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** Sandisk 8 GB Memory Stick Pro Duo **
The card comes in a plastic package which information about the product itself. The package is a bit difficult to open and I needed a scissor to get the little card out. The card itself is again in a small little case with is easier to open and safely stored. The manual that comes along with the product is informative and contains information such as the contact information and how to use the card.
The card itself is of normal size and is a little bit smaller than the pro memory cards which are slightly longer. It feels like a very solid card, however, you also have to be careful with such a products. The colour of my card is blue covered with a white sticker with the name of the brand and also the speed of the memory card.
The price of this product is about 20 pounds. This is very cheap for a 8GB card but there is a disadvantage which I will describe later on. For a 'normal' user this memory card is more than sufficient.
To date I have had no problems with the card. I have the card now in use for several weeks on my laptop. The card works quickly and is compatible with almost all sony products. The write speed is not very high but for who uses this card with my camera to take pictures and video's, it's just fine. Once I have the card in my camera it works good, however if you want to take many pictures in one go or in a multi shot then I would advice to get a Ultra card since these are faster and this card seems sometimes a bit slow. . Furthermore this card is also excellent for in an example digital picture frame.
Of course it depends of the quality of the pictures, movies and music you put on this memory card in order to say how many files you can put on the card. 8GB for me is a lot of storage space and in comparison you can store up to 3000 pictures of 5 megapixels. For me it's more than enough and the card is never full. Last time we went on holiday for a couple of days and I can take pictures the whole time without having to worry.
For me this memory card has been working fine. I see myself as a normal user who uses the memory card for the camera but also sometimes as a storage medium. The speed is not slow but I have seen memory cards that went faster with transferring files but maybe it's more a feeling. Since the card only costs around 20 pounds it's worth your money.
I needed a decent memory stick to save my PSP games on, and after being duped out of £30-£40 buying a couple of fake (I thought they were real at the time) memory sticks from eBay, I decided to try my luck with SanDisk and buy from a reputable store called Amazon.
After receiving the item in the post, the product is surrounded by a sheet of cardboard with the item itself in the middle. To get to it, the cardboard needs to be cut apart to get the memory stick out.
With the fake memory sticks I got, once you plug them in to your computer, they state they've got 10-20GB but once you try to put videos/music/photos on and go over this limit, you find that anything over this threshold isn't on your PSP.
With the SanDisk, I had no problems putting 8GB of information onto the stick. When saving games while using the stick, the game saves are fast, accurate and never corrupt. It's a hardly little stick too, as I've dropped it several times without it breaking in half or getting scratched.
The Memory Stick Pro format of memory card was originally a joint effort between Sony and Sandisk. This was followed by Memory Stick Duo, which was much smaller in physical size, in order to fit into handheld devices, however because of file size limitations, the Memory Stick Pro Duo format of memory cards was then developed to allow for far larger file capacities.
Sony is the name that primarily comes to mind with the Memory Stick Pro Duo format. Most of their digital cameras support the format, as well as some Sony Ericsson phones, and the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP). Often the prevalence of Sony on the market can somewhat overshadow the fact that Sandisk also have memory cards in this format on offer, at comparable high quality, and usually at a lower price.
While Memory Stick Pro Duos can be found in sizes from 128mb up to 32gb (and maybe soon even more), this review is of the Sandisk 8gb Memory Stick Pro Duo. I got this for my Sony PSP, and having paid about £18, I thought I had found a good balance between price and capacity at the time (April 2010).
I believe you can get the memory stick in blue, black and transparent. Mine is blue. It was the default colour I got sent from the store, which was a seller on the Amazon Marketplace. The memory stick is made of hard plastic, and if you touch it with your fingers, you can feel that the serial number is engraved into the plastic. Obviously, I haven't put it through too much abuse, but when you hold it between your fingers, you can tell it's well made. It's not going to break unless you put considerable force into trying to break it.
The card was instantly recognized by both my card readers (one external usb card reader and the internal one on my laptop), and also my Sony PSP. Transfer speeds are stated as being 15Mbps, which is stated as being sufficient for real time playback of DVD quality video. In real terms, transfer speeds are reasonable. I think I spent about 10-15 minutes filling up the memory stick. The only thing I have to compare with is a fake (counterfeit) Sony memory stick, that I got with my PSP from eBay, and the Sandisk card was noticably faster. Often with products that work as expected it can be difficult to expand too much on performance and operation. It's all rock solid in every aspect.
WATCH OUT FOR COUNTERFEITS
When you are looking for a cheap memory stick, it's very tempting to have a look at eBay, and there are some seemingly very good deals to be had there. However, do note that there is a very thriving counterfeit market for memory sticks, and this is particularly strong and prevalent on eBay. The memory stick brand most heavily counterfeited is Sony, however, I've heard rumours there might be counterfeits of other brands, such as Sandisk, around as well. Basically, the counterfeit cards will most of the time look almost identical to the real cards, so it can be challenging to tell a difference visually. However, usually they are much slower and the build quality is inferior. There can also be horrific cases of the memory cards being sold as having a certain capacity while the real capacity is a low lower. In these cases the cards are formatted in a special way so that when you copy files to the card it will behave as if it has the advertised amount of space and it will allow you to copy that amount of files, but the files will in fact be corrupted when they are copied. My personal experience with counterfeit memory sticks is limited to when I got my Sony PSP second hand on eBay. It came with a memory stick with a couple of games on it, and within my first thirty minutes with the PSP it had crashed twice. Transfer speeds to/from the memory stick was painstakingly slow, and when I tried to eject the card, the build quality was so low than when I attempted to insert the card into my usb memory stick reader, the card litarally broke. Since I got my hands on the real and proper Sandisk memory stick reviewed here, I have been using the PSP for probably 15 hours or so without one single crash. The moral of this paragraph is, don't fall for what might seem like a very good deal on eBay. Buy from a reputable seller. I was even nervous about buying from an Amazon marketplace seller, so I thoroughly researched their feedback, and it was all good. With memory sticks it's better to spend a few pounds more and know for sure that you have a genuine product.
I paid £18 including delivery from an Amazon Marketplace seller (April 2010). In a proper shop you could pay as much as £30 (June 2010). I would wholeheartedly recommend the memory card for anyone in need of this capacity storage in the Memory Stick Pro Duo format. I feel that I found the perfect balance between price and capacity at the time. There are faster cards with higher capacity to be had, but at a significantly higher price. Depending on your needs, you may find you can get away with getting a lower capacity card as well.