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SanDiskImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader / Writer
 
4.0

(based on 188 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (89)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (55)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (18)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast transfer (146)
  • Lightweight (114)
  • Reliable (77)
  • Excellent interface (70)
  • Long cable (58)

Cons

  • Short cable (15)
  • Poor interface (11)

Best Uses

  • Image transfer (126)
  • Digital photography (93)
  • Digital capture (36)
  • Viewing images (36)
  • Image storage (25)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional (71), Semi-professional (56), Enthusiast (44)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (166)

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).
Gotdan Ukic

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4.0

Fast but the stand doesn't attach

By RHPVideo

from Katy, TX

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast Transfer
  • Lightweight
  • Long Cable
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      The unit is very fast on USB 3.0 as you would expect. The stand is attached magnetically with two notches but it won't stay on very well so I just removed the stand.
      Also, the guided slots aren't exactly the size of the card so it doesn't slide in easily (CF Card). Every time I insert I have to be extra careful not to bend any of the pins as I put the CF Card in.

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      5.0

      Works well

      By Joe

      from Riverside, CA

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable Dock
      • Excellent Interface
      • Fast Transfer
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Digital Photography
        • Image Storage
        • Image Transfer

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

        Very fast file transfer.

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        • No

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        5.0

        What I wanted

        By Dog

        from Colorado

        About Me Casual user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast Transfer

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Digital Photography

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

          Small, easy to carry easily transfers photos. Compact disk and SD card compatible.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Flexible and sturdy card reader

          By Media Guy

          from New York City

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Digital Photography
            • Image Storage
            • Image Transfer

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

            We got tired of sharing one reader among three users. This unit reads the various media well -- first pass, flawlessly each time.

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            5.0

            ImageMate

            By redcecil

            from seattle

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast Transfer
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Short Cable

            Best Uses

            • Image Transfer

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

            Expedited the download immensely.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Very Fast All-In-One!

            By Matt

            from Wichita, KS

            About Me Professional

            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:

              This All-In-One allows me to simutaneously download video from my DSLR through the CF card port, while downloading audio from my Zoom in the SD card slot and additional GoPro video through the MicroSD card slot. It does all of this quickly and each card shows up as a new icon on my Mac as to not get them confused. The long cable allows me to keep this reader out of the way of the computer near my camera gear so I know what does not currently have a card in it. It reads SanDisk and Lexar cards with the speed I need to continue shooting in the field. Overall a great buy even if a little pricey.

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              2.0

              Fast but with huge design flaws.

              By Mango+gon

              from La Paz, Bolivia

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Fast Transfer
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Bad Cf Slot Design
              • Unstable Stand Design

              Best Uses

              • Digital Capture

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

              This reader has fast transfer speeds and a decent pricing but after using it a while you will realise there are some huge design flaws, I almost broke the CF readers pins twice and had to take it to a professional to fix it, barely though.... After reading all the reviews I felt I had to comment about this product. So the CF readers slot is not exactly the size of the card it self making it almost impossible to insert the card correctly, this little mistake in design ruins the whole product, not recommended at all especially if you transfer alot of data with CF. I didn´t really have a problem with the stand design but the cable is definetly to stiff for the reader to stand up firmly since it weights less than the cable. I guess ill keep using it until one day those pins will break off, lol.

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              5.0

              Wow!

              By Linda

              from Mill Valley

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

              Much faster.

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              3.0

              reader is great, stand is poor design...

              By jmw

              from alameda, ca

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast Transfer
              • Lightweight
              • Long Cable
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • Useless Stand

              Best Uses

              • Digital Capture
              • Digital Photography

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

              reader is great, no issues, but the stand? why? why?
              unsure is i would recommend solely for the stand.
              why?!

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              1.0

              terrible

              By Marie

              from Custer, WA

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Fast Transfer
              • Fast Transfer When Workin

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Image Transfer

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

                broken spike after 6 uses. Terrible product.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Reader works great...stand not so much.

                By Hydrawand

                from Bakersfield, CA

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      I bought this simple reader for the newer HD SD cards I use and its backwards compatibility. I plan on sticking a new 3.0 or 3.1 PCI card in my computer to make the downloads even quicker. I have to say, however, in all my years of buying tech stuff, I have never seen a stand that was so pretty, yet so ridiculously useless. I mean this stand is well made of metal, and adding the magnet to it must have at least doubled the cost to manufacture this reader, but it is TOTALLY useless. Even if you were to glue or tape the base of the stand to keep it from falling over, the magnet is not strong enough to keep the reader attached. If I owned this company I would fire the engineer who designed this and his boss. lol If there is someone with SanDisk who actually used this stand and got it to work I would love to meet them. I gave the reader 4 stars because it works great and is nice and thin so you can stick it to the top or side of your computer with a 3M Command tape and its always handy.

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                      5.0

                      Great USB 3.0 reader!

                      By tmartinblue88

                      from Mission Viejo, CA.

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

                      I was looking for a replacement card reader and I stumbled upon this one. I have not been disappointed with this purchase. It reads my CF card much faster than my old one and I am able to download the photos from my camera a lot faster!

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                      5.0

                      Cut Cable clutter

                      By Lima Being

                      from Finger Lakes

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Excellent Interface
                      • Fast Transfer
                      • Lightweight
                      • Long Cable
                      • Small Footprint

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        Purchased to read a variety of flash cards used in five different cameras of different vintages. Plugged into USB3 port on win7 machine. Machine auto installed driver and reader pops up card content almost as fast as I can take them out of cameras and plug them in.

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                        4.0

                        Fast and Reliable

                        By RDPICS

                        from ORANGE COUNTY, CA

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Poor Interface

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        This card reader is great. Works seamlessly with my macbook pro, so well in fact that I notice which of my memory cards are faster/slower now, rather than thinking they're all the same because of my older slow card readers. USB 3.0 RULES.

                        The build is plastic, and sometimes my CF card doesn't line up properly causing some of the prongs in the reader to bend out of place and become useless. I used a toothpick and bent them back and all was fine in minutes. I'm rough on my equipment, but I feel it should be able to withstand general use.

                        Overall a great buy for the price.

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                        5.0

                        Fast Card Reader

                        By Top Gadget

                        from Virginia Beach, VA

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast Transfer
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Digital Photography
                          • Image Transfer

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

                          Loading Raw/JPeg files to the computer From CF/SD cards.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Got it all fron one piece

                          By Antonio

                          from Chino Hills, CA

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

                          Easy to use with USB 3.0! Perfect size!

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                          5.0

                          Works super fast and flawless!

                          By Andrea

                          from Wisconsin

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

                          Impressive! Does exactly what it says it does and I love that it works with a variety of cards!

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                          1.0

                          Most disappointing bit of kit ever...

                          By Michael

                          from Melbourne, Australia.

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                                And I buy lots of gear! This piece of junk stopped working shortly after I bought it. I usually don't have time to write reviews but I thought people should know about this. My house mate is a photographer too and he said they went though a bunch of them that didn't work when he was working on a job at Sun Studios in Melbourne, Australia. So for the past 6 months (when not shooting to the laptop) I've been using my USB 2 card reader or borrowing one from someone at my studio. I haven't tried to return it because I'm in Australia and I thought it would take up too much of my time. Stay well away form this one.

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                                3.0

                                USB Image Reader

                                By Hal

                                from New York

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

                                Works great to speed up getting images loaded to the computer, the stand doesn't really hold reader up. It's too light, and the USB cable is so stuff. Be careful to make sure you insert card the right way so you do not break or twist the prongs from the reader.

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                                1.0

                                extrememly disappointed

                                By ksg photo

                                from morganville, nj

                                About Me Semi-Professional

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                      Thought the design was really neat but after using decided it is not good. You need both hands to insert and line up pins. Takes many attempts to insert properly. Extremely frustrating. Also did not read my Hoodman compact flash card. Tried calling customer service and they were not helpful at all. Needed the product number off the reader. Difficult to read any numbers off bottom silver sticker. Numbers small and silver paper that printed on made it impossible. Will throw in the garbage!

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