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Lexar introduces 600x 64GB microSDXC UHS-I card, four-way reader hub

By dpreview staff on Sep 5, 2013 at 18:13 GMT

Lexar has introduced a new 64GB MicroSDXC UHS-I card and a reader hub capable of copying data from four memory cards simultaneously. The new 600x MicroSDXC card is capable of 90MB per second transfer speeds, and will be sold bundled with a USB 3.0 reader. The card reader hub, called the 'Professional Workflow Reader Solution,' uses one USB 3.0 port to transfer data from four (separately sold) memory card readers. SDHC/SDXC UHS-I, UDMA 7 CompactFlash, and XQD card readers are available for the hub's four bays. The MicroSDXC card is priced at $99.99; the reader hub will cost $79.99. SDHC/SDXC and CompactFlash readers for the hub will cost $29.99 each, and the XQD reader will cost $44.99. 

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Press Release:

Lexar High-Performance microSDXC 600x UHS-I Memory Card Enhances Mobile Video Capabilities

 New 64GB microSDXC Card Quickly Captures, Stores, Plays Back, and Transfers HD Video, 3D Video, and Other Files on Smartphones, Tablets and Sports Camcorders

Key Messages:

  • Delivers high read transfer speeds up to 600x (90MB per second)*
  • 64GB capacity enables users to store up to eight hours of HD video as well as thousands of photos and songs**
  • Includes a USB 3.0 reader for high-speed file transfer rates from memory cards to a PC or Mac® computer

Multimedia Elements:

Berlin, Germany, September 5, 2013 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the 64GB Lexar® High-Performance microSDXC™ UHS-I card with read transfer speeds up to 600x (90MB per second).* Designed to enhance the mobile video capabilities of smartphones, tablets, and sports camcorders, the Class 10 microSDXC UHS-I card allows users to capture, store, play back, and transfer up to eight hours of 1080p full-HD video and thousands of photos and songs.**

 "Over the past decade, mobile technologies including smartphones, tablets, and action video cameras have become an integral part of everyday life – and new capabilities are continually being added to enhance these technologies. Mobile devices offer convenience for business and personal needs, as well as the ability to capture those special, every day moments," said Adam Kaufman, product marketing manager, Lexar. "The Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card provides users with a premium mobile solution that allows them to spend less time offloading their increasingly large files and more time capturing those important moments while they’re on the go."

The Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card comes with a USB 3.0 reader to enable high-speed file transfer rates from card to a computer. Lexar memory card designs undergo extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability with more than 1,100 digital devices. The 64GB High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card comes with a limited lifetime warranty. The reader is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports and comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Available for purchase from Lexar.com and leading e-tail outlets worldwide, the 64GB Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card will be available with an MSRP of $99.99. For additional information about Lexar products, visit www.lexar.com.

*Up to 90MB/s read transfer, write speeds lower. Speeds based on TestMetrix certified tester. x=150KB/s.

**Assumes 8-megapixel JPEG. 128-kbps MP3 audio. HD 1080p@24fps (5 Mbps) video. 24,800 photos and 14,200 songs. Actual number of photos, songs, and video hours will vary depending on camera/device model, format resolution and compression, usable capacity, and bundled software.


 Press Release: 

Lexar Introduces World’s First Professional Workflow Reader Solution That Transfers Images From Up to Four Memory Cards at Once

New Four-Bay Reader Hub and Choice of Readers Provides Users with a Customized Solution to Dramatically Improve Current Workflows and Adapt for Future Card Formats

Key Messages:

  • Dramatically accelerates workflow by transferring video and images from up to four memory cards simultaneously while using just one USB 3.0 port
  • Modular design supports popular memory card formats, including XQD, UDMA 7 CompactFlash, SDHC UHS-I and SDXC UHS-I
  • Enables videographers and photographers to future-proof their workflow setup with ability to integrate new memory card formats as they become available

Multimedia Elements:

Berlin, Germany, September 5, 2013 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the Lexar® Professional Workflow Reader Solution, the only solution that transfers video and images from up to four memory cards at once using just one USB port. The solution includes a four-bay reader hub compatible with popular card formats, such as XQD™, UDMA 7 CompactFlash® (CF), Secure Digital Extended Capacity™ (SDXC) Ultra High Speed-I (UHS-I), and Secure Digital High Capacity™ (SDHC) UHS-I.

The Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution allows users to mix and match readers in the hub. The readers are sold separately so users can configure the hub into an ideal solution that meets their individual workflow needs:

  • Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 (Four-Bay USB 3.0 Reader Hub)
  • Lexar Professional Workflow SR1 (SDHC UHS-I and SDXC UHS-I USB 3.0 Reader)
  • Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 (UDMA 7 CompactFlash USB 3.0 Reader)
  • Lexar Professional Workflow XR1 (XQD USB 3.0 Reader)

“The new Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution is a game changer, and will surpass many expectations as to what a card reader can add to a photographer’s workflow process," said Lexar Elite Photographer Scott Kelby, the leading voice in photo editing and processing. "In today's digital imaging industry, speed is the major factor that impacts all photographers and videographers. This product has been cleverly designed with a wonderful fit and finish, and once again demonstrates how Lexar is listening to its customers and delivering the kind of innovative products photographers need to stay on top in this highly competitive business."

The Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution transfers RAW images, high-res photos, and HD, 3D, and 4K video files at USB 3.0 speeds when using a USB 3.0 port. The modular design of the Professional Workflow Reader Solution makes it adaptable to changing technologies for future use, including new and emerging memory card formats.

“Photographers and videographers constantly struggle with improving and adjusting the efficiency of their personal workflows, and the growing number of memory card formats make this even more challenging,” said Adam Kaufman, product marketing manager, Lexar. “We designed the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution to allow users to build a completely unique system that suits their needs so they can get to editing and shooting sooner. Whether photographers or videographers are shooting on four cards of the same format, or four different types of cards, the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution lets them offload work faster, greatly reducing the time spent moving content from a card to a computer.”

The Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution comes with a two-year limited warranty,  is compatible with both PC and Mac® systems, and is available for purchase from Lexar.com and leading retail and e-tail outlets worldwide. The Four-Bay USB 3.0 Reader Hub has an MSRP of $79.99 and the readers have MSRPs of $29.99 (CFR1 and SR1) and $44.99 (XR1). For additional information about Lexar products, visit www.lexar.com.

Comments

Total comments: 11
yabokkie
By yabokkie (7 months ago)

this is near what I've been wanting inside a camera
an SD RAID magazine for sustained high frame rate and video.

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tecnoworld
By tecnoworld (7 months ago)

I agree, it's time for such solutions, since the write speeds of these cards are always so low.

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Reactive
By Reactive (7 months ago)

What a ridiculous piece of over-design for a card-reader! The announcement should have read: "While Lexar has gained a solid reputation for it's memory cards, we thought we'd try to milk that reputation by selling the card reader too. Your PC's built-in card reader doesn't give us a look-in, so we thought we'd get you to spend all over again on a shiny piano-black device that does the same thing. And of course you need to read four cards at once, even though you can't do anything with four folders of data at the same time."

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Alec
By Alec (7 months ago)

This hub is for pros. After a single shoot, I sometimes end up with ~50GB of raw stills (1 or 2 bodies, so 1 or 2 cards), plus background footage from front and back video cams.

I already utilize a USB3 reader plus a SATA reader in my computer to do 2 cards at once. I will probably get this unit.

Faster transfers result in serious savings where time is money. I realize I can do something else while the files are transferring, but clearly individually handling cards in sequence causes me to waste a lot more time than setting up all transfers in one shot.

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Nukunukoo
By Nukunukoo (7 months ago)

Then it's not for you. The hub is clearly designed for pros. On every event, I can easily use more than a hundred shots on my Extreme cards, offloading them to the Macbook. Simultaneously offloading them at USB 3.0 speeds is a godsend, especially in a middle of a session.

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Shamael
By Shamael (7 months ago)

That hub is useless, having 4 x 64 gigs of pictures at once or only 64 gigs at once, you will never rework that much shots in one day. If you plug 4 usb adapters in a simple hub, you get the same. Then, for the USB adapter, I ask myself why cameras can not have a usb slot to simply put such adpaters in. You pull them out, plug into your PC and the thing is done. Easy and fast to change, you cary a few in different colors for the type of work you do. But, camera makers have not even yet found that USB3 is reality. In opposite they waste their time with more microwave pollution by wi-fi.

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Nukunukoo
By Nukunukoo (7 months ago)

Read the comments above and if you are a Nikon user with two simultaneous SD on busy shoots, you'd know.

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joe6pack
By joe6pack (7 months ago)

I don't get it. What is the hub for? How is it different from a USB hub? Why does a photographer need so many card readers all at once?

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CollBaxter
By CollBaxter (7 months ago)

If you shoot raw at 36MP and shoot a 1000-2000 shots in one day then maybe you will you will see why you want all the cards mounted at once. 4 X CF cards = 4 X independent readers. Maybe it can see them all as one drive which would be real nice.

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Damon Lynch
By Damon Lynch (7 months ago)

To answer one of your questions, think of a business that has more than one photographer working there and has a high volume of images each day, e.g. a news organization. Or the single video professional who records 4K video to Compact Flash. Etc.

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William Koehler
By William Koehler (7 months ago)

I have personally shot events (video) with up to five cameras and two hours in length. The full data set was about 125 GB. Being able to import four video streams simultaneously and walk away while the computer does the work would be very nice. Just because YOU don't need/want it does not mean no one else does.

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