Lexar card hub lets you import from four memory cards at once
By Simon Crisp
September 8, 2013
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 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.