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LexarProfessional Workflow CFR1 Card Reader for CompactFlash Cards
 
4.7

(based on 59 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (40)
  • Reliable (38)
  • Lightweight (32)
  • Durable (25)
  • Fast (5)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (31)
  • Home (18)
  • Travel (15)
  • Studio (13)
  • Landscape photography (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional (26), Semi-professional (13), Enthusiast (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (45)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works as it should... fast!

Bought this to replace my old USB 2.0 reader with hopes of getting some better transfer speeds. My expectations were not only met but exceeded!

My SanDisk Extreme 32GB card boasts...Read complete review

Bought this to replace my old USB 2.0 reader with hopes of getting some better transfer speeds. My expectations were not only met but exceeded!

My SanDisk Extreme 32GB card boasts 60MB/s transfer. With this reader I was getting 55MB/s Write and 89MB/s Read

On my Transcend 16GB 600x UMDA7 card, I'm getting 65MB/s write and 135MB/s read!

The transfer rates are more than double compared to my old USB 2.0 reader.

I'm using this as a stand-alone unit without the four drive bay.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fast but Unreliable

We bought a couple of these to do faster uploads. The problem is that when we plug two of them directly into the computer, then insert 2 cards to do an upload, they...Read complete review

We bought a couple of these to do faster uploads. The problem is that when we plug two of them directly into the computer, then insert 2 cards to do an upload, they totally crash the computer (MacPro OSX Mavericks), requiring a hard restart. Talked to Lexar, they have no clue what's going on either and were not overly helpful. Ironically we hadn't bought Lexar products in a few years as the only CF cards we ever had go corrupt were Lexar Brand too. If you are using these card readers one at a time they seem okay but would you want to trust your shoot data to unreliable technology?

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5.0

Everything I hoped it would be

By Allen

from Houston, TX

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Reliable

Cons

  • None so far

Best Uses

  • Everyday use

Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 Card Reader for CompactFlash Cards:

Loving this item so far. Pop in my cf cards and watch them upload quickly...just what I was hoping for.

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4.0

Super fast reader, but very bulky

By sjcben

from San Jose, CA

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast

Cons

  • Bulky

Best Uses

  • Everyday use
  • Home

Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 Card Reader for CompactFlash Cards:

This USB 3.0 CF card reader is super fast.

Here is a copy time comparison between this reader and my old Lexar Firewire 400 reader. Copy was made from a Lexar UDMA 7 1000X CF card to a 1.7 Ghz i7 MacBook Air. Copied file was a 12.65 Gb folder containing jpg and raw files.

- Lexar USB 3.0 Reader: 1:46
- Lexar Firewire Reader using Thunderbolt adapter: 13:43

Impressive!

Unfortunately, this reader is very bulky especially when compared with my old Lexar FW reader. All that extra plastic is unnecessary. I'd be reluctant to carry this in my camera+laptop bag if I was looking to travel light.

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5.0

works well and feels trustworthy

By Potion pro

from Nm

Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 Card Reader for CompactFlash Cards:

These card readers have read many different brands and capacity cards flawlessly. Only strange thing is the USB connection jack seems to be an unusual type. No replacement USB cables for this thing laying around that's for sure.

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4.0

Very good reader

By kalorou

from Montevideo - Uruguay

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use

    Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 Card Reader for CompactFlash Cards:

    I use this product to download videos from CF of DSRL with a MacBook Pro Retina 15. The software that i use is Silverstack. Work perfectly and fast.

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    3.0

    not as fast as I'd hoped

    By LeslieH

    from Birmingham, AL

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 Card Reader for CompactFlash Cards:

        I thought this would download much faster

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        5.0

        Great device

        By glenngould

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 Card Reader for CompactFlash Cards:

            Functioned as advertised.

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            • No

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            2.0

            Fast but Unreliable

            By Justin E!

            from Vancouver, Canada

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast

            Cons

            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

              Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 Card Reader for CompactFlash Cards:

              We bought a couple of these to do faster uploads. The problem is that when we plug two of them directly into the computer, then insert 2 cards to do an upload, they totally crash the computer (MacPro OSX Mavericks), requiring a hard restart. Talked to Lexar, they have no clue what's going on either and were not overly helpful. Ironically we hadn't bought Lexar products in a few years as the only CF cards we ever had go corrupt were Lexar Brand too. If you are using these card readers one at a time they seem okay but would you want to trust your shoot data to unreliable technology?

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              • No

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              5.0

              Eases my workflow

              By BrianThePilot

              from Union, NJ

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compatibility
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Home
                • Landscape Photography
                • Macro Photography
                • Portraits
                • Studio
                • Traveling
                • Workflow

                Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 Card Reader for CompactFlash Cards:

                Compatible with my LEXAR CF cards. Uploading the RAW Files is a breeze. I like the style and design of the reader and the rubberized dust cover for the front opening.

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                5.0

                Fast & Simple to use

                By sswogboy

                from Perth, Australia

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Home
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 Card Reader for CompactFlash Cards:

                  Just plug in and away you go. Super fast transfer rate and very simple to use. Previously bought a cheaper card reader (not from B&H) and had all my images deleted when I tried to transfer them to my PC. Not with this card reader, transferred without a hitch.

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                  5.0

                  Good card reader

                  By Pittsburgh photo

                  from Pittsburgh

                  Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 Card Reader for CompactFlash Cards:

                  Works well. I like it I'm thinking about getting the docking station.

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                  5.0

                  Excellant card reader

                  By chicagoarchitect

                  from chicago

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Fast Fast Fast
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Any Downloading Need

                    Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 Card Reader for CompactFlash Cards:

                    I replaced an older SanDisk reader that i was using and have seen a dramatic difference. It feels well built and has survived the hockey puck use by our cat without any problems. I am in the process of getting another one for my work computer given the increased speed of downloading.

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                    3.0

                    Great reader, BUT

                    By Rmjphotog

                    from New York, NY

                    Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 Card Reader for CompactFlash Cards:

                    The reader works, it's sturdy and it's fast. The only problem, and potentially a huge one, is the USB cable. It is not a standard cable, meaning proprietary. If the cable fails or if you lose it, and you are not near a professional camera store, you are out of luck. Not smart and not customer friendly. I would suggest always having a backup with you.

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                    5.0

                    Definitely not flimsy…I use it every day

                    By LotsaShots

                    from Lynn, MA

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Studio

                      Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 Card Reader for CompactFlash Cards:

                      Heavy duty.
                      You stick your card in and it quickly dumps the images where you meant them to go.
                      I didn't buy the complete hub, only just the two card readers that I would need.

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                      5.0

                      Easy and Portable

                      By GLPphoto

                      from Rye, NH

                      About Me Semi-Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Home
                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Studio
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 Card Reader for CompactFlash Cards:

                        Easy to use - reliable.

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                        5.0

                        Makes Transferring A lot Faster!

                        By Khristi

                        from Phoenix, AZ

                        Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 Card Reader for CompactFlash Cards:

                        I normally connect my camera to my computer to transfer photos for work and they took forever. Using this cut the transfer time in half! Great buy.

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                        5.0

                        Good card reader.

                        By New FF Photog.

                        from Lexington, KY

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 Card Reader for CompactFlash Cards:

                        I like this card reader. The only thing that bothers me is that it does not automatically "turn on" when I insert a card, but only reads the card when I unplug and the replug the USB cable.

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                        5.0

                        Inexpensive, efficient card reader

                        By Ken

                        from Kansas City, MO

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use

                          Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 Card Reader for CompactFlash Cards:

                          I am a hobbyist photographer just getting into it. I decided to buy this to see how much faster it would be than downloading directly from my camera (EOS 30D). I was delighted by the results. I came back from a recent trip with about 270 shots, both JPG and CR2 files. The download time was probably about a minute.

                          Very fast! I love it! Well worth the price.

                          The only thing I would change is to have a shorter cable, but that is just my preference.

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                          5.0

                          Best CF reader I've ever owned

                          By Vidspec

                          from Slidell LA

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                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 Card Reader for CompactFlash Cards:

                              I've tried several card readers but never really found one I liked until this unit. The cards easily fit the first time without the need to line the card up exactly. It is quickly recognized by all of my computers and well built. Highly recommended.

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                              5.0

                              Rugged, bulky, works alone or in Hub

                              By EVH

                              from Tuscaloosa, AL

                              About Me Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Fast
                              • Rugged
                              • Udma-7 Capable

                              Cons

                              • Bulky

                              Best Uses

                              • Photojournalism
                              • Sports Photography
                              • Traveling
                              • Wedding Photography

                              Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 Card Reader for CompactFlash Cards:

                              This Lexar reader works on its own as a USB 3.0 connected CompactFlash card reader, or in the Lexar 4-bay hubs (Professional Workflow HR1 (USB 3.0), HR2 (Thunderbolt). I use it with the hub as I mix CF and XQD cards from my Nikon D4.

                              This delivers the full speed of UDMA 7 spec cards, which moves images almost as fast as XQD cards. Using this reader with the 4-bay hub eliminates my tendency to just use XQD cards to avoid having to attach two readers to multiple ports on my laptop.

                              I think these individual units are overly large for their purpose, though less so for CF cards compared to SD cards, especially considering these are deep enough to protect the pins on the CF connection, which is often a weakness of many a CF reader. I get the feeling that the hub and the other readers are bulky due to the size of the CF reader in this series, which needed to be wider than the rest due to the shape of the card. If so, so be it, but I still think Lexar could have worked with the space better. It is still a solid tool however - it is rugged and solidly built.

                              The units have a too-bright operation light that you may find distracting - I'm considering some semi-transparent tape to reduce the intensity while still allowing it to be visible.

                              I also wish these units had both Thunderbolt and USB connections (they only offer USB 3.0) - they can be used in the Thunderbolt Hub that will ship soon however.

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                              5.0

                              Simple is good

                              By Blackriver

                              from Interlochen, MI

                              About Me Semi-Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Home
                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Macro Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Studio
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 Card Reader for CompactFlash Cards:

                                Pop the various card readers into the HR1 and your good to go, couldn't be easier. Love that you can add/chanve readers on the fly for anything out there.

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