Qio (with PCIe 2.0 Card for Windows) [QIO-PCIE-W]

Sonnet Qio (with PCIe Card Interface) Windows


Professional Universal Media Reader for Mac® and Windows

20 in stock

SKU: QIO-PCIE-W. Categories: , .

Product Description

Multiple Slots, Quick Input and Output

Sonnet’s Qio is a multi-tasking marvel; this is the industry’s first device that supports all major HD video memory card formats in one compact, high-performance device. Qio reads from just about any memory card—SxS, P2(2), CompactFlash®, SDHC™ and SDXC™—and external media readers with an eSATA interface, all at high speed. Replacing multiple standalone card readers, Qio’s dual P2, SxS, and CF slots enable you to ingest files more efficiently, and the included SD card adapter handles SDHC and SDXC media. Qio reads files from any combination of cards with aggregate bandwidth up to 200 MB/sec., much faster than FireWire® or USB 2.0 adapters are capable.

Choice of Interface

Qio 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 PCIe adapter card, ExpressCard/34 card, or Thunderbolt adapter, you can move your Qio from suite to suite, and then to location and back again without breaking a sweat. No matter where you use it, Qio will quickly become an essential tool in your workflow.

Mac and Windows Compatible

Sonnet’s Qio 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.

eSATA Connections

Qio includes four 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. This pro media reader even incorporates a slot for Kensington® and similar security locks to secure the device and deter theft.

Media cards shown in photos for illustration purposes; not included


Key Features

Replaces Multiple Card Readers—Comprehensive memory card compatibility with support for Sony® SxS; Panasonic® P2; CompactFlash; SDHC and SDXC cards (with included adapter); XQD (with adapter, sold separately)

Fast—Uses PCI Express® bus interface to deliver superior performance; aggregate bandwidth of 200 MB/sec.

Choice of Interfaces—Qio 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

Mac and Windows Compatible—Qio works with in your workflow, regardless the platform you’ve chosen

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

Small and Rugged—Strong aluminum case measures just 5.9″ x 6.2″ x 1.22″

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



Media Cards

Qio supports a full range of media cards such as (from left to right) Sony SxS, Panasonic P2, CompactFlash, SDHC, and XQD (not shown, adapter sold separately) cards.


Part No.
QIO-E34 Qio (with PCIe 2.0 bus extender ExpressCard/34 for notebook computers and Sonnet Echo ExpressCard Thunderbolt Adapters)
QIO-PCIE Qio (with PCIe 2.0 bus extender card for desktop computers and for Sonnet Echo Express Series Thunderbolt™ Expansion Chassis)
QIO-TB Qio (with Thunderbolt interface adapter for any Mac computer with a Thunderbolt port)
Warranty 2-year
External Connectors (Qio Enclosure)
  • Two CompactFlash (CF)
  • Two CardBus (P2)
  • Two ExpressCard/34 (SxS)
  • Four eSATA
  • External PCIe x1 – 18
  • Three power
External Connectors (PCIe and ExpressCard Adapter Cards) External PCIe x1 – 18
External Connectors (Thunderbolt Adapter) Thunderbolt PCI Express x4 (SFF-8088)
Data Transfer Speed Up to 200 MB/s aggregate
Bus Interface PCI Express x1
Supported Media, CompactFlash Slots Type I CompactFlash
Supported Media, CardBus Slots(4) P2, P2 E-series
Supported Media, ExpressCard/34 Slots SxS; SxS Pro; SDXC using included adapter; XQD using adapter (sold separately)
External Media Readers Supported Four with eSATA interface, such as RED STATION REDMAG 1.8″ or 2.5″
Firmware Flash-ROM upgradeable to latest firmware version
Hot Plug Qio Supported in MacBook Pro with OS X 10.6.8+
Dimensions WxDxH: 5.9 x 6.2 x 1.2 in. (14.9 x 15.7 x 3 cm)
RoHS Compliant Yes
Power 12V@3A input 2 X 12V@ 0.5A output
Absolute Maximum Input Voltage 14V (Rev A, B, C) 20V (Rev D and later)
Universal Package Contents
  • Qio professional universal media reader
  • SD card adapter
  • Universal 12V power supply with 10-foot cable
  • 1-meter external PCIe x1 interface cable
  • Carrying case
  • User’s Guide
Package Contents (QIO-E34)
  • PCIe 2.0 bus extender ExpressCard/34
Package Contents (QIO-PCIE)
  • PCIe 2.0 bus extender card
Package Contents (QIO-TB)
  • 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 10.6.8-10.9.1 Note: Not compatible with 10.9.2 

Mac Pro (with PCIe slots) Order Part No. QIO-PCIE

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

Mac with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port Order Part No. QIO-TB

Windows Compatibility

Windows 8

Windows 7

Windows Vista®

Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008

PC Desktop (with a PCIe slot; examples: HP Z800 or Z820) Order Part No. QIO-PCIE-W

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

Technical Notes

  1. Support for up to 16 drives requires the use of drive enclosures employing either an FIS-based port multiplier or a hardware RAID storage (like Sonnet’s Fusion D400QR5).
  2. Support of P2 cards under OS X limited to 10.7.x and earlier, 32-bit boot only; see this FAQ for more information.


Qio Read Performance

P2 Card (Mac) 25 MB/sec
P2 Card (Windows) 50 MB/sec
CF Card 85 MB/sec
2X CF Card 170 MB/sec
SxS Card 90 MB/sec
2X SxS Card 180 MB/sec