Lexar HR1 Reader Hub: Customize Your Setup and Read Multiple Cards at Once


It goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: pro photographers deal with a lot of photos. Each assignment can mean several thousands, all of which need to be imported to the computer for sorting and post processing. A new card reader hub from Lexar, however, promises to make at least the importing part of the process that much faster and more efficient.

Officially dubbed the Professional Workflow HR1, the hub is equipped with four slots that can handle any four insertable card readers that suit you best. If you use only CF cards, pack it with four CF card readers. If you’re going to need CF, SD and XQD readers, no problem — each reader is sold separately so you can customize to your heart’s desire.

The hub itself is equipped with a USB 3.0 cable that hooks into your computer, and every card reader stacked inside can upload at the same time through that one cable. If, on the other hand, you’re on the go, each individual reader also comes with a USB 3.0 hookup on the back so you can remove the needed reader from the hub and throw it in your camera bag.

Now all you need is a crazy-efficient Lightroom workflow à la Nick Fancher and you’ll be working so fast you won’t even know what to do with all the free time.

The HR1 hub is available for pre-order from B&H now, with an expected ship date of September 16th. The hub itself costs $80, while the SR1 (for SD cards), CFR1 (for CF cards) and XR1 (for XQD cards) individual readers will run you $30, $30, and $45, respectively.

(via TogTech)

  • olafs_osh

    it’s pretty.

  • Jeremy Madore

    Alright, I get it and I understand the use/application here. But does it really need to have such a huge footprint? After all this time, we can’t develop a product with a smaller form factor?

  • Carl Meyer

    $200 for that thing?

    Stacking two multi-card readers and a USB 3 hub with duct tape or just rubber bands is cheaper and less bulky.

  • Linux Rulz

    Steve Ballmer left Microsoft for this?

  • D

    Functionally identical to buying a USB hub and plugging small single-format card readers into it….

  • Satureyes

    Belkin did something like this about 10 years ago – one power/USB base module and you could stack interfaces – USB, Serial port etc.

  • Lance Krueger

    With Lightroom, you can only import one card at a time, so this wouldnt be a very good option for Lightroom. But if you use PhotoMechanic, you can ingest all four cards at the same time.