Buffalo USB 3.0 card review
Review Date : Thu, 25 Mar 2010
Author : Mat Gallagher
USB 3.0 is the latest in a line of connection types for transferring data to and from various peripherals to your PC or Mac...
|Pros:||Fast transfer rates with USB 3.0 devices|
|Cons:||Not many USB 3.0 devices out yet|
USB 3.0 is the latest in a line of connection types for transferring data to and from various peripherals to your PC or Mac. USB has long been the preferred choice for PC users, with Macs preferring Firewire. While USB 2.0 (480Kbps) offered 40x faster transfer speeds to USB 1.0 (12Kbps), USB 3.0 promises another 10x faster, with transfer speeds of upto 5Gbits/s.
This huge increase in speed is designed to cope with the ever-increasing file sizes of images and data, resulting in larger amounts of storage. This USB 3.0 specification also dwarfs the uprated firewire 800 connection that has had little take-up other than for card reader connections on Mac computers.
The beauty of this express card is that it can instantly upgrade your current computer without having to take it apart. All you need is an ExpressCard port (34 or 54 slot), which are fairly standard on all laptop models. Once installed via CD, the card simply slots in for use. It provides two ports which accept the standard type A USB lead and are also backwardly compatible with USB 2.0 devices and leads, should you wish to plug them in - though these will continue to run at USB 2.0 speeds.
The card also features an external power port, should you not wish to expend the 1.1W it uses from your computer.