Taisol 4-in-1 PCMCIA Flash Media Adaptor
When I say the name Taisol what's the first thing that comes to your mind?
If you said heatsinks you're not alone, Taisol are
a large OEM and consumer heatsink manufacturer, and if you've ever owned a
Slot A Athlon, chances are you also used a Taisol heatsink to cool
During a meeting with Taisol at Comdex to discuss,
you guessed it, heatsinks, we learned that the company also has a presence
in the socket and connector markets. One of the devices which Taisol have
recently introduced is a patented 4-in-1 flash media connector.
This tiny little black connector is undoubtedly soon
to find its way into media bays, USB-based media readers, notebooks and
countless other devices. Since it measures about 5mm thick and 45mm wide, it is easy
to embed the unit in the smallest of locations.
With the growing number of
motherboard manufacturers including rather large and bulky media bays with their
deluxe editions, a switch to something of this size would free up a lot of space
for other devices, like audio or fan-speed controls for example.
One adaptation of ths connector made its
way to us in the form of a Type II PCMCIA card.
The Taisol "Musketeers" (get it? 4-in-1... all for one, one for all!) flash
memory adaptor supports Secure Digital (SD), Multi Media Card (MMC), Sony Memory
Stick (MS), and Smart Media (SM) flash memory.
The unit features a max transfer speed of about 16.6MB/s and installs in any
Windows 98/ME/2000/XP in just a second without the need for drivers. For someone who regularly carries around a slew of devices and the required
cables to interface them all, swapping out a big USB adaptor cable to interface
with my FujiFilm FinePix 4800 for a 23 gram PCMCIA card is a nice option.
Once installed in a free port on a notebook it can be left in place and not
worried about. Cables on the other hand, always seem to get themselves
Aside from not needing to "stop PC card" in the menu
tray to change cards, the Taisol Musketeers 4-in-1 flash memory to PCMCIA
adaptor is a really little handy device.
Since I've been using a Fujitsu Lifebook P2000 notebook for sometime now, the
lack of any floppy drive can be a bit frustrating at times. Although the P2000
notebook is equipped with a CD-RW burner and 802.11b wireless connection it is
sometimes just easier to grab a floppy disk when a little bit of data needs to
be quickly transferred.
With a full set of flash media bays now open (except of course Compact Flash)
I've switched over to Smart Media modules for quick data