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Soyo BayOne XP 9-In-1 Multi-Card Reader

The Soyo BayOne XP is a 9-in-1 multi-card reader that can be installed in a 3.5” or 5.25” drive bay for easy front panel access. It features support for 8 flash media standards and one front USB 2.0 port.

Soyo paid attention to the small details that makes the BayOne XP really enjoyable to own and use. They included black and silver bezels in addition to the standard beige bezel so that we won't have to worry about matching it with the color of the case

They also covered the USB cable in a nice wire mesh sleeve so that it won't look ugly for those of us who have windowed cases. The BayOne XP also has an activity light to show when power is running through it or when a card is inserted as well as whenever there's activity.

The only gripe I could possibly think off is the 5.25" bay adapter as it only comes in beige. But overall, I am very happy with this card reader.

  • Supports 8 different types of flash media - Smart Media™ (3.3V ), Secure Digital™, MultiMedia™, Sony Memory Stick™, Sony Memory Stick Pro™, Compact Flash™ (both Type I & II), IBM Microdrive™, plus BONUS slot for next generation of SD™
  • Four flash memory slots offering simultaneous read and write capabilities, bootable feature, and hot-swapping
  • One front panel USB 2.0 port for easy front panel access, offering high-speed data transfer rate of up to 480Mbps
  • Backward compatible with USB 1.1 specification
  • Two front panel diagnostic LED lights
  • Designed for standard 3.5” and 5.25” drive bays


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Comprehensive Review

Media Types Supported

• Smart Media™ (3.3V )
• Secure Digital™
• MultiMedia™
• Sony Memory Stick™
• Sony Memory Stick Pro™
• Compact Flash™ (both Type I & II)
• IBM Microdrive™

USB Protocols Supported

• USB 2.0
• USB 1.1

Transfer Rates Supported

• 480 Mbps
• 12 Mbps
• 1.5 Mbps


• FCC & CE Certified

Operating Systems Supported

• Windows XP
• Windows 2000
• Windows ME
• Windows 98 SE

Drive Bay Sizes Supported

• 5.25" Drive Bay (with provided adaptor)
• 3.5" Drive Bay

In The Box

• SOYO BayOne XP™ Multi-Card Reader
• 5.25” extension rack
• One internal USB cable
• Installation guide
• Screws

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