Buying PCMCIA to USB Adapter - Convert Your PCMCIA Slot Into USB
written by: Bruno Kos•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 1/28/2011
Do you have enough USB ports on your computer? No? We thought so. How about you convert that PCMCIA slot into a few USB ports then? PCM.. what? Yes, we thought so. Do yourself a favor and turn that rarely used PCMCIA slot into set of new USB ports.
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Laptop/Notebook 4 Ports USB 2.0 PCMCIA/PC Card Adapter
Let’s start with the cheapest one. For as low as $11.96, you can acquire a no-name PCMCIA to USB adapter such as the Laptop/Notebook 4 Ports USB 2.0 PCMCIA/PC Card Adapter. As is frequently case with most no-name products, its quality and longevity is questionable. Regardless, let's take a look at the technical details of this product. Its interface type is PCMCIA, while the data transfer rate is 480Mbps (USB2.0). Furthermore, it has four USB 2.0 ports, while the package also includes the power cable.
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Sabrent SBT-P2D USB 2.0 CardBus 2-Port Hi-Speed PCMCIA Card Adapter
For a few dollars more ($16.99), you can get a Sabrent SBT-P2D USB 2.0 CardBus 2-Port Hi-Speed PCMCIA to USB Adapter. Sabrent is an American manufacturer of computer peripherals and accessories, manufacturing cables, card readers, display adapters, etc. This product has two USB 2.0 ports, and it supports the following data transfer rates: 480 Mbps (High-Speed), 12 Mbps (Full-Speed) and 1.5 Mbps (Low-Speed). Furthermore, it works on all Windows operating systems and Mac OS X 10.1 or above. Within the box, there is a CD-ROM with user's manual and drivers also included.
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CablesToBuy™ 4 x USB2.0 PCMCIA CardBus Adapter, NEC Chipset
This PCMCIA to USB adapter manufactured by CablesToBuy adds 4 extra external USB2.0 ports to your laptop. As is the case with Sabrent’s device, the CablesToBuy™ 4 x USB2.0 PCMCIA CardBus Adapter, NEC Chipset supports High-Speed (480Mbps), Full-Speed (12Mbps) and Low-Speed (1.5Mbps) data transfer rates. If you're uncertain for which speed your device is designed, you will like its auto detect speeds feature. This device can be used on all versions of the Windows operating system, while the installation is very simple - simply plug in the device and you are ready to go. The device starts at $26.97.
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CablesToBuy™ 2 x USB2.0 PCMCIA CardBus Adapter NEC Chipset
This PCMCIA to USB adapter is basically the same product as the one described above, but with only one difference. CablesToBuy™ 2 x USB2.0 PCMCIA CardBus Adapter NEC Chipset has 2 USB 2.0 ports, which is two less in comparison with its older brother. Naturally, it is a bit cheaper, starting at $19.97.
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Best Connectivity SD-PCM50026 PCMCIA Cardbus Adapter 3-Port USB & 1-Port eSATA Ports
If you are seeking for a bit more from your PCMCIA to USB Adapter, the Best Connectivity SD-PCM50026 PCMCIA Cardbus Adapter 3-Port USB & 1-Port eSATA Ports is the answer. Besides three USB ports, it also has one SATA I port included, offering a transfer rate up to 1.5Gbps. This device also supports USB High-Speed (480Mbps), Full-Speed (12Mbps) and Low-Speed (1.5Mbps), but additionally, these ports are colored according the power they provide. Therefore, the red colored USB port should be used for low power devices, while white USB ports (Bus-/Self-Powered) should be used for high power devices. Finally, this PCMCIA to USB adapter, manufactured by Best Connectivity, starts at $27.30.