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September 8, 2013

The Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 is a four-bay USB 3.0 card reader hub

The Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 is a four-bay USB 3.0 card reader hub

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The Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 is a four-bay USB 3.0 card reader hub designed for professional photographers who need to import images and video from multiple cards quickly. The modular device enables users can mix-and-match depending on whether they shoot on SD, CompactFlash or XQD memory cards.

Stacking card readers in the vertical hub, the Workflow HR1 will save desk space for anyone who needs to use multiple card readers. Given that up to four readers can be used and connected to a computer by a single USB, it could also be useful for photographers short on USB 3.0 slots who don't want to be constantly switching between readers.

As the device uses USB 3.0, it's capable of shifting data at speed, which is important if you are shooting large image files, HD or even 4K video. The Workflow HR1 can also transfer data from all four card readers at the same time, meaning users don't have to wait to import one card then another after a large shoot.

The modular design means that after buying the Workflow HR1 reader hub, users can then add their selection of compatible card readers, which are sold separately. If you need to transfer while out and about, the card readers can be used individually by simply by removing them from the hub and connecting a USB cable into the rear.

The Lexar Professional Workflow SR1 is the SD card reader for the HR1 hub

The Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 and respective card readers are available now. The four-bay hub costs US$80, the SD and CompactFlash card readers will set you back $30 and if you shoot on XQD, that reader comes in at $45.

Source: Lexar

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I am a sports photographer and I use the Nikon D4. As you may know, one of the stupidest decision in DSLR history, Nikon decided to have 2 different memory card slots. D4 has been out for 1.5 years and we have yet to see a CF XQD card reader. I thought Lexar nailed it with this hub, but now that I've seen how big this thing is, it's impossible to use it with a laptop on the run. If the technology is there to manufacture this hub wouldn't it be possible to have a CF XQD card reader?

Lexar, please make one and you'll make a lot of D4 users happy...

Ryu Voelkel
9th September, 2013 @ 01:03 pm PDT
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