Obviously what the world really wants is to see USB 3.0 integrated into motherboard and notebook chipsets. Desktop motherboards are already on the market that have add-in chips to handle USB 3.0, but the notebook products are a bit more power conscious and this feature will be few and far between until we see chipset integration. Until Intel gets us a USB 3.0 chipset our only option for notebooks will be ExpressCard solutions like the VIZO SPEED-UP ExpressCard.
I really wish I had solid numbers to give you when it comes to pricing, but at this time they are nowhere to be found. We do know that the products are shipping to retailers right now and should show up online any day now. I really don't expect to see the cost go much over 50 USD, but I have been wrong before at making assumptions on retail pricing. If it does come in at a 50 USD price point and you move data back and forth between your notebook and an external drive then the performance increase makes the 50 Dollar purchase (plus the other cost of an external USB 3.0 enclosure) quite a bargain considering the amount of time that will be saved moving files.
You are just going to have to be honest with yourself next time you are moving files and ask if cutting the time required by a third or more is worth the 75+ Dollar investment. If you do it enough then your answer will quickly turn to yes, because you are watching that transfer bar slowly go from left to write and imagine what you could be doing instead of sitting on your butt watching the time pass by.
USB 3.0 performance as it sits right now is nowhere near the claimed 10x increase over USB 2.0. That notion is a fairy tale with today's hardware, but one day it might be true. Either way, the only thing is really need right now is to be able to break the 100MB/s mark since that is the speed of most large modern HDDs and will give us enough bandwidth to quit losing hair while transferring data. The VIZO SPEED-UP ExpressCard is able to deliver on that, so we are very happy with its performance today.
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