The 6 Best XQD Card Readers

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This wiki has been updated 5 times since it was first published in August of 2019. XQD is a relatively new storage format used in some high-end cameras. It's notable because not only is it available in large capacities, it also offers excellent read and write speeds, a robust physical construction, and protection from data loss and corruption. One of these card readers will let you transfer data to your computer significantly faster than a direct connection from your camera. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best xqd card reader on Amazon.

6. Sony MRW-E90

5. Lexar Professional

4. XferMax X8-S

3. Rocketek Upgraded

2. Rocketek RT-XQD-02

1. Sony QDA-SB1

Editor's Notes

August 14, 2019:

XQD is the latest format that you haven't heard of yet, unless you work with high-end cameras. Keeping in mind that size isn't always everything, this new standard offers not just consistent high throughput, but also added physical resilience and data corruption protection. Because it's such a new format, there aren't a ton of options to choose from, but what's there has plenty of features to differentiate between models.

Sony and Lexar are two of the primary manufacturers of the cards right now, so it's no surprise that they each have at least one worthwhile reader on the market. Sony's top model tends to run hot and consumes a lot of electricity, but as long as you're careful and only use it when needed, that may be a sacrifice you're ready to make for a 2-in-1 adapter. But if all you need is the XQD part, their cheaper model is the way to go. If you really want to save money, Rocketek makes a variety of adapters and this one -- recently updated, no less -- is poised to be just as reliable as most of their rather affordable products.

Then there's the XfarMax X8-S. If you're already rocking a top-of-the-line camera that requires XQD cards, then price might not matter to you as much as functionality; in that case, check this thing out. It's a fully independent storage device that claims to offer faster continuous transfer speeds than even most laptops can achieve. The drawbacks are that not only does the unit itself cost quite a bit, but you'll have to supply your own HDD or SSD as well as 18650 batteries and charger.

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