Flush USB 3.0 Expresscard Adapter

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  1. damaph

    damaph Notebook Guru

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    Looks like flush USB 3.0 expresscards finally came out.

    Cheapest USB 3.0 flush expresscard out there right now is from AKE.
    I found the 34mm version with 1 USB 3.0 port on ebay for a little over $17. If you don't like ebay, you can buy it from here for a little more.
    The 54mm version with 2 USB 3.0 ports sells for a little under $20 on ebay.

    The 34mm version uses a Fresco Logic chipset and the latest drivers can be found here.
    The 54mm version uses a NEC/Renesas chipset and the latest drivers can be found here or by using the Auto Update Utility found here.

    If you are having disconnect problems, it may be because you are not supplying your device with enough power. If you are getting slow speeds, it may be because you laptop has an expresscard 1.0 slot instead of 2.0.

    Edit:

    So I just recieved my 34mm AKE USB 3.0 expresscard. Here are some benchmarks. This is with a 2TB Hitachi 5k3000 in a Sunbeamtech USB 3.0 enclosure.

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Greg

    Greg Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    If you've already looked around....

    Amazon
    TigerDirect
    ZZF (I hate this retailer personally)
    CompUSA
    Microcenter
    Fry's
    Best Buy
    Provantage
    PC Connection
    NewEgg

    ...

    and of course done the obligatory Google and Bing searches, there probably isn't anything out there yet.
     
  3. BamAlmighty

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    I don't think flush fit exists...
     
  4. TwiztidKidd

    TwiztidKidd Notebook Evangelist

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    I'd say it's a great product but it needs to have an AC plug adapter right next to that USB3 port rather than use the included Y-USB3 cable something something, for devices that demand more power than 900mA.
     
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    There are reasons I've been waiting for USB 3 to come pre-installed in notebooks. Power is going to be a difficult thing to get past in the expresscard versions. However it's better to have it than to not have it.

    The Photofast is a very good design. Beats the dongle hanging out the side. Only thing better would have been fitting two USB ports in the card.

    Give it another month or two. The thing is brand new. Should come to the US by then.
     
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    I'm interested in finding one too. Looks like some good prospects are already linked here, just wonder how reliable they are.
     
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