0 device or one in any other combination you'll need to use the included USB power cord. This cord plugs into the little hole you'll see if you look closely at the product image on the side.

      Second thing to note isn't really a drawback and may just be limited to my laptop model. The express card itself is a little loose and sometimes needs a jiggle to get your computer to register that its there. It draws power but the system doesn't always recognize it until I jiggle it just a little bit.

      Those two points aside I'm extremely satisfied with the transfer rates and the enhanced ability to run virtual machines directly from my USB 3 portable drive.

      If you want USB 3.0 for your laptop and it's sporting an expresscard/34 slot, this one'll work just fine especially at the listed price.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great Upgrade

      Upgraded from USB2 to USB 3 and it works great. I need to plug a cable in my UBS2 port to power the USB3 drives conected to the adapter. Had to many wires hanging...Read complete review

      Upgraded from USB2 to USB 3 and it works great. I need to plug a cable in my UBS2 port to power the USB3 drives conected to the adapter. Had to many wires hanging from my laptop but it worked great.

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      4.0

      Does NOT Work with MacBook Pro

      By Kevin

      from Charlotte, NC

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Doesn't Work With Mac

        Best Uses

          Comments about Transcend PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter:

          I'm sure it works great on a PC, but it doesn't work on a MacBook Pro, and I returned it after testing it out on my laptop.

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          4.0

          Surprise! A great USB3 laptop adapter

          By MrPete

          from Colorado

          About Me Value Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Highly Compatible
          • High Quality
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Too-easy Ejection

          Best Uses

          • High-End Multimedia
          • Upgrade

          Comments about Transcend PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter:

          I have a 2010 (Toshiba) laptop w/o USB3. This adapter gives me close to full-performance connections to external disks, memory keys, etc.

          It's a little bulky but I will take that as long as it's reliable with great performance. And it is. Every other adapter I've read about has serious performance or reliability issues.

          NOTE 1: you will probably need a nearby USB connector that can supply power to this card. The card DOES come with the needed cable.

          NOTE 2: if you have a very fast USB3 device (greater than 100MB/sec) you will not get all available performance. I only see 80MB/sec consistently. But AFAIK that's a limitation of the ExpressCard 1.0 interface.

          My only complaint: it can be tricky to avoid ejecting this card when all I want to do is detach a USB device. So my habit is to only do so when no files are open, etc.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          1.0

          DOES NOT WORK!!!

          By Binsu

          from NY

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Transcend PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter:

                This item was purchased to add two powered USB ports via the PC Card slot on my MacBook Pro.

                I couldn't get through the review without clicking at least 1 star, but I don't think this product deserves any stars.

                First, there is no excuse not to provide a clear URL to a driver for this item, but even if that were provided, there is no driver for Mac OS X. This is totally unacceptable.

                Second, if you get it to work, you will find that you need to use one of your other USB ports, if you have them, to power this device, because they do not provide a power supply. You get one of the device ports powered throughout the card slot, but the second port needs to be powered from an external source. Not a very smart or efficient implementation.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                4.0

                USB 3.0 on non-equipped laptops

                By Ahmed

                from Halifax, NS

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Highly Compatible

                Cons

                • Tight Fit

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Transcend PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter:

                  Works great on my old MSI CR420 laptop.
                  It's fast and easy to install, just plug it in and it will work.

                  My only concern is that the ports feels too "tight", that sometimes I need to plug-in a USB connection with more force, meaning, I have to use both hands (one to hold the laptop, the other to plug). This also means that there is a chance the card will come out if I tried to unplug a USB connection from the card.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  Great Laptop Add On

                  By Dave F

                  from Arizona

                  Comments about Transcend PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter:

                  The speed difference between USB 2.0 and 3.0 is night and day. Love the speed when doing backups.

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                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter

                  By carmoe21

                  from Saddle brook NJ

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Only Buy If You Hav Expr
                    • Slot So No Blame

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Transcend PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter:

                      Could not get 3 laptops to access thru the card. But note it is going thru a adapter that fits type II PCMCIA slot. Software loads in boot up on all machines too. Hopefully it will work in a express slot in the future.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      4.0

                      USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter

                      By alex

                      from granada hills, CA

                      About Me Value Oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Highly Compatible
                      • High Quality
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • High-End Multimedia

                        Comments about Transcend PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter:

                        The Express Card arribed sooner then the projected date,and is of excellent quality, workes grate.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        5.0

                        Easy setup on win7x64

                        By Ross

                        from Delaware

                        About Me Quality Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Highly Compatible

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Upgrade

                          Comments about Transcend PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter:

                          I bought this as a low cost add-on because my new business class laptop did not have USB 3.0 support. I was able to plug this in right out of the box and have Windows recognize it without any driver CDs.

                          Power from a regular USB port shouldn't be a big deal for anyone, but you might want to reconsider throwing out the twist ties or keep some velcro handy.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          Works perfectly

                          By Robert

                          from Bellaire, Texas

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Highly Compatible
                          • High Quality
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Upgrade

                            Comments about Transcend PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter:

                            Easy to install. Traded one USB 2.0 port (for power) for two USB 3.0 ports.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            3.0

                            Recommended for large files transfer

                            By imran

                            from Newyork

                            About Me Value Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install

                            Cons

                            • Needs Usb Power

                            Best Uses

                            • High-End Multimedia
                            • Large Files Transfer

                            Comments about Transcend PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter:

                            I normally use it for bigger files to transfer to my external hard drive.the speed of is OK, not as fast as claimed,but again its about three times faster than usb2, the only drawback is the hassle of connecting it to my laptop I.e first the card then the power cable and then the external hard drive, so I really wait till I have about too many files to transfer :)

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            5.0

                            Fast. Easy. Affordable.

                            By Dan the Comm Guy

                            from Fayetteville, NC

                            About Me Value Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install
                            • Highly Compatible

                            Cons

                            • Runs Hot

                            Best Uses

                            • Upgrade

                            Comments about Transcend PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter:

                            Putting the Transcend USB 3.0 Adapter into play was easy enough. Download the driver, plug it in and, "Voila!"

                            I don't really like the power requirement, but I routinely move large files for quick sharing on portable drives, so I'll learn to deal with it.

                            File transfers are markedly faster than the USB 2.0 port, so I'm happy.

                            It gets a bit warm after accessing it for a period of time, but it doesn't seem to hamper operation at all. Be careful when inserting drives into its slots, though, you can easily eject the adapter.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business

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                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Great price!

                            By Shtevie

                            from Florida

                            About Me Value Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Transcend PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter:

                                Shipped quickly. Installed painlessly. Haven't had an opportunity to test with with a USB 3.0 device, but works fine with USB 2.0.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                2.0

                                Not an easy gadget...

                                By pvngr

                                from Chile

                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                • Difficult To Install

                                Best Uses

                                • High-End Multimedia

                                Comments about Transcend PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter:

                                When you can connect it properly is a good product, the process is kinda difficult... It keeps popping out, specially when you connect/disconnect a usb to the card (that's the purpose of the card), and the usb power cord is big and uncomfortable.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Vroom

                                By xj076a

                                from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Highly Compatible
                                • High Quality
                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                • Card is a little loose
                                • Lack of pwr wo xtra cord

                                Best Uses

                                • Upgrade

                                Comments about Transcend PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter:

                                Overall this product is solid especially for its price. There are a few drawbacks but it meets the needs that I had in mind when I bought it so I'm satisfied.

                                First drawback to note that plugging in the express card alone gives it enough power to use one (1) USB 3.0 portable media, if you want to use more than one USB 3.0 device or one in any other combination you'll need to use the included USB power cord. This cord plugs into the little hole you'll see if you look closely at the product image on the side.

                                Second thing to note isn't really a drawback and may just be limited to my laptop model. The express card itself is a little loose and sometimes needs a jiggle to get your computer to register that its there. It draws power but the system doesn't always recognize it until I jiggle it just a little bit.

                                Those two points aside I'm extremely satisfied with the transfer rates and the enhanced ability to run virtual machines directly from my USB 3 portable drive.

                                If you want USB 3.0 for your laptop and it's sporting an expresscard/34 slot, this one'll work just fine especially at the listed price.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

                                Share this review

                                (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                3.0

                                Has Limits

                                By Gman

                                from Mount Vernon, TX

                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install

                                Cons

                                • Unreliable

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Transcend PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter:

                                  This device is supposed to be backward compatible with 2.0, but apparently there are many exceptions. This has limited its usefulness for me.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business

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                                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Works great

                                  By LLPBIO

                                  from Bryan, TX

                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Highly Compatible
                                  • High Quality
                                  • Powerful

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Upgrade

                                    Comments about Transcend PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter:

                                    This was a great option to get USB 3 on a laptop that is USB 2 without having to purchase a new laptop.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business

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                                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    3.0

                                    Great Upgrade

                                    By Liquid

                                    from New York

                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Upgrade

                                      Comments about Transcend PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter:

                                      Upgraded from USB2 to USB 3 and it works great. I need to plug a cable in my UBS2 port to power the USB3 drives conected to the adapter. Had to many wires hanging from my laptop but it worked great.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Business

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                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Performs as expected

                                      By NGHNJ

                                      from 8054

                                      About Me Quality Oriented

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Install
                                      • Highly Compatible

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Transcend PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter:

                                          Easy to use - just plugged it into my express card slot and it works great!

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal

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                                          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          3.0

                                          Seagate Drive is not recognized

                                          By Myron

                                          from Greenville, SC

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Comments about Transcend PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter:

                                          The Transcend Express card seems to work with every USB device I use EXCEPT the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 2 TB external USB 3.0 drive for which I purchased the Transcend. Most frustrating.

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                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Excllent USB3 adapter

                                          By Bill G

                                          from Midwest USA

                                          About Me Quality Oriented

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Fast data transfer
                                          • Sturdy build

                                          Cons

                                          • none so far

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Data transfer
                                          • Great for audio recording

                                          Comments about Transcend PNU3 USB 3.0 Express Card Adapter:

                                          Excllent adapter to add 2 USB3 ports or just for extras. Installed without a hitch and recognized by windows everytime. Seems pretty solid build and B&H [...] pricing can't be beat!

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal
                                          • Computer Platform:
                                          • PC

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