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SanDisk Extreme Pro microSDHC review | Memory cards

Published on: Sunday, November 11th 2012                   Written by: Ilse Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

SanDisk microSDHC cards

T he Extreme Pro microSDHC UHS-I memory card is suitable for Professional use and guarantees writing speeds up to 90MB/s, and reading speeds up to 95MB/s. SanDisk also has Ultra microSDHC cards, for Multimedia use and standard microSDHC cards for everyday use. For the Extreme Pro memory card you will pay €55, the Ultra card is available for €20, and the standard card costs €17, all with 16GB.

Next to SanDisk, there are a number of other manufacturers that offer microSDHC cards. Some examples are Kingston, Samsung, Transcend, and Verbatim. None of these manufacturers offer UHS-I speeds, which only make these memory cards comparable with SanDisk’s ultra-fast Extreme Pro card. The cards are comparable with SanDisk’s Ultra line. These are Class 10 cards with reading speeds up to 30MB/s, available in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.

SanDisk microSDHC memory card line-up

SanDisk microSDHC memory card line-up

 

Kingston microSDHC memory cards

Kingston microSDHC memory cards

Kingston microSDHC Class 10

Kingston, specialized in computer memory, has a microSDHC assortment made up of Class 4 and Class 10 cards. The Kingston microSDHC Class 10 cards are comparable with the SanDisk Ultra cards. The Kingston flash memory cards are available in 4GB to 64GB and achieve minimal speeds of 10MB/s. Kingston memory cards are very reliable cards that actually never die – just like SanDisk. The Kingston microSDHC Class 10 card with 16GB memory has a retail price of €17 Euros.

Samsung microSDHC memory cards

Samsung microSDHC memory cards

Samsung microSDHC Class 10

Electronics giant Samsung also developed its own memory cards. Samsung’s microSDHC cards are qualified Class 4, 6, and 10 cards. Samsung’s Class 10 cards achieve maximum writing speeds of 21MB/s and reading speeds of 24MB/s, and are therefore comparable with the SanDisk Ultra memory cards. Samsung’s memory cards are reliable and easy to install. The Samsung microSDHC Class 10 card with 16GB has a retail price of €25 Euros.

 

Transcend microSDHC memory cards

Transcend microSDHC memory cards

Transcend microSDHC Class 10

The Taiwanese company Transcend offers a wide variety of memory cards. The microSDHC cards are sold in Class 2, 4, 6, and 10. The Class 10 cards achieve writing speeds of 17MB/s and reading speeds of 20MB/s. In terms of speed, this card is comparable with the Kingston memory card mentioned above, and has less speed than Samsung’s and SanDisk’s memory cards. In terms of reliability, the Transcend cards are not very good. Some devices cannot read the cards, and after a while, some are defective. Their prices are not lower than their competitors are, but their quality is. We would not recommend these cards. The Transcend microSDHC Class 10 card with 16GB costs €18 Euros.

Verbatim microSDHC memory cards

Verbatim microSDHC memory cards

Verbatim microSDHC Class 10

The company Verbatim, specialized in data storage, offers a wide variety of microSDHC memory cards. There are Class 4 as well as Class 10 cards available. The Class 10 memory cards are available in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities. They offer a writing and reading speed of 10MB/s, and are therefore comparable to the Kingston and Transcend cards. Verbatim is a reliable partner for memory cards, but the price is relatively high, in relation to the speeds that the cards offer. The 16GB version of the Verbatim microSDHC Class 10 memory card costs €25 Euros.

 

Best microSDHC card

I n conclusion, we can state that SanDisk’s Ultra cards offer the highest speeds out of all its competitors, up to 30MB/s, while the price of 20 Euros for 16GB of memory is very competitive. You pay a bit less for the Kingston cards (17 Euros), but you also get a lower speed. Although, just as SanDisk, they are very reliable cards, that last for years. Samsung also offers high-quality microSDHC cards with fairly comparable speeds, but they do ask a higher retail price (25 Euros). Of all the manufacturers named, I would put Transcend at the bottom of the list, as the cards offer less speed and reliability, with a similar price as the competition (18 Euros). Verbatim’s microSDHC memory cards are certainly more reliable than Transcend’s, but they ask an even higher price of €25 Euros, while the cards offer lower speeds than SanDisk’s and Samsung’s.

SanDisk Extreme Pro microSDHC review

To be clear, SanDisk’s Extreme Pro microSDHC UHS-I card is far superior than the other cards and currently has no competition. It has a high price of 55 Euros, but that gives you unprecedented speed in return.

 
 
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