Reliability is my primary concern when buying an SD card, closely followed by speed - and I've found that cards made by Kingston often have both. Unfortunately, the card I'm reviewing today (Kingston's 512mb SD) is small in capacity, having been bought a few years ago when 512mb wasn't seen as such a meager figure.
In terms of its price, the card can be bought from Amazon for £2 - cheap, yes; but would anyone want such a limited storage space these days? When I bought the card a few years back it retailed at £15, which just goes to show how the price of memory has fallen now that larger capacities are feasible.
Specifications & Performance
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Speed-wise, the Kingston can write data at three megabytes per second, and read at four megabytes per second. These figures are a little slow compared to some of the other SD cards which I use (take for example, Lexar's 133x twenty megabyte per second SD card) - but then this Kingston card costs a lot less. I mainly used the card for transferring small amounts of data from my iMac to my MacBook, and it's perfectly suited to the task - however, I've found that the card is a little too slow for professional use in my Nikon SLR camera (as is the 2GB & 4GB versions of the same product, which I also own).
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Although it's got an extremely small capacity (by today's standards at least) Kinston's 512mb SD card is a reliable product which can be purchased extremely cheaply; similarly, it's quick enough for everyday use. From the perspective of reliability, the Kingston has been excellent, and I'm happy to report no problems on that front - recommended.
This is a memory card that comes in handy when you run out the space in your card. The high storage capacity means one can get more than 700 images (at 1.8 Mps) stored in a tiny stamp-liked object!
Of course, then, you can transfer to your PC or other devices. With its fast data transfer rates, it takes a little time to do so.
I dropped my card accidentally into some water. That, too when I didn't push in the data lock! After drying the card and the contact point, I could still use it like usual! Of course, don't drop it on purpose!
Buying Flash memory can leave one sat in a ravine of terrifying proportions. On one side is the towering cliff of temptation offering cheap memory from an unknown brand in the Far East. Ebay of course offers the best and cheapest source of this incredibly good value memory. But what of this route
? Often those that take this route are surprised at the expenses occurred in the purchase. For example, did you know items purchased from Ebay from Hong Kong and China can be subject to on the spot duty as they are delivered. This can add substantially to the overall cost and eradicate the advantage of importing from abroad. Indeed the price itself can be misleading. Cheap memory imported is often sold for as little as one penny but once the postage and packaging and the compulsory postal insurance have been added the price is not far different from a UK supplier. And then of course
the unknown, unbranded memory may well go wrong
its a long way back to the far east for a return!
And what of the other side of this ravine? Well, there stands the impressive and towering cliff of standard UK shop prices. Take a look at any high street store and weep when you see those inflated prices making the smaller flash memory cards look more attractive than ever you thought possible.
Now, enter the boat to freedom riding down the ravine towards you is the safety crew of Kingston Memory and their well priced and reliable brand of memory.
Kingston have been supplying components and specialising in memory for many years. They are a brand name within the United Kingdom and have UK support numbers and addresses providing a life raft if the memory boat seems to go under.
I purchased my 512Mb SD card from Kingston in November 2004. The card is still functioning with no errors and providing reliable storage space for my digital images. It is fast memory and every bit the equal of the overpriced SD Cards available in high street stores. Price wise, it sat exactly mid way between the prices of imported unbranded memory and the price of high street memory. I made the purchase online and the order was processed quickly and efficiently with the card arriving securely packaged.
I recommend Kingston for memory due to their price, reliability and service. Personally I also score them bonus points as a supplier for being UK based and still managing to heavily undercut high street memory prices.
I hope this review has been useful for you and look forward to reading your comments.