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    Kingston Workflow Station + Workflow Readers


    In early 2021 Kingston announced a few novelties from the range of storage products, but also a gadget dedicated to professionals in the field of photography and videography, a gadget designed to improve the workflow. Kingston Workflow Station was designed to shorten file transfer times, providing a multi-card solution – multi-format all-in-one reader. I don't know if I was able to briefly highlight what this product does, but you may better understand what Kingston Workflow Station and Workflow Readers do below.

    Specifications Workflow Station (Dock + USB miniHUB)

    • Interface: USB 3.2 Gen2 for Dock; USB 3.2 Gen1 for USB miniHUB;
    • Conectori: Dock – USB-C; USB miniHUB – USB-C;
    • Dimensiune: Dock – 160.27 x 70.27 x 55.77 mm; USB miniHub – 62.87 x 16.87 x 50 mm;
    • Weight: Dock – 292 grams; USB miniHUB – 30 grams;
    • Operating temperature: -0 ° C ~ 60 ° C;
    • Storage temperature: -25 ° C ~ 85 ° C;
    • Warranty: 2 years with free technical support;
    • Compatibility: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, Mac OS (v.10.10.x +).

    Specifications Workflow SD Reader / microSD Reader

    • Interfață: USB 3.2 Gen 1;
    • Connectors: USB-C;
    • Supported cards: UHS-II SD, UHS-I SD / UHS-II microSD, UHS-I microSD;
    • Dimensiune: 62.87 x 16.87 x 50 mm;
    • Weight: 31 grams SD Reader / 29 grams microSD Reader;
    • Operating temperature: -0 ° C ~ 60 ° C;
    • Storage temperature: -25 ° C ~ 85 ° C;
    • Warranty: 2 years with free technical support;
    • Compatibility: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, Mac OS (v.10.10.x +).

    Design

    I received from Kingston Romania a package composed of Kingston Workflow Station, two card readers from the Workflow series, one for SD cards, the other for microSD cards, plus two cards – one SD and one microSD from the range Kingston Canvas React Plus.

    In the Kingston Workflow Station box we found the actual station, a USB REader Dock, the power adapter with four different plugs, USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable, quick start guide and warranty certificate:

    In the packages of the two card readers from the Kingston Workflow Station range, we found the gadgets along with a USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable, plus the same leaflets as in the case of the station.

    Kingston Workflow Station brings nothing spectacular on the design side. Most likely the function was a priority at the expense of appearance. We can't say that Kingston Workflow Station looks bad in any way, but it doesn't have anything to stand out.

    The color of the exterior can make you think that we have in front of us a product made of metal, but in reality the whole exterior is made of plastic. There is nothing wrong with that, because everything feels nice to the touch, and the quality of assembly and finishes is good.

    The manufacturer's name appears on the front, while the power plug and USB Type-C port are located on the opposite side.

    Even if I don't have a picture to prove what I'm going to present, the bottom area, the one on which the gadget rests, has two rubber legs that ensure a good grip regardless of the surface on which the workstation is placed.

    The card readers as well as the USB dock in the Kingston Workflow Station kit are extremely similar. Only the upper area differs, ie the one that has the slots that allow the connection of memory cards or sticks. On the opposite side is the USB Type-C port through which the devices connect to the station.

    Next to each USB card / port slot we have a status LED that lights up blue when there are storage media in the device.

    I stop here with the presentation of the design, we will see further what Kingston Workflow Station does.

    Use

    Kingston Workflow Station

    I've been saying since the beginning that I didn't run performance tests with Kingston Workflow Station. That's because I didn't have a device with a USB Type-C port 3.2 Gen2 and therefore I would not have been able to make a relevant analysis. Anyway, then I would have depended on each storage medium and so we would have found out the speeds and performance of each of them and not the general one of the station.

    The idea is that if we are talking about USB Type-C 3.2 Gen2, we are talking about maximum transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps. The compatible card readers and USB dock in the Kingston Workflow Station are standard on USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 1 and therefore support maximum speeds of up to 5 Gbps. In any case, the standard of the memory card or USB stick will be the one that will limit the transfer speed.

    How to use Kingston Workflow Station? Very simple: power it from a socket, then connect the USB Type-C cable from the package to the station and to the PC. Once you insert a card reader or USB reader module with a compatible memory module, it will be immediately displayed as a storage medium:

    How and with what does Kingston Workflow Station help you? It is true that not many people need this device, but those who work with many media and storage types, such as SD or microSD cards and memory sticks, will appreciate the quick and easy way to transfer (copy, move, delete) files from one medium to another.

    How much time can you earn with Kingston Workflow Station? It depends on each one, its workload and the performance of the storage media it uses. From just a few seconds to good minutes every day, some users will appreciate Kingston Workflow Station every time, while others will not be fully satisfied. Not because the station is not performing, but because they will not use it at full capacity.

    Each module that can be added to the Kingston Workflow Station can be inserted into any of the four slots. The connection is easy, via USB Type-C port, while the cards / sticks classically enter each module.

    I don't think I have anything to add regarding the use, Kingston Workflow Station keeps everything simple and efficient.

    Price

    Kingston Workflow Station cu dock USB 706 lei on eMAG.ro.

    Kingston Workflow Station Card Reader dual-slot – 150 lei on eMAG.ro

    Kit Kingston Workflow Station cu dock USB + Card Reader dual-slot – 813 lei on eMAG.ro

    conclusions

    Kingston Workflow Station

    Kingston Workflow Station is not for everyone, that's for sure. If you do not work daily with many storage media and this simultaneously, then the investment, not at all small, is useless. For some, however, when every second of the workflow matters enormously, this station will be the ideal solution, and the high cost will be amortized over time.

    Most important pros and cons for Kingston Workflow Station:

    PRO

    • good manufacturing quality;
    • extremely simple to use and efficient to use.

    AGAINST

    • high price, the one makes it suitable only for a few users.

    About the author

    Darius Pană

    Editor on Gadget.ro since September 2014. Passionate about technology, cars and photography. Write reviews for mobile phones, cars, audio devices, monitors, TVs, cameras and any other gadget. Uses realme 7 Pro, Canon EOS M100 + Canon EF-S 15-85 mm 1: 3.5-5.6 IS USM and Canon 50mm 1: 1.8 STM.




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