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Multiple Slots, Quick Input and Output

Sonnet’s Qio MR is a multi-tasking marvel; this is the industry’s first device which supports the three major HD video memory card formats in one compact, mobile rack-mounted unit. Qio MR reads P2, SxS, and CompactFlash® memory cards, all at high speed. Replacing multiple standalone card readers, the Qio MR’s dual P2, SxS, and CF slots enable you to ingest files more efficiently—Qio MR reads files from any combination of cards with aggregate bandwidth up to 200 MB/sec.

Version for Mac® with Thunderbolt™ Technology

The Qio MR Thunderbolt™ Edition (part number QIO-MR-TB) mounts securely inside Sonnet’s Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit for Echo™ Express III-R and xMac™ Pro Server. Included is the Thunderbolt Interface Kit, enabling the Qio MR to be connected to any Mac with a Thunderbolt port*.

Version for Windows® PCs

For PC users, Qio MR (part number QIO-MR) provides all the capabilities and advantages of the original Qio users have come to appreciate in an easy to install, Windows-compatible package. The Qio MR chassis slides easily into an empty 5.25" mobile rack (drive) bay, while the included Internal PCI Express Bus Extender PCIe 2.0 interface card installs into any low-profile or full-height PCIe card slot.




* Thunderbolt interface adapter kit not compatible with PCs.

Media cards shown in photos for illustration purposes; not included

Key Features

Replaces Multiple Card Readers—Wide compatibility with support for Sony® SxS; Panasonic® P2; and CompactFlash memory cards

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

Choice of Interface—Qio MR package includes your choice of interface: Thunderbolt interface adapter kit for any Mac with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port*, or internal PCI Express 2.0 card for PC desktops


Qio MR with Media Card

Qio MR provides quick ingest of three major HD video memory card formats in one compact, mobile rack-mounted unit.

Part No.  
Qio MR (with Thunderbolt Interface for Mac)
QIO-MR-TB Discontinued
Qio MR (with PCIe Card Interface for Windows)
QIO-MR Discontinued
Warranty 2-year
Form Factor Qio MR media card reader
External Connectors
(Qio MR Enclosure)
  • Two CompactFlash (CF)
  • Two CardBus (P2)
  • Two ExpressCard/34 (SxS)
Internal Connectors
(Qio MR Enclosure)
  • Four eSATA (to connect hard drives)
  • PCIe x1 - 18 pin
  • Power
Internal Connectors
(PCIe Adapter Card)

PCIe x1 - 18 pin

Host Connector
(Thunderbolt Adapter)

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
Supported Media, ExpressCard/34 Slots
  • SxS
  • SxS-1™ G1A
  • SxS Pro™
  • SxS Pro+
Firmware Flash-ROM upgradeable to latest firmware version
Dimensions (WxDxH) 5.75 x 6 x 1.6 in. (14.5 x 15.2 x 4 cm)
Power 12V@1.5A input
Absolute Maximum Input Voltage 20V
RoHS Compliant Yes
Package Contents
  • Qio MR Pro Media Reader
  • Thunderbolt interface adapter
  • 0.5-meter Thunderbolt cable
  • 1-meter PCIe interface cable
  • Power cable
  • Mounting screws
  • Documentation
Package Contents
  • Qio MR Pro Media Reader
  • Sonnet Internal Bus Extender PCIe adapter with low-profile and full-height PCIe brackets
  • 1-meter PCIe interface cable
  • Power cable
  • Mounting screws
  • Documentation


Specifications subject to change without notice.

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Mac Compatibility

OS X® 10.6.8-10.11

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

Windows Compatibility

Windows 10(1), 8, 7, Vista®

Windows Server 2012, 2008 R2, Server 2008
Part No. QIO-MR

Some manufacturer’s CompactFlash cards larger than 32GB are not compatible with the Windows Driver

Hardware Compatibility

Sonnet’s Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit with one 5 1/4" mobile rack space

PC desktop (with PCIe slots(2)) and one 5 1/4" mobile rack space (i.e. - HP Z800 or HP Z820)

Technical Notes

  1. Panasonic P2 Driver not compatible with Windows 10.
  2. Qio MR PCIe bus interface card not necessarily compatible with all PCIe slots in every PC desktop computer.


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Qio MR Read Performance

P2 Card

50 MB/sec

CF Card

160 MB/sec

2X CF Card

200 MB/sec

SxS Card

200 MB/sec

2X SxS Card

200 MB/sec



Sonnet Qio Review. Very, Very, Fast Offloads.
"I had heard about the QIO some time ago, so I approached Sonnet to see if I could borrow a unit to review. I was given the loan of a Sonnet QIO at NAB. I have been playing with it since then and you know what, it’s a great device. So what exactly is it? Well it is an extension box that allows you to connect a range of peripherals and flash memory cards to your computer via the PCI bus. The reason I wanted to borrow one was because the QIO is one of the few devices (the only device?) that allows you to connect SxS, Compact Flash and P2 cards to a computer using the high speed PCI bus with hot-swappable functionality…

This is one fast device. If you have lots of media to off-load and backup it’s going to save you a lot of time. If you are a production company that works with large volumes of solid state media it will pay for itself very quickly in saved man-hours. If your working in the field with a MacBook Pro the ability to connect both the media and eSATA devices at the same time makes the QIO a very interesting proposition. It is well constructed, simple to install and use, what more could you ask for."

DV Award

In Review: Sonnet Technologies Qio
"The Sonnet Technologies Qio answers one of the most significant questions posed by editors dealing with solid-state media: how do I copy the contents of the cards to my computer? And the Qio answers the question without any uncertainty…

Who needs the Qio? Any editor who deals with a variety of solid-state media. Nothing is worse than having a client drop off a P2 card and you have no way to read it. “Er, can I plug your camera into my computer so I can copy the contents of the card?” Or, “I know I have that little USB CF card reader somewhere around here…” And it’s not just for editors needing multiple formats. A solid piece of equipment to me is far preferable to an inexpensive card reader which might be slow and much more subject to failure when you need it most. The Qio is most useful to anyone who needs to extend the bus capability of their computer to additional storage and other compatible card-based devices.

The Qio represents the only product of its kind on the market and I am pleased to recommend it with great enthusiasm."

Creative Cow Rating

Fast Enough? Data-Driven Broadcast Infrastructure
"…The single most impressive ingest product that I saw was the Sonnet Technologies Qio, pronounced Cue-Eye-Oh. Using a single PCIe slot, it gives you two P2 readers, two Sony SxS readers, and two CF Card readers.

My first reaction was, "It takes up another card slot?!? What if you need a slot for a SATA card?" The Sonnet Qio also incorporates the well known E4P eSATA card - built right into the Qio! So in addition to everything else, you get four eSATA ports, all of which support port multiplication for your eSATA drives. Amazing!"

Studio Daily Rating

Review: Sonnet Qio
"As a solid-state card reader, the Qio accepts every kind of card your cameraman may hand you: P2 cards from Panasonic cameras, CompactFlash cards from digital SLRs or Red cameras, SxS cards from Sony, JVC cameras or Arri cameras, and SDHC cards (via an adapter) from everything else. This versatility is a big deal. As many folks move from tape to solid-state, they can buy one convenient reader that handles it all.

Not only does the Qio work with all of these card formats, but it accepts two of each card at a time — two P2 cards, two SxS cards, and so on. It’s like the Noah’s Arc of card readers, and that’s helpful if you’re shooting a lot of cards during the day, and want to copy two at a time. With two cards mounted, you don’t have to hover around your computer as it copies, waiting to slip in the next card. It’s a nice convenience, and no other card reader gives you dual-slotted options for so many media formats.

…[its] a great option for production houses, editors and DITs who have to make their way in this world of endless media formats."

Awards & Case Studies
Black Diamond Award 2010
DV Award of Excellence
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