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Lexar Professional Workflow DD256 256GB Portable SSD Hub Review

The DD256 Workflow hub from Lexar makes its way through the lab. Read on as Tyler tells us about this portable SSD hub solution and how it performs.

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Published Tue, Nov 25 2014 9:13 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 6:59 PM CST
Rating: 85%Manufacturer: Lexar
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In the past, we have seen quite a few flash drive and external SSDs come through the lab. While these mostly conform to a certain type of form factor, we have seen vendors as of late branching out and creating custom designs.

The Lexar Professional Workflow DD256 hub is one of those custom designed products aimed at consumers that want top tier performance in a compact solution. This solution carries marketing specifications indicating 450 MB/s read and 245 MB/s writes. Compatibility extends to modern Windows operating systems and OS X.

MSRP of the Lexar Professional Workflow DD256 is set at $149.99 with a two-year warranty.

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Scope of delivery for the DD256 includes the drive and USB 3.0 cable.

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Looking over the drive, we find activity LEDs across the front, along with an embossed Lexar logo on the front.

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The back of the enclosure houses the USB 3.0 port.

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The bottom of the device houses model identification, along with the serial number.

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In our first test, we ran the 256GB Workflow through 4K testing with incompressible data. Results came in at 5882 read IOPS and 2673 write IOPS.

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Sequential testing allowed the Workflow to touch 338 MB/s read, followed by 242 MB/s write.

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Price/Performance had the Lexar Professional in the top spot by quite a margin.

Consumers that want both an aesthetically pleasing and high performance solution will certainly love the Workflow. Its small form factor adds to the overall package, enabling space savings in sometimes-tight working environments. Build quality like with most Lexar Professional products is top notch - in fact, when taking images, I found the plastics to fit so well together I couldn't find a place to open the unit.

Performance as you can see above was quite good. While it didn't touch marketing numbers in our read testing due to the use of incompressible data, it did manage 338 MB/s, while write performance was able to touch near marketing numbers at 242 MB/s.

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Performance90%
Quality including Design and Build85%
General Features85%
Bundle and Packaging80%
Value for Money85%
Overall85%

The Bottom Line: Lexar's Workflow hub in the 256GB capacity is a good solution for those wanting a compact high performance device for taking work with them on the go or at the office.

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Growing up in a small farm town, tech wasn't around, unless it was in a tractor. At an early age, Tyler's parents brought home their first PC. Tyler was hooked and learned what it meant to format a HDD, spending many nights reinstalling Windows 95. Tyler's love and enthusiast nature always kept his PC nearby. Eager to get deeper into tech, he started reviewing.

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