May 21, 2011

Lexar USB 3 CF + SD card reader

The new Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader should significantly speed up file transfer times for anyone shooting on Compact Flash or SD cards compared to existing USB 2.0 readers – provided you have a USB 3.0 connection on your computer.

Given the overheads of the USB protocol, and the speed limitations of the memory cards themselves, users should perhaps see a tripling in real world performance – which will increase as new, faster cards are released.

The reader contains both CF and SD card slots, and can read from both at once (and be used to copy from one to the other). It should cost less than $50/£30 when it starts shipping next month.

We've done a longer post on this, on our Canon XF Notebook blog (including how to access this extra speed if you have a Mac, which doesn't have a USB 3.0 port).

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