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LexarProfessional Workflow HR1 Hub
 
4.5

(based on 34 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to set up (29)
  • Fast (29)
  • Easy to use (28)
  • Good power output (13)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Upgrade (30)
    • Replacement (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (28)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (24), Personal (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Nice unit, slightly big, requires power

    This unit holds multiple card readers in it, up to four at a time in any combination. I'm currently loading up two XQD readers, a CF reader and a SD reader, but someone...Read complete review

    This unit holds multiple card readers in it, up to four at a time in any combination. I'm currently loading up two XQD readers, a CF reader and a SD reader, but someone else could have four SD readers or any other combo - There will also be a CF Pro reader soon. Another option is an SSD cartridge in one slot, which could be very cool, but I have not tested one currently.

    I bought the USB version of the tower for my iMac at home which has USB 3.0 and a Fusion drive (SSD and Spining disk hard drives mixed via software). In this setup copying from each card was very quick, but not full speed for the faster cards. This limitation is likely due to the limitations of the Fusion drive (or possibly from being connected to a USB 3.0 Hub). One cool feature of having up to four readers attached to one source is the opportunity to sweep photos off of multiple cards at one time, for what you might hope to be four-times the speed. I suspect the unit is capable of something approaching 4x, but you'll need a fast disk to write to, like a fast SSD. I have one in my laptop but the laptop is just old enough to lack USB 3.0, so I can't test it on SSD speeds yet - I will be buying a Thunderbolt version of this unit for traveling with my laptop and then I suspect i'll see very fast speeds on sweeping multiple cards at once. In my testing with a spinning disk hard drive involved multiple card sweeps at once were not that fast, but the overhead that slows things down is very likely the spinning hard disk and an SSD would likely speed things up.

    Some individual speed results were 58 MB/sec from a 600x UHS-I Lexar SDHC card, fairly fast, about 60% of the cards maximum speed, while a 1000x Lexar CF card and a Sony H-series, 125MB/sec card both hit about 92MB/sec individually, about 60/70% of what the cards can do on an SSD. This all points to the spinning disk hard drive slowing down these fast cards a bit, but still allowing for decent performance. Using other card readers on Expresscard 34 and Firewire ports on my laptop I have seen the cards hit full rated speeds writing to the laptop's SSD, and I expect the Lexar Hub will support full speed when the disk it writes to is fast enough. There is bound to be some overhead when transferring four at once but I would not be surprised to see four cards pushing the ability of even fast SSDs, especially on the Thunderbolt model that will ship in a few weeks.

    Pros and cons:

    Pros:
    -- It is a fast unit with fast connections.
    -- Individual units can be pulled to work on their own (via USB 3.0 only).
    -- It requires only one port, either USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt, for up to four units, saving you from multiple cords connected to a laptop that might not support that many connections or might have ports occupied with other connections.
    -- It provides a ton of flexibility with up to four slots for any card you need (among CF, XQD, SD/SDHC/SHXC and CF Pro (not yet shipping)).
    -- It offers XQD readers as an option, thank goodness! - Nikon D4/D4s shooters have limited options for readers and didn't get left out here.
    --Along with the ability to switch out individual card readers, there is a cool opportunity to use the SSD-based insets for quick and easily transferred storage. Write to the SSD insert, do some work on it in the field, that evening transfer it to your home computer's Hub and copy it to your archive disk(s).
    --The hub and the individual inserts are well built and rugged, with the foot of the hub grippy and solid.
    -- It supports reading up to four cards at once.
    Cons:
    --I wish that Lexar would start building flash card units for pros that were not so bulky - The old FireWire readers were bulky, and the new individual readers for this hub are bulky and the hub is probably twice as wide as necessary and 2/3x as tall and deep as they really needed. Some bulk and density would be welcome to make the unit secure and to protect the cards when they are inserted, especially Compact Flashcard pins, but there seems to be a lot of wasted space -- which is still ok for desktop users, I will have no problems with the unit for my iMac -- but the thunderbolt unit traveling with my laptop is going to be really bulky in the bag. I will put up with it for the convenience of working with multiple cards in one unit and having a Thunderbolt interface when going mobile with my laptop but I will do so grudgingly.
    -- The lights that show up in operation - they are incredibly bright, distractingly so. I'd love it if Lexar had brightness option on these, because a few folks might like the bright lights but I think they are distracting.
    -- Power is required for the Hub, which is going to be an occasional issue for travelers like me as I go to photo assignments with limited or no AC power. I would have been very pleased to see the unit be powered over USB or at least powered over Thunderbolt for the Thunderbolt model. USB 3.0 users can take the individual units out and connect without power in a situation where AC outlets are not available, but thats far less elegant.
    -- The individual units connect to the hub via USB 3.0 -- That will allow them to be used individually via USB 3.0, but I would have preferred a Thunderbolt port on each, or an option to buy either thunderbolt- or USB-connecting individual units and have the hubs support both connections.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Nice unit, but no good for Lightroom

    The unit works really well in Windows Explorer. Fast downloads and the unit looks great on the desk - very tidy and nice only having a single cable to deal with!
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    The unit works really well in Windows Explorer. Fast downloads and the unit looks great on the desk - very tidy and nice only having a single cable to deal with!

    It's a shame that it isn't supported any better with Lightroom as the hub doesn't do anything special at all - it is the same as plugging 4 readers into a standard USB3 hub. It is just a bit tidier and looks cooler sitting on the desk.

    You can still only download one card at a time in Lightroom, and once that card has completely finished downloading you need to then manually click on Import again and manually start the second card. When that second card has finished you have to manually click on Import and start the third card, etc. So on their website when they say, "So downloads may take longer to complete", you also need to allow for the time for you to watch the device and restart the Import sequence each time - hopefully Lightroom will add concurrent downloads in the future!

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    5.0

    Great piece of gear!

    By Steve

    from Nashville TN

    About Me Value Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy To Use
    • Fast

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Upgrade

      Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub:

      I do multiple camera video shoots and it is great to dump all my footage at once. It increases the speed of my work flow and time is money!

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Simply Awesome

      By Allan Jay

      from Fontana, CA

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Enhance Experience

        Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub:

        This product just works. I'm glad i have this because now after a shoot all day and night I don't need to wait very long for all my 32 gb compact flash cards to load on my computer. Its reliable and powerful, just what the doctor ordered to make sure all my files will be accounted for. Don't settle for anything cheaper than this guys, its worth getting it.

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        • Personal

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        5.0

        Lexar's Workflow Hub

        By LT Colonel

        from Raleigh, NC

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Multi Card Downloads

        Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub:

        This is an outstanding design. The card readers work as a unit and also work independently.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        This changed my life!

        By LongboardBill

        from St. Augustine, FL

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Enhance Experience
          • Upgrade

          Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub:

          I love clearing 4 32GB SD Cards in 20 minutes. I couldn't grasp how fast that was until I actually used this for the first time. I was clearing 20-30 cards at a time one-by-one with a USB 2.0 single card reader after filming all weekend! This streamlined everything and now I can focus on editing and not staring at a progress bar that used to mean I was making no progress.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          4.0

          Nice unit, slightly big, requires power

          By EVH

          from Tuscaloosa, AL

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast
          • Offers Xqd Option
          • Rugged

          Cons

          • Bulky
          • Requires Ac Power
          • Too-bright Lights

          Best Uses

          • Photojournalists
          • Sports Photographers

          Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub:

          This unit holds multiple card readers in it, up to four at a time in any combination. I'm currently loading up two XQD readers, a CF reader and a SD reader, but someone else could have four SD readers or any other combo - There will also be a CF Pro reader soon. Another option is an SSD cartridge in one slot, which could be very cool, but I have not tested one currently.

          I bought the USB version of the tower for my iMac at home which has USB 3.0 and a Fusion drive (SSD and Spining disk hard drives mixed via software). In this setup copying from each card was very quick, but not full speed for the faster cards. This limitation is likely due to the limitations of the Fusion drive (or possibly from being connected to a USB 3.0 Hub). One cool feature of having up to four readers attached to one source is the opportunity to sweep photos off of multiple cards at one time, for what you might hope to be four-times the speed. I suspect the unit is capable of something approaching 4x, but you'll need a fast disk to write to, like a fast SSD. I have one in my laptop but the laptop is just old enough to lack USB 3.0, so I can't test it on SSD speeds yet - I will be buying a Thunderbolt version of this unit for traveling with my laptop and then I suspect i'll see very fast speeds on sweeping multiple cards at once. In my testing with a spinning disk hard drive involved multiple card sweeps at once were not that fast, but the overhead that slows things down is very likely the spinning hard disk and an SSD would likely speed things up.

          Some individual speed results were 58 MB/sec from a 600x UHS-I Lexar SDHC card, fairly fast, about 60% of the cards maximum speed, while a 1000x Lexar CF card and a Sony H-series, 125MB/sec card both hit about 92MB/sec individually, about 60/70% of what the cards can do on an SSD. This all points to the spinning disk hard drive slowing down these fast cards a bit, but still allowing for decent performance. Using other card readers on Expresscard 34 and Firewire ports on my laptop I have seen the cards hit full rated speeds writing to the laptop's SSD, and I expect the Lexar Hub will support full speed when the disk it writes to is fast enough. There is bound to be some overhead when transferring four at once but I would not be surprised to see four cards pushing the ability of even fast SSDs, especially on the Thunderbolt model that will ship in a few weeks.

          Pros and cons:

          Pros:
          -- It is a fast unit with fast connections.
          -- Individual units can be pulled to work on their own (via USB 3.0 only).
          -- It requires only one port, either USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt, for up to four units, saving you from multiple cords connected to a laptop that might not support that many connections or might have ports occupied with other connections.
          -- It provides a ton of flexibility with up to four slots for any card you need (among CF, XQD, SD/SDHC/SHXC and CF Pro (not yet shipping)).
          -- It offers XQD readers as an option, thank goodness! - Nikon D4/D4s shooters have limited options for readers and didn't get left out here.
          --Along with the ability to switch out individual card readers, there is a cool opportunity to use the SSD-based insets for quick and easily transferred storage. Write to the SSD insert, do some work on it in the field, that evening transfer it to your home computer's Hub and copy it to your archive disk(s).
          --The hub and the individual inserts are well built and rugged, with the foot of the hub grippy and solid.
          -- It supports reading up to four cards at once.
          Cons:
          --I wish that Lexar would start building flash card units for pros that were not so bulky - The old FireWire readers were bulky, and the new individual readers for this hub are bulky and the hub is probably twice as wide as necessary and 2/3x as tall and deep as they really needed. Some bulk and density would be welcome to make the unit secure and to protect the cards when they are inserted, especially Compact Flashcard pins, but there seems to be a lot of wasted space -- which is still ok for desktop users, I will have no problems with the unit for my iMac -- but the thunderbolt unit traveling with my laptop is going to be really bulky in the bag. I will put up with it for the convenience of working with multiple cards in one unit and having a Thunderbolt interface when going mobile with my laptop but I will do so grudgingly.
          -- The lights that show up in operation - they are incredibly bright, distractingly so. I'd love it if Lexar had brightness option on these, because a few folks might like the bright lights but I think they are distracting.
          -- Power is required for the Hub, which is going to be an occasional issue for travelers like me as I go to photo assignments with limited or no AC power. I would have been very pleased to see the unit be powered over USB or at least powered over Thunderbolt for the Thunderbolt model. USB 3.0 users can take the individual units out and connect without power in a situation where AC outlets are not available, but thats far less elegant.
          -- The individual units connect to the hub via USB 3.0 -- That will allow them to be used individually via USB 3.0, but I would have preferred a Thunderbolt port on each, or an option to buy either thunderbolt- or USB-connecting individual units and have the hubs support both connections.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          Great Design

          By Blackriver

          from Interlochen, MI

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Enhance Experience
            • Replacement
            • Upgrade

            Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub:

            I got sick of burning up cheap in tower card readers on my PC so I picked this guy up. Love that it's modular! Nice and fast and I've had no issues. Even comes with European power adapters and a nice long USB cable.

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            • Business

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            5.0

            Easy to use

            By Layn

            from Mandan North Dakota

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Upgrade

            Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub:

            easy to use and easy to put together. It also easy to add new readers when I need them.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            Perfect multicard reader

            By WISed

            from Wisconsin

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            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Enhance Experience
              • Upgrade

              Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub:

              Excellent build with attractive design. Fast, fast, fast! Flawless execution! Don't forget this is only the hub the individual readers must be purchased separately.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              4.0

              Nice product

              By Gabo

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy To Use
              • Fast
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photos and Graphics

                Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub:

                The product is overall a great buy. It is very stable and fast.
                The only reason for the 4 starts is that when not in use the blue light at the bottom of the tower is always on. It would be nice to turn it on only when a card is inside the unit.

                Good quality. I am hoping this should last years to come.

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                • Personal

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                5.0

                amazing speed!

                By Ivan Luckie Photography

                from Playa del Carmen and New York

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Upgrade

                  Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub:

                  I use this hub when I finish my wedding events,a after taking 5,000+ pictures I sued to finish unload them in my computer in 2 hours, now it only takes me 30 minutes, including the chaco up in 3 devices, so good!!!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  Great hub.

                  By zarconiphoto

                  from Washington, DC

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Enhance Experience
                    • Upgrade

                    Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub:

                    Nice way to keep my desk organized and efficiently download from multiple cards at the same time. And fast.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    5.0

                    Invaluable!

                    By Steffa

                    from Alameda, CA

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Enhance Experience
                      • Replacement
                      • Upgrade

                      Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub:

                      I thought this product would be overkill and all the parts do add up ($)- but it's screaming fast and delivers more than I could've hoped for. Highly recommended!

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      5.0

                      Ryder Evans Photography review

                      By Ryder Evans Photography Review

                      from Australia

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                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Enhance Experience
                        • Replacement
                        • Upgrade

                        Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub:

                        Amasing product has been a life saver and has given me back so much more time not waiting to download single cards.

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                        • Business

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                        4.0

                        Simultaneously import into Lightroom

                        By Moss Creek Media

                        from Portsmouth, NH

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                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Upgrade

                          Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub:

                          To those who are saying you can't import from multiple cards at once into Lightroom, this functionality has existed since Version 3 (possibly earlier). Search Vimeo for Dan Carr's tutorial entitled "How to download multiple memory cards simultaneously into Adobe Lightroom"

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                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          works well

                          By sjms

                          from Warren, NJ

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                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub:

                              first of all i have had this unit from when it came out. i use SD CF XQD on it. it is fast in use on all this products. on review here claims it can only read (Javi). well that is incorrect info. one can read from all and write to each from both computer and to/from each other. i just hope Lexar continues support for it.

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                              • Business

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                              5.0

                              Best Workflow solution ever!!

                              By Elliot

                              from Milpitas, California

                              About Me Quality Oriented

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast
                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Enhance Experience
                                • Replacement
                                • Upgrade

                                Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub:

                                I was using this for my desktop to transfer my work images on Lexar 1000X CF and SanDisk Extreme Pro SD cards. This device is super fast and I have not noticed any bottlenecks when I transfer the CF & SD cards to my system at the SAME TIME.

                                BTW, it's very pretty... :)

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                                • Business

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                                5.0

                                Professional Workflow HR1 Hub by Lexar

                                By ASG

                                from Flagstaff AZ

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast
                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Enhance Experience
                                  • Replacement
                                  • Upgrade

                                  Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub:

                                  Easy to use

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                                  5.0

                                  good solution

                                  By photog

                                  from chicago

                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fast

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub:

                                      good for professional workflow

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                                      • Business

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                                      5.0

                                      So sweet

                                      By treek

                                      from Sacramento, CA

                                      About Me Quality Oriented

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Fast
                                      • Powerful

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Enhance Experience

                                        Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub:

                                        I love my hub. Super easy to dump files after a long day of shooting, go to bed and be ready to go the next day. Awesome.

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                                        • Business

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                                        5.0

                                        Perfect for high volume shooters

                                        By Pro Shooter

                                        from Sauk City, WI

                                        About Me Quality Oriented

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Fast
                                        • Powerful

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Enhance Experience
                                          • Upgrade

                                          Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub:

                                          I use this workflow solution almost every day. I have all four bays used for my SDHC cards. It makes life so much easier because four cards can be inserted at once and you can load the images to your computer. It is larger than I had thought it would be, but does not bother me at all. It is about the size of a 100 pack of DVDs. The other nice feature about this is that if I am shooting an event and want to dump images to my laptop to save card space, simply pull out a reader from its bay, grab your USB cable (comes with each reader you purchase) and head out the door. A very versatile product that has me completely satisfied!

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