USB 3.0 FTW?

December 6th, 2011

Getting media onto your PC is taking more time as the size of our media files continue to increase. In this post we look at the latest and greatest in wired PC connectivity technology and the promise of faster transfer times. The current choices are USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt. If you are a Mac user, your choice is easy, since current Macs only support USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt out of the box, with no current plans to support USB 3.0 natively. However, if you are willing to purchase an expansion card, there are some options. As a PC user, USB 3.0 is your current option with Thunderbolt support coming in 2012.  Source Both technologies have their pros and cons, but one thing is crystal clear -- both technologies offer a better experience than the previous leading technology, USB 2.0. Thunderbolt boasts significantly faster speeds and device power as shown in the table here. Perhaps the biggest advantage USB 3.0 has over Thunderbolt is it's backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 and 1.1. USB 3.0 is gaining traction as the technology is being integrated in current PC motherboards. In addition, Microsoft announced “robust” support of USB 3.0 in Windows 8. Of course, as a leading peripheral innovator, IOGEAR is taking advantage of this new technology for your benefit. We have launched a family of USB 3.0 products for you to enjoy. Introducing ... SuperSpeed USB 3.0 SD/Micro SD Card Reader / Writer If you are tired of the wait time when transferring your photos and videos from your various memory cards, here is your solution. This device allows you to achieve 10 times the speed but still allows for backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 and 1.1. SuperSpeed 3.0 Multi-Card Reader / Writer  This device ups the ante with support for 59 memory card formats! SuperSpeed USB 3.0 4-Port Hub Why limit yourself to only one USB 3.0 device? You can now get USB 3.0 speeds for up to 4 USB devices while also maintaining backwards compatibility. All without the need for an external power source. How would a 10 times increase in speed change your computing experience? Let us know in the comments below, on Twitter or Facebook.

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