Lexar has always been on the cutting edge of technology and when it comes to helping professional and budding photographers alike get work done, they are the brand many - including ourselves - reach for. The latest piece of hardware that is sure to become a must have item in any serious photographers arsenal is the four bay, USB 3.0 Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 card reader hub.
On the surface of things, a card reader
which can transfer files from up to four drives is very interesting and is sure to save professionals precious time. What really puts the 'extra' in the Workflow HR1's extraordinary
abilities is each of these four bays are modular. Want to be able to read SDXC cards? Plug in the $29.99 SR1 reader adapter into the HR1's bays. Want to read UDMA 7 CompactFlash cards? Use the $29.99 CFR1 adapter. Want to read XQD's? You guessed it plug in the $44.99 XR1 adapter. Want to be able to read all three types of cards at once? Use each type in one of the four bays. The possibilities are nearly endless. Of course, the HR1 comes standard with your choice of reader adapter so you will not have to spend any extra money unless you need more adaptability.
Even better than the flexibility this offers consumers, this simple plug and go concept means the Workflow HR1 will always be able to read the latest card formats, as all Lexar needs to do is release the proper adapter for it. This concept is so elegant and so seemingly simple that it will make other companies go 'why didn't we think of that'. If you take your photography seriously the just released $79, Workflow HR1 deserves to be on your shopping list.