Mushkin 32GB SDHC ReviewnVidia_Freak - July 13, 2011
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Price: $52.99 @ Mushkin's Website
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Flash memory is very important for computers and in particular for data storage devices. Their lack of moving parts vastly improves their reliability, and memory chips themselves are very small so storage devices based on flash memory can be very compact and lightweight. As if that isn't enough, flash memory can be read from, and written to, much faster than standard optical and mechanical storage media. Rather than being limited to reading particular sectors a particular number of times per minute, memory cells are accessed by an electrical signal, and because there are no moving parts, that signal can access the cell at all times, or as little or as long as is needed. Other parts, such as the controller chip and connection type, may limit transfer speeds and affect access times, but the basic principal always holds.
Their compact size and theoretically high access speeds make flash memory particularly suited for small, portable devices such as cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, and more. In particular, SD cards are an attractive alternative to USB flash drives with their variety of applications, compact size, and competitive pricing. Their use of memory chips also makes it very easy for memory manufacturers to jump into the arena and offer their own array of products. Mushkin is one such company that has recently begun to offer a modest selection of SD cards. Mushkin is best known for its desktop memory products and the performance and value they bring, so perhaps this is also the case of its SD card offerings. Today I'll be examining Mushkin's 32GB Class 10 SDHC memory card and comparing it to others. Forthwith, however, a gander at its physique.
Mushkin's 32GB Class 10 SDHC card comes in rather standard packaging among SD cards. That said, it's not horrible, tacky, or cheap looking — it has a very clean design. The packaging itself is of the absolutely bedeviling clam-shell variety, though I did find it to be one of the least troublesome to open. On the front, Mushkin tells me what I get, while on the back, Mushkin tells me why I should be glad that I have it. Very ordinary, but no over embellishments. That's more than I can say for the majority of package-marketing. Besides the SD card, a small, plastic carrying case is provided. This is definitely not an uncommon accessory, though it's not quite standard and thus a satisfying inclusion.
The SD card sports Mushkin's standard green and clean coloring and is a pleasing contrast to the black housing. Obviously this has no bearing on how the card itself will perform, but should one care for things that not only perform, but are also at the same time pretty, then this might turn out to be something you'd like. I'm more of a utilitarian in that regard and consider performance to be the priority, and if it can look pretty too, then that's great. On the other hand, photogenic parts are much easier to position and photograph.