Lexar Updates Its CompactFlash and Flash Drive Lines

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In addition to its CFast line of CF cards, Lexar’s announced updates to its CompactFlash and Flash Drive lines. Pictured above is the 800x 512GB CF card, the first of its kind, with read/transfer speeds up to 120MB/sec and write speeds up to 75MB/sec. There’s an 800x 256GB CF card, too, that offers the same read/transfer and write speeds as the 512GB variant. Both are expected to be released in the first quarter of 2014 for $1,499.99 for the larger card and $649.99 for the smaller card.

On a slightly faster scale, there’s a 1066x 256GB CF card that offers read/transfer speeds up to 160MB/sec and write speeds up to 155MB/sec. This will also be available in the first quarter of 2014 for $969.99. Both the 800x and 1066x cards will come with Image Rescue software to prevent any heart attacks when you’ve accidentally deleted crucial files.

On the Flash Drive side, Lexar’s JumpDrive P10, JumpDrive S33 and JumpDrive S23 will soon come in 128GB capacity. The JumpDrive S73 is getting a larger update to 256GB.

Are You Paying Too Much For Your CompactFlash Cards?

Last month I reported on an enticing price drop by Lexar on all their memory cards that was to end at the beginning of October. Imagine my surprise when I checked on prices today and found not only was the deal still on, some cards were even cheaper!

I don’t normally shoot with Lexar but it got me thinking: At these prices, would it be worth it to upgrade from my older Transcend X133 cards? And if so, should I stick with the cheaper brand or pony up the extra funds for Lexar or SanDisk?

The conclusion I came to is that, for my shooting, a mix is likely in my future. Let me lay out some numbers for you before you go hog wild on the cheap prices still available this month.

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