Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution FAQs

What is the Lexar® Professional Workflow Reader Solution?

The Lexar® Professional Workflow Reader Solution is a high-speed reader solution that lets you transfer images from up to four memory cards at once. It includes a four-bay reader hub and four readers (each sold separately), that support today’s latest and most popular memory card formats. This allows you to pick and choose the right reader combination for your needs, creating an ideal custom reader setup for the unique combination of cards you use.

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What are the components of this solution?

There are currently four components of the Professional Workflow Reader Solution (each sold separately):
Lexar® Professional Workflow HR1 (Four-Bay USB 3.0 Reader Hub)
Lexar® Professional Workflow SR1 (SD UHS-I USB 3.0 Reader)
Lexar® Professional Workflow CFR1 (CompactFlash® USB 3.0 Reader)
Lexar® Professional Workflow XR1 (XQD™ USB 3.0 Reader)

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What’s included in each product box?

Every reader box includes a reader, USB 3.0 cable, and a reader hood (see below). The hub box includes the hub, a USB 3.0 cable, a power supply, the applicable power adapter for your region (check package description), and four covers to protect unused reader bays. 

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What is the speed advantage of using the hub with readers?

The Lexar® Professional Workflow Reader Solution provides high-speed file transfer at USB 3.0 speeds when using a USB 3.0 port.  The throughput is totally dependent on your system specifications, including hard drive write speed, process speed, memory, and operating system. Not to mention the read speed of the cards you’re transferring from. All these variables make it hard to quote an actual performance rating. However, you can expect to see the best performance possible when using a well-equipped computer and a card with fast transfer speeds.

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Why is this solution better than using a single-slot reader?

The main advantage is that you’ll save time by transfering data from multiple cards at once (concurrent transfer). With a single-slot reader, you can only transfer content one card at a time (consecutive transfer). With the hub fully populated with readers, you can multiply that by four and offload your work, faster. This lets you get to editing, sharing and eventually back to shooting much sooner.

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Can I mix and match the reader combination I want?

. Yes, that’s one of the biggest values of the Lexar® Professional Workflow Reader Solution—the ability to design a custom setup that fits your specific needs. For example, a Nikon D4 shooter may want two CompactFlash® (CF) readers and two XQD™ readers, whereas a Canon 5D Mark III shooter may want three CF readers and one SD™ UHS-I reader.

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Who is this designed for?

This solution is for all photographers, videographers, and enthusiasts. It’s an excellent choice for those shooting with multiple cards, or using multiple cameras/video cameras. With the ability of today’s cameras to capture RAW images, high-res photos, and HD, 3D, and 4K video files, there is a need for faster, higher capacity cards , and quicker transfer of large amounts of data from multiple cards. This type of file transfer is much faster and easier when it’s done concurrently.

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Where can I buy it?

You can find the Lexar® Professional Workflow Reader Solution at select high-end photography retailers or etailers that sell photography products.

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Can I use the readers without the hub?

Yes, in each reader package we include a USB cable so you can use them on their own. This makes them an excellent on-the-go solution.

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Why do the LEDs on my readers blink?

This indicates that the reader is in the process of transferring data from your card to your computer. When your reader’s LED is blinking, do not remove the card or remove the reader from the hub.

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Are there any recommended reader configurations when using the hub?

Photographers and videographers who are shooting solely with CompactFlash® (CF)-based cameras will likely want to purchase four CF readers. Nikon D4 shooters will likely want two CF and two XQD™ readers (assuming they are using both formats in their camera). Canon DSLR users will likely want a combination of CF and SD™ UHS-I readers (since Canon cameras tend to use either of both form factors). Many photographers use CF-based cameras for their primary camera and a point-and-shoot camera for general use or scouting. These shooters may also want a combination of CF and SD readers in their hub.

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What is the reader hood?

The reader hood is a silicone cover that helps protect the reader slot from debris. This is useful if you travel with your readers or frequently slip them in and out of a camera bag. It also helps to protect your reader investment.

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Why is a USB type B connector used?

This connector is durable and provides for solid, smooth insertion and removal of the readers in and out of the hub. 

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Does the hub need to be plugged into AC power to work?

Yes, in order for the hub to work correctly, it must be plugged in. There is not enough power supplied from the USB port on a computer to power this device.

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You don’t provide a power adapter that complies with my country’s regulatory guidelines. How can I use the Lexar® Professional Workflow Reader Solution?

We’ve worked diligently to provide as many region-specific adapters as possible, but we’re unable to meet the need in every country. If you are in one of these regions, you can purchase a travel converter that meets your country’s international power adapter needs to use with the power supply provided with the Professional Workflow Reader Solution Hub (HR1). Please ensure that the adapter you purchase meets the requirements of your country’s power adapter guidelines.

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Why do I get an error message on my computer saying that I do not have enough power to transfer files with the Lexar® Professional Workflow Reader Solution?

This error occurs when the power cord is not connected to the Lexar® Professional Workflow HR1 (four-bay reader hub), or the power supply is not connected to a wall outlet or a power source. Properly connect the hub to resolve the error.

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What card formats does it support?

Currently, the solution supports SDHC™/SDXC™ UHS-I, CompactFlash® UDMA 7, and XQD™ formats. As technology evolves and we launch new card formats, we’ll also create new readers that fit with this solution. This ability to purchase new reader formats helps to future-proof your workflow setup and save you money.

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What computer operating systems are compatible with the Lexar® Professional Workflow Reader Solution?

It supports Mac OS® 10.6+, Windows® 7 and 8, and it works with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports.

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Will the aftermarket USB 3.0 port card that I installed in my Mac Pro® work with the Lexar® Professional Workflow Reader Solution?

Yes, on most third-party USB 3.0 cards, it does. However, since this is an aftermarket product, the performance could potentially be slower than true USB 3.0 speeds.

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Does the Lexar® Professional Workflow Reader Solution work with Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom software?

Yes. However, the software only supports consecutive downloads, not concurrent downloads. So downloads may take longer to complete.

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Does the Lexar® Professional Workflow Reader Solution work with Photo Mechanic™ software (Mac® and Windows)?

Yes, and since Photo Mechanic™ supports concurrent downloading, download speeds are exceptionally fast.

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