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Upgrade your laptop to USB 3.0 with new ExpressCards

Posted at 04 August 2010 00:00 CET by wconeybeer

If you have a notebook computer that you’d like to connect to a USB 3.0 device, you now have your chance without upgrading to a new computer. Both Transcend and Startech have launched USB 3.0 ExpressCard adapters that promise to be convenient and economical solutions.

Both of the USB 3.0 ExpressCards are remarkably similar in design and specification, with the exception of port arrangement. Each has two USB 3.0 ports, but while Startech arranged their ports in a stacked fashion, Transcend chose to use a side-by-side design instead.

The USB 3.0 standard integrated in the cards will enable you to transfer data at up to 5Gbps, up to ten times faster than USB 2.0. It is possible to transfer 25GB of data in only 70 seconds, while the same amount of data would take approximately 14 minutes with a USB 2.0 connection. For laptop users who frequently backup data to an external hard drive, the time savings that a USB 3.0 connection would provide could be a huge benefit.

Both cards should also be a snap to install, by simply plugging them into a laptop’s ExpressCard slot. Each card is Windows 7 compatible with no special drivers required.

Startech’s USB 3.0 ExpressCard has already launched with a price of $49.99 which includes a lifetime warranty. It is currently on sale and shipping.

The price of Transcend’s USB 3.0 ExpressCard adapter has not yet been announced, but the company has verified that it will come with a two-year warranty. I would expect pricing to be competitive with that of Startech’s model, considering the similarities in feature sets.

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There are 7 comments

MyCE Senior Member
Posted on: 04 Aug 10 01:48
    It is possible to transfer 25GB of data in only 70 seconds
    What a load of BS!!!
    You must be catering your news to the iSheep who will believe anything
    MyCE Resident
    Posted on: 04 Aug 10 19:25
      25 GB in 70 seconds?

      I wonder if they have any stats to back that up?
      MyCE Member
      Posted on: 05 Aug 10 18:36
        @Oz, justcallmebob

        Who are you to say that the USB 3.0 can't deliver those speeds? It seems unrealistic, but so does everything in the computer world.
        MyCE Resident
        Posted on: 05 Aug 10 19:47
          Does an Expresscard slot have near the bandwidth to support that speed?
          Retired Moderator
          Posted on: 05 Aug 10 20:37
            Originally Posted by UTR
            Does an Expresscard slot have near the bandwidth to support that speed?
            An ExpressCard slot has a theoretical bandwidth of 2.5 Gbit/s, which corresponds to 25 GB in 80 seconds, but I don't know how close to the theoretical bandwidth you can get in real life.

            There's probably no existing drives that can transfer anywhere near that fast.
            Senior Moderator
            Posted on: 05 Aug 10 21:12
              The bottleneck should be the speed of the laptop's internal HDD.

              Retired Moderator
              Posted on: 05 Aug 10 21:19
                Originally Posted by mciahel
                The bottleneck should be the speed of the laptop's internal HDD.
                Only if you're copying to the internal harddrive, which is often but not always the case.

                If the internal "harddrive" is actually a high-performing SSD, it might not even be the bottleneck in this scenario.

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