Lexar Strives to Increase Efficiency with the Professional Workflow Reader Solution


Lexar has recently introduced the Professional Workflow Reader Solution, a system that revolves around a modular design for employing up to four different card readers at a single time to increase speed and efficiency when transferring large quantities of data from memory cards. This system was developed in response to professional photographers and videographers who were without a capable solution for off-loading the hundreds of gigabytes of RAW image files and HD, 3D, and 4K video files in their memory cards. Where other card readers became tedious due to their single interface and susceptibility to slower transfer rates, the Professional Workflow Reader Solution improves on this, utilizing fast USB 3.0 performance and enabling simultaneous transfer for up to four memory cards of three different types: SDHC/SDXC UHS-1, UDMA 7 CompactFlash, and XQD. This solution provides faster transfer rates and a more seamless method for off-loading data more quickly.

The Hub

The core of this system revolves around the Professional Workflow Hub HR1, which is a four-bay cabinet that provides a single interface capable of supporting up to four memory cards at once. The sleek form factor, coupled with the single USB 3.0 port, provides an intuitive design that enables simple functionality and minimal cable clutter with a wealth of performance that is tailored to a highly efficient digital workflow. Within the hub are four slots, or bays, that are each capable of accepting one of the currently three available card readers: SDHC/SDXC, CompactFlash, or XQD. This unique design enables the user to fill the hub with any combination of media-type readers as desired, whether it is four CompactFlash readers, a mixture of all three card types, or just a single reader of any variety. Additionally, as new card types are introduced, the hub is future-proof and will adapt to changing technology in order to accept subsequently developed card readers.

The Card Readers

Completing the system is a range of three card readers, all of which are compatible with the hub, or alternatively can be used independently as a single dedicated card reader. These readers are currently available in UDMA 7 CompactFlash, SDHC/SDXC UHS-I, and XQD designs. When used with the hub, any combination of these three options can be used simultaneously to pair well with photographers and videographers working with different media types. Additionally, up to four of the same reader can be used to support intensive single-source transferring applications. Like the hub itself, these readers support the USB 3.0 interface, which is backward compatible for USB 2.0, and feature a maximum theoretical data-transfer rate of up to 5 Gbit/sec. (640 MB/sec.).

The Professional Workflow Reader Solution is poised to increase efficiency in an oft-overlooked area of the digital workflow of every photographer and videographer. With heightened transfer speeds, simultaneous multiple-source off-loading, and an expansive, configurable range of options as to which media type is used, this system works to minimize the time and hassle needed for backing up files in order to produce a more streamlined, seamless method for transferring data.

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Professional Workflow Reader Solution
Components Hub HR1 and CFR1, SR1, and XR1 Readers (sold separately)
System Requirements Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Windows 7 or 8
USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port 
Computer Interface USB 3.0 (backward compatible with USB 2.0)
Data Transfer Rate Maximum: 5.0 Gbit/s (with USB 3.0)
Power Requirements 2.7 to 3.6V
Memory Card Compatibility SDHC/SDXC UHS-1
CompactFlash UDMA
7 XQD 
Certifications FCC, CE, WEEE, C-Tick, RoHS (China), USB-IF 3.0,
Operating Temperature 32-122°F / 0-50°C 
Dimensions Hub: 3.3 x 4.3 x 6.0" / 8.5 x 11 x 15.3 cm
Readers: 2.4 x 2.9 x 0.9" / 6.0 x 7.4 x 2.3 cm (each)

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This is a nice idea and more adaptable than the Delkin version that was out a few years ago. The only problem I have with it is that I wish manufacturers would see that in a world where USB 3.0 is not necessarily available on perfectly useful computers and with USB 2.0 being quite slow, there is a need to also include a FW800 interface as well so that we can make use of the full speed bump we get with the multi-card interface.

This is a cool idea, but the design is disappointing. At first sight my thought was - why is it so big and bulky? The individual card reader modules look bigger than a typical USB reader. The chassis in which the modules go into looks unnecessarily big too. There's nothing special about USB 3.0, so I can't imagine that there are special boards and electronics needed. One of Lexar's promo videos says the unit comes with a power supply. If it is a common standalone power brick, that is also disappointing. All I need is another big power brick to plug in and find a place for.

Bottom line, I think this product would be better if it didn't take up so much space. Minimize the bulk, and integrate a power supply in the chassis.

Its would be very nice to have firewire 800 and or thunderbolt connections ! Forget the usb 3.0 -I buy very costly mac equipment that put's into their computers thunderbolt and firewire 800 connections for faster speed ! Why dont lexar start making their very costly readers to use mac's engineering with the price factor lexar could offer the other connections as a option ! But in any case this need to be offered for this new reader to be a winner !