Lexar Professional Workflow Card Reader and Drive Hub Review

Introduction


There are many ways to get your data from memory cards to your system, server, or other memory cards, but it is far from all of these ways that are equally great. One of the best solutions for this comes from Lexar in the form of their Professional series Workflow card readers, portable SSDs, and storage drive hubs. Lexar provided me with a full set of these readers and a drive hub for reviews and today I’ll be showing you what they can do.

We’ve previously already reviewed the very affordable and compact Workflow DD512 portable USB 3.0 SSD and that is just one of the many options you have in this series. No matter what memory card type you use, you’ll find a reader for it and best of all, you can easily hook them up by simply plugging them into the drive hub.

Let us first talk a little about the drive hub itself, The Lexar Professional Workflow HR1. This is a four-bay drive hub that connects through a single USB 3.0 cable and comes with an external power supply to make sure that you got the optimal performance to all four readers at the same time.

While an external power supply can a little annoying, it is necessary to ensure a proper power supply to all four connected devices. The included AC adapter isn’t large and it won’t be a power hog either with its 20W maximum power consumption.

There is a second model available that also features a Thunderbolt 2 connection that will be particularly useful for Mac OS users on their iOS based systems. Whether you’re a pro photographer or videographer or an adventure seeker using a sports camcorder or aerial camera, it’s easy to create your custom workflow setup.

Thunderbolt 2 technology gives photographers and videographers the power to quickly transfer 4K video and other large media files at up to twice the speed of Thunderbolt and up to four times the speed of USB 3.0 devices. With a hub, you can easily copy and move files from one memory card to another, or back them up on a portable SSD that fits right into the hub next the card readers.

There are quite a few card readers available, among them the Workflow UR1 three-slot microSDHC/microSDXC UHS-II reader, the Workflow SR2 SDHC/SDXC UHS-II  reader, the Workflow CFR1 CompactFlash reader, and the Workflow CR1 CFast 2.0 card reader that I’ll be stocking my drive hub with today. All card readers are available with USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 to match your needs and drive hub.

The modular design allows you to easily swap card readers and storage drives depending on your needs, without the hassle of extra cables for each drive and the at times difficult connection access. Do you need four SD card readers at the same time? No problem. Do you need up to 12 micro SD cards at the same time? That’s no problem either. As you see, the choices are many and they are yours.

Feature Highlights:

  • Transfers images and video from multiple memory cards at once
  • Hubs leverage Thunderbolt 2 or USB 3.0 technologies for high-speed transfer of RAW images, high-res photos, and HD, 3D, and 4K video
  • Readers support today’s latest card formats—SDHC/SDXC UHS-I and UHS-II, CompactFlash UDMA 7, XQD
    2.0, CFast and CFast 2.0 (Thunderbolt or USB 3.0), and microSDHC/microSDXC UHS-I and UHS-II
  • Innovative, modular design
  • Use the card readers with a hub or on the go
  • Two-year limited warranty on hub and readers

Kingston Ultimate 600x 64GB Memory Card Review

Introduction


There are quite a few different types of memory cards on the market and thanks to Lexar and their Professional Workflow series I’m able to test almost all of them now. Today I’m starting off our new memory card reviews by taking a closer look at Kingston’s CompactFlash Ultimate 600x card with a capacity of 64GB. Kingston also offers the CompactFlash Ultimate 600x as a 32GB model for those that don’t need as much storage and would like a lower purchase price.

Professional photographers need Flash memory they can count on for even the most demanding shoots; When every image, every pixel, and every frame counts. A failing or bad memory card could cost you those moments and captures that you simply can’t get back again, so this isn’t a place where you should go for anything but the best. The CompactFlash Ultimate 600x offers a sustained write speed ratings of up to 600 times, hence the name 600x (600 times 150KBps), and it makes it Kingston’s fastest card to support high-end digital cameras and other devices using CompactFlash.

The card is designed to deliver superior results with fast data transfer and support for continuous shooting. The CompactFlash 600x card is rated for fast transfer rates of up to 90MB/sec when reading and writing. Especially the write performance has to be good on a card like this to support those burst shot actions in high resolutions. For added peace of mind, CompactFlash Ultimate comes with a bonus download of the data recovery software from MediaRECOVER. It lets you recover lost or deleted files and restore corrupt files on both Windows or Mac systems.

The CompactFlash Ultimate 600x is also a very economical card thanks to the auto sleep mode where it preserves the system battery life in the camera that you are using it in. The card has an operating temperature of zero to plus 60 degrees Celcius and a storage temperature rating of minus 20 to plus 85 degrees Celcius, allowing you to take your equipment into harsher environments.

Kinston flash memory undergoes the strictest quality controls and every single card is 100 percent tested, allowing you to use the cards with a peace of mind. Kingston further backs this quality with the well-known lifetime warranty. So whether you are capturing and storing high-definition video or high volumes of images in RAW, JPEG, TIFF and other large file formats, the Kingston CompactFlash Ultimate 600x will be a great card.

Two convenience factors added to the Ultimate 600x is the protective plastic case for the memory card as well as the ability to write a few notes on the rear of the card, helping you to keep track of what you’ve got stored on the card.

Features and Specifications

  • Supports burst mode and HD video
    Speed Rating: CF/xGB-U3:
    Speed: 90MB/s read, 90MB/s write
  • Capacities: 32GB, 64GB
  • Economical: auto sleep mode preserves system battery life
  • Recovery Utility Included: MediaRECOVER, Windows/Mac compatible
  • Dimensions: 1.43″ x 1.68″ x 0.13″ (36.4mm x 42.8mm x 3.3mm) – CF Type I
  • Operating Temperature: 32° to 140°F / 0° to 60°C
  • Storage Temperature: -4° to 185°F / -20° to 85° C
  • Guarantee: lifetime warranty

Package and Accessories

The Kingston CompactFlash Ultimate 600x comes in a simple blister package that showcases the actual card on the front along with the well known Kingston leaflet design.

We can see a few more details we can see a few more details of the memory card on the rear of the package, provided in several languages. The compatible operating systems for the MediaRecovery software are also covered here.

The inside leaflet folds out but doesn’t hold much more information. Other than that, we only find the memory card in its protective casing inside the blister pack.

Silicon Power Releases Impressive Superior CF 1100X

Silicon Power released a new memory card for professional video and photographers, the new Superior CF 1100X. I’ve had the pleasure to play around with some fast memory cards over the time, but I’ve personally not had anything better than 600x speed which makes 1100x quite impressive.

The Superior CF 1100X is built with SLC NAND for the best reliability, in fact, it has an endurance and durability that is over 33 times higher than MLC-based products. It offers up to 100K erase and write cycles for outstanding reliability for a long time.

The card is rated for transfer speeds up to 165MB/s reading and 151 MB/s writing and it supports UDMA 7 mode which increases workflow efficiency. With this card, you will be able to capture up to 14 FPS continuously with a full-frame camera. The card is also compliant with the Video Performance Guarantee (VPG-65) that ensures video capture at a minimum sustained write speed of 65MB/s for 4K video recording.

Silicon Power’s Superior 1100X is available in two capacities, either 32GB or 64GB, and it is backed by a lifetime warranty.

Features

  • Compliant with CompactFlash 6.0 specification
  • 1100X high transfer rate, and UDMA 7 compliant
  • Supports 14 fps (frames per second) for full-frame camera
  • Built-in original SLC NAND Flash for excellent endurance and prolonged lifespan
  • Optimized for 3D, 4K, and Full HD videos and images
  • Compliant with VPG-65 standard
  • Built-in ECC technology
  • Durability: 100,000 erase/ write cycles
  • MTBF: More than 1,000,000 hours