Memory card manufacturer Lexar has announced a new card reader for users of XQD format memory cards that uses the USB 3.0 standard. The XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader is designed to be used with XQD 2.0 cards and to move large amounts of data in a short time. Lexar says the reader is particularly aimed at those shooting high quantities of Raw files and those recording 4K video, and claims the built-in USB plug on the reader makes it more portable and easy to use as no cables are required.

The reader is backward compatible with USB 2.0 devices, but obviously with some sacrifice in speed. Theoretically, USB 3.0 devices can transfer data at a rate of up to 640MB/s, which is ten times the theoretical speed of USB 2.0 devices. Currently the fastest read speed for a Lexar XQD card is 400MB/s.

The XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader will cost £29.99/$34.99 when it becomes available at the end of this month.
For more information see the Lexar website.

Press release:

Accelerate workflow with high-speed file transfer

Product highlights

  • Provides professional-level high-speed transfer of RAW images and 4K video files
  • Accelerates workflow, leveraging SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology
  • Designed for use with XQD™ 2.0 cards
  • Compact, portable design for photographers and videographers on the go
  • Five-year limited warranty

Quickly transfer files on the go with the Lexar Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader. This professional-level, portable USB 3.0 reader easily offloads a large number of RAW images and 4K video from your XQD 2.0 card to your computer at USB 3.0 speeds, accelerating workflow and getting you back behind the camera faster.

Quickly offload RAW images and 4K video. Leveraging SuperSpeed USB 3.0 performance, this small but mighty reader makes it easy to quickly transfer a huge number of large files and speed through post-production. This makes it an excellent choice for professional photographers and videographers—either in the studio or on the go.

Convenient portability. With its compact, portable design, you can slip the reader into your pocket and go. No need to tote a bag or carry cables. Its simple plug-and-play design with USB 3.0 connector makes it easy to quickly offload content—wherever you are. For versatility, it’s backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices at USB 2.0 speeds.

Rigorously tested. All Lexar product designs undergo extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs, facilities with more than 1,100 digital devices, to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability.