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Review: SanDisk ImageMate Pro Multi-card Reader/Writer SDDR-489

SanDisk ImageMate Pro Multi-Card USB 3.0 Reader/Writer


The SanDisk ImageMate Pro (SDDR-489) offers Secure Digital and CompactFlash cards. It supports the latest high-speed UHS-II SD cards as well as UDMA-7 CF cards. Unlike the previous ImageMate reader, the new reader has a traditional horizontal design.

Upon handling the ImageMate Pro, the weight and solid build quality are immediately apparent. The textured black plastic case with gloss edge has a sleek, streamlined shape. Three memory card slots are aligned on the front of the reader, eached labeled with an icon. There is a single card access light on the top of the reader above the SanDisk logo. Four rubber pads on the bottom of the reader prevent it from sliding.

SanDisk ImageMate Pro SDDR-489 with CF and SD cards

The Compact Flash slot fits only Type I CF cards. It supports high speed cards including UDMA-7. The slot has a close tolerance and is deep enough to prevent bent pins. The full-size SD card slot has a similar close fit and has a notably secure grip on the card. It supports SD, SDHC and SDXC, UHS-I and UHS-II cards. The microSD slot has a push-to-release mechanism which is necessary as microSD cards insert almost entirely into the reader. The microSD slot accepts microSDHC and microSDXC cards and UHS-I and UHS-II. The microSD slot has the contacts required to interface UHS-II microSD cards.

SanDisk ImageMate Pro SDDR-489 back with USB 3.0 micro-B

The included USB 3.0 cable included is rather short, measuring just under 16 inches (44mm) in legnth between connectors. The USB cable connects to the back of the reader with a USB 3.0 micro-B connector. The reader is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0, although transfer speeds will be slower.

SanDisk ImageMate Pro SDDR-489 bottom


The ImageMate PRO has been tested with several CompactFlash and Secure Digital cards. The fastest CF card reached 154.2MB/s sequential read and 139.8MB/s sequential write. SD cards reached up to 305MB/s read and 257MB/s write speed. The microSD card slot supports buth UHS-I and UHS-II microSD cards.

Reader: SanDisk ImageMate Pro Multi-Card Reader/Writer
Benchmark: CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3 x64
Program settings: 1000 MB, 5 passes, random test data
Operating system: Windows 10 Pro
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K @ 4.40GHz
RAM: 32GB DDR3 1600

SanDisk ImageMate Pro Multi-Card Reader/Writer
Card Benchmarks
SanDisk Extreme Pro 300MB/s UHS-II 32GBSD304.952242.754
SanDisk Extreme Pro 300MB/s UHS-II 128GBSD298.740237.020
SanDisk Extreme Pro 300MB/s UHS-II 64GBSD297.300239.894
SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II 275MB/s microSDXC 64GBmicroSD290.022106.747
Transcend Ultimate UHS-II U3 64GBSD277.916170.945
Lexar Professional 2000x UHS-II 32GBSD277.621257.319
Lexar Professional 2000x UHS-II 64GBSD277.511257.225
Transcend Ultimate UHS-II U3 32GBSD277.511176.692
ProGrade 250MB/s UHS-II V90 64GBSD277.181247.335
Lexar Professional 1800x microSD UHS-II 32GBmicroSD276.742224.896
Transcend 700S UHS-II V90 64GBSD276.487194.271
Adata Premier One UHS-II V90 64GBSD276.268244.651
Lexar Professional 2000x UHS-II Rev E 32GBSD275.941255.190
Sony SF-G 300MB/s UHS-II 32GBSD275.760245.683
Lexar Professional 2000x UHS-II Rev E 64GBSD275.398253.279
AData Premier One UHS-II V90 256GBSD274.173229.548
Angelbird AV Pro V90 64GBSD273.923242.895
SanDisk Extreme Pro 280MB/s UHS-II 32GBSD273.708222.392
Delkin Power UHS-II V90 128GBSD273.209221.827
Lexar Professional 2000x UHS-II Rev B 128GBSD273.102219.643
Integral UltimaPro X2 UHS-II V90 64GBSD273.067243.883
Delkin Power 2000x UHS-II V90 64GBSD273.067225.816
Hoodman Steel UHS-II 64GBSD272.464171.112
Sony M Series UHS-II 128GBSD272.46493.908
Delkin 1900x UHS-II 32GBSD272.28751.820
Sony Tough UHS-II 64GBSD271.969245.626
Sony M Series UHS-II 32GBSD271.793113.360
Sony SF-G 300MB/s UHS-II 64GBSD271.230245.798
Panasonic MicroP2 UHS-II 32GBSD271.23048.552
Sony SF-G 300MB/s UHS-II 128GBSD271.195245.109
Verbatim Pro II Plus UHS-II V90 64GBSD269.038230.482
Delkin Prime UHS-II V60 64GBSD267.18793.306
Sony M Series UHS-II 64GBSD266.98394.043
Toshiba Exceria Pro UHS-II 32GBSD258.461211.024
Toshiba Exceria Pro N502 64GBSD255.501232.243
ProGrade 200MB/s UHS-II V60 64GBSD165.704105.767
Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II Rev C 64GBSD165.67888.570
Angelbird AV Pro V60 64GBSD164.560107.635
Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II 256GBSD154.47583.866
Delkin Cinema 1050X 32GB Card 2CF154.270125.293
Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II Rev C 128GBSD154.06687.505
Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II Rev B 32GBSD153.07784.176
Delkin Cinema 1050x 32GB Card 3CF152.898125.188
Lexar Professional 800x 64GBCF152.40971.157
Lexar Professional 1066x 64GBCF152.343135.720
SanDisk Extreme Pro 160MB/s 32GBCF151.638137.033
Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II 64GBSD151.59482.983
Komputerbay 1066x 128GBCF151.463139.142
PixelFlash SuperSport 1000X-PRO 128GBCF151.005131.105
Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II 128GBSD150.98385.167
Lexar Professional 1066x 128GBCF150.961139.791
Toshiba Exceria 1000x 32GBCF150.701110.726
SanDisk Extreme Pro 160MB/s 64GBCF150.614135.773
Lexar Professional 1066x 32GBCF150.593138.499
Transcend 1000x 128GBCF150.571133.034
Delkin Combat 1000X 32GBCF150.463135.004
Toshiba Exceria 1000x 64GBCF150.204108.627
Lexar Professional 1800x microSD UHS-II 64GBmicroSD150.204128.628
SanDisk Extreme Pro 160MB/s 128GBCF150.183137.482
Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II microSD 128GBmicroSD150.07559.135
Transcend 1000x 32GBCF149.989124.151
Lexar Professional 1800x microSD UHS-II 128GBmicroSD149.754106.196
SanDisk Extreme Pro 160MB/s 256GBCF149.647118.483
Transcend 800x 32GBCF149.37038.583
Lexar Professional 800x 32GBCF149.11545.287
Toshiba Exceria Pro 1066x 32GBCF148.903132.849
Toshiba Exceria Pro 1066x 64GBCF144.154135.826
Lexar Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II 32GBmicroSD143.03352.075
Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II microSD 64GBmicroSD142.00753.270
SanDisk Extreme 120MB/s 32GB Card 2CF115.67381.285
SanDisk Extreme 120MB/s 32GBCF115.06464.464
Kingston Canvas React V30 256GBSD96.19178.698
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s microSDHC 32GBmicroSD96.18288.323
Kingston Canvas React V30 128GBSD96.17379.084
Patriot EP Series V30 A1 microSDXC 128GBmicroSD96.17378.929
SanDisk Extreme Plus 95/90 MB/s U3 V30 microSDXC 64GBmicroSD96.17388.592
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 256GBSD96.17364.799
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 microSDXC 128GBmicroSD96.17364.290
SanDisk Extreme Plus 95/90 MB/s U3 V30 microSDXC 128GBmicroSD96.17387.280
SanDisk Extreme Plus 100MB/s A1 microSDXC 64GBmicroSD96.17386.595
SanDisk Extreme 100MB/s A1 microSDXC 64GBmicroSD96.16471.973
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s microSDXC 64GBmicroSD96.16488.615
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s U3 V30 32GBSD96.16487.048
Kingston Canvas React V30 64GBSD96.16479.120
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 128GBSD96.16465.853
SanDisk Extreme 100MB/s A1 microSDHC 32GBmicroSD96.16471.820
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s U3 V30 128GBSD96.16486.012
SanDisk Extreme Plus 100MB/s A1 microSDXC 128GBmicroSD96.16487.513
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 32GBSD96.16453.792
AgfaPhoto Professional 64GBSD96.16488.832
SanDisk Extreme 100MB/s A1 microSDXC 128GBmicroSD96.15662.996
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s U3 V30 256GBSD96.15686.882
SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s U3 V30 64GBSD96.15687.062
Kingston Canvas Go! V30 256GBSD96.15679.066
SanDisk Extreme Plus 100MB/s A1 microSDHC 32GBmicroSD96.15687.776
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 64GBSD96.15655.610
SanDisk Extreme Plus 90MB/s U3 V30 32GBSD96.15666.635
SanDisk Extreme Plus 90MB/s U3 V30 64GBSD96.15666.023
SanDisk Extreme Plus 95/90 MB/s U3 V30 microSDHC 32GBmicroSD96.15687.564
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 microSDHC 32GBmicroSD96.14770.205
SanDisk Ultra 80MB/s microSD 128GBmicroSD96.13854.650
SanDisk Ultra 80MB/s 128GBSD96.12938.627
SanDisk Ultra Plus V10 A1 microSDXC 128GBmicroSD96.12061.918
SanDisk Extreme 90MB/s U3 V30 microSDXC 64GBmicroSD96.11169.970
SanDisk Ultra 80MB/s microSD 64GBmicroSD96.10320.701
SanDisk Ultra 80MB/s 32GB Card 2SD96.08520.829
SanDisk Extreme 150MB/s 64GBSD95.90965.540
SanDisk Extreme V30 A2 microSDXC 256GBmicroSD95.89285.472
SanDisk Extreme 160MB/s V30 A2 microSDXC 128GBmicroSD95.87485.396
SanDisk Extreme Plus V30 A2 microSDXC 128GBmicroSD95.86585.500
SanDisk Extreme Pro 170MB/s 256GBSD95.86585.577
SanDisk Extreme 150MB 256GBSD95.84885.403
SanDisk Extreme Pro 170MB/s 64GBSD95.82284.624
SanDisk Extreme Plus 150MB/s 128GBSD95.80485.250
SanDisk Extreme Plus 150MB/s 64GBSD95.79584.795
SanDisk Extreme 150MB/s 128GBSD95.78784.761
SanDisk Extreme V30 A2 microSDXC 400GBmicroSD95.75284.912
SanDisk Extreme Pro 170MB/s 128GBSD95.67384.761
Toshiba Exceria Pro N401 95/75 MB/s 128GBSD95.39476.171
Toshiba Exceria Pro N401 95/75 MB/s 128GBSD95.37775.345
Samsung EVO Select microSDXC 256GBmicroSD95.17884.905
Polaroid Extreme Performance 95/90 MB/s 64GBSD95.11878.025
Kingston U3 90/80 MB/s 64GBSD95.10982.924
Kingston Class 10 UHS-I 64GBSD95.10070.083
Kingston U3 90/80 MB/s 32GBSD95.10086.118
PNY Pro Elite microSDXC 64GBmicroSD95.10074.712
Panasonic Gold 95/90 64GBSD95.09274.489
Kingston U3 (90/80) microSD 64GBmicroSD95.09273.906
Kingston Canvas Go! V30 64GBSD95.07479.995
Kingston U3 90/80 MB/s 256GBSD95.05773.880
PNY Elite microSDXC 64GBmicroSD95.05732.246
Lexar Professional 633x U1 64GBSD95.03127.405
Lexar Professional 633x U1 32GBSD95.03122.131
Verbatim Pro Plus V30 64GBSD95.03180.585
Lexar Professional 633x microSDXC 64GBmicroSD95.03128.651
Kingston U3 90/80 MB/s 128GBSD95.00684.802
Sony Ultra-High Durability Professional 64GBSD94.99773.543
Patriot EP PRO microSDXC 64GBmicroSD94.98074.680
Transcend 600x 64GBSD94.93763.350
PNY Elite Performance U3 128GBSD94.93768.001
Transcend 95/60 MB/s U3 128GBSD94.93768.187
PNY Pro Elite 64GBSD94.92873.558
Transcend 95/60 MB/s U3 64GBSD94.91165.886
Lexar Professional 633x U3 256GBSD94.90267.988
PNY Elite Performance U1 64GBSD94.90265.774
Transcend R95 W85 U3 64GBSD94.89485.354
Transcend 600x 128GBSD94.89450.001
Transcend 633x microSDHC 32GBmicroSD94.89485.549
Transcend 500S V30 64GBSD94.89457.488
PNY Elite Performance U1 32GBSD94.89438.204
Silicon Power Superior Pro 128GBSD94.89460.215
PNY Elite microSDXC 128GBmicroSD94.88530.563
Lexar Professional 633x U1 128GBSD94.88530.073
Transcend 95/85 MB/s U3 32GBSD94.86884.733
Transcend Ultimate 633x microSD 64GBmicroSD94.85984.706
PNY Elite Performance U3 256GBSD94.85955.093
Transcend 95/60 MB/s U3 256GBSD94.85966.324
Transcend 500S 64GB Card 2SD94.85162.797
Transcend 600x 32GBSD94.85138.931
PNY Elite Performance U3 64GBSD94.85163.435
PNY Elite-X microSDXC 64GBmicroSD94.84270.493
Sony 95MB/s U3 64GBSD94.84284.189
PNY Elite-X microSDHC 32GBmicroSD94.82575.857
Patriot EP Pro 128GBSD94.80842.542
Sony 95MB/s U3 32GBSD94.78283.712
Transcend 500S V30 128GBSD94.78252.471
Patriot EP Pro 90MB/s 64GBSD94.73941.357
Samsung PRO Plus 64GBSD94.67184.508
Samsung EVO Select microSDXC 64GBmicroSD94.67125.326
Samsung PRO U3 32GBSD94.65478.521
Samsung PRO Select microSDXC 64GBmicroSD94.65484.981
Samsung PRO U3 64GBSD94.62878.159
Samsung PRO Plus 32GBSD94.60385.160
Samsung PRO microSDXC 64GBmicroSD94.59477.897
Samsung PRO Plus microSDXC 64GBmicroSD94.56085.368
Patriot EP Pro 90MB/s 32GBSD94.39847.293
Kingston U3 (90/80) microSD 32GBmicroSD94.37383.752
Delkin Elite 633x 32GBSD94.37379.989
Delkin Black 32GBSD94.36479.703
Kingston Ultimate 32GBSD94.27146.132
Hama Memory Pro 4K 64GBSD94.22032.768
Toshiba FlashAir W-04 64GBSD93.85876.033
SanDisk Ultra 80MB/s 32GBSD93.61443.057
Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II 32GBSD93.09175.660
Kingston Canvas Select 64GBSD92.07723.806
Samsung PRO Plus microSDXC 128GBmicroSD91.88482.299
Samsung PRO Select microSDXC 128GBmicroSD91.87682.364
Kingston Ultimate 600x 32GBCF91.19694.060
SanDisk Ultra 90MB/s microSD 200GBmicroSD90.65219.720
Kingston Class 10 256GBSD90.12347.223
Lexar Professional 633x microSDXC 200GBmicroSD90.00737.295
Samsung EVO Plus 128GB microSDXCmicroSD87.38116.913
Lexar Professional 633x microSDXC 128GBmicroSD84.09521.658
SanDisk Ultra 80MB/s 64GBSD82.33219.543
SanDisk Ultra 80MB/s microSD 32GBmicroSD82.31216.950
Samsung EVO Select microSDXC 128GBmicroSD82.05522.118
SanDisk Ultra 50MB/s 32GBCF49.68423.978
Samsung EVO microSDXC 64GBmicroSD44.24022.214
Samsung EVO microSD 32GBmicroSD43.99922.993

Compatibility: Mac OS 10.5+, Windows 8 and adfter. SanDisk covers this reader with a 2 year warranty.

Made in China. The ImageMate Pro is sold with different part numbers depending on the region. Global packaging is SDDR-489-G47, while packaging for the Americas has part number SDDR-489-A47 with UPC 619659163136.

Compare prices on the SanDisk ImageMate Pro reader. The lowest prices are highlighted in the table below.

Card ReaderConnectionModel NumberPrices
AmazonB&H PhotoAdorama
SanDisk ImageMate Pro Multi-Card Reader/WriterUSB 3.0SDDR-489$47.95$30.25$33.95
SanDisk ImageMate PRO USB-C Reader/WriterUSB 3.0 Type-CSDDR-A631-ANGNN$31.46$31.49$31.49