Lexar announced a new Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 reader

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Lexar announced a new Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 reader ($24.95). The main features are:

  • 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
  • Shipping starts in late April (pre-order here)

Last October Lexar announced their 2933x XQD memory cards with read speeds up to 440 MB/s.

Press release:

Milpitas, CA, April 5, 2016 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the Lexar® 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. The reader leverages SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology to improve the workflow of photographers and videographers.

With its compact, portable design, professionals are encouraged to travel with the Lexar Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader. 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. For versatility, the reader is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices at USB 2.0 speeds.

“Given the rapid growth and widespread appeal of 4K video, we realized 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.”

This small, yet mighty reader comes with a limited five-year warranty. Furthermore all Lexar product designs undergo extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs, facilities with more than 1,100 digital devices, to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability. The Lexar Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader will be available in late April with a MSRP of $34.99. For more information about Lexar products, visit www.lexar.com.

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  • Plug

    Nicely cheaper than the Sony offering. 🙂

    • T.I.M

      I have several Lexar SD/CF USB 3.0 readers, they works well.

      • After fighting with some bad SD/CF readers, bought a Lexar and it works perfectly. I was actually surprised…

        • Gary

          I always put 1xLexar and 1xScanDisk in my D810 (and set one up as “Backup” to the other). The only card failure I’ve ever had was with a Lexar.

          I still trust both brands, but really pleased I select “Backup” as I was on a once-in-a-life vacation, and even the best can fail

          • T.I.M

            I never had any issues with SD/CF cards, I always keep them away from speakers and cellphones.

  • I’d love to get hold of an XQD 1.0 reader so I can actually read my 1333x cards.. :-/

  • outkasted

    How does one get near USB 3.0 speeds while plugged into a USB 2.0 port? Is this marketing Hype or is it software magic. If so said software does work can we Plueeeeeeaseee put it to use for Usb 2.0 CF Card ports to download faster.

    • kris bodenheimer

      The title/article is intending to point out that the newer XQD 2.0 standard is supported. Not USB standard number. The XQD 2.0 standard was announced in June 2012

  • purenupe1

    What makes this professional level? Is there an beginer and or enthusiast model also in the works?

  • Clifford Martin

    Reading what was shown, it appears that this reader is NOT backwards compatible and won’t read/write the version 1.0 cards.

    I would like to know how is it that Nikon’s cameras can read and write to both versions of XQD but neither this reader or the Sony reader included with their v2 XQD cards can’t. It is rumored that there is a model of Sony reader that can, but no one has been able to purchase one of those, so as far as I’m concerned it is just vaporware.

    • neversink

      Funny, I have an newer Sony XQD reader, as well as an older one, and the newer one reads all my old cards, and I bought the D4 when it came out. Go figure….

  • malchick743

    Never used a Lexar reader before, but I only hope they get things right on this one, like better QC (heard Sony’s own tends to fail in 2-3 years) as well as backwards standard compatibility (2.0>1.0)…

    And if Lexar could devise a combo XQD2/CFast2 reader in the future, then I would probably fall for that as well.

  • Brian

    Wonder if there is an actual cable like the SONY as my USB3 ports are in the back of the computer. Also wondering if this will increase speed of the current USB3 XQD reader.

    • I can tell you that the Sony reader included with the D5 is a real pain to use because I have an iMac with the plugs in the back, probably just like you :(.

      • Brian

        But the Sony comes with a cord. The New Lexar does not I confirmed that with that with them.

        • Thank you! There was such a dense scrum of legal disclaimers and booklets in that box that I thought there was room for nothing else, but sure enough, when I pulled out the material there was a perfect little cord!

          That was very helpful :).

          • Brian

            I noticed that thick stack of paperwork too. I asked Lexar if they will include a cord they said no. Good move on Sony’s part.

  • Matt_XVI

    I don’t trust Lexar at all. I’ve had over six card failures with them in less than a year. I realize this is a reader, but Lexar has really left a sour taste in my mouth.

    • Brian

      Never had any card fail including Lexar. 6 cards in less than a year is really not normal..

  • Brian

    Nice!

  • TheInconvenientRuth

    I wish Lexar would make a dual-slot QXD reader like the pop-open CF-SD reader they make.

    • Clifford Martin

      Sony has advertised a XQD + SD reader.

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