Introduction to the Filemate Card-It-All
In the world of electronics which would include MP3 players, mobile phones, digital cameras and other components we use on a daily basis. All the items I have listed all have one thing in common and that is they use some type of digital media that stores music, video and other forms of data. With all the good that these things bring us there is one bad and that is they all use different types of media. Locate shelves are full of tiny memory cards and half the time we don’t know which one we need for a particular device. Confusing stuff.
Our friends at Wintec have solved that problem with the new Card-It-All. The C.I.A. takes a single MicroSD card and fits it into adapters that can be used a multitude of devices. A Sony device…no problem. A Nikon digital camera…no problem. Got a netbook that needs a little bit more storage…need no problem. The C.I.A. has it all covered. Wintec states all adapters meet the high capacity (HC) specifications.
Wintec take on the Card-It-All
The FileMate Card-It-All is a unique design that allows the ultimate in portability and convenience for users who need to transport information between multiple devices. The wallet sized case houses a MicroSD card and 4 adapters for USB, miniSD, SD and Pro Duo. The FileMate Card-It-All is available immediately in capacities ranging from 256MB – 8GB (and 16GB when available).
FileMate’s Card-It-All meets the high capacity standards for video, still image, sound clip, data, and game save file storage used in today’s digital cameras and MicroSD-enabled devices. FileMate’s reliable MicroSD cards are available wide range of capacities.
Packaging and contents
The Card-It-All comes in a small blister pack that is completely see-through and allows you to see all the adapters that comes with the MicroSD card. The reverse side shows a diagram of how the MicroSD card can be placed in the individual adapter. Wintec states they offer a five year limited warranty. This is shorter than the lifetime limited warranty offer by other media companies.
Currently the smallest memory card on the market, the microSD is used in mobile phones, portable media players, digital audio players, video game consoles, and handheld GPS devices.
The miniSD is intended to be used with mobile phones, digital cameras, and MP3 players.
PRO Duo Reader
Similar to the Sony memory stick, the PRO Duo can be used as a storage media for portable devices, such as digital cameras, PDAs, cellular phones, the PSP, and digital music players.
The widely popular format, Secure Digital, is used in digital cameras, PDAs, cellular phones, video game consoles, and handheld computers.
The USB can be used to connect to personal computers to transfer information or media.
Here we have the MicroSD card itself there is very little to say much about such a device. All digital media cards come in black. I guess you can announce this as a standard. For a short time Sony released their MSP in several colors depending on speed and usage. Each of the adapters is molded in such a way that they canno't be opened then again why would you need to. The main MicroSD card measures about a mere 1mm thick.
Performance and testing
We ran the Card-It-All through a few benchmarks just to see what kind of numbers we would get. Remember that flash media are not mechanical hard drives so numbers from the benchmark will not compare to a desktop hard drive.
Below is the standard rating of transfer of the different classes of SDHC:
- Class 2: 2 MB/s - 13x
- Class 4: 4 MB/s - 26x
- Class 6: 6 MB/s - 40x
HD Tune Pro 3.50
HD Tune is a Hard Disk utility which has the following functions:
- Benchmark: measures the performance
- Info: shows detailed information
- Health: checks the health status by using SMART
- Error Scan: scans the surface for errors
- Temperature display
HD Tune may also work with other storage devices such as memory cards, USB sticks, iPods, etc.
Reading while using SD card adapter.
Reading while using USB reader.
The Wintec FileMate Card-It-All is a real life saver for any individual that consider themselves as an electronic geek. There is no reason to lug around several different types of media cards as the Card-It-All does it all. One card and a few adapters will supply you with all you need. Not only does it eliminate the need to carry each type of media card but it also eliminates the need for a card reader as the USB adapter serves this duty. Lastly the plastic carrying case allows you to keep track of all the individual adapters as well as the memory itself. It fits right at home in your camera bag or back pocket. We reviewed the 2GB version of the Card-It-All which will not fulfill the needs of most but FileMate does offer kits’ ranging from 256MB to 8GB with a 16GB kit coming soon for those that needs more storage capacity. If you have you own MicroSD card that supports the high capacity or HC standard, the adapters support it as well.
The Card-It-All is a must have for anyone that call themselves geeks.