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SanDiskImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader / Writer
 
3.9

(based on 238 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (113)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (63)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (31)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast transfer (169)
  • Lightweight (139)
  • Reliable (97)
  • Excellent interface (87)
  • Long cable (71)

Cons

  • Short cable (16)
  • Poor interface (12)

Best Uses

  • Image transfer (148)
  • Digital photography (108)
  • Digital capture (43)
  • Viewing images (43)
  • Image storage (31)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional (93), Semi-professional (66), Enthusiast (48), Casual user (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (206)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Faster than my computer reader (USB 2)

My question:
Does this Sandisk SD card reader read/write files at faster speed over USB 2.0 than my built in computer's card reader??? I don't have USB 3 yet, and...Read complete review

My question:
Does this Sandisk SD card reader read/write files at faster speed over USB 2.0 than my built in computer's card reader??? I don't have USB 3 yet, and can't add it to my computer (all-in-one HP Touch Smart 600) given lack of space inside the all-in-one.

I couldn't find the answer to this question on reviews, in terms of specific speed rates, so I did my own testing. ***I'm not sure if these rates will apply to your computer as I don't know if your computer card reader reads at same speed as mine. I used a 64 GB SanDisk Extreme SDXC UHS-I card which writes/reads at maximum of 45 MB/second.

TRANSFERRING A 600 MB VIDEO FILE OVER USB 2.0:
1) Transfer from SD card to desktop:
Sandisk SD card reader (~30 MB/sec [~20 seconds]); My HP computer's SD card reader (~18 MB/sec [~30 seconds]).

2) Transfer from desktop to SD card:
Sandisk SD card reader (~20 MB/sec [~34 seconds]); My HP computer's SD card reader (~15 MB/sec [~43 seconds]).

I did the same tests with other various size files, including 1 GB video file, 32 GB of videos/photos, and 16.4 GB of photos/videos, and got similar rates.

Other issues- I agree that the magnetic mount is flimsy, but I got used to it, and it's not a big deal for me, but would prefer a tougher mount. It is a bit tougher than usual to get SD card into the slot, but I got used to it now, so not a big deal.

CONCLUSION:
At least for my specific computer, this Sandisk Card reader transfers files at higher speed over USB 2 than my computer's SD card reader. The speed differences listed above are useful for me since I transfer large amounts of files and these speed differences become significant with large file transfers.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Sad and angry

This model has big problems. In 2013 I changed four times this
Sandisk card reader. One reader I threw it in the trash. Problem: broken pin for CF. Changed twice a...Read complete review

This model has big problems. In 2013 I changed four times this
Sandisk card reader. One reader I threw it in the trash. Problem: broken pin for CF. Changed twice a SanDisk card reader for 7 days. Problem: a broken and bent pin in the CF slot. I bought a fourth Sandisk card reader this year, he again does not work. Problem: does not recognize the SD card (hc, 16 GB). All my life I've used Sandisk cards and SanDisk card reader without any problems. Gentlemen engineers, what is this now? Be serious and solve this problem or I have to stop buying your products! (heavy heart).
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Reviewed by 238 customers

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1.0

DISAPPOINTED AND ANGRY

By Ben

from Singapore

About Me Professional

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult Setup
    • Poor Interface
    • Poorly Made

    Best Uses

      Comments about SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader / Writer:

      The 4th time I got disappointed again by Sandisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader/Writer.
      CF slot pin got spoiled for the fourth time. I lost my money 4 times for this manufacturing defect.
      Always got the reply from local store that Physical damage is not under warranty! So frustrating!

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      • No

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      5.0

      image mate card reader

      By peter

      from san rafael ca

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable Dock
      • Excellent Interface
      • Fast Transfer
      • Lightweight
      • Long Cable
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader / Writer:

        I can down load My
        SD cards
        Compaq flash cards plus I think som over cards

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        • No

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        1.0

        Imagemate all in one usb 3.0 writer

        By Helen Wiggins

        from Hamer, SC

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader / Writer:

        ImageMate All in one usb 3.0 writer, was disappointed, am sure was a factory overlook, would not connect properly, discarded it as cost of returning is not what I want to do. Other than that, B & H is great, they had no way of knowing there was a problem with it.

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        • No

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        2.0

        ust had my second one fail.

        By roninseattle

        from seattle

        About Me Professional

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

            Comments about SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader / Writer:

            I own two of these, had to replace one right away and now the replacement one has failed. I'm moving on to a more reliable brand.

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            • No

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            1.0

            Pins bend all the time

            By Oliver A

            from ACT, Australia

            About Me Professional

            Pros

              Cons

              • Pins Bend

              Best Uses

              • At Home Not Transporting

              Comments about SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader / Writer:

              Whenever I transported the card reader in my camera bag, the pins would bend and I would spend a lot of time trying to get them straight again, most frustrating!

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              5.0

              Works as advertised.

              By Supakupo

              from Fertile, MN

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Excellent Interface
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader / Writer:

                  I do small 2-3 person team projects and use it to transfer video and photo files from DSLR and Blackmagic video cameras.

                  I used it when doing product photography for a few months. A lot of in-and-out traffic with the reader. It seemed to work.

                  I'm happy with the reader. It works fine and seems to be fast enough in my experience.

                  A negative, if even: The dock's magnet is not very strong so just have your cable positioned nicely and it won't fly around. Of course, like any reader I've had, I have to hold it to insert a memory card.

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                  5.0

                  Very Happy with the purchase

                  By Waseem

                  from Brooklyn, NY

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable Dock
                  • Excellent Interface
                  • Fast Transfer
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long Cable
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader / Writer:

                    I got my card reader next day after order online. Its a nice design and very easy to use. No setup required, just plug and play.
                    Have spots for most type of memory cards. I would definitely recommend this one

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                    • No

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                    1.0

                    Damaged upon arrival

                    By LMP

                    from Atlanta, Georgia

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • None As It Didn't Work

                    Cons

                    • Shoddy Build

                    Best Uses

                    • Image Transfer

                    Comments about SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader / Writer:

                    Unfortunately, I didn't read the other reviews closely and discovered too late that these are not well made. Mine showed up damaged and wouldn't accept the CD card because the pins were bent. I bought it hoping it would give me faster uploading capabilities. Thankfully I didn't bring it with me as I finished up a trail race and was processing photos from a remote location _ or I would have been sunk! Instead, I discovered it when I returned home and was going to upload the rest of my images.

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                    2.0

                    not good

                    By avro

                    from australia

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Bad Stand

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader / Writer:

                        stand does NOT work any more - magnetic piece was not glued properly, very DUM design.

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                        5.0

                        SanDisk card reader

                        By Chappytini

                        from CT

                        Comments about SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader / Writer:

                        Fast, compact, easy setup.

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                        5.0

                        Works in Windows and Linux with 64G SD card

                        By Kevdawg

                        from Baltimore, MD

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast Transfer
                        • Lightweight
                        • Long Cable
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Digital Photography
                          • Image Transfer

                          Comments about SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader / Writer:

                          I bought this when my internal sd card reader couldn't see a 65gb Sandisk SD card. Fast USB3 speeds. Worked 1st time. Worked in Windows R8.1 and Ubuntu Linux on my dual boot PC

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          I bought two!

                          By Forest James

                          from Ashland, OR.

                          Comments about SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader / Writer:

                          I have aways been a fan of the SanDisk line of products. Specific to the Image mate, I have been through 3 other similar products and inevitably when using a CF card, one or two pins would eventually be bent due to NO guide for your card. On the less than ideal side I am not a fan of the little, unstable stand and would love to see a better engineered platform for the reader. All in all... I bought two I love these so much. :)

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                          5.0

                          No fuss, plug-in and use

                          By Commander

                          from Hillsborough, NJ

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight
                          • Supports Many Formats

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader / Writer:

                              I bought this to use on my Mac Pro to load a CF card with software for a Netgate router. Just plugged it in and the card showed up on the desktop as a drive. Worked very well.

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                              5.0

                              So far, so good

                              By GT

                              from Southington, CT

                              About Me Casual user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Excellent Interface
                              • Fast Transfer
                              • Lightweight
                              • Long Cable
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Image Storage
                                • Image Transfer

                                Comments about SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader / Writer:

                                I bought this when I bought an EOS M3. My old Digital Rebel uses a CF card, while the new one uses SDXC.

                                I had always connected the old camera to my Mac via a USB port on the back of one of my monitors, with the result being a fairly slow transfer.

                                Plugging this reader into a port on the front of the Mac and carefully inserting the CF and/or SD cards has made transfers exponentially faster. Couldn't be more pleased with it.

                                I know that some people have had issues, but this has worked very well for me. (Because the reader just sits right on top of the computer, I didn't bother with the magnetic dock.)

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                great reader for media

                                By jeff1958

                                from schaumburg il

                                About Me Semi-Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Excellent Interface
                                • Fast Transfer
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Digital Photography
                                  • Image Transfer

                                  Comments about SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader / Writer:

                                  download with laptop
                                  fast and easy

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Fast and effective

                                  By Bossman

                                  from Oak Grove MO

                                  Comments about SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader / Writer:

                                  The cord keeps it from standing up right on the stand but works just fine laying on its side.

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                                  5.0

                                  "Excellent performance"

                                  By Avtar Singh

                                  from New Jersey

                                  About Me Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable Dock
                                  • Excellent Interface
                                  • Fast Transfer
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Digital Capture
                                    • Digital Photography
                                    • Image Transfer

                                    Comments about SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader / Writer:

                                    Very fast speed, with 3.0 usb excellent performances. I am using this to transfer 4k videos from Gopro black micro sd card, it is simpy great.

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                                    1.0

                                    Doesn't Read on First Try

                                    By Robgraphics

                                    from Westlake Village, CA

                                    About Me Professional

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                      • Inconsistent Card Reader

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader / Writer:

                                        Hard to tell if the card is firmly in the reader because it is such a shallow input slot. Can easily misalign and bend pins.

                                        Never, ever reads the card the first time into the slot. I actually have to unplug the cable in the back of the reader and plug it back in for it to recognize the card.

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                                        5.0

                                        An Excellent flash card reader/writer at a reasonable price

                                        By Cecil the Lion

                                        from Greensboro, NC

                                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Durable Dock
                                        • Excellent Interface
                                        • Fast Transfer
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Long Cable
                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Digital Photography

                                          Comments about SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader / Writer:

                                          I have a Sandisk Compactflash Imagemate reader that I purchased when I bought my first DSLR camera. That has been an excellent reader for a number of years, so when I decided to purchase a reader/writer that supported more formats than CF, I looked specifically for a SanDisk unit. I was pleasantly surprised by the price as compared to other reader/writers, and I purchased it immediately. I have not been disappointed. This unit is fast and works as advertised. All my SD and CF cards fit perfectl, read and write speeds are great (probably due to the USB3 interface), and the unit is solid and well made. With camera manufactures requiring a writer to put firmware upgrades on the flash cards, a writer is essential. You won't go wrong with this unit.

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                                          2.0

                                          wouldn't buy again

                                          By Lee

                                          from Waterville , ME

                                          About Me Professional

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • I Do Like The Card Slots

                                          Cons

                                          • Doesn't T Stay On Stand

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Image Transfer

                                          Comments about SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader / Writer:

                                          I use this product for my main card reader.

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                                          • No

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