Lexar Launches Compact Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader

Moving on to camera equipment that doesn’t use the more-or-less default SD or micro SD cards creates an issue with most portable systems, you can’t just slide the memory card into your notebook and transfer the files over for backup or editing. Most portable systems such as notebook and ultrabooks feature SD card slots, but what if your equipment uses QXD cards instead? That’s when you need an external card reader and Lexar just introduced the Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader which is designed to aid professionals in quickly transferring files from XQD 2.0 cards to computers and not take up a lot of space.

Lexar already has the impressive Workflow XR2 reader, but this one is a more compact version that’s better suited for people with limited space on the go. It can easily slip into a pocket or bag, and offers a simple plug-and-play design with a USB 3.0 connector so content can be securely transferred on the go. Whether you capture photos in the RAW image format or record 4K video, this card reader will have your files transferred in no time.

“Given the rapid growth and widespread appeal of 4K video, we realised it was essential to create a reader for XQD 2.0 cards that provided professionals with a way to transfer great video and photo content without the wait time,” said Steffi Ho, product marketing manager, Lexar. “The Lexar Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader supercharges post-production content transfer, no matter what you’re shooting.”

Lexar backs the Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader with an impressive 5-year warranty and it comes with an MSRP of £29.99. Availability is expected in late April.

Feature 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

Lexar 512GB Portable SSD D512 USB 3.0 Solid State Drive Review

Introduction


Today we are taking a closer look at fast external storage, more specifically Lexar’s newest portable SSD called the D512. Lexar also offers the drive in a smaller D256 version with 256GB capacity, but I have the pleasure to have to big 512GB model on the test bench today.

Right away we see that we have a small and compact drive which is perfect for a portable unit. On top of that, it is also a very light drive that you barely will notice when you have it packed next to the rest of your items. So we have a strong portable drive right of the start, but what about the performance. Performance has to match and that’s where a portable SSD shines over a flash drive. Both types of drives use NAND technology, but other than that there are big differences.

Lexar’s portable SSD is capable of sequential transfer speeds up to 450MB/s when reading and 245MB/s writing which is pretty nice for a portable storage solution that is as small and light as the D512. The is no official rating for random performance, but we’ll naturally have a look at that once we get the benchmarks rolling.

The tiny D512 provides plenty of space for you while you are on the go and travel about. Whether you want to take along you movie collect, music library, and photos, you’re covered with plenty of storage. It is also an optimal drive to unload all your vacation photos onto from memory cards and portable capture devices.

One of the unique things that come with the D512 is the capacity meter on the front. The first five LEDs act as such and will light up as the drive gets filled with data. This allows you an instant view on the drive fillage as soon as you plug it into your system. The second unique feature works in conjunction with Lexar’s other Workflow products. The new portable SSD uses the same form factor and connector which makes it compatible with the Workflow drive hubs. Just plug the drive in and you are good to go. I love the Workflow system so much and use it almost every day for my work here at eTeknix.

The drive is also highly compatible when it comes to volume setup as it supports both NTFS, FAT32, and exFAT. On its own, the drive is fully plug-and-play and doesn’t require any drivers or tools of any sort. This naturally originates from USB standard that is plug-and-play by definition.

Lexar is part of the Micron Group which also means that the drive is equipped with some of the best NAND flash on the market and that has undergone high-grade quality checks before assembly.

Feature Highlights

  • SSD-level performance — up to 450MB/s read and 245MB/s write speeds
  • Sleek and compact design
  • Available in 256GB and 512GB capacity options
  • LED capacity meter displays available storage space
  • Great for use with Lexar Professional Workflow line products
  • Two-year limited warranty

Package and Accessories

Lexar packed the 512GB Portable SSD in a neat white box that shows the drive’s look and basic specifications on the top.

The bottom of the box also has the system requirements, which is a USB port, as well as the basic specification again, but in several languages.

Inside the box, you will find the portable SSD itself as well as a USB 3.0 cable.

Both sides of the drive are covered with a protective plastic film to make sure it arrives scratch-free in your hands. It also gives you that little bit of joy it is to remove the film from your brand new device.

Lexar Announces New 200GB High-Performance microSDXC Card

Lexar released a new memory card for those that need a lot of speed and a lot of storage at the same time as they announced the release of their new 200GB microSDXC card that comes with a 633x speed rating and an SD Class U1 rating.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a 200GB card in this size, but it is the first time that it goes mainstream and becomes an available card for normal people that want that extra capacity in their smartphones, tablets, and other portable devices based on SD cards. The 633x speed rating (633 times 150KB/s) equals to about 95MB/s which is the read speed that this card can perform – far higher than the official U1 rating. The 200GB capacity is enough to store up to 17 hours of 4K and Full HD video, 33,000 photos, or 28,000 of your favourite songs – if you even got a library that size at all.

“Professional and everyday photographers are now more passionate about shooting high-quality video, on everything from digital SLRs to sports and aerial cameras,” said Steffi Ho, product marketing manager, Lexar. “With the Lexar 200GB microSDXC UHS-I card, photographers can continue to capture and store large amounts of content on the go, without having to worry about running out of space.

Lexar also included a USB 3.0 card reader for high-speed card-to-computer transfer of all your captured moments. The card reader is naturally backward compatible with USB 2.0, so a connection to legacy systems won’t be an issue either. The 200GB Lexar High-Performance 633x microSDXC UHS-I card comes with a limited lifetime warranty while the card reader itself has a 1-year limited warranty.

Should your interest be tickled by this news, then the good part is that it’s already available and it isn’t even as expensive as you might think. The new card is currently available for purchase with an MSRP of £109.99.

Lexar Releases A Bunch of New Flash Products

Lexar released a bunch of new flash-based products and we naturally also want to update you on these. While HDDs are the go-to medium for NAS and SSDs for the PC systems, we shouldn’t forget about our portable storage and mobile devices.

The drive pictured above is the first of Lexar’s new flash drives and it is actually an SSD, just an external one. We have previously reviewed Lexar’s Professional Workflow SSD in the same form factor and that is compatible with the Workflow drive dock system, and this new Lexar Portable SSD is compatible to that system too despite not being from the Professional Workflow series.

The compact and durable drive reads with up to 450MB/s and writes with up to 245MB/s, making it quick and easy to take your files on the go. The LEDs on the front work as capacity meter and the drive is available as 256GB and 512GB models. Since it’s a full-fledged SSD, the drive supports NTFS, FAT, and exxFAT without any trouble. The Lexar Portable SSD will be available in Q1 2016 with MSRPs of £120.99 (256GB) and £200.99 (512GB), a more than fair price.

The second new Lexar product is the 1800x microSD card with impressive speeds that hold up to even the most demanding tasks. The Lexar 1800x is available as 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB models and it leverages Ultra High Speed II (U3 technology) to provide you with the best experience. The card is capable of speeds up to 270MB/s read speeds and is designed for high-speed capture of extended lengths of 4K, 3D, and 1080p full-HD video and high-quality images.

Lexar’s Professional 1800x microSD UHS-II cards are already available with an MSRP of £65.99 (32GB), £109.99 (64GB), and £219.99 (128GB).

The next new Lexar product is quite ingenious. Whether you’ll want to call it a 3-in-1 drive or an Apple Lightning charging cable with built-in flash storage, you’d be right. The JumpDrive C20i is all that and also a USB 3.0 flash drive at the same time, completing the 3-in-1 scenario. The drive can read with up to 95 MB/s and write with up to 20 MB/s for easy expansion of your iPhone or iPad memory. The new JumpDrive C20i flash drive will be available in Q1 of 2016 and have MSRPs of £28.99 (16GB), £39.99 (32GB), £56.99 (64GB), and £79.99 (128GB).

The last new Lexar drive is a little more traditional and it is called the JumpDrive S45. The tiny nano-styled drive is designed for a plug-and-stay setup with its low profile. It is capable of speeds up to 150MB/s reading and 45MB/s writing and be available in capacities up to 128GB. An impressive capacity for a nano-drive. Depending on the capacity, the JumpDrive S45 comes in different colours: Orange, Blue, Teal, and black. Along with the JumpDrive S45, you also get the EncryptStick Lite software for 256-bit AES encryption of your content. The flash drive has MSRPs of £7.99 (16GB), £10.99 (32GB), £18.99 (64GB), and £28.99 (128GB) and will be available in Q1 2016.

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 SDA3 256GB SDXC UHS-I U3 Memory Card Review

Introduction


SD memory cards are probably the most commonly found among our readers and today I’m testing Kingston’s SDA3 256GB SHXC memory card to see how well it performs. It is already an impressive card just by looking at the capacity, but it also brings a performance to match making it perfect for burst photo shooting as well as 4K UHD video recordings.

Kingston’s SDXC UHS-I U3 Flash card allows you to move to faster performance, do a better job, and do it faster. The card is rated for speeds up to 90MB/s while reading and 80MB/s while writing. That is a UHS-I Class 3 performance and it is 9x faster than a standard Class 10 SD card that quite a few people still use these days. It meets the SD Association’s latest specification release, UHS-I U3 (Ultra High-Speed Bus, Speed Class 3), which guarantees a performance of at least 30MB/s and enough bandwidth to record and playback 4K2K video without interruption. The Kingston SDA3 clearly passes those performance specifications with plenty to spare.

Kingston’s SDA3 memory card is also a very rugged card that can withstand quite a bit. The SDA3 is waterproof, temperature proof, shock proof, vibration proof, and airport x-ray protected. It has an operating temperature rating from minus 25 to plus 85 degrees Celcius and a storage temperature rating all the way down to minus 40 degrees Celcius. The waterproofing isn’t for deep diving, but it can still withstand to be submerged in up to 1-meter deep water for up to 30 minutes. The card has also passed MIL-STD-883H, METHOD 2002.5 military standard test method for shock and vibrations.

The Kingston SDA3 is fast enough to capture quality videos in Full HD (1080p), Ultra HD (2160p), 3D and 4K2K resolutions as well as capture high megapixel images in burst shot mode. Users can capture cinema-quality videos on high-performance cameras such as Digital Single Lens Reflex (D-SLR), Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (D-SLM), camcorders and video cameras. It is ideal for television recordings as well as live broadcasts, plus it lets you edit files faster and provides faster upload times when using USB 3.0 card readers. The high sustained write speeds ensure video integrity by reducing stutter and allow photographers to shoot in continuous burst mode.

Kingston’s SDA3 is available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities and the cards are backed by Kingston’s legendary reliability and lifetime warranty.

SD cards usually come with a handy drive lock and it is no different on Kingston’s SDA3 card. Slide the tiny lock down to write protect the card and prevent accidental deletion of the content.

Features and Specifications

  • Ideal for high-performance D-SLR and D-SLM cameras and 4K camcorders
  • Capacities: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB – for thousands of photos and hours of video,
  • Impressive UHS-I Class 3 performance for 4K or 2K video
    Performance up to 90MB/s read and 80MB/s write
  • Secure: built-in write-protect switch prevents accidental data loss
  • File format: exFAT SDXC 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • Compliant: with the SD Card Association specification
  • Dimensions: 24mm x 32mm x 2.1mm
  • Storage Temperatures: -40°C to 85°C
  • Operating Temperature: -25°C to 85°C
  • Voltage: 3.3v
  • Lifetime warranty, free technical support

Packaging

Kingston’s SDA3 comes in a cardboard package that shows the actually included drive right on the front. The design is a typical Kingston design that makes it easy to spot from far away. The speed rating and capacity are displayed right on the front.

The rear of the package has all the fine print as well as compatible devices.

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.

Lexar Also Introduces Fastest XQD 2.0 Card and New Flash Drives

Lexar has even more in store for us today than the previously mentioned SDXC and CFast 2.0 cards, they also released the world’s fastest XQD 2.0 card, the Lexar Professional 2933x and also the 1400x XQD 2.0 card. New and faster cards also require a faster card reader and Lexar released the Professional Workflow XR2 XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 reader at the same time.

The Professional 2933x XQD 2.0 is the fastest XQD card on the market today, designed for use with the latest generation of high-definition camcorders and high-resolution DSLRs and it delivers read transfer speeds up to 440MB/s. The 1400X isn’t quite as fast but still delivers an impressive read transfer speed up to 210MB/s. Both of these new cards support PCI Express Gen 2 and USB 3.0 interfaces.

The MSRP for the Lexar Professional 2933x XQD 2.0 card is £479.99 (128GB), £255.99 (64GB), £139.99 (32GB) while the Lexar Professional 1400x XQD 2.0 cards will set you back £149.99 (64GB) and £96.99 (32GB)

The Lexar Professional Workflow XR2 XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 reader is compatible with both the Professional Workflow HR2 and Workflow HR1 stations, making it plug and play for those who have one. It is still a plug and play experience for everyone else. If you shouldn’t have one of the awesome Workflow HR, then you’ll just connect it with a normal USB 3.0 cable. The Lexar Professional Workflow XR2 XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 reader has an MSRP of £35.99 and will be available in October.

Memory cards aren’t the solution in every scenario and sometimes the more traditional flash drive is the better usage choice. Lexar also released two new 2-in-1 models, the JumpDrive M20c and the Lexar JumpDrive M20i.

The JumpDrive M20c is designed for the next-generation USB Type-C enabled devices and also features a normal USB 3.0 connector with backwards compatibility. The JumpDrive M20i is basically the same, but it is designed for use with iOS devices and comes with a Lightning connector instead of the USB Type-C. These flash drives enable users to easily offload and move photos and videos between smartphones and tablets and onto their computers.

The Lexar JumpDrive M20c leverages USB 3.0 performance with up to 150MB/s read and 60MB/s write speeds while the JumpDrive M20i provides read speeds up to 95MB/s and write speeds up to 20MB/s.

Both flash drives come with a three-year limited warranty. The new JumpDrive M20c USB Type-C flash drives have MSRPs of £16.99 (16GB), £21.99 (32GB), and £33.99 (64GB) and the new JumpDrive M20i have MSRPs of £39.99 (16GB), £54.99 (32GB), and £77.99 (64GB). Both will be available in October

Lexar Introduce World’s Fastest SDXC UHS-II and CFast 2.0 Memory Cards


There is no doubt that we all want smaller and faster storage for our gadgets. One of the areas where fast storage is a prime factor is video and photo capturing. With the ever-increasing Mega Pixels captured at ever-increasing frame rates, now also at 360 degrees and 3D, you need some serious storage to keep up. Lexar has been a busy little beaver and built a full row of new memory cards and flash drives that should satisfy those needs and that will become available for purchase later this year.

SD cards are one of the most used form factors when it comes to memory cards and Lexar’s new 128GB Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II card would be great in any device. The Ultra High Speed II, UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) specification allows the 2000x SDXC card to quickly capture and transfers extended lengths of 4K, 1080p full-HD, and 3D video, as well as high-quality images. The new 128GB capacity card offers read transfer speeds up to 300MB per second and write speeds up to 260MB per second. The Lexar 128GB Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II card will be available in October with an MSRP of £224.99, but that includes a lifetime warranty and lifetime copy of Image Rescue software.

“By delivering the fastest SDXC memory card with the highest capacity available on the market, Lexar is focused on providing professional videographers and photographers with the necessary tools to perform at new levels,” said Steffi Ho, product marketing manager, Lexar. “Demand for cinematography-grade video and images requires the ability to shoot, store, and transfer more content than ever on a single card, and the 128GB Lexar Professional 2000x SDXC empowers professionals to meet those demands.”

If the 2000x still doesn’t provide enough storage space and speed for you, then you’ll need to look at the CFast 2.0 card series of Lexar that just got two new additions, the Lexar Professional 3600x CFast 2.0 card and the Lexar Professional 3500x CFast 2.0 card. Both cards are perfect for 4K video and beyond with a performance of up to 540MB/s for the 3600x and 525MB/s for the 3500x.

The Lexar Professional 3600x CFast 2.0 card will be available in 256GB and 128GB capacities, and it is specifically optimised for ARRI cameras. The Lexar Professional 3500x CFast 2.0 memory card will be available in capacities ranging from 32GB to 256GB.

The Lexar Professional 3600x CFast 2.0 card has MSRPs of £739.99 (256GB) and £394.99 (128GB). The Lexar Professional 3500x CFast 2.0 card has MSRPs of £739.99 (256GB), £394.99(128GB), £213.99 (64GB) and £129.99 (32GB). That’s not cheap, but you get the best.

These are some serious memory cards and the fastest of their kind. Well done Lexar. How well do your current memory cards compare to these specs? Time for an upgrade?

Crucial and Lexar Showcase Latest Storage Products @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – While, at the Crucial booth, we were contemplating how far storage technology has come in just a few years. With the humble hard drive being the ‘standard’ storage device with its technology dating back to the mid 20th century. In more recent years, we have seen the compression in terms of size and explosion in storage capacities. Crucial showcase today what they have made a name for themselves in, reliable and affordable NAND storage solutions. We see a wide range of storage products on display; including conventional MX200 SSD’s and LEXAR USB flash drives and SD cards.

One thing that plagues memory manufacturers is price, but we have seen a sharp decline in the overall price of NAND technology that consumer SSD options have surpassed the £1 per 1GB mark and are almost to the same price points as conventional hard drives.

 

We look forward to reviewing more of Crucial’s products in the future. We will keep you updated with any news and events from the rest of Computex 2015.

Lexar Professional 3400x CFast 2.0 Cards Now Available

Lexar announced immediate availability of the Lexar Professional 3400x CFast 2.0 cards. The new cards enable professional cinematographers to quickly capture high-end, cinematic quality video and dramatically accelerate post-production workflow with read transfer speeds up to 510MB per second.

“Our Professional 3400x CFast 2.0 card offers content creators the right storage solutions to keep up with the demands of 4K and beyond cinema-level videography,” said Adam Kaufman, director of card product marketing, Lexar. “With industry-leading write performance and capacities, we are excited to know that the next generation of content will be captured on Lexar memory cards.”

The Lexar Professional 3400x CFast 2.0 card is available in capacities from 32GB up to 256GB, enough to capture all your moments. It comes bundled with the latest version of Image Rescue software and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

The new Lexar CFast 2.0 cards come with some serious speed, but also a serious MSRPs of £874.99 for 256GB, £525.99 for 128GB, £289.99 for 64GB, and £142.99 for 32GB.

Thanks to Lexar for providing us with this information

Lexar JumpDrive M20 2-in-1Flash Drive Review

Introduction


There are thousands of USB sticks and flash storage on the market and as we all know, they’re not all built the same. Lexar, by Micron, know a lot about flash-based storage and have come out with their JumpDrive M20 Flashdrive. The M20 is a drive that combines many things seen prior, but not in the same product.

The JumpDrive M20 supports USB On-the-Go (OTG) and can be plugged directly into a compatible smart device for easy file transfers. Since all smart devices use a USB 2.0 micro port in this area, there wasn’t any need to make the drive complicated by adding USB 3 micro connector or having to include adapters of sorts. A flash-drive needs to stay simple, but we would still like to have the best possible speeds when we connect this drive to our PC, because it supports that too with its USB 3.0 connector. Plug it directly into your PC or other USB 3 capable device and you can get read speeds up to 120MB/s and write speeds up to 55MB/s. For example, you could transfer a 3GB HD video clip in less than one minute.

Both USB connectors are retractable with the slider on the side of the drive. Push it all the way to either side to expose the corresponding connector or park it in the middle when not in use. It couldn’t be much simpler than that. There sadly aren’t any covers over the plugs themselves when retracted, which I prefer to have on my flash drives as I always get dirt trapped when they’re  in my pockets.

The OTG function is primarily, but not exclusively, an Android function and the JumpDrive is designed to work with Android systems. To help you make sure that your device is compatible, Lexar placed a QR-code right on the front of the box for you to check before you even take the drive into your hands in a shop. Of course, you can also view the list from the Lexar homepage.

The Lexar JumpDrive M20 makes it a breeze to get files from your smart phone or tablet and move them over to a flash drive, something that otherwise requires a cable or wireless connection to your PC. With OTG, that’s a thing of the past and the best of all is that it is plug and play.

The JumpDrive M20 is backward compatible with USB 2.0 devices, officially  compatible with PC and Mac systems and works with the Astro File Manager that can be downloaded from the Google Play store. It also comes backed by a nice three-year warranty and a long-time experience from the company behind it all.

Lexar Increases Speeds of Flash Drives and Add Encryption Software

Lexar announced performance enhancements to their JumpDrive USB 3.0 flash drives, which include the JumpDrive P20, JumpDrive S75, JumpDrive S55, JumpDrive S35, and JumpDrive S25. Enhancements include increased read and write speeds and EncryptStick Lite software that offers you a password protected vault for sensitive data.

“Flash drives are no longer just used to bring term papers to the library. More often, people are relying on these devices to store movies, transfer photos, and back up important documents. And they want to do all that quickly and securely,” said Aaron Lee, director of product marketing, Lexar. “The enhanced JumpDrive USB 3.0 line offers the best of both worlds: increased speed and heightened security.”

Seen above is the Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 Flash Drive, one of the fastest on the market with read speeds up to 400MB/s and write speeds up to 270MB/s. It is available as 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities.

The JumpDrive S75 isn’t as fast as the P20 but still offers great read speeds up to 150MB/s and write speeds up to 60MB/s. It has a retractable connector with thumb slide and comes in a wide range of colors and capacities, including purple (16GB), orange (32GB), green (64GB), black (128GB), and white (256GB).

The JumpDrive S55 offers the same speeds of 150MB/s read and 60MB/s write. It is available up to 128GB capacity now and features a sliding cover for the plug.

Lexar’s JumpDrive S35 is labeled as the affordable drive, but still offers the 150MB/s and 60MB/s transfer speeds. It features a swivel design with automatic retracting connection and is available as teal (16GB), green (32GB), purple (64GB), and black (128GB).

The last drive to get an upgrade, is the JumpDrive S25 that as the last few offers read speeds up to 150MB/s and write speeds up to 60MB/s for those quick file transfers. This affordable USB flash drive offers a slim, retractable design and is available as teal (16GB), green (32GB), purple (64GB), and black (128GB).

The flagship P20 JumpDrive comes with a lifetime warranty while the rest of the drives have a three-year warranty. The new JumpDrive family will be available in February and all of them come bundled with the EncryptStick Lite software.

Thanks to Lexar for providing us with this information

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Lexar Announces New Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II Cards

Lexar announced the new Professional 1000x microSDHC and microSDXC UHS-II cards designed for sports camcorders, tablets, and smartphones. The new cards come bundled with a highspeed USB3 card reader and the cards themselves can deliver transfer speeds up to 150MB/s.

These new cards are perfect for everything from HD, 3D and 4K photo and video capture, and also for aerial content recorded with drones and quad copters. The new cards are available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities allowing for more than 15 hours HD video on the biggest version.

“As the many uses for microSD cards grow and evolve, we want to provide users with the best possible workflow solution,” said Adam Kaufman, director of memory card product marketing, Lexar. “The Lexar Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II cards allow users to enjoy the benefits of the latest UHS-II devices, while also performing at the maximum speed threshold of UHS-I devices, and provide exceptionally fast file transfer when used with the included reader. Whether it’s with a tablet, smartphone, or quadcopter, the new Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II cards will capture and move content faster than ever before.”

The new cards are backwards compatible to older standards, but they won’t reach the same amazing speeds there. The release is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015 and the attached MSRP will be $59.99 for the 32GB card, $109.99 for the 64GB card, and $189.99 for the 128GB sized card.

Thanks to Lexar for providing us with this information

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Lexar Workflow DD512 USB 3.0 Solid State Drive Review

Introduction


Not all external storage drives are equally suited for every scenario and there are a lot of different drives on the market. Most of these are branded for the ultra durability or portability. There is a third kind of external storage drives, those that need to be practical as well as universal in their everyday usage.

Lexar has created a unique line of mobile storage products dubbed the Professional Workflow series and is based on the USB 3.0 connectors. The series consists of several card readers that support the newest and fastest memory cards, as well as storage drives with either 256GB or 512GB storage capacity. Today I’m taking a look at the Professional Workflow DD512 USB 3.0 storage drive with a capacity of 512GB.

One of the great things about this series of mobile storage options is the sturdy full sized USB 3.0 B-type connector, but also its universal module size. Every model in the series uses the same enclosure and the reason for this are the unique drive hubs that Lexar also created for this series. By using the Professional Workflow hubs, you can take 4 drives or card readers and just plug them into the hub for simultaneous backups and data transfers. Perfect for photographers, action junkies with their GoPro cameras or other people who have a lot of files on mobile storage.

There are two Lexar Professional Workflow Hubs available, a basic USB 3.0 model and a more advanced model that also features Thunderbolt 2 connectivity for up to 4 times the transfer speeds. Just plug the module into the hub and you’re ready to copy, store and backup your files. The hubs aren’t needed if you don’t want to invest in them as each module also features their own USB 3.0 connector. This is the only connector on the drive and it is also used when plugged into the hubs. The hubs future proof you, as you can swap out a module with a newer standard when it becomes available or needed.

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The Lexar Professional Workflow DD512 USB 3.0 storage drive that I’m having a look at today can deliver up to 450 MB/s while reading and up to 250 MB/s while writing and comes with a 2-year warranty. Before these drives are shipped out to us customers, Lexar has had them undergo extensive testing with more than 1,100 digital devices to ensure performance, quality, compatibility and reliability.

The Workflow DD512 storage drive has another unique feature that is located right on the front of the drive. It has six LEDs and five of these are used to show how full the drive is. Each LED represents 20% of the drive’s capacity and will in return allow you to see how full your drive is with just a glance and as soon as it’s plugged in. The last LED is used to show connection and activity.

Lexar Has Introduced Us to the World’s Fastest SD Card

Lexar has the determination to bring their customers the best and fastest storage options, and as such they have just released the worlds fastest SD card; the Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II card. To complete their portfolio, Lexar also introduced two other SD UHS-II products; the Professional 1000X SDHC/SDXC UHS-II card as well as a new Professional Workflow SR2 card reader that supports the high-speeds that these cards can perform.

“UHS-II technology really raises the bar in terms of performance. The latest UHS-II additions to our Lexar Professional product portfolio provide users the ability to capture and offload work even faster, so they can get back to what’s important–capturing great images and video,” said Adam Kaufman, director of card product marketing, Lexar. “Our multi-line UHS-II product offering gets performance into the hands of any user at a great value and with the Professional 2000x card, it comes right out of the box.”

This is a card that you have to stop a moment at and just say “wow”. The Lexar Professional 2000x has no problem impressing anyone with its transfer speeds of up to 300 MB/s while reading up to 260MB/s while writing. That is very close to SSD speeds, and on a very tiny form factor. These cards will allow the user to capture 4K and 3D video with more frames than meets the eye, and of course anything below as well. Each Professional 2000x card comes with an included USB card reader that supports these speeds. The Professional 2000x card will be available in 32 GB and 64 GB capacity.

The little brother; the Professional 1000X, is aimed at photographers and videographers who want great performance at a more affordable price. While they aren’t as fast as the 2000x series, they still impress with speeds up to 150MB/s when reading and 95MB/s when writing. You’ll also get more size options on these cards, ranging from 16 GB all the way up to 256 GB.

To really complete the new UHS-II product portfolio, the Lexar Professional Workflow line has expanded to include the Professional Workflow SR2 reader; a SD UHS-II USB 3.0 reader. Other card readers available include Thunderbolt 2 connectivity and hub modes for multiple cards. So there is something to fit the many specific, but still different needs of as many customers as possible.

Of course, both of these cards are backwards compatible with older cameras and readers, where they’ll either perform at UHS-I or Class 10 speed depending on their connection. The cards also include the latest version of the Image Rescue software and come with a limited lifetime warranty.

All three new products will be available in Q4 with MSRP’s on the Lexar Professional 2000x of £135.99 (64GB) and £77.99 (32GB). The Lexar Professional 1000x card has MSRP’s of £400.99 (256GB), £128.99 (128GB), £71.99 (64GB), £40.99 (32GB), and £23.99 (16GB), while the Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 reader has an MRSP of £22.99.

Thank you Lexar for providing us with this information

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Lexar Announces 2-in-1 USB3 Flash Drive and High Performance 128GB microSDXC Card

 

Lexar has announced to new storage products today for users that are on the go. The first is the Lexar JumpDrive M20 Mobile USB 3.0 Flash Drive that features two retractable connectors, a micro-USB and a USB 3.0. The drive allows users to easily transfer playlists, photos, videos, and files with On-The-Go (OTG)-enabled Android tablets or smartphones without the use of cables or Wi-Fi.

With read speeds of up to 120MB/s it can transfer a 3GB HD video clip in less than one minute, a lot faster and somewhat more onvenient solution that using Wi-Fi or cable connections. It’s not the cheapest drive on the market, but it aint the slowest either, so the pricing with an MSRPs of £25.99 (16GB), £39.99 (32GB), and £79.99 (64GB) seem very fair for a dual-drive. The JumpDrive will be available in October 2014.

Features

  • Transfers files between mobile devices without cables or Wi-Fi
  • Designed for use with On-The-Go (OTG)-enabled Android tablets and smartphones*
  • USB 3.0 performance (up to 100MB/s read and 55MB/s write)**
  • Retractable 2-in-1 design with a micro-USB and USB 3.0 connector
  • Works with ASTRO File Manager (download at Google Play store)
  • Compatible with both PC and Mac® systems
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices
  • Three-year limited warranty

The second new product are the Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I 128GB cards designed for sports camcorder, tablets or smartphone storage, where speed matters. So whether you’re shooting the action with your sports camcorder or an aerial camera, you can quickly capture, play back, and transfer a large amount of the highest quality 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video, making it easy to preserve more than 15 hours of your greatest moments and then relive the action.

The improved speed over traditional SD cards will also benefit any tablet or smart phone user with faster access to your music and photos, as well as what other files you might transfer with your device. The cards are rated as Class 10 and are taking advantage of the UHS-I technology to deliver transfer speeds up to 633 times that of traditional cards. As a bonus it comes with an USB3 card reader to plug directly into your computer for maximum transfer speeds.

The new card will also be available for purchase in October 2014, with an MSRP of £87.99 and that includes a limited lifetime warranty.

  • Premium memory solution for sports camcorders, tablets, and smartphones
  • Quickly captures, stores, plays back, and transfers media files, including 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video
  • Leverages UHS-I technology for a transfer speed up to 633x (95MB/s)*
  • Stores more than 15 hours of HD video; 33,000 photos; or 28,000 songs**
  • Includes high-speed, Class 10 card and USB 3.0 reader
  • Limited lifetime warranty for card and one-year limited warranty for USB 3.0 reader

Thank you Lexar for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Lexar.

Lexar JumpDrive M10 Secure 64GB Flash Drive Review

Introduction


Recently I’ve been taking a look at some of the newest flash drives on the market, including those from Lexar and whilst they may be either the fastest, best looking, or offer the best value for money, there is one area where they all fail. This is security. We hear about security all the time, and in the home or work place, security is key, after all we don’t want to let our data get out into the wrong hands. Typically this generally entails users locking their computers with a password and in the case of networks, securing the wireless with an encryption key for example. We also lock our buildings, filing cabinets, doors and vehicles, but for the most part, there is one everyday item that we tend to forget about; the humble USB flash drive.

When we look at the world of flash drives, they’re inexpensive to buy and their extremely convenient for moving and sharing data between point A and B with ease. This is all and well, but what happens when we lose then – let’s be honest we’ve all misplaced our flash drives at some point, be it on the home or office, or more worryingly when we are out and about. For the most part, the concern is not so much on having to replace the drive as they are easy to get hold of, the factor of getting the data back or someone else getting hold of the data if they find it is the real worry. Whilst some files are more mundane and harmless, from time to time there may be sensitive data on them such as personal details that is at risk of getting spread.

Take my personal circumstances, as a reviewer, I often have confidential files sent to me on unreleased products and when you hear us mention that we can’t disclose too much information due to an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement), we have to sign paperwork to declare that we will not reveal certain pieces of information. Loosing a flash drive with the sensitive information on for example is something that we would rather not do. Take graphics card launches as another example; in the run up to the launch date we always hear rumours and snippets of information being leaked out, but should we lose a flash drive and the wrong person get hold of the data then everything could be out in the open. This is what we try to avoid and thus brings us round to the item that I’ll be looking at today.

You may have recently read my review on Lexar’s JumpDrive P10 – one of their fastest and one of the fastest USB3.0 flash drives on the market with an astonishing price point but in the JumpDrive range there is another product that offers up something else of interest to many of us as opposed to speed – security. The JumpDrive M10 Secure offers up the piece of mind that your files are secure with industry leading 256-bit AES encryption through Lexars own EncryptStick Lite software, whilst offering up to 4x the speed of an equivalent USB2.0 drive and an always-on capacity meter. Available in capacities ranging from 16GB through to 128GB, the M10 is PC and Mac compatible, giving secure storage backed by a three-year warranty.

Lexar JumpDrive P10 32GB USB3.0 Flash Drive Review

Introduction


In the world of flash storage, there is a multitude of big names on the playing field and for those who hold the highest reputations, they are either built on a long standing existence for example Sandisk and for some other vendors, the reputation they have built up from producing high quality products. Lexar is a company that in a sense falls into both categories and built as a spin-off company from Cirrus Logic in 1996, Lexar started off in developing flash controllers. Further down the line, Lexar was overtaken in ownership by Micron in 2006 and has since then been merged with Crucial as a subsidiary of Micron. Since then there has been a long line of flash storage products roll off the production line with the Lexar branding and moving forward to today we have the fastest and best looking flash drive that they have ever made.

The P10, as mentioned is quoted to be one of the fastest flash drives available to buy at this moment in time, offering up to 24x the performance of USB2.0 drives, The drive also features a sleek metal alloy body and come in capacities ranging from 16-64GB as it headlines Lexars USB flash drive lineup.

The JumpDrive P10 comes in a rather bulky pack when compared to other flash drives that I’ve looked at, however it does look rather sleek with its all black appearance with white writing printed on the front. Lexar are keen to show off not only the drives capacity, but also its expected read and write speeds. When it comes to the high-street retail channels, getting lots of information on to the front of the pack is key when trying to maximise sales. The clear packaging also gives us a full on view of the drive itself.