Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub

Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub

Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub

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Product Highlights

  • Four-Bay USB 3.0 Reader Hub
  • Transfer from Four Cards Simultaneously
  • Modular and Configurable Design
  • High-Speed USB 3.0 Transfer Rates
  • Optional SDHC/SDXC Reader
  • Optional microSDHC/microSDXC Reader
  • Optional CompactFlash Reader
  • Optional XQD & CFast 2.0 Readers
  • Future-Proof Design
  • Mac/Windows Compatible
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Lexar HR1 Hub overview

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The Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub is a modular four-bay reader hub designed to accept up to four optional dedicated card readers. This solution enables quick, USB 3.0-speed transferring of files from up to four memory cards simultaneously. The unique configurable structure of the hub allows users to insert a variety of reader types based on personal needs, with the ability to use either four of the same or any combination of SDHC/SDXC UHS-I and UHS-II, microSDHC/microSDXC UHS-I, CompactFlash UDMA 7, CFast 2.0, or XQD card types. Also available for the Workflow HR1 Hub are two flash storage drives with capacities of 256 and 512GB. These optional drives help make it easy to store your transferred files. Included with this hub is a USB 3.0 cable and a power supply with North American and Australian power adapters.

Modular four-bay memory card reader hub accepts any combination of up to four Professional Workflow SDHC/SDXC UHS-I, CompactFlash UDMA 7, or XQD readers.
Enables high-speed transferring of files from up to four memory cards at once.
Hub design eliminates cable clutter by requiring just one USB connection to support multiple card types.
USB 3.0 support, and USB 2.0 backward-compatibility, for quick offloading of data is ideally-suited to RAW and high-resolution photos or HD, 3D, or 4K video files.
Future-proof design enables hub to accept any future supported card types or formats.
Compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 or later and Windows 7/8 operating systems.
UPC: 650590180189
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Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • Power Supply with North American and Australian Power Adapters
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Lexar HR1 Hub specs

    System Requirements Mac OS X 10.6 or later
    Windows 7 or 8
    USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port
    Power Requirements 2.7-3.6 V
    Memory Card Compatibility Optional readers for:
    SDHC/SDXC UHS-I
    CompactFlash UDMA 7
    XQD
    Certifications FCC, CE, WEEE, C-Tick, China RoHS, USB-IF 3.0, VCCI, BSMI
    Operating Temperature 32-122°F / 0-50°C
    Dimensions 3.3 x 4.3 x 6" / 85 x 110 x 153 mm
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.4 x 8.3 x 3.7"

    Lexar HR1 Hub reviews

    Professional Workflow HR1 Hub is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 51.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for high volume shooters 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!
    Date published: 2014-02-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally a Fast and Stacking option. We shoot weddings with 4 cameras. Needless to say, there are numerous cards to ingest afterwards. The ability to import 4 cards at a time allows me to do something else while that goes in the background. Indicator lights flash when a card is in use which is helpful to know when you eject particular items and want to remove them. We have 4 CF readers installed in ours and not having 4 different USB cables running to a messy bus is another plus. We've waited a long time for something like this. I wish there was a Thunderbolt HUB or perhaps both Firewire 800 and USB3 on the back but alas, the world is moving on from FW800.
    Date published: 2014-01-14
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great idea, a few flaws, failed within a Short version: Great idea, a few flaws, failed within a week.Long version: I shoot timelapse and can use CF, XQD, and SD all on the same shoot. So I bought 4 CF modules, and one XQD and one SD module. It adds up. I purchased this specifically to be able to do multiple, simultaneous transfers from a variety of media cards.For that task, it works extremely well - I was able to copy off to a fast SSD from 3 CFs and one XQD at a combined, sustained rate of about 420 MB/sec. If I had faster cards, it could likely have gone faster. So for that, it is GREAT. If you are buying this to get faster downloads into Lightroom, it will only offer convenience, not greater speed - my $ Lexar Pro Combo (CF/SD) Reader is a bit faster. But for convenience, it is great to have up to 4 readers live and plugged in, all from a single USB 3.0 cable (they offer a Thunderbolt version as well, for $)The downsides, and why only 2 not 4 stars: - It comes with a small power inverter, and requires it. Sigh. So if you were thinking of doing high speed transfers in the field, no go. Individual modules will work standalone just using the provided USB 3.0 cable, but the hub requires plugging it into a wall. -the cables on the device side are the chunky, looks-like-a-printer-cable - so the flat USB 3.0 cables you're probably using with your other small devices won't work with this.-THE BIGGEST PROBLEM - MY PARTICULAR UNIT DIED WITHIN A WEEK. I'm very, VERY glad I wasn't relying on this for a job! I plugged it in and left it plugged in, blinded by the overly bright blue LED when working in a dark studio, but when I came in one day less than a week after I purchased it, the light was dark. I don't know and almost don't care whether it is the power inverter or the unit itself - I bought something I wanted to rely on, and it died. So I'm sending it back for a replacement. Overall, this thing is great for the purposes of using fewer ports, taking up less space than 4 individual readers, and multiple simultaneous transfers. This thing is NOT great if you want to make your Lightroom imports go faster, or want to rely on this particular one to actually, you know, WORK.
    Date published: 2015-01-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simultaneously import into Lightroom 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
    Date published: 2014-06-08
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from CAUTION: Does NOT copy cards to SSD without a PC Hi all, May sound foolish, but I bought this with the SSD assuming it would be able to copy cards to its own drive itself, so be useful for field unloading of the mondo 4K field media our new FS7 camera churns out. It does NOT do this... no brains of its own, does nothing without a laptop attached. A real pity, would've been a hell of a useful if it did! Also makes the SSDs a bit silly in my mind; why bother with something proprietary like this when you can just buy generic 2.5 inch drives cheaper?
    Date published: 2015-07-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2014-07-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I am growing my photography business from hobbyist to professional and the professional Lexar 4-bay-card reader has been a life saver. I frequently have 8-10 cards per wedding between my second shooter and myself. I can download 4 cards in the matter of 15 minutes or so. Now I'm not waiting for each card to download before switching each card out. LOVE...LOVE...IT!!!
    Date published: 2016-02-15
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Incomplete I like the modular system built to looking forward the future, but this device is only for memory cards READERS. I want all in one: reader and WRITABLE. It would be great to buck up in diffents memoy cards. So, I will wait for the next HR2
    Date published: 2013-10-21
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