If you are one of those people who likes to take lots and lots of photos and never emptying the memory card before taking even more, then you should take a look at Kingston’s latest SD card that sports up to 512GB capacity now. This is could also be a perfect card for those who take a lot of ultra-high resolution photos, 4K or 3D video, or just wants to carry a lot of files in a compact form factor.
The new 512GB capacity card is added to the line of Class 10 UHS-I SDHC/SDXC cards and it can provide a read performance of up to 90MB/s and a write performance of up to 45MB/s. These speeds might not sound like much when we’re used to SSD speeds, but it is enough to support continuous shooting with burst modes and reduce stutter in videos. In addition to the new large 512GB capacity, the cards also are available as 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities. Those who wish more performance than that have to take a look at Kingston’s U3 series that offers up to 80MB/s write speeds, but only come as 256GB cards.
The new memory cards haven’t arrived at the shops I checked while writing this, but they can be pre-ordered for around 250 Euro. That is about €0.49 per GB, and while it isn’t cheap, it is a fair price for such a card.
One of the downsides on MacBooks is the limited internal storage and no way to really upgrade it on the fly. Team Group has now created the Team MiDrive for just that and it plugs neatly into the side of your MacBook.
The Team MiDrive makes use of a UHS-1 high-speed memory card and comes as either 64GB or 128GB versions out of the box. With the expandable design and through the help of the high-speed memory card, MiDRIVE is able to take a step further to improve the storage capacity and the file management efficiency. Continuing Mac’s exquisite minimalist design and also satisfying users’ needs for both practical and personal style, the exterior features an ultra slim and short design with classic black and white pattern.
The included Team UHS-1 memory card can read with up to 60MB/s and write with up to 20MB/s. That’s no groundbreaking speed, but it’s not that bad either. It surely isn’t a replacement for USB 3.0 drives and their speed, but it has the benefit of sliding into the laptop instead of sticking out like a flash drive does.
Team Group did not reveal any pricing or availability in their announcement, but the new Team MiDrive with 64GB and 128GB should be available shortly.
In today’s connected world, storage is a fundamental part of our day-to-day activities in one way or another. With a rapidly increasing number of smartphones coming on to the market, having enough storage to hand for all of your photos and music [for example] is one of the key decisions that comes into play when it comes picking the right phone for you. Whilst there are many phones out there that offer large storage capacities out of the box, such as iPhones and a number of Android phones, there are also a large number that do not. To fight back the problem of not having a great deal of storage space, a number of handsets offer up a microSD card slot, allowing the user to buy a card, insert it and instantly boost the storage capacity on their phone.
Looking at other market areas, digital cameras for the most part utilise full-sized SD cards or CompactFlash (CF), however there are a small number of cameras that only accept microSD format cards. When we look at what microSD cards are actually available on the market, it soon becomes clear that the range is actually quite small. Out of all the vendors that do produce microSD cards, ADATA are one of the few that manufacture high performance models alongside the likes of Kingston and Sandisk. Given the relatively small size of a microSD card, there is still enough space to cram up to 64GB of storage into the tiny plastic housing with speeds that fast enough for Full HD recording.
The Premier Pro line of SD and microSD cards are some of the fastest cards that ADATA have to offer and with speeds of 45MB/s read and 40MB/s write on offer, the Ultra-High-Speed Class 1 cards offer up more than double the performance of a standard class 10 card. With a large number of cards only coming close to their rated speeds, is ADATA’s Premier Pro worth the extra cost?
Dimensions (L x W x H): 15 x 11 x 1.0mm
Weight: Approx 0.25g
Performance: Read/Write speed up to 45/40 (MB/s)
Performance: Random Read/Write: 1400/150 IOPs
Operating voltage: 2.7~3.6Volt
Warranty: Lifetime warranty
Compatibility: Smartphones, tablet computers
Certifications: FCC, CE, BSMI, VCCI
Note: Read/write speed based on ADATA internal testing; performance may be lower depending on host device.