USRobotics has added to its line of USB 3.0 products that currently includes a 4-port USB 3.0 Hub, 2-Port ExpressCard Adapter and 2-Port PCI Express Card Adapter, with the introduction of its USR8420 All-in-One USB 3.0 Card Reader/Writer. The company claims the device is the first USB 3.0 card reader that allows data to be read from each of its five card slots simultaneously and is also the first to offer dual SD, MMC and Memory Stick slots.

The unit's five slots include one SD, one SD/MMC/Memory Stick, one Compact Flash, one Memory Stick, and one SmartMedia slot. With the ability to transfer data at speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 readers, USRobotics points out the read speeds using the new reader are currently limited only by the capabilities of the cards themselves, with each slot detecting the native speed of the inserted card to transfer data at the card's maximum rate.

Compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems, the USR8420 supports new card formats such as SDHC with UHS, CF with UDMA, SDXC, and MSXC. It is also hot swappable and backwards compatible with USB 2.0/1.1 ports.

The USR8420 All-in-One USB 3.0 Card Reader/Writer retails for US$39.99.

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