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      28.11.2011 20:45
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      A solid and reliable card, but I'm not a fan of the format

      Yes, folks, it's memory card time again. Though these little things may not be the most thrilling manifestation of our modern technological age, they have become absolutely indispensible to many of us. The MicroSD format is one of the most remarkable of them all, with a tiny sliver of plastic (and circuitry, of course) somehow managing to store enormous quantities of data with nary a hiccup. They've proved particularly popular in mobile phones, where compactness is often very important.

      I must confess that I'm not a huge fan of MicroSD myself. It's just too tiny, and when you're a little clumsy (as indeed I am) there's always a bit of a worry that the card is going to slip out of my fingers, never to be seen again. This goes double when inserting or extracting the card from the adapter that comes with it, a large (by comparison) plastic enclosure that allows the card to be used in just about any of the enormous range of devices that use standard SD memory.

      Kingston didn't go to town on the design of this card, instead opting for a basic black and white design that gives a businesslike impression. Not that most will care very much what a memory card looks like, but if for some reason you do then this one may not be for you. One mildly irritating thing is that, because the adapter can take various capacities of card, the size is not printed thereon - you have to take the microSD card out to read the "1GB" message.

      For some reason, the adapter for my card is made in Taiwan but the teeny card itself in Japan. This doesn't seem to cause any problems, and nor would I expect it to. I'm not that keen on it in a camera, since by comparison with a decently fast conventional SD card it's rather sluggish: not desperately slow, but you certainly wouldn't want to use it for burst mode shooting. There's nothing wrong with the capacity - after in-camera formatting you get about 970 MB of usable space, as I would expect.

      1 GB memory cards are starting to feel a little old-fashioned nowadays, when capacities of 16 GB and more are common. However, it's still a handy size for many slightly older gadgets, some of which are incapable of handling cards above 2 GB in size in any case. You can pick up one of these Kingstons, with a matching adapter, for around a fiver on eBay. That's not quite footling small change, but I think it's reasonable value for a decent brand name. I use one of these very cards in my GP2X console, and it does a good job there.


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