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Lexar's super-fast card reader and solutions for photographers

At the annual PMA expo, Lexar announced its latest range of back-up solutions, as well as an ultra-fast USB 3.0 card reader for photographers.

At the annual PMA expo, Lexar announced its latest range of back-up solutions, as well as an ultra-fast USB 3.0 card reader for photographers.

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The new card reader supersedes the older UDMA dual-slot reader, and ups the ante by offering compatibility with the new UHS-I (Ultra High Speed) SD cards, as well as the ability to read SDXC and CompactFlash UDMA cards. It offers speeds of 500MB per second through USB 3.0, though it is also backwards-compatible with USB 2.0 at 60MB per second. It will be available for AU$54.95.

Updating the company's range of back-up USB drives, Lexar also released the new Echo MX and ZX drives ranging from 8GB to 128GB. These drives are designed to stay attached to a computer at all times, and use an E Ink capacity meter to show how much space is left. Prices start at AU$20.95.

For germaphobes, the latest array of thumb drives feature antibacterial protection on the sliding cap. The price for such cleanliness starts at AU$8.95 for a 4GB drive.

For photographers who purchase any of the company's Professional and Platinum II range of memory cards, there's a lifetime warranty with a difference: if you can't recover your images using the included Image Rescue software, you can send the memory card back to Lexar in the US, who will then retrieve the images, burn them to DVD and send them back along with a replacement card.