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Pergear CFE-B Lite 128GB Review

Pergear CFE-B Lite 128GB
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Our Verdict

CFExpress cards are certainly consistent when it comes to quality, which, considering the high price, is to be expected. True to form, the PERGEAR CFE-B Lite 128GB is expensive but well made, lightweight and robust.

In use, the card keeps up with the action, or at least there doesn’t seem to be any issues with the camera, Nikon Z6, waiting for the card to catch-up. A quick benchmark shows the card to be as advertised when it comes to transfer speeds. There’s little not to like about this high-quality offering. What’s more it’s available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities – https://www.pergear.com/collections/pergear-cfexpress-card

For

  • Decent capacity
  • Fast transfer speeds
  • High-quality build

Against

  • Still quite expensive

What is the Pergear CFE-B Lite 128GB?

CFExpress is quickly becoming the most popular choice of storage device for the latest cameras. This relatively new form factor is easy to handle and far more robust than the SD format for which it is quickly superseding.

Okay, so you’re unlikely to fit as many CFExpress cards into a small card wallet as you are with SD. CFE-B cards also weigh in at three and a half times the amount of SD and are over twice the size, but then we’re dealing with a weight difference of 5g, and in real terms, the size difference is also inconsequential.

Pergear CFE-B Lite 128GB

The big difference aside from size and weight, which isn’t that big, is data transfer speeds. CFE-B Cards offer the types of read and write speeds required by the latest cameras.

Even if you compare a decent UHS-II SD Card against a standard CFE-B card, the difference is huge; for example, a Sony UHS-II SD will offer a read speed of 300MB/s and Write of 299MB/s. The PERGEAR CFE-B card and those speeds are boosted to a read speed of 1000MB/s and Write of 500MB/s.

What does this all mean for us as photographers? At the moment, not a great deal as the UHS-II SD cards are capable of keeping up with the present flock of cameras if, of course, they have the relevant slot.

Pergear CFE-B Lite 128GB

But, CFE-B essentially future proofs the cameras and gives that performance boost that’s handy for 4, 6 and 8K video and ultra high-resolution stills.

There’s also the fact that the larger form factor of the CFE-B cards should dissipate the heat better, offer larger capacity storage and be far more robust.

Essentially the CFE-B format is rather good, and the switch from SD to CFE-B for the latest cameras is more than welcome. When it comes to it the PERGEAR CFE-B Lite 128GB is a very decent example.

Performance

If you’ve already taken a look at the PERGEAR CFE card reader review, then you’ll know the impressive transfer speeds of this card. If not, then here they are again:

Connected through USB Type-C to a MacBook Pro 16-inch and the performance is excellent, with 81.5GB from a 128GB CFExpress card downloading in 191 Seconds. Essentially 427mb/s in a real-world test of JPEG and RAW files being transferred.

Pergear CFE-B Lite 128GB

Next, testing the 128GB Card in Blackmagic Design Disk Speed Test and the performance revealed the following results.

Read: 912mb/s
Write: 523mb/s

Seeing as how the card is rated by the manufacturer as having a read speed of 1000MB/s, 912MB/s is close. The write speed, which is the important one, actually shows a higher speed than that quoted by the manufacturer.

Final Thoughts

CFExpress cards offer a huge leap in performance and build quality over the SD card format, so it’s no wonder they are quickly becoming the preferred format for today’s camera manufacturers.

Pergear has produced a superb offering with the CFE-B Lite 128GB card. It’s well made, feel’s robust and offers the types of transfer speeds required from today’s cameras.

Pergear CFE-B Lite 128GB

While the CFExpress card format is still relatively new, the price of units is more than you’d expect to pay for a similar capacity SD card, but that price gap is closing.

For the money, the Pergear CFE-B Lite 128GB is as good as you get and a worthwhile investment for your camera and images.

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merlin braun
1 year ago

So very interesting you got basically the speeds advertised. I purchased their “non lite” 256gb card (1300 read 1000 write) and can only get 256 write 400 read (and then sometimes 150 read) using their reader with a thunderbolt connection. Seems this card is much faster and reliable than mine. Their customer service has been extremely poor and they basically keep throwing the problem back at me, but I’ve used every speed test they recommend (including black magic like you) and still get abysmal speeds. Its been 3 months of back and forth with no solution presenting itself. Wish I had purchased Lexar or Sandisk or DElkin.