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Review: SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Memory Card Reader

SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0
SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 angle


The SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 memory card reader is a multi-slot reader for Secure Digital, microSD, CompactFlash and Memory Stick cards. It features an attractive vertical design with a detachable triangular base.

The ImageMate offers a small footprint and unique styling. The overall build quality it very high. The gloss white plastic case is solid and the satin gray base provides contrast. Three slots are located on the front of the reader, while a microSD slot is located at the top.

The design is visually appealing but proved to be cumbersome in use. The reader attaches to its base with a strong magnet, however the tall and narrow reader can rock from side to side and come off its base. This means inserting and removing cards can be a two-handed affair. If the reader is used without its base it will slide around due to its smooth sides. The base has integrated rubber pads so when assembled in the intended configuration it is less prone to move around. The two-piece design works if the reader will be used in one location, but if the reader will be moved frequently or transported it is less than ideal.

SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 with SD and CF cards

A hidden blue access LED is located beside each card slot and illuminates when a card is inserted. Each light flashes when its corresponding card is accessed. The light shines through the plastic case resulting in a rather dim light and its position beside the slot means it is hidden when viewing from the right side of the card reader.

The Compact Flash slot is not very deep. The card inserts just over 3/8 inch (10mm) which is well less than half the depth of the card (1-3/8 inch or 36mm). The SD card slot is slightly deeper at about 5/8 inch (15mm) and is almost half the depth of an SD card. The ImageMate sits back at a slight angle on its stand and combined with the vertical orientation of the slots there can be a potential problem. The SD card in particular can get jammed if inserted carelessly at an angle. However if one uses the ImageMate with care, inserting cards into the slots should not an issue. Otherwise the slots have a smooth and secure feel.

The color-matched white USB 3.0 cable measures a generous 44 inches in length between connectors. It is thick but also has a tendency to retain some kinks from its factory-coiled position.

SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 top SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 side

The sleek vertical design and glossy white finish make this card reader stand out among other card readers. A more traditional black finish is not available.


The ImageMate All-in-One provided some very fast read speeds with both CF and SD cards, within a MB/s of the fastest readers we have tested. Write speeds using the fastest CF cards were below those seen with the Lexar Professional CFR1.

Reader: SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.0
Benchmark: CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3 x64
Program settings: 1000 MB, 5 passes, random test data
Operating system: Windows 8.1 Pro
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K @ 4.40GHz
RAM: 32GB DDR3 1600

SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.0
Card Benchmarks
Lexar Professional 1066x 32GBCF160.284136.462
Lexar Professional 800x 64GBCF160.23574.068
Lexar Professional 1066x 64GBCF159.917135.844
SanDisk Extreme Pro 160MB/s 32GBCF159.868132.933
Lexar Professional 800x 32GBCF158.61143.479
Transcend 1000x 32GBCF157.942131.335
Komputerbay 1066x 128GBCF157.633129.855
Toshiba Exceria 1000x 32GBCF157.562100.699
SanDisk Extreme Pro 160MB/s 256GBCF157.279124.180
PixelFlash SuperSport 1000X-PRO 128GBCF157.019123.478
Toshiba Exceria Pro 1066x 32GBCF156.925128.818
SanDisk Extreme Pro 160MB/s 128GBCF156.714136.055
SanDisk Extreme Pro 160MB/s 64GBCF156.714128.802
Lexar Professional 1066x 128GBCF156.411131.285
Transcend 1000x 128GBCF156.015122.554
Toshiba Exceria 1000x 64GBCF155.322109.204
Toshiba Exceria Pro 1066x 64GBCF149.455125.143
Kingston Ultimate 600x 32GBCF130.43679.317
SanDisk Extreme 120MB/s 32GBCF122.34065.655
SanDisk Extreme Plus 80MB/s microSD 32GBmicroSD95.56865.373
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s 64GBSD95.47390.254
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s 32GBSD95.45589.960
SanDisk Extreme Plus 80MB/s 32GBSD95.16960.851
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 32GBSD95.12649.419
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 microSDXC 128GBmicroSD94.82563.977
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 256GBSD94.79964.988
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s microSDHC 32GBmicroSD94.78289.515
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 64GBSD94.77449.693
Kingston U3 90/80 MB/s 32GBSD94.73988.862
SanDisk Extreme Plus 95/90 MB/s microSD 64GBmicroSD94.64589.279
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s microSDXC 64GBmicroSD94.59489.660
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s 256GBSD94.56089.074
Kingston Class 10 UHS-I 64GBSD94.44971.080
Kingston U3 90/80 MB/s 64GBSD94.42484.379
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s U3 32GBSD94.28889.013
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s microSDHC 32GBmicroSD94.27948.944
SanDisk Extreme Plus 90MB/s 32GBSD94.16972.141
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s 128GBSD94.16189.630
Toshiba Exceria Type 2 32GBSD94.13665.680
Toshiba Exceria Type 1 32GBSD94.11985.893
SanDisk Extreme Plus 95/90 MB/s microSD 32GBmicroSD93.98488.862
SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II 275MB/s microSDXC 64GBmicroSD93.91679.013
SanDisk Extreme Plus 90MB/s 64GBSD93.87470.445
SanDisk Extreme Plus 80MB/s 64GBSD93.85860.745
PNY Pro Elite microSDXC 64GBmicroSD93.79085.801
Patriot EP Series microSDXC 64GBmicroSD93.74887.946
Samsung PRO Plus 64GBSD93.74885.640
Toshiba Exceria Pro UHS-II 32GBSD93.65689.362
Toshiba Exceria UHS-I Class 3 64GBSD93.63159.802
Toshiba Exceria UHS-I Class 3 32GBSD93.60661.045
Samsung PRO 32GBSD93.60682.170
Panasonic Gold 95/90 64GBSD93.59885.403
Samsung PRO 64GBSD93.54882.813
Kingston Ultimate 32GBSD93.48946.952
Kingston U3 (90/80) microSD 64GBmicroSD93.48983.339
Samsung PRO Plus 32GBSD93.48186.402
Patriot EP Pro 90MB/s 32GBSD93.39847.628
Delkin Black 32GBSD93.32380.759
Patriot EP PRO microSDXC 64GBmicroSD93.30684.720
Sony M Series UHS-II 64GBSD93.24084.576
Samsung EVO Select microSDXC 256GBmicroSD93.20786.139
Delkin 1900x UHS-II 32GBSD93.20749.116
Lexar Professional 1800x microSD UHS-II 32GBmicroSD93.17476.785
PNY Elite Performance U1 32GBSD93.17438.439
Delkin Elite 633x 32GBSD93.14181.184
Transcend 95/85 MB/s U3 32GBSD93.10785.626
PNY Pro Elite 64GBSD93.00884.501
Samsung EVO Select microSDXC 64GBmicroSD92.97525.400
Samsung PRO U3 64GBSD92.95978.223
PNY Elite Performance U1 64GBSD92.95165.977
Lexar Professional 600x 64GBSD92.94267.372
Samsung PRO Plus microSDXC 64GBmicroSD92.94286.488
Samsung PRO U3 32GBSD92.94278.486
Transcend R95 W85 U3 64GBSD92.91886.352
Transcend 95/60 MB/s U3 64GBSD92.91866.031
Transcend 600x 32GBSD92.90138.363
Sony 94MB/s 32GBSD92.82766.311
Patriot EP Pro 90MB/s 64GBSD92.81142.030
Sony 95MB/s U3 32GBSD92.80386.317
Sony 95MB/s U3 64GBSD92.80386.530
Lexar Professional 600x 32GBSD92.78648.310
Samsung PRO microSDXC 64GBmicroSD92.68877.926
Samsung PRO Select microSDXC 64GBmicroSD92.66385.914
Panasonic Gold Series 32GBSD92.59843.531
Lexar Professional 633x U1 32GBSD92.54022.267
Patriot EP Pro 128GBSD92.49142.629
PNY Elite Performance U3 128GBSD92.45168.076
PNY Elite microSDXC 64GBmicroSD92.35332.150
PNY Turbo Performance U3 microSD 32GBmicroSD92.33757.681
Transcend 600x 128GBSD92.33768.714
Gobe Magic 104MB/s 64GBSD92.31285.857
Lexar Professional 633x U3 256GBSD92.29668.231
Transcend 633x microSDHC 32GBmicroSD92.28886.523
Lexar Professional 633x microSDXC 64GBmicroSD92.27228.163
Transcend 95/60 MB/s U3 256GBSD92.26468.028
Transcend 600x 64GBSD92.26466.891
Lexar Professional 633x U3 128GBSD92.23167.935
Lexar Professional 633x U1 64GBSD92.16628.339
Transcend 95/60 MB/s U3 128GBSD92.15867.454
PNY Elite microSDXC 128GBmicroSD92.11028.099
Lexar Professional 2000x UHS-II 32GBSD92.10291.078
Gobe Magic 104MB/s 32GBSD92.07786.345
PNY Elite-X microSDXC 64GBmicroSD92.06972.077
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s microSDXC 64GBmicroSD91.89243.744
PNY Turbo Performance microSDXC 64GBmicroSD91.81159.799
Lexar Professional 633x U1 128GBSD91.77128.453
PNY Elite Performance U3 256GBSD91.75544.603
PNY Elite-X microSDHC 32GBmicroSD91.75576.149
Transcend Ultimate 633x microSD 64GBmicroSD91.73985.486
Lexar Professional 633x U3 64GBSD91.55568.280
Lexar Professional 2000x UHS-II 64GBSD91.39590.223
Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II 32GBSD91.18876.499
Lexar Professional 633x U3 32GBSD90.88048.482
Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II 64GBSD90.54375.437
Transcend Ultimate UHS-II U3 64GBSD90.36388.309
Transcend Ultimate UHS-II U3 32GBSD90.33287.835
Lexar Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II 32GBmicroSD90.33252.639
Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II 128GBSD90.30976.774
SanDisk Ultra 80MB/s microSD 64GBmicroSD90.06120.247
SanDisk Ultra 80MB/s microSD 128GBmicroSD90.05357.456
Samsung PRO Plus microSDXC 128GBmicroSD90.00782.656
Samsung PRO Select microSDXC 128GBmicroSD89.89182.774
Lexar Professional 633x microSDXC 200GBmicroSD89.85235.914
SanDisk Ultra 90MB/s microSD 200GBmicroSD89.20320.929
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 128GBSD85.97078.480
SanDisk Extreme 80MB/s 128GBSD84.53579.831
SanDisk Ultra 80MB/s microSD 32GBmicroSD82.55217.684
Samsung EVO Select microSDXC 128GBmicroSD82.55222.627
SanDisk Extreme 80MB/s 256GBSD81.84379.054
Lexar Professional 633x microSDXC 128GBmicroSD81.41121.431
Samsung EVO Plus 128GB microSDXCmicroSD80.99022.643
SanDisk Extreme 60MB/s 32GBSD75.57355.046
SanDisk Extreme U3 microSD 32GBmicroSD75.01154.288
Lexar Professional 400x 32GBSD72.36543.459
SanDisk Extreme 60MB/s 64GBSD70.88852.642
SanDisk Extreme U3 microSD 64GBmicroSD68.09856.209
SanDisk Ultra 50MB/s 32GBCF53.24636.168
SanDisk Extreme Pro 280MB/s UHS-II 32GBSD47.14844.870
Panasonic MicroP2 UHS-II 32GBSD47.14436.728
SanDisk Extreme 45MB/s 32GBSD46.92244.341
SanDisk Ultra microSD 32GBmicroSD46.91014.710
SanDisk Ultra microSD 64GBmicroSD46.89115.985
SanDisk Ultra 40MB/s 32GB Card 1SD46.88044.416
SanDisk Ultra 40MB/s 64GBSD46.88016.154
Samsung EVO 64GBSD46.74723.617
Samsung EVO 32GBSD46.72029.054
Samsung EVO microSDXC 64GBmicroSD46.66123.393
Samsung EVO microSD 32GBmicroSD46.60824.338
SanDisk Ultra 40MB/s 32GB Card 3SD46.37019.725
SanDisk Ultra 40MB/s 32GB Card 2SD46.36619.520
Toshiba NFC 16GBSD37.58613.152
Toshiba FlashAir II 32GBSD0.0000.000

The Toshiba FlashAir II 32GB card was not compatible with the ImageMate All-in-One reader. The reader failed to recognize the card.

Compatibility: Mac OS 10.4.10+, Windows XP/Vista/7/8. SanDisk covers this reader with a 2 year warranty.

Made in China.

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