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    Anyone have anymore info on the Qio? More pictures? All I can find are the same two crappy cameraphone shots.
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    Hi Jester
    Try this-- for size....Nice .. I have mine on order.


    This NAB QIO brochure on my site too.
    http://www.olinevideo.com.au/page12.htm


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    Nice! I like that if I get this it simply replaces my sata card. What I don't like is the price. I think $499 would be the sweet spot for one of these. Even that would be a bit steep.
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    But how much do the Pansonic alternatives cost? I think that people like Tom are thrilled with this solution, even if it may be perceived by some as still too expensive. When you are a monopoly (only sub $1,000.00 multi-slot P2 card reader), you can set your own price. No competition.

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    Some people are never happy with price points even if the they got it for nothing !, that even includes me at times, sure we'd all like it cheaper, but hey, lots of development to get it to market, I personally don't begrudge them a profit for their efforts.

    Try building your own reader cheap for the Mac, it can be done I've proved it. biggest issue is that PC card technology is outdated , thus it's expensive to develop, the newer faster/cheaper expresscard is now king of connections, until the next thing comes along.

    This reader is a great innovative solution, sad that pana had not come up with a simmilar product at that price point , it may have boosted sales/take-up of P2 over Sony's offerings, the pana readers cost have been a bug bear for many, I suppose pana may have over spec'd theirs , who knows, Time will tell if sonnet "clean up" with this little addition to their product line, I believe they will as they have made it more than just a P2 reader , that alone will make it attractive to many many others like the photo guys and dread I say it, even Sony guys.

    It may become known as the only "true universal reader", Good luck to them, I can't wait for performance reports.

    I'd consider this solid state card reader "True Multi Format" , By comparison, if it was an old fashioned VTR it would be able to read many formats from say Mini DV thru to Broadcast HD, "great value" when you look at it that way.

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    I see tremendous value in the Qio for editors and facilities who deal with multiple formats of solid state media. This is an all-in-one device with a port multiplying eSata interface that can deal with anything you throw at it.

    My greater question, though, to Dan and others whose glass of cool aid still sits before them is at what price point would you consider such a device to have appeal?

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    I agree with Jester, under $500.00 would probably be the ideal price point.

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    This device looks great.

    But it's still too expensive.

    A $499 price point would be a great seller.

    What is interesting is that this can be built and can be sold at the higher price.

    Take some of the margin out of it, and why can't Panasonic do it just for p2 cards?

    I don't think Panasonic has less resources than Sonnet.
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    First time I asked a pana dealer about a card reader they told me most guys buy the "whole Kit" ie Cam/cards/reader/sticks and so on in One Purchase.
    I don't do that, and I suspect many others don't either.
    If That's pana's plan well no wonder they have kept their prices at a premium, But, now with the more cost effective E-series cards, I bet some more price drops are around the corner.
    If the Sonnet Qio becomes a stand out winner product (time will tell), I doubt whether anyone will need to buy the much more expensive and limited to P2 only pana card readers.
    Personally I'd like the sonnet Qio at a cheaper price too But, it's their call, as is Pana's call on their reader products.
    the Qio being the price of an average laptop dosen't put me off, I will only have to buy it once, and to have all those features is amazing.... it will find many homes throughout the world.

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    Tom, who did you do a pre-order with?


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