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Flash Memory Card Reviews:

SD Cards
ATP Mini SD and SD cards High Speed 60x
Kingston Elite Pro 50x
Kingston Ultimate SD Cards 120x
PQI SD & mini SD High Speed
Ridata PRO 66x
SanDisk (Standard Speed)
SanDisk Extreme III High Speed

CF Cards
Butterfly Media
Delkin eFilm
Kingston Elite Pro High Speed
Ridata PRO 80x

Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro

MMC Cards

RS-MMC Cards

PC Card Hard Drives
Toshiba 2 & 5 gig

Multifunction Drives
Ridata QuattroDrive

USB Flash Drives
Kingston DataTraveler Elite
Crucial Gizmo

Card Readers
Asante Gini 6 in 1
Crucial 6 in 1 Reader

Dazzle 6-in1 Reader
Proporta 7-in-1 Reader
Sandisk ImageMate Memory Stick Pro Reader

Card Cases

Handspring Springboard
MemPlug CF & MemPlug Smart Media

SanDisk ImageMate USB 2.0 Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro Card Reader
SanDisk Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro Cards
by Lisa Gade , Editor-in-Chief, July, 2003

(Read Storage Options for your PDA: an explanation of the different types of cards here.)

SanDisk, a long established name in the memory card business, makes Memory Sticks, SD cards, CF cards and more. In addition, they now offer a line of card readers called ImageMate.

Since Sony and SanDisk released Memory Stick Pro cards for the Sony Clié NX, NZ and TG series models earlier this year, owners have enjoyed the greater speed and capacity these cards offer. They come in 3 capacities: 256 meg, 512 meg and 1 gig. The only problem is that there are few card readers that support Memory Stick Pro at this time. Who wants to transfer 300 megs of MP3 files using MS Export for Cliés, or the USB cable connection to a Sony digicam to transfer large images? Enter the SanDisk ImageMate USB 2.0 card reader.

Sandisk Memory Stick Pro card reader


The ImageMate can read both regular Memory Sticks and the new Memory Stick Pro cards. It's a single slot reader that won't take up much space on your desk or cost you too much cash. In fact, at $19.99, it's a definite must if you have a great deal of data you wish to transfer to and from Memory Stick Pro media. It has an activity LED on top that's green when the unit is plugged into your USB port, and flashes amber during data transfers. The ImageMate is a USB 2.0 device, which produced very good tranfer speeds on our Windows 2000 PC with USB 2.0 ports. If your PC or Mac doesn't have USB 2.0 ports you can still use USB 2.0 devices since they're backwards compatible with the USB 1.1 spec.

The SanDisk reader comes with drivers for Win98SE. You don't need to install drivers for Windows ME, 2000 or XP. Indeed I just plugged the reader into my Windows 2000 and Windows XP machines and it was ready to go. Drivers aren't required for Mac OS 9.2 or Mac OS X (version 10.1.2 and higher), which support card readers natively without additional drivers. The unit performed reliably for me under Mac OS X (version 10.2, aka Jaguar).

The reader has a removable 4 foot USB cable. It's powered through USB and doesn't require a power adapter. The reader comes with an installation CD that includes drivers and a short printed manual. $19.99 US

SanDisk Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro Cards

Standard Memory Sticks

SanDisk is one of the big names in the storage card arena. Heck, they invented the CompactFlash card in 1994, and worked jointly with Matsushita (known mostly by the name Panasonic in this country) and Toshiba to develop the SD memory card. Most recently they worked with Sony to develop the new high capacity, high speed Memory Stick PRO cards that will be coming out in 2003. So they're a name you can trust when it comes to Memory Sticks, and you can often find them at major retailers for a few bucks less than Sony brand sticks.

We've used their Memory Sticks, up to the 128 meg capacity, in Sony PDAs such as the SJ30, NR70V and NX70V without a problem. They behave nicely in card readers and generally make us happy campers. Transfer rates are excellent, and those of you who use Memory Stick devices should be pleased to know that they are one of the fastest memory technologies used in PDAs and digicams.


SanDisk Memory Stick

Memory Stick Pro

These cards were released in the Spring of 2003, first by Sony and then by San

disk. The Pro cards were a joint development effort between Sony and SanDisk, so you can trust you're getting the same quality that you'll find in the Sony branded Pro cards. They come in 3 capacities: 256 meg, 512 meg and 1 gig. Not only do they offer larger capacity than regular Memory Sticks, but they're faster. Just how fast depends on the device you're using the card with. Devices with native Memory Stick Pro support show greater than 33% faster overall speeds improvements compared to regular sticks. Read and db access are the most improved. I tested the 256 meg Memory Stick Pro against a 128 meg SanDisk Memory Stick using VFSMark on an NX80V, which has native support for Pro. Each card had 60 megs of identical data on them. The VFSMark overall score for the Pro card was 251, compared to 161 for the standard stick (higher numbers are better). Not bad! A great choice if you like to watch videos on your Clie, and want the quickest image writes when taking photos with the built-in camera.

Sony NX, NZ and TG models are compatible with the Memory Stick Pro format. The NX73V, NX80V and TG50 have native support. For older NX models and the NZ90, you'll need to install a Sony-supplied driver. Some recent Sony cameras also support the Pro format.

Sandisk Memory Stick Pro card


Speed Comparisions using a Sony Clié NX80V
each with 60 megs of identical data. VFSMark Results

128 meg standard Memory Stick

File Create: 120%
File Delete: 67%
File Write: 28%
File Read: 183%
File Seek: 187%
DB Export: 84%
DB Import: 266%
Record Access: 274%
Resource Access: 246%

VFSMark: 161



256 meg Memory Stick Pro

File Create: 151%
File Delete: 116%
File Write: 28%
File Read: 288%
File Seek: 236%
DB Export: 126%
DB Import: 448%
Record Access: 452%
Resource Access: 421%

VFSMark: 251 Prices vary by model and capacity








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