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Kingston Workflow SD Reader ft 256GB UHS-II SD Card Review

The Kingston Workflow SD Reader is a powerful SD Card reader, and now that we have tested it, here is everything you need to know about it.

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Review Summary

The Kingston Workflow SD Reader and Canvas React Plus 256GB SD Card excel in content creation with dual slots and high-speed data transfer. However, it may be excessive for non-content creators.

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Overall
8.8/10
8.8/10
  • Performance - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
  • Value - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Features - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Build Quality - 8.5/10
    8.5/10

Pros

  • Efficient dual-slot access for content creators.
  • High-speed data transfer with USB 3.2 Gen 1 interface.
  • Compact and portable design.

Cons

  • Potentially unnecessary for users not involved in content creation.
  • Lack of USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 interface.

Let’s check out the SD Reader called SD Reader and a 256GB SD card named Canvas React Plus. The SD Reader has two slots for SD Cards, making it easy for content creators to use two cards simultaneously. It uses a USB 3.2 Gen 1 interface with a 5Gbps data transfer rate. The SD card operates at up to 300MB/s, making it great for 4k/8k videos and high-resolution photos.

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Key Takeaways

  • Kingston Workflow SD Reader has dual slots and a USB 3.2 Gen 1 interface. Kingston Canvas React Plus 256GB SD Card with Class-10, UHS-II, U3, and V90.
  • It is ideal for content creators, photographers, and videographers needing simultaneous access to two SD cards with a 5Gbps data transfer rate.
  • It is less suitable for users not requiring high-speed, dual-slot SD card access.

Let’s start with the Specs, which can be seen in the picture below.

Kingston Workflow SD Reader
Specification Details
Interface USB 3.2 Gen 1
Connector USB-C
Supported Cards Supports UHS-II SD cards; Backwards-compatible with UHS-I SD cards
Dimensions 62.87 x 16.87 x 50mm
Weight 31g
Operating Temperature -0°C~60°C
Storage Temperature -25°C~85°C
Warranty/Support 2-year warranty with free technical support
Compatible with Windows® 10, 8.1, 8, Mac OS (v.10.10.x +)
Kingston Canvas React Plus 256GB SD Card
Specification Details
Capacities 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Standard/Class Class 10, UHS-II, U3, V90
Performance 300/260MB/s Read/Write
Dimensions 24mm x 32mm x 2.1mm (SD)
Format FAT32 (32GB), exFAT (64GB-256GB)
Operating Temperature -25°C~85°C
Storage Temperature -40°C~85°C
Voltage 3.3V
Warranty/Support Lifetime

Packaging and Unboxing

Design

Kingston Workflow SD Reader

The Workflow SD Reader is a compact device with a silver finish, resembling aluminum but made of plastic. It measures 62.87×16.87x50mm and features Kingston branding in black at the top front. Key features include support for UHS-II and backward compatibility with UHS-I SD cards, USB 3.2 Gen 1 performance, and a stylish, portable design labeled Workflow SD Reader.

On top, the SD Reader has two SD card slots, providing convenience for content creators. Users can utilize high-capacity SD cards for fast data transfer via USB 3.2 Gen 1. However, a USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 interface would have been a preferable addition.

The SD Reader includes a USB port with a USB 3.2 Gen 1 interface at the bottom, and Kingston provides a USB Type-C to Type-C cable for direct PC connection. The module sits well within Kingston’s ecosystem, though a USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface would have been desired for direct PC usage.

WARNING: If you don’t need dual-slot access or high performance, the SD Reader may be more than you need.

Kingston Canvas React Plus 256GB SD Card

Now, let’s check out Kingston’s Canvas React Plus SD Card. It’s designed for professional cameras, supporting 4K/8K video and high-res photos. With UHS-II, U3, and V90 standards, it offers fast recording speeds up to 260MB/s and transfer speeds up to 300MB/s. The card is durable, available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB, and is Class 10. The dimensions are 24x32x2.1mm, with a red and white label. The highest capacity is 256GB. It’s rated for up to 300MB/s reading and 260MB/s writing, but actual speeds depend on the host device. The 32GB card is FAT32, while others are exFAT. Class 10 means a minimum transfer speed of 10MB/s, and U3 means at least 30MB/s. UHS-II has a theoretical bandwidth of 312MB/s. The V90 Video Speed Class indicates a minimum speed of 90MB/s. The card is made in Taiwan, with a lock switch to prevent writing and pads for the Workflow SD Reader circuitry on top.

Testing

We have used the following test bench configuration for the testing:

Kingston Workflow SD Reader — 5
Testing (Image By Tech4Gamers)
PRO TIP: Boost content creation efficiency with Kingston’s Workflow SD Reader and Canvas React Plus 256GB SD Card for high-speed data transfer.

Results

Should You Buy It?

Through comprehensive testing of Kingston Workflow SD Reader and Canvas React Class 10 256GB SD Card, my assessment is:

Buy It If

Content Creation Needs: If you are a content creator, photographer, or videographer needing simultaneous access to two SD cards for an efficient workflow, the Kingston Workflow SD Reader could be a valuable tool.

High-Speed Data Transfer: If you require a reliable SD Reader with a USB 3.2 Gen 1 interface and dual slots, offering a 5Gbps data transfer rate, this reader is suitable for handling 4k/8k videos and high-resolution photos.

Compact and Portable Design: If you appreciate a compact and portable design, coupled with the convenience of a USB Type-C to Type-C cable for direct PC connection, the Kingston Workflow SD Reader fits the criteria.

Don’t Buy It If

USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Interface Needed: If you are specifically looking for a reader with a USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 interface, please note that the Kingston Workflow SD Reader utilizes a USB 3.2 Gen 1 interface, and you may want to explore other options that meet this requirements.

Final Words

I tested Kingston Workflow SD Reader and Canvas React Class 10 256GB SD Card. The SD Reader is vital for creators, offering dual slots with a USB 3.2 Gen 1 interface. Compact and made of plastic, it comes with a Type-C to Type-C USB cable. The Canvas React Plus SD Card, available in various sizes, is a Class 10, UHS-II, U3, and V90 card using exFAT format, with speeds of up to 300MB/s read and 260MB/s write.

Real-world tests showed it performed well, handling a 27GB data transfer in under 11 minutes. It’s a high-performance card with a limited lifetime warranty. The Workflow SD Reader costs $23.93 with a 2-year warranty.


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