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Sonnet Qio E3 (with PCIe Card Interface) Windows


Sony’s popular XDCAM EX; and Arri Alexa professional HD camcorders use high-performance SxS memory cards, which share the same interface and shape as ExpressCard/34 adapter cards.

20 in stock

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Product Description

SxS to the Power of Three

Sony’s popular XDCAM EX™ and Arri Alexa professional HD camcorders use high-performance SxS memory cards, which share the same interface and shape as ExpressCard®/34 adapter cards. This shared form factor and connector make ingesting footage from your SxS media a simple task in ExpressCard slot-equipped notebook computers—insert the card and go. If your computer doesn’t have an ExpressCard slot, you could just plug in the camera or a specialized USB 2.0 SxS reader, grab a cup of coffee and relax while all those gigabytes of data are transferred at around 30 MB/s. But what if you need faster transfers? Or want to ingest files from more than one card at a time? Sonnet’s Qio E3 is the answer to all of these questions.

This Sonnet pro media reader distills the feature set of the award-winning original Qio universal media reader and is designed specifically for use with SxS media cards. Providing a cost-effective, high-speed multi-slot alternative to stand-alone card readers for videographers and studios alike, Qio E3’s three SxS slots enable you to ingest files faster and more efficiently, with aggregate ingest speed up to 300 MB/sec., much faster than USB 2.0 adapters are capable.

Choice of Interface

Qio E3 is available with your choice of a PCIe interface card for desktops, an ExpressCard/34 interface for notebooks, or a Thunderbolt interface adapter (with included Thunderbolt cable) for any Mac with a Thunderbolt™ port. With the purchase of an additional Qio E3 PCIe adapter card, ExpressCard/34 card, or Thunderbolt adapter, you can move your Qio E3 from suite to suite, and then to location and back again without breaking a sweat. No matter where you use it, Qio E3 will quickly become an essential tool in your workflow.

Mac and Windows® Compatible

Sonnet’s Qio E3 offers cross-platform compatibility, extending its usefulness on location and in the studio. Whether you’re using a MacBook Pro®, HP Z800 or Mac Pro®, or any Mac with a Thunderbolt port, the Qio fits seamlessly into your workflow.

SATA 6 Gb/s PCIe 2.0 SATA Host Controller Inside

Qio E3 includes two 6 Gb/s eSATA ports, perfect for connecting media readers with an eSATA interface, such as the RED STATION REDMAG 1.8″ and 2.5″.

Travel and Desktop Companion

This Sonnet pro media reader is small—about the size of three stacked CD cases—and takes up so little space, you can use it just about anywhere. It’s rugged, too—the robust aluminum case easily withstands heavy use. For desktop use, a universal 12V output AC power supply with wall plugs for US, Japan, Europe, UK and Australia use is included. For battery-powered operation, an optional XLR 4-pin adapter cable can route battery power to the Qio E3. This pro media reader even incorporates a Kensington® slot for to secure the device and deter theft.


Media cards shown in photos for illustration purposes; not included


Key Features

Versatile Support—Support for Sony® SxS, and PCIe-based ExpressCard/34 cards

Fast—Uses PCI Express® 2.0 bus interface to deliver superior performance; aggregate available bandwidth of 400 MB/sec.

Choice of Interface—Qio E3 package includes your choice of interface: PCI Express 2.0 card for desktops, ExpressCard/34 for notebooks, or Thunderbolt for any Mac with a Thunderbolt port

SxS Aggregate Media Ingest Speed (3 cards concurrently)—PCIe ExpressCard Interface for Fast Storage (not Qio-Connected): 300MB/s; ExpressCard/34 Interface for Fast Storage (not Qio-connected): 200MB/s; ExpressCard/34 Interface to Qio-connected SATA drives: 100MB/s

Mac and Windows Compatible—Qio E3 supports your workflow, regardless the platform you’ve chosen

Built-in SATA Connections—Connect external media readers with an eSATA interface

Small and Rugged—Strong aluminum case measures just 5.9″ x 6.2″ x 1″

Security—Slot for Kensington and similar security locks to secure the device and deter theft


Qio E3 from Studio to On Location

Built for the Pro. WWhether shooting out on location with your notebook, or editing footage in the studio on your iMac®, Mac mini, or Mac Pro, Qio E3 conveniently connects to your system via an ExpressCard/34 or PCIe 2.0 interface card, or Thunderbolt interface kit, so your projects are always at hand.

Part No.  
QIO-E3-E34 Qio E3 (with PCIe 2.0 bus extender ExpressCard/34 for notebook computers and Sonnet Echo ExpressCard Thunderbolt Adapters)
QIO-E3-PCIE Qio E3 (with PCIe 2.0 bus extender card for desktop computers and Sonnet Echo Express Series Thunderbolt™ Expansion Chassis)
QIO-E3-TB Qio E3 (with Thunderbolt interface adapter (for any Mac computer with a Thunderbolt port)
Warranty 2-year
External Connectors
(Qio E3 Enclosure)
  • Three ExpressCard/34 (SxS)
  • Two eSATA 6GB/s
  • External PCIe 2.0 x1 18-pin
  • Two 12V power
External Connectors
(PCIe and ExpressCard Adapter Cards)
External PCIe x1 – 18
External Connectors
(Thunderbolt Adapter)

PCI Express x4 (SFF-8088)

Bus Interface PCI Express 2.0 x1
Supported Media SxS; SxS Pro™; SxS-1™
Supported ExpressCard/34 Cards All Sonnet ExpressCard/34 cards and most third-party ExpressCard/34 cards and devices
Thunderbolt Expansion Expands Sonnet Echo ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter to three ExpressCard/34 slots(1)
Drives Supported Two (each of which can be hardware RAIDs of multiple drives)
Drives Type Supported Serial ATA
Firmware Flash-ROM upgradeable to latest firmware version
Hot Plug Qio E3 Supported in MacBook Pro
Dimensions WxDxH: 5.9 x 6.2 x 1 in. (14.9 x 15.7 x 2.5 cm)
Power 12V @ 1.25A input
12V @ 0.5A output to support Sonnet Fusion F2QR
Absolute Maximum Input Voltage 20V
RoHS Compliant Yes
Universal Package Contents
  • Qio E3 professional CompactFlash media reader
  • Universal 12V power supply with 10-foot cable
  • 1-meter external PCIe x1 interface cable
  • Carrying case
  • User’s Guide
Package Contents
  • PCIe 2.0 bus extender ExpressCard/34
Package Contents
  • PCIe 2.0 bus extender card
Package Contents
  • Thunderbolt interface adapter
  • 0.5-meter Thunderbolt cable

Mac Logo Windows Logo eSATA Logo ExpressCard Logo roHS Logo


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Mac Compatibility

OS X® Version 10.6.8-10.8.3

MacBook Pro with ExpressCard/34 slot
(Order Part No. QIO-E3-E34)

Mac Pro
(Order Part No. QIO-E3-PCIE)

Any Mac with Thunderbolt port
(Order Part No. QIO-E3-TB)

Windows Compatibility

Windows 8

Windows 7

Windows Vista®

Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008

PC Compatibility

For up-to-date PC compatibility see our Qio Family PC Compatibility Chart

Technical Notes

  1. Supports only cards and devices compatible with Echo ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter.

Simultaneous Ingest Aggregate Speed

System Mac Pro / HP Z800 Thunderbolt Mac 17″ MacBook Pro HP Laptop
Qio Interface PCIe Card Thunderbolt ExpressCard/34 ExpressCard/34
Destination Storage Fast  External Storage Fast External Thunderbolt Storage Fast External Thunderbolt Storage Motherboard eSATA or USB 3.0 Connected Storage
1 x SxS Card 150 MB/sec 150 MB/sec 150 MB/sec 150 MB/sec
2 x SxS Cards 300 MB/sec 250 MB/sec 200 MB/sec 200 MB/sec
3 x SxS Cards 380 MB/sec 300 MB/sec 200 MB/sec 200 MB/sec