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    1. Transcend 4 GB Class 6 SDHC Flash
    $26.99
    2. Transcend 16 GB Class 10 SDHC
    $26.99
    3. Transcend 16GB Class 10 SDHC Card
    $21.98
    4. Lexar SDHC 4 GB Class 6 Flash
    $13.60
    5. Transcend 8 GB Class 6 SDHC Flash
    $13.60
    6. Transcend 8 GB Class 6 SDHC Flash
    $2.38
    7. Sandisk 4GB Secure Digital SD
    $0.01
    8. 3 Pack of Premium Crystal Clear
    $6.88
    9. Kingston 4 GB Class 4 SDHC Flash
    $6.88
    10. Kingston 4 GB Class 4 SDHC Flash
    $99.99
    11. Roku XDS Streaming Player 1080p
    $104.99
    12. Western Digital WD Elements 2
    $0.01
    13. 3 Pack of Universal Touch Screen
    $19.21
    14. Sony 4 GB Memory Stick PRO Duo
    $6.70
    15. SanDisk 8 GB Class 2 SDHC Flash
    $76.47
    16. Western Digital WD Elements 1
    $85.00
    17. My Passport Essential 500 GB USB
    $19.49
    18. SanDisk 16 GB Class 2 microSDHC
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    19. OtterBox Defender Case for iPhone
    $49.24
    20. Ear Force X11 Amplified Stereo

    1. Transcend 4 GB Class 6 SDHC Flash Memory Card TS4GSDHC6E
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    Manufacturer: TRANSCEND
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    Editorial Review

    Fully Compatible with SDA 2.0 specification. Suitable for SDHC compliant devices, MLC flash chip with High Speed transfer rate. Perfect for highend digital devices. Please make sure your device can support SDHC format before you purchase! SDHC host devices can use both SD and SDHC memory cards. ... Read more

    Reviews

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great affordable SDHC card, March 28, 2008
    In the past, I bought a Transcend 8GB SDHC card for my Canon SD1000 camera. I recently bought the Transcend 16GB SDHC for my new Canon SX20IS. Both cards work very well and I've had no problems with it so far. I wanted to take this opportunity to update my review since my original review was also posted (by Amazon) for the 16GB card. This is because the only difference between these two cards is the different capacity. So, if you're in the market for an affordable high quality SDHC card, this may be the one for you. Sorry, I kind of sounded like a used car salesman right there, didn't I? I assure you that I don't work for Transcend. But, here's why I think this card is awesome:

    Pros:

    -Affordable!

    -Large capacity

    -Class 6 read/write speed (which is very fast... but is no longer the fastest class available)

    -Lifetime warranty (at least that's what the package says :)

    -Transcend is a reputable company that's been making memory products for a very long time. ( I swear to the tech Gods that I don't work for them!) Other reputable and reliable memory card companies include Kingston and PNY. All three of these companies have been making memory chips for many, many years.


    Cons:

    - I can' really think of any "Cons" about this card. But here's the 2 closest things I can come up with right now: (1) "Class 6" is no longer the fastest speed available and (2) This card does NOT make coffee for you in the morning, do your dishes for you, give you compliments when you're having a bad day, or magically improve your photography skills.




    IMPORTANT SPECIAL NOTES ABOUT SDHC MEMORY CARDS:

    -SDHC cards are not compatible with most older SD cameras, SD devices, or SD card readers.

    -SDHC cards are rated by speed using different "classes". There are currently 4 data transfer speed classes available for SDHC cards. These classes are "class 2, class 4, and class 6, and the new class 10. For example, "Class 2" would have the slowest read/write speed while "Class 6" has the fastest read/write speed. So if you have a device in which speed may play a crucial role, make sure you buy a higher "class" SDHC card. Please note that this SDHC card no longer has the fastest read/write speed available. There is now a new class, called "Class 10". Class 6 has a minimum read/write speed of 6MB/sec... while Class 2 has minimum speed rating of 2MB/sec, and Class 4 is 4MB/sec. Starting to see the pattern?


    SO WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "SD CARDS" AND "SDHC CARDS?

    SDHC is basically an upgrade to the older SD cards. The reason they upgraded it was to achieve greater data transfer speeds AND capacity than previously possible with normal SD cards... and to do this, they had to redesign the card (which is why it's not compatible with normal SD devices). This was necessary because digital cameras and digital video cameras these days have higher resolutions, which equate to larger file sizes and faster data transfer needs.

    Now that many digital cameras also can record HD video, you may consider getting a larger capacity card because video takes much more space than photos. The size of the video varies from camera to camera depending on what resolution and video compression the camera uses. If you plan on taking lots of video (especially HD video), I would consider getting at least a 16GB card. Check your camera specifications to see how many minutes per Gig of memory your camera can capture ...to gauge how big of a memory card you'll want to get to meet your needs.

    Special Note on regular SD Cards:
    If you primarily take casual photos and don't need a exceptionally fast read/write capable card, you should know that newer cameras that take "SDHC" cards will also work with older normal "SD" cards. These older cards are cheaper than the new SDHC cards, so this may be something to consider. So to sum things up, newer cameras will take SDHC and regular SD cards, but older cameras that use SD cards may not be able to use SDHC cards. This is because newer technology is usually made to be compatible with older technology (the technical term used to describe this is "backwards compatibility") ... but older technology may not have the hardware necessary to run newer tech (technical term used is "obsolete"... just kidding! ;)

    I hope I haven't confused everybody by going into this much detail, but I can't help being the nerd that I am. If you are confused, don't hesitate to comment on this post and I will try my best to answer your questions. Also, any feedback is always welcome!

    Conclusion: Buy the card if you have a new device that uses SDHC. It rocks! (This message has been approved by the "Duke of New Mexico")


    4-0 out of 5 stars Transcend 4 GB Class 6 SDHC Card - Good Card for SDHC Compatible Devices, May 10, 2008
    UPDATE - March 2, 2010: This review was originally written for the 4 GB class 6 SDHC card, but the reviews have been grouped for all class 6 SDHC cards in the 4, 8, 16 and 32 GB sizes. All the cards should perform similarly since they are all class 6 and all made by Transcend. However, I will have to check which cards I have used hands on. I believe I only own the 4GB and 8GB cards. I will update the review further. If you have concerns regarding the 16GB or 32GB sizes, you should seek out the reviews tagged with the product links from those cards.


    The Transcend 4GB SDHC CARD (Class 6) is a great card for the price. I was at first a little skeptical about the brand, but I buy way too many memory cards to ignore a good price when I see one. And I'm happy to report that I've experienced decent performance and reliability issues with this card. That's as compared to other cards I own including SanDisk, PNY and Kingston.

    As long as your devices are compatible with the SDHC format, this card is a good buy. 4 GB is a nice size though I do prefer 8 GB capacity for high capacity storage.

    The class 6 speed is the fastest speed available in mass market SDHC cards. Class 6 guarantees minimum transfer speeds of 6 MBs, but I've gotten speeds up to 20Mbs! That makes this card perfect for storing pictures in RAW image formats.

    The Class 6 speed is on par with the Sandisk Extreme III cards that on average are about $15 to $20 more per card. If you don't have an SDHC reader, you may opt to get the package with a reader included to download your pics. If not you can just transfer your pics directly from your camera with your card still inserted. An SDHC card reader can be bought separately if your PC doesn't have a compatible slot.

    General SDHC and SD Card Tips

    There are a few tips that I've learned the hard way through buying TOO MANY different memory cards.
    1. Make sure your device is compatible with the card! Even in regular SD cards, some older electronics aren't compatible with that large of a size (2 GB). In terms of SDHC cards, make sure your camera or other device is SDHC compatible. SDHC is different from regular SD and only newer devices tend to have built-in compatibility
    2. Once you install this in your camera or device, you will generally want to format the card with your compatible device's interface. That is because the standard formats for certain devices, particularly Canon, are different from the factory installed format
    3. Just like your devices, most computer SD card readers are not compatible with the SDHC format. So use a card reader or download the pictures via USB connection to the camera with the card still installed.
    4. For some reason, placing the card in the locked position allows some older laptops to still read it. This is just to be used in a pinch however, and it won't apply to all systems
    5. If you did not properly format your card, you may be able to save things to it and then have them "disappear." If this happens to you, make sure you use the software recovery tools BEFORE you try to save anything else to your card. That way, you can retrieve your images without over-writing them.
    6. Make sure you know what you are going to use this card for. Once you have set up everything and ensured it's all compatible, you still have to decide on speed. If you are using this for storing RAW images instead of JPEGs or HD video, step up to the faster class 6 speed format if you can afford it.
    7. If you are going to pay more for a faster speed, make sure your device can benefit from it. I've read, for example, that Kodak cameras are set to a fixed voltage and cannot go faster than standard speed. So the extra cash spent on Class 4, 5, or 6 is basically wasted.

    Conclusion

    It's great to have several extra cards on hand just in case. This 4 GB card is a nice performer. If you have a high capacity camera (10 Megapixels or more) and are storing videos or RAW images, the extra cash for the 8GB card is worth it. Or you may want to step up to the larger 16 GB size that is now available.

    Enjoy!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Transcend 32 GB SDHC Review, May 25, 2009
    Before you drop 120~$ for a SD card ask yourself, Do you really need 32GB card? because the card itself with same specs costs only 35$ for the 16GB version, anyway here is info that might help you

    Pros :
    1- Class 6 Card the(guaranteed minimum Read/write speed of 6MB/s)
    2- My Test Results 18.2-18.5MB/S Read - 11.6-11.8 Write (very stable)
    3- Faster than average cards and almost close to top speed SDHC cards
    4- 32GB in a single small chip is awesome(You can use it as a portable HD once in a while, i share some stuff with my friends with it sometimes


    Cons :
    1- Expensive
    2- You can get two 16GB cards for around only 70$ and save yourself 50$~
    3- Slow write speeds for a 32GB card (Takes forever to fill it with DATA from PC, its not the card fault though , its just the SDHC technology is getting old and slow for 2009 standards , time for newer Tech)

    * Important Info

    Avoid the Sandisk Ultra Series they never reach the true marketed speed "15MB-20MB/S" its just in theory speed like how everybody knows that USB2 is much slower than its specs, and they are only Class 2 for the 32GB version which will drop frames from your HD video (Plus Class 4 is minimum requirement for shooting in HD ) if you plan to get San disk Card then get the Extreme III Series (but again from my own Tests there read speed is about 20MB not 30MB and the write speed is 14MB/s~ instead of the transcend 11MB/s write speed (Unless you spam shooting pictures with your DSLR you don't "need" faster speed)

    I bought This card because i plan to take videos with my HD camcorder that last more 2 Hours, if you do not plan to shoot for longtime then you are better with getting the 16GB card HOWEVER, if you are lazy like my mom and do not plan to transfer DATA from the card to Your computer HD after every trip, then get the 32GB card.or you gonna end up on a trip and a message pops "No memory"

    If you plan to shoot for longer time, check your camcorder battery too does it even last that long? so be sure about that before you drop over 100$ for this card

    1-0 out of 5 stars product failed., July 26, 2009
    Well, it was great while it lasted. Unfortunately, it did not last long.

    Like other reviewers, after <20 use cycles the device failed and I got a "lock" error when, in fact, the write-protection lock was not engaged. Oddly, by engaging the lock (i.e. entering read-only mode) I was able to remove the picture files from the card. Obviously, further use in the camera was impossible; I was also unable to reformat the card (either with my camera or with the SD Associations free software [..]).

    This card has a high average rating but I would urge customers to consider the number of 1-star ratings due to complete product failure before they purchase this item.



    5-0 out of 5 stars My Canon loves the 8 GB SDHC card, January 15, 2008
    I recently purchased a Canon Powershot A720IS digital camera that is capable of recognizing and using up to 2 TERRABYTES of memory card (in the future) so I wanted to get the largest memory card I could install for now. I wanted to use the camera both on dry land and with an underwater housing for shooting stills and video on dive trips. Camera specs said an 8 GB SDHC card would record one hour of hi res video at 30 fps. Or nearly 2300 hi res stills at 8 megapixels.

    A test of the Transcend 8GB SDHC card in the camera ended up shooting 70 minutes of full screen, 30fps digital video that could not be distinguished from my DV camcorder video quality. Playback from the memory card to the TV was so fast & efficient there was never a single "stutter" on the screen. The card speed is genuinely FAST as advertised. Low level formatting of the card allowed for very acceptable rapid-fire sequential still photo shooting speeds when light levels were bright enough that the flash was not needed/used. Something like 2 photos every 3 seconds. Files were flawless in display, both for stills and video.

    This product was significantly lower in price than the Kingston 8GB SDHC card I originally bought with the camera. I've used both interchangeably and cannot see any different in the speed or capacity and quality of imagery is identical. For the money I'll stick with Transcend and am looking forward to getting their 16GB card once the price drops substantially below the $100 mark. That would provide nearly 2 1/2 hours of video on my still camera or 4600 highest quality stills. I'm afraid my camcorder will be collecting dust much of the time. A big advantage to video on the card is there are NO MOVING PARTS, e.g. a mini DV tape cassette and camcorder or VCR playback unit needed to dump the video and stills to my Mac for editing and burning DVDs. I just stick the card in the MicroMate USB card reader, plug it in the computer and bingo, ready to sort thru and dump to the hard drive. Since the card is formatted by a Canon camera it automatically boots up the Canon Viewer software too. That should work the same for other brands of still cameras formatting this chip.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The Fastest Card at This Price But..., June 26, 2007
    This SDHC card is the fastest one in its price range but it may cause your images to be lost.

    I use two of this in a Canon SD750. After the first use, all of the images were lost. (But thank God, I could rescue them with Lexar Image Rescue 2, a program better than its competitors) Then I formated the card(s) in the camera(s) with "low level format" option several times and there has been no problem after that so far.

    I can suggest these points to potential owners of this card:
    1- Use it very carefully, make backups if possible.
    2- Format it several times before the first use with "low level format" option.
    3- If you loose your images, don't panic. At this situation, It is very important not to take anymore pictures. If you take pictures after this point, you can overwrite your lost images and there can be no chance to get them back. Connect your card to your computer with a card reader (SDHC Compatible) and rescue them with Lexar Image Rescue.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Mini Hard Drive equivalent, December 11, 2007
    This card is able to hold a complete DVD movie, thousands of songs/photos, or just serve as a backup device for one's files.

    It operates very well - I now have purchased 3 and with each use its value becomes more apparent.

    One word of caution - even though most laptops and systems have an SD card slot, older computers may not be able to recognize or write to this card. Make sure your system has the ability to read SDHC configured products.

    If you do not have an SD slot you can purchase an tiny SD reader (very inexpensive) that plugs into your USB port.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great value, just be careful..., January 2, 2009
    I recently ordered this card as an accessory for my Acer Aspire One netbook PC. The card took a little while to ship, about 8 days, but that wasn't a big deal. The card has lots of space, and the read speeds are quite impressive. I mostly use it to run and store portable software, and it does a very good job at that.

    My only complaint is that when I first inserted the card into my PC it attempted to install some adware. The program was from a company called RelevantKnowledge, and they gather your information for market research purposes. Luckily my spyware software picked it up immediately,so I was able to delete it. Afterward I formatted the card, and now I'm happy as can be.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Reliable card, good speeds!, December 4, 2008
    Transcend 16 GB SDHC SD Class 6 Flash Memory Card TS16GSDHC6E [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging]
    I have 4 of these cards that I use in my Panasonic HMC-150, a professional grade video camera. I've run read/write tests on all of them and they get about 14 MB/s write speeds and 17.5 MB/s read speeds. Never encountered any errors! These cards are the best bang for your buck, and the frustration free packaging is awesome.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Let This Happen to You....., August 3, 2008
    It's great to have 8GB of memory but it is a double edged sword. Today after using this card for only the second time, it failed on me. I lost almost 200 precious images - gone forever. I am what you would call an enthusiast or hobbyist. I love photography and spend every spare minute, which is very seldom these days, pursuing my passion. So I do a fair amount of experimentation. These cards are great when they work - but if they fail you even once - the results can be catastrophic. Maybe I am the unlucky 1 of 250 reviewers with a bad experience with this product, but I feel it is my responsibility to report this to everyone. I hope it never happens to you. It is human nature for me to wonder, if I had spent a few more dollars for a better brand name, would my photos be intact today?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great affordable SDHC card, March 28, 2008
    In the past, I bought a Transcend 8GB SDHC card for my Canon SD1000 camera. I recently bought the Transcend 16GB SDHC for my new Canon SX20IS. Both cards work very well and I've had no problems with it so far. I wanted to take this opportunity to update my review since my original review was also posted (by Amazon) for the 16GB card. This is because the only difference between these two cards is the different capacity. So, if you're in the market for an affordable high quality SDHC card, this may be the one for you. Sorry, I kind of sounded like a used car salesman right there, didn't I? I assure you that I don't work for Transcend. But, here's why I think this card is awesome:

    Pros:

    -Affordable!

    -Large capacity

    -Class 6 read/write speed (which is very fast... but is no longer the fastest class available)

    -Lifetime warranty (at least that's what the package says :)

    -Transcend is a reputable company that's been making memory products for a very long time. ( I swear to the tech Gods that I don't work for them!) Other reputable and reliable memory card companies include Kingston and PNY. All three of these companies have been making memory chips for many, many years.


    Cons:

    - I can' really think of any "Cons" about this card. But here's the 2 closest things I can come up with right now: (1) "Class 6" is no longer the fastest speed available and (2) This card does NOT make coffee for you in the morning, do your dishes for you, give you compliments when you're having a bad day, or magically improve your photography skills.




    IMPORTANT SPECIAL NOTES ABOUT SDHC MEMORY CARDS:

    -SDHC cards are not compatible with most older SD cameras, SD devices, or SD card readers.

    -SDHC cards are rated by speed using different "classes". There are currently 4 data transfer speed classes available for SDHC cards. These classes are "class 2, class 4, and class 6, and the new class 10. For example, "Class 2" would have the slowest read/write speed while "Class 6" has the fastest read/write speed. So if you have a device in which speed may play a crucial role, make sure you buy a higher "class" SDHC card. Please note that this SDHC card no longer has the fastest read/write speed available. There is now a new class, called "Class 10". Class 6 has a minimum read/write speed of 6MB/sec... while Class 2 has minimum speed rating of 2MB/sec, and Class 4 is 4MB/sec. Starting to see the pattern?


    SO WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "SD CARDS" AND "SDHC CARDS?

    SDHC is basically an upgrade to the older SD cards. The reason they upgraded it was to achieve greater data transfer speeds AND capacity than previously possible with normal SD cards... and to do this, they had to redesign the card (which is why it's not compatible with normal SD devices). This was necessary because digital cameras and digital video cameras these days have higher resolutions, which equate to larger file sizes and faster data transfer needs.

    Now that many digital cameras also can record HD video, you may consider getting a larger capacity card because video takes much more space than photos. The size of the video varies from camera to camera depending on what resolution and video compression the camera uses. If you plan on taking lots of video (especially HD video), I would consider getting at least a 16GB card. Check your camera specifications to see how many minutes per Gig of memory your camera can capture ...to gauge how big of a memory card you'll want to get to meet your needs.

    Special Note on regular SD Cards:
    If you primarily take casual photos and don't need a exceptionally fast read/write capable card, you should know that newer cameras that take "SDHC" cards will also work with older normal "SD" cards. These older cards are cheaper than the new SDHC cards, so this may be something to consider. So to sum things up, newer cameras will take SDHC and regular SD cards, but older cameras that use SD cards may not be able to use SDHC cards. This is because newer technology is usually made to be compatible with older technology (the technical term used to describe this is "backwards compatibility") ... but older technology may not have the hardware necessary to run newer tech (technical term used is "obsolete"... just kidding! ;)

    I hope I haven't confused everybody by going into this much detail, but I can't help being the nerd that I am. If you are confused, don't hesitate to comment on this post and I will try my best to answer your questions. Also, any feedback is always welcome!

    Conclusion: Buy the card if you have a new device that uses SDHC. It rocks! (This message has been approved by the "Duke of New Mexico")


    4-0 out of 5 stars Transcend 4 GB Class 6 SDHC Card - Good Card for SDHC Compatible Devices, May 10, 2008
    UPDATE - March 2, 2010: This review was originally written for the 4 GB class 6 SDHC card, but the reviews have been grouped for all class 6 SDHC cards in the 4, 8, 16 and 32 GB sizes. All the cards should perform similarly since they are all class 6 and all made by Transcend. However, I will have to check which cards I have used hands on. I believe I only own the 4GB and 8GB cards. I will update the review further. If you have concerns regarding the 16GB or 32GB sizes, you should seek out the reviews tagged with the product links from those cards.


    The Transcend 4GB SDHC CARD (Class 6) is a great card for the price. I was at first a little skeptical about the brand, but I buy way too many memory cards to ignore a good price when I see one. And I'm happy to report that I've experienced decent performance and reliability issues with this card. That's as compared to other cards I own including SanDisk, PNY and Kingston.

    As long as your devices are compatible with the SDHC format, this card is a good buy. 4 GB is a nice size though I do prefer 8 GB capacity for high capacity storage.

    The class 6 speed is the fastest speed available in mass market SDHC cards. Class 6 guarantees minimum transfer speeds of 6 MBs, but I've gotten speeds up to 20Mbs! That makes this card perfect for storing pictures in RAW image formats.

    The Class 6 speed is on par with the Sandisk Extreme III cards that on average are about $15 to $20 more per card. If you don't have an SDHC reader, you may opt to get the package with a reader included to download your pics. If not you can just transfer your pics directly from your camera with your card still inserted. An SDHC card reader can be bought separately if your PC doesn't have a compatible slot.

    General SDHC and SD Card Tips

    There are a few tips that I've learned the hard way through buying TOO MANY different memory cards.
    1. Make sure your device is compatible with the card! Even in regular SD cards, some older electronics aren't compatible with that large of a size (2 GB). In terms of SDHC cards, make sure your camera or other device is SDHC compatible. SDHC is different from regular SD and only newer devices tend to have built-in compatibility
    2. Once you install this in your camera or device, you will generally want to format the card with your compatible device's interface. That is because the standard formats for certain devices, particularly Canon, are different from the factory installed format
    3. Just like your devices, most computer SD card readers are not compatible with the SDHC format. So use a card reader or download the pictures via USB connection to the camera with the card still installed.
    4. For some reason, placing the card in the locked position allows some older laptops to still read it. This is just to be used in a pinch however, and it won't apply to all systems
    5. If you did not properly format your card, you may be able to save things to it and then have them "disappear." If this happens to you, make sure you use the software recovery tools BEFORE you try to save anything else to your card. That way, you can retrieve your images without over-writing them.
    6. Make sure you know what you are going to use this card for. Once you have set up everything and ensured it's all compatible, you still have to decide on speed. If you are using this for storing RAW images instead of JPEGs or HD video, step up to the faster class 6 speed format if you can afford it.
    7. If you are going to pay more for a faster speed, make sure your device can benefit from it. I've read, for example, that Kodak cameras are set to a fixed voltage and cannot go faster than standard speed. So the extra cash spent on Class 4, 5, or 6 is basically wasted.

    Conclusion

    It's great to have several extra cards on hand just in case. This 4 GB card is a nice performer. If you have a high capacity camera (10 Megapixels or more) and are storing videos or RAW images, the extra cash for the 8GB card is worth it. Or you may want to step up to the larger 16 GB size that is now available.

    Enjoy!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Transcend 32 GB SDHC Review, May 25, 2009
    Before you drop 120~$ for a SD card ask yourself, Do you really need 32GB card? because the card itself with same specs costs only 35$ for the 16GB version, anyway here is info that might help you

    Pros :
    1- Class 6 Card the(guaranteed minimum Read/write speed of 6MB/s)
    2- My Test Results 18.2-18.5MB/S Read - 11.6-11.8 Write (very stable)
    3- Faster than average cards and almost close to top speed SDHC cards
    4- 32GB in a single small chip is awesome(You can use it as a portable HD once in a while, i share some stuff with my friends with it sometimes


    Cons :
    1- Expensive
    2- You can get two 16GB cards for around only 70$ and save yourself 50$~
    3- Slow write speeds for a 32GB card (Takes forever to fill it with DATA from PC, its not the card fault though , its just the SDHC technology is getting old and slow for 2009 standards , time for newer Tech)

    * Important Info

    Avoid the Sandisk Ultra Series they never reach the true marketed speed "15MB-20MB/S" its just in theory speed like how everybody knows that USB2 is much slower than its specs, and they are only Class 2 for the 32GB version which will drop frames from your HD video (Plus Class 4 is minimum requirement for shooting in HD ) if you plan to get San disk Card then get the Extreme III Series (but again from my own Tests there read speed is about 20MB not 30MB and the write speed is 14MB/s~ instead of the transcend 11MB/s write speed (Unless you spam shooting pictures with your DSLR you don't "need" faster speed)

    I bought This card because i plan to take videos with my HD camcorder that last more 2 Hours, if you do not plan to shoot for longtime then you are better with getting the 16GB card HOWEVER, if you are lazy like my mom and do not plan to transfer DATA from the card to Your computer HD after every trip, then get the 32GB card.or you gonna end up on a trip and a message pops "No memory"

    If you plan to shoot for longer time, check your camcorder battery too does it even last that long? so be sure about that before you drop over 100$ for this card

    1-0 out of 5 stars product failed., July 26, 2009
    Well, it was great while it lasted. Unfortunately, it did not last long.

    Like other reviewers, after <20 use cycles the device failed and I got a "lock" error when, in fact, the write-protection lock was not engaged. Oddly, by engaging the lock (i.e. entering read-only mode) I was able to remove the picture files from the card. Obviously, further use in the camera was impossible; I was also unable to reformat the card (either with my camera or with the SD Associations free software [..]).

    This card has a high average rating but I would urge customers to consider the number of 1-star ratings due to complete product failure before they purchase this item.



    5-0 out of 5 stars My Canon loves the 8 GB SDHC card, January 15, 2008
    I recently purchased a Canon Powershot A720IS digital camera that is capable of recognizing and using up to 2 TERRABYTES of memory card (in the future) so I wanted to get the largest memory card I could install for now. I wanted to use the camera both on dry land and with an underwater housing for shooting stills and video on dive trips. Camera specs said an 8 GB SDHC card would record one hour of hi res video at 30 fps. Or nearly 2300 hi res stills at 8 megapixels.

    A test of the Transcend 8GB SDHC card in the camera ended up shooting 70 minutes of full screen, 30fps digital video that could not be distinguished from my DV camcorder video quality. Playback from the memory card to the TV was so fast & efficient there was never a single "stutter" on the screen. The card speed is genuinely FAST as advertised. Low level formatting of the card allowed for very acceptable rapid-fire sequential still photo shooting speeds when light levels were bright enough that the flash was not needed/used. Something like 2 photos every 3 seconds. Files were flawless in display, both for stills and video.

    This product was significantly lower in price than the Kingston 8GB SDHC card I originally bought with the camera. I've used both interchangeably and cannot see any different in the speed or capacity and quality of imagery is identical. For the money I'll stick with Transcend and am looking forward to getting their 16GB card once the price drops substantially below the $100 mark. That would provide nearly 2 1/2 hours of video on my still camera or 4600 highest quality stills. I'm afraid my camcorder will be collecting dust much of the time. A big advantage to video on the card is there are NO MOVING PARTS, e.g. a mini DV tape cassette and camcorder or VCR playback unit needed to dump the video and stills to my Mac for editing and burning DVDs. I just stick the card in the MicroMate USB card reader, plug it in the computer and bingo, ready to sort thru and dump to the hard drive. Since the card is formatted by a Canon camera it automatically boots up the Canon Viewer software too. That should work the same for other brands of still cameras formatting this chip.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The Fastest Card at This Price But..., June 26, 2007
    This SDHC card is the fastest one in its price range but it may cause your images to be lost.

    I use two of this in a Canon SD750. After the first use, all of the images were lost. (But thank God, I could rescue them with Lexar Image Rescue 2, a program better than its competitors) Then I formated the card(s) in the camera(s) with "low level format" option several times and there has been no problem after that so far.

    I can suggest these points to potential owners of this card:
    1- Use it very carefully, make backups if possible.
    2- Format it several times before the first use with "low level format" option.
    3- If you loose your images, don't panic. At this situation, It is very important not to take anymore pictures. If you take pictures after this point, you can overwrite your lost images and there can be no chance to get them back. Connect your card to your computer with a card reader (SDHC Compatible) and rescue them with Lexar Image Rescue.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Mini Hard Drive equivalent, December 11, 2007
    This card is able to hold a complete DVD movie, thousands of songs/photos, or just serve as a backup device for one's files.

    It operates very well - I now have purchased 3 and with each use its value becomes more apparent.

    One word of caution - even though most laptops and systems have an SD card slot, older computers may not be able to recognize or write to this card. Make sure your system has the ability to read SDHC configured products.

    If you do not have an SD slot you can purchase an tiny SD reader (very inexpensive) that plugs into your USB port.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great value, just be careful..., January 2, 2009
    I recently ordered this card as an accessory for my Acer Aspire One netbook PC. The card took a little while to ship, about 8 days, but that wasn't a big deal. The card has lots of space, and the read speeds are quite impressive. I mostly use it to run and store portable software, and it does a very good job at that.

    My only complaint is that when I first inserted the card into my PC it attempted to install some adware. The program was from a company called RelevantKnowledge, and they gather your information for market research purposes. Luckily my spyware software picked it up immediately,so I was able to delete it. Afterward I formatted the card, and now I'm happy as can be.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Reliable card, good speeds!, December 4, 2008
    Transcend 16 GB SDHC SD Class 6 Flash Memory Card TS16GSDHC6E [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging]
    I have 4 of these cards that I use in my Panasonic HMC-150, a professional grade video camera. I've run read/write tests on all of them and they get about 14 MB/s write speeds and 17.5 MB/s read speeds. Never encountered any errors! These cards are the best bang for your buck, and the frustration free packaging is awesome.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Let This Happen to You....., August 3, 2008
    It's great to have 8GB of memory but it is a double edged sword. Today after using this card for only the second time, it failed on me. I lost almost 200 precious images - gone forever. I am what you would call an enthusiast or hobbyist. I love photography and spend every spare minute, which is very seldom these days, pursuing my passion. So I do a fair amount of experimentation. These cards are great when they work - but if they fail you even once - the results can be catastrophic. Maybe I am the unlucky 1 of 250 reviewers with a bad experience with this product, but I feel it is my responsibility to report this to everyone. I hope it never happens to you. It is human nature for me to wonder, if I had spent a few more dollars for a better brand name, would my photos be intact today? ... Read more


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    Reviews

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not All Class 10 Cards are Equal, April 11, 2010
    UPDATE 9-10 I own 4 of these cards now. I have more of these than any other card I own because the are a very good value for capacity/price/and speed. My initial dissapointment over the lack of super high speed is outweighed by the reality that this card is an exceptional value.

    Origional Review:
    I purchased this card making the assumption that all class 10 cards had the same read and write speed. This was a poor assumption on my part.

    The product photo on Amazon does not have the card's speed printed on it. The card that was shipped shows the front of the card printed with "20MB/s" which is the cards read speed. The cards write speed is only 16MB/s.

    I own a SanDisk Extreme III class 10 card that has (up to) 30MB/s read and write speed. My Nikon D-90 that can take advantage of the SanDisk cards speed. The difference is the SanDisk card can capture 100 photos at fine resolution in 24 seconds. The Transcend card captures 66 photos in the same time/resolution.

    I reality very few people will ever have the need to drill off 100 photos in 24 seconds, but I can't stand to loose a good shot because the camera is slow while writing to the card and I can't fire the shutter. You can hear this happen at about 4.5 seconds in the video review. This does not happen with the SanDisk class 10 30MB/s card.

    A lot can happen in a fraction of a second that can make a shot good or bad and the having ability to fire a lot of shots in rapid succession is important to me.

    If you own an SLR that is capable of rapid fire, high-resolution photography you may want to consider the SanDisk Extreme III 30 MB/s card.

    If you own a compact digital camera, this card will exceed the capabilities of all of them. For compact cameras the card isn't usually the slowest part of the data write process, it's the camera.

    This card is reasonably priced for a class 10 card. Just know what you are getting, what your needs may be, and what else is available. I own other Transcend cards and they have always worked properly without any issues.

    The video that I attached shows this card with the same 24 seconds that I gave the SanDisk Card.

    To see the SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s video demo and review on Amazon go to:

    Sandisk SDSDX3-008G-E31 8GB Extreme III SD Card 30MB/s (RETAIL PACKAGE)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fast!, April 8, 2010
    I purchased this for use with my new Canon T2i. I use it primarily for shooting full resolution 1080p video, although I shoot stills as well.

    The camera choked on the class 4 chip that I originally purchased, but with this one, it is amazing. I can shoot rapidfire 18 megapixel stills (I've tested it up to 30+ shots in a row), and there is no lag. I've never had an error when shooting hi-def video.

    Highly recommended! I'm buying another one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fast, fast, fast!, March 15, 2010
    I bought this card for my Canon T1i. The card I had been using before ordering this one was a Kingston Class 6 micro sd card and it worked well enough for the type of shooting I did. Class 6 was the card speed that Canon recommended when I bought my T1i (Class 10 cards were not yet available) and it seemed fast enough for the way I used my camera - isolated single photos taken at Medium (8 MP) or Large (15 MP) jpg settings and 1280 x 720 video. And while I ocassionally took continuous photos, I had never much exceeded 5-10 photos in a row and had never run into a problem with my Class 6 card.

    When I first saw the Class 10 cards I did some experiments with my camera. How many continuous Large photos could I take before the camera slowed down? It turned out to be about 30. And how many RAW photos could I take before the camera slowed down? It turned out to be about 9. SInce I did not generally take any photos in RAW and never needed more than about 10 continuous photos at Large, the Class 6 card seemed more than sufficient for my needs. But I wondered about the speed of the Class 10 cards enough that I finally bought one.

    It turns out that the Class 10 card is sufficiently fast that there does not seem to be a reasonable upper limit on single Large photos. I have taken 60 on continuous without an issue. And although I still cannot take more than 9 RAW photos on continuous with the Class 10 card, when I am finished taking those photos the camera no longer displays a Wait - writing pictures screen. The RAW photos get written from the built-in memory to the card so quickly that the camera does not need to display the Wait screen.

    So this card is fast! Given the way I take photos this purchase was unnecessary, but still I am glad I bought it. I know I will not run into a situation where speed is an issue with this card.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Transcend vs Sandisk of equal price, July 31, 2010
    OK. this card was around $47 for a class 10 16gb. The other card i bought was a Sandisk class 10 8gb for the around same price. I did a 10 sec stop watch test on both cards with my Rebel T1i on raw and the Sandisk was only faster by 1 shot in a 10 sec burst. to me it seems trivial to pay 47 bucks for a Sandisk 8gig when you can get 16 gigs for the same price. yes i know, the Sandisk is good for arctic and desert temperatures... but i live in western NY... not Antarctica or the Sahara. If your looking for a good card, with more gigs for your buck, the Transcend is well worth it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Slower than slow on Pentax K-x, April 25, 2010
    I bought this for my pentax K-x but it would randomly corrupt images. Also, it was slower than my 3+ year old SandDisk Ultra 1GB card. I was told by the seller (Thememstore) that others with the k-x have had the same problems. So apparently it must have something to do with the class 10 part, because since I returned this card I bought a SandDisk Extreme III 4GB Class 6 and it works far better.

    Would I recommend this card? Yes, but only to someone who knows that class 10 will work in their camera. I don't fault the card as I think the problem is with the K-x.

    1-0 out of 5 stars DESTROYS DATA -- after working fine for just long enough to fool you!, November 6, 2010
    SUMMARY:


    DO NOT BUY THIS CARD UNLESS YOU WANT TO PLAY RUSSIAN ROULETTE WITH YOUR DATA. Card worked fine when I bought it, but malfunctioned within the first 400 photos -- malfunctioned so badly that some very technical tools were needed to recover anything at all, and some photos were still permanently lost. Recovering the data requires the attention of a serious data recovery expert or someone with substantial technical knowledge and lots of time.


    DETAILS:

    I made the mistake buying this card for my camera right before a long trip overseas. It worked fine on the first few dozen shots. I didn't see any improvement in speed over my trusty 1.5-year-old Transcend 8GB Class-6 card, but that was most likely because the camera itself (Canon EOS Rebel 1000D/XSi) could not write images any faster than that (full-size JPEG, continuous shutter mode, roughly did ~2.5-3 images/second on both cards, with no slowdown after the first few shots).

    200 shots or so into using this card, I get a sudden mysterious message from the camera when I try to take a new shot -- Card Format Invalid (never saw it in the previous 1.5 years on this camera with 3 other SDHC cards). I look around for a bit, and discover that turning the camera off, pulling the card out and putting it back in is enough to clear the error message, and the previous photos are still visible.

    I then make the mistake of assuming the problem is just that -- needing to "reboot" the camera when the card is acting stupid, and nothing else. Over the next 200 or so shots, this problem comes up every 50 shots or so. Then, after yet another "reboot", I notice that the camera's playback function is only showing the last 30 photos!!! Yet it shows that there's only 5.7G of space left on the camera -- the other 2G+ _should_ be taken up by the photos I've shot thus far, but the playback doesn't show them.

    And this happens in the middle of a trek through the Peruvian Andes, several days' walk/horse ride from the first village with electricity, let alone a computer (with lots of once-in-a-lifetime shots on the camera). I pull this card out immediately, plug in my backup card, and wait until coming back to civilization to take a look at the card. Sure enough, the card is severely corrupted -- the directory listing is showing a bunch of folders with weird-character names, and only the last ~30 photos are visible from the computer, too!


    RECOVERY SUGGESTIONS:

    Hopefully you'll read this before buying and will not buy this piece of junk card. If you had the misfortune of running into the same problem and losing your data, read on.

    I have now had time to examine what was left on the card, using tools that are not easily usable to people without substantial technical training. I've managed to recover over 90% of my photos, but this was NOT easy, and I suspect that even some shops specializing in data recovery from failed disks may not know how to get your data back -- this is NOT as simple as just undeleting a file!

    Non-technical instructions:

    1. As soon as you see the FIRST error involving the card format, turn off the camera, pull out the card, and copy all of your photos to a different device (computer/harddrive/whatnot). The earlier you stop using this card, the safer your photos will be.

    2. As soon as the first problem happens, move the little plastic slider on the side of the card to the "Lock" position -- this will prevent anything else from being written on the card, which lowers the risk of what's left of your photos being overwritten.

    3. If you see directories (aka folders) with weird names when you plug this card into a computer -- or see a huge number of photos missing when you look at them on the camera, take the card out IMMEDIATELY, and take the card to a data recovery shop or a technical expert willing to look at the card in depth. Give them a printout of the explanation below.


    Technical details:

    At least in my case, the filesystem was indeed somehow damaged, perhaps by the camera deciding to write over the location of the root directory somehow. I took a full disk image of the card, and operated on the disk image only (there were no read errors when making the image, FWIW). Somehow I was lucky enough to have the original _subdirectories_ \DCIM and \DCIM\100CANON survive on the card intact even though the root directory structure now pointed to a different, new, place on the filesystem as \DCIM.

    I found the location of the old 100CANON directory on the filesystem by searching for one of the filenames I knew would exist in the old directory, like IMG_7000, across the whole disk image.

    I then edited the filesystem (yea, with a hex editor!) to have the new \DCIM directory point to the old 100CANON subdirectory. See the Wikipedia article on FAT32 for a reasonably easy reference on how to find the 4 bytes that need to be edited, and how to calculate the correct updated value.

    Mounting the edited disk image (with Linux's 'mount -t loop'), the directory was intact, and all but about 5% of the photos were completely intact as well -- the remainder must have been overwritten after the directory structure got corrupted. Depending on how long it takes the user to notice a problem, of course, much more damage could easily happen to the original data.

    Here's one easy hack to see how much you can hope to recover, if you're recovering camera data. The same trick may be useful for locating the JPEGs if the original image-containing directory is no longer intact (good luck with recovery then! I thankfully didn't have to do this). Take any image produced by the same camera, look at its JFIF headers. My camera leaves the string "Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS" in two places in every JPEG it creates, early on in the JFIF header. Search for that string across the whole filesystem. If there's, say, 500 hits, that means you can hope for [easy] recovery of at most 250 photos -- any photo that is missing the JFIF headers will be missing the first chunk of the file, and will make it very hard both to find _and_ to reconstruct the remaining data, if any, into a usable JPEG (I have not tried to do this, at least, and it seems very hard).

    4-0 out of 5 stars Transcend Vs. Sandisk on Panasonic LX5, November 12, 2010
    I will be writing this review for both SanDisk Extreme SDHC class 10 8gb and Transcend SDHC class 10 16gb.

    I bought SanDisk class 10 and Transcend class 10 for my new Panasonic LX5. I got both card because no one really did a comparison with a compact camera and I was just going crazy trying to see if there is any big difference between the 2 cards.

    SanDisk Extreme package box indicated it's water proof, x-ray proof, shock proof, temperature proof. I am not ready to spend $50 to see if it really stand up to it's words. And I don't think normal people would go through the extreme condition in taking pictures or videos.

    Cut the story short, I really want to see if there is any difference in writing performance between the 2 cards in a compact camera. There is a continuous burst mode in LX5 and the manual indicated it is only limited by the condition of picture environment and performance of the SD card. Within the mode there are 2 different settings:1) speed priority or 2) picture/quality priority. The shutter speed is much faster with speed priority compare to picture priority.

    I first formatted both cards out of box then put each card in series of test(3 rounds each setting for each card) shooting at the same object under same lighting condition. The results:
    Speed Priority:
    SanDisk Class 10 8gb
    22-33 shots before camera stopped to allow the card to catch up with writing.

    Transcend Class 10 16gb
    22-24 shots before camera stopped to allow the card to catch up with writing.

    Picture priority
    SanDisk Class 10 8gb
    34-46 shots before camera stopped

    Transcend Class 10 16gb
    27-33 shots before camera stopped


    It seems that at a higher shutter speed, both cards performed very similar under the same shooting condition. But at a slower shutter speed the SanDisk definitely out perform Transcend. I hope this little experiment satisfied anyone with curiosity like me. Transcend definitely is a bargain with 16gb and almost half of the price compare to SanDisk. But I am going to use SanDisk Extreme as my primary card and Transcend as backup or on a second camera to ensure i would not miss any shots.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Depend on what you will use it for ..., October 13, 2010
    The "C10" is for "minimum sustaining speed" of 10mbps. The sustaining speed is critical if you're using for HD camcorder. There is other brand card that is also c10 but it costs more (2x) for its print of 30mbps on the card. It leads consumers into thinking that the higher price is worth for the 30mbps. However, the 30mbps is the "burst" speed. Burst speed is critical for HD camera and for doing copies. I have a HD camcorder and I'm very satisfied with this card after many hours for recording. I bought this card to do 100% of recording so it is the right price. I would buy the other high price brand card of 30mbps if I will do a lot of picture taking. The bottom line is to buy for the purpose of your usage.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not very fast, April 14, 2010
    On my Panasonic GF1, it's the same speed as a Class 6 Transcend card and much slower than a Class 10 SanDisk Extreme. Buy the Transcend Class 6 if you want to save money or the SanDisk if you wan speed, but skip this one.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Class 10 pricing for Class 6 performance, June 10, 2010
    Ran some of my own informal tests of this card pitted against an older well used Transcend Class 6 card. The older cheaper card equalled or beat this "Class 10" card. Shop for the best priced Class 6 card right now or pay the premium for real Class 10 performance.

    Test Spec: ThinkPad T61p multi-format internal card reader, Windows 7 x64
    Both FAT32 formatted, both Taiwan mfg, sustained speed as reported by Windows.
    No multi-tasking during test.

    Material: Directory of 697 MB, Mix of Jpegs (~4.4mb/ea) & Nikon RAWs (~8.5mb/ea)
    Transcend 4GB SDHC Class 6
    Partition detail: 4K Offset/32K Blocks
    Averaged 17.5 MB/s read
    Averaged 7.3 MB/s write

    Transcend 4GB SDHC Class 10 (Formatted by Factory)
    Partition detail: 4K Offset/32K Blocks
    Averaged 14.5 MB/s read
    Averaged 3.7 MB/s write
    (Reformatted w/ Windows 7)
    Partition detail: 4K Offset/32K Blocks
    Averaged 14.5 MB/s read
    Averaged 3.7 MB/s write

    Material: 2.9GB DVD ISO File
    Transcend 4GB SDHC Class 10
    Partition detail: 4K Offset/32K Blocks
    Averaged 14.8 MB/s read
    Averaged 7.1 MB/s write

    Transcend 4GB SDHC Class 6
    Partition detail: 4K Offset/32K Blocks
    Averaged 12.3 MB/s read
    Averaged 8.2 MB/s write

    Other Card tested:
    Transcend 4 GB Class 6 SDHC Flash Memory Card TS4GSDHC6E [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging]

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not All Class 10 Cards are Equal, April 11, 2010
    UPDATE 9-10 I own 4 of these cards now. I have more of these than any other card I own because the are a very good value for capacity/price/and speed. My initial dissapointment over the lack of super high speed is outweighed by the reality that this card is an exceptional value.

    Origional Review:
    I purchased this card making the assumption that all class 10 cards had the same read and write speed. This was a poor assumption on my part.

    The product photo on Amazon does not have the card's speed printed on it. The card that was shipped shows the front of the card printed with "20MB/s" which is the cards read speed. The cards write speed is only 16MB/s.

    I own a SanDisk Extreme III class 10 card that has (up to) 30MB/s read and write speed. My Nikon D-90 that can take advantage of the SanDisk cards speed. The difference is the SanDisk card can capture 100 photos at fine resolution in 24 seconds. The Transcend card captures 66 photos in the same time/resolution.

    I reality very few people will ever have the need to drill off 100 photos in 24 seconds, but I can't stand to loose a good shot because the camera is slow while writing to the card and I can't fire the shutter. You can hear this happen at about 4.5 seconds in the video review. This does not happen with the SanDisk class 10 30MB/s card.

    A lot can happen in a fraction of a second that can make a shot good or bad and the having ability to fire a lot of shots in rapid succession is important to me.

    If you own an SLR that is capable of rapid fire, high-resolution photography you may want to consider the SanDisk Extreme III 30 MB/s card.

    If you own a compact digital camera, this card will exceed the capabilities of all of them. For compact cameras the card isn't usually the slowest part of the data write process, it's the camera.

    This card is reasonably priced for a class 10 card. Just know what you are getting, what your needs may be, and what else is available. I own other Transcend cards and they have always worked properly without any issues.

    The video that I attached shows this card with the same 24 seconds that I gave the SanDisk Card.

    To see the SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s video demo and review on Amazon go to:

    Sandisk SDSDX3-008G-E31 8GB Extreme III SD Card 30MB/s (RETAIL PACKAGE)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fast!, April 8, 2010
    I purchased this for use with my new Canon T2i. I use it primarily for shooting full resolution 1080p video, although I shoot stills as well.

    The camera choked on the class 4 chip that I originally purchased, but with this one, it is amazing. I can shoot rapidfire 18 megapixel stills (I've tested it up to 30+ shots in a row), and there is no lag. I've never had an error when shooting hi-def video.

    Highly recommended! I'm buying another one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fast, fast, fast!, March 15, 2010
    I bought this card for my Canon T1i. The card I had been using before ordering this one was a Kingston Class 6 micro sd card and it worked well enough for the type of shooting I did. Class 6 was the card speed that Canon recommended when I bought my T1i (Class 10 cards were not yet available) and it seemed fast enough for the way I used my camera - isolated single photos taken at Medium (8 MP) or Large (15 MP) jpg settings and 1280 x 720 video. And while I ocassionally took continuous photos, I had never much exceeded 5-10 photos in a row and had never run into a problem with my Class 6 card.

    When I first saw the Class 10 cards I did some experiments with my camera. How many continuous Large photos could I take before the camera slowed down? It turned out to be about 30. And how many RAW photos could I take before the camera slowed down? It turned out to be about 9. SInce I did not generally take any photos in RAW and never needed more than about 10 continuous photos at Large, the Class 6 card seemed more than sufficient for my needs. But I wondered about the speed of the Class 10 cards enough that I finally bought one.

    It turns out that the Class 10 card is sufficiently fast that there does not seem to be a reasonable upper limit on single Large photos. I have taken 60 on continuous without an issue. And although I still cannot take more than 9 RAW photos on continuous with the Class 10 card, when I am finished taking those photos the camera no longer displays a Wait - writing pictures screen. The RAW photos get written from the built-in memory to the card so quickly that the camera does not need to display the Wait screen.

    So this card is fast! Given the way I take photos this purchase was unnecessary, but still I am glad I bought it. I know I will not run into a situation where speed is an issue with this card.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Transcend vs Sandisk of equal price, July 31, 2010
    OK. this card was around $47 for a class 10 16gb. The other card i bought was a Sandisk class 10 8gb for the around same price. I did a 10 sec stop watch test on both cards with my Rebel T1i on raw and the Sandisk was only faster by 1 shot in a 10 sec burst. to me it seems trivial to pay 47 bucks for a Sandisk 8gig when you can get 16 gigs for the same price. yes i know, the Sandisk is good for arctic and desert temperatures... but i live in western NY... not Antarctica or the Sahara. If your looking for a good card, with more gigs for your buck, the Transcend is well worth it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Slower than slow on Pentax K-x, April 25, 2010
    I bought this for my pentax K-x but it would randomly corrupt images. Also, it was slower than my 3+ year old SandDisk Ultra 1GB card. I was told by the seller (Thememstore) that others with the k-x have had the same problems. So apparently it must have something to do with the class 10 part, because since I returned this card I bought a SandDisk Extreme III 4GB Class 6 and it works far better.

    Would I recommend this card? Yes, but only to someone who knows that class 10 will work in their camera. I don't fault the card as I think the problem is with the K-x.

    1-0 out of 5 stars DESTROYS DATA -- after working fine for just long enough to fool you!, November 6, 2010
    SUMMARY:


    DO NOT BUY THIS CARD UNLESS YOU WANT TO PLAY RUSSIAN ROULETTE WITH YOUR DATA. Card worked fine when I bought it, but malfunctioned within the first 400 photos -- malfunctioned so badly that some very technical tools were needed to recover anything at all, and some photos were still permanently lost. Recovering the data requires the attention of a serious data recovery expert or someone with substantial technical knowledge and lots of time.


    DETAILS:

    I made the mistake buying this card for my camera right before a long trip overseas. It worked fine on the first few dozen shots. I didn't see any improvement in speed over my trusty 1.5-year-old Transcend 8GB Class-6 card, but that was most likely because the camera itself (Canon EOS Rebel 1000D/XSi) could not write images any faster than that (full-size JPEG, continuous shutter mode, roughly did ~2.5-3 images/second on both cards, with no slowdown after the first few shots).

    200 shots or so into using this card, I get a sudden mysterious message from the camera when I try to take a new shot -- Card Format Invalid (never saw it in the previous 1.5 years on this camera with 3 other SDHC cards). I look around for a bit, and discover that turning the camera off, pulling the card out and putting it back in is enough to clear the error message, and the previous photos are still visible.

    I then make the mistake of assuming the problem is just that -- needing to "reboot" the camera when the card is acting stupid, and nothing else. Over the next 200 or so shots, this problem comes up every 50 shots or so. Then, after yet another "reboot", I notice that the camera's playback function is only showing the last 30 photos!!! Yet it shows that there's only 5.7G of space left on the camera -- the other 2G+ _should_ be taken up by the photos I've shot thus far, but the playback doesn't show them.

    And this happens in the middle of a trek through the Peruvian Andes, several days' walk/horse ride from the first village with electricity, let alone a computer (with lots of once-in-a-lifetime shots on the camera). I pull this card out immediately, plug in my backup card, and wait until coming back to civilization to take a look at the card. Sure enough, the card is severely corrupted -- the directory listing is showing a bunch of folders with weird-character names, and only the last ~30 photos are visible from the computer, too!


    RECOVERY SUGGESTIONS:

    Hopefully you'll read this before buying and will not buy this piece of junk card. If you had the misfortune of running into the same problem and losing your data, read on.

    I have now had time to examine what was left on the card, using tools that are not easily usable to people without substantial technical training. I've managed to recover over 90% of my photos, but this was NOT easy, and I suspect that even some shops specializing in data recovery from failed disks may not know how to get your data back -- this is NOT as simple as just undeleting a file!

    Non-technical instructions:

    1. As soon as you see the FIRST error involving the card format, turn off the camera, pull out the card, and copy all of your photos to a different device (computer/harddrive/whatnot). The earlier you stop using this card, the safer your photos will be.

    2. As soon as the first problem happens, move the little plastic slider on the side of the card to the "Lock" position -- this will prevent anything else from being written on the card, which lowers the risk of what's left of your photos being overwritten.

    3. If you see directories (aka folders) with weird names when you plug this card into a computer -- or see a huge number of photos missing when you look at them on the camera, take the card out IMMEDIATELY, and take the card to a data recovery shop or a technical expert willing to look at the card in depth. Give them a printout of the explanation below.


    Technical details:

    At least in my case, the filesystem was indeed somehow damaged, perhaps by the camera deciding to write over the location of the root directory somehow. I took a full disk image of the card, and operated on the disk image only (there were no read errors when making the image, FWIW). Somehow I was lucky enough to have the original _subdirectories_ \DCIM and \DCIM\100CANON survive on the card intact even though the root directory structure now pointed to a different, new, place on the filesystem as \DCIM.

    I found the location of the old 100CANON directory on the filesystem by searching for one of the filenames I knew would exist in the old directory, like IMG_7000, across the whole disk image.

    I then edited the filesystem (yea, with a hex editor!) to have the new \DCIM directory point to the old 100CANON subdirectory. See the Wikipedia article on FAT32 for a reasonably easy reference on how to find the 4 bytes that need to be edited, and how to calculate the correct updated value.

    Mounting the edited disk image (with Linux's 'mount -t loop'), the directory was intact, and all but about 5% of the photos were completely intact as well -- the remainder must have been overwritten after the directory structure got corrupted. Depending on how long it takes the user to notice a problem, of course, much more damage could easily happen to the original data.

    Here's one easy hack to see how much you can hope to recover, if you're recovering camera data. The same trick may be useful for locating the JPEGs if the original image-containing directory is no longer intact (good luck with recovery then! I thankfully didn't have to do this). Take any image produced by the same camera, look at its JFIF headers. My camera leaves the string "Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS" in two places in every JPEG it creates, early on in the JFIF header. Search for that string across the whole filesystem. If there's, say, 500 hits, that means you can hope for [easy] recovery of at most 250 photos -- any photo that is missing the JFIF headers will be missing the first chunk of the file, and will make it very hard both to find _and_ to reconstruct the remaining data, if any, into a usable JPEG (I have not tried to do this, at least, and it seems very hard).

    4-0 out of 5 stars Transcend Vs. Sandisk on Panasonic LX5, November 12, 2010
    I will be writing this review for both SanDisk Extreme SDHC class 10 8gb and Transcend SDHC class 10 16gb.

    I bought SanDisk class 10 and Transcend class 10 for my new Panasonic LX5. I got both card because no one really did a comparison with a compact camera and I was just going crazy trying to see if there is any big difference between the 2 cards.

    SanDisk Extreme package box indicated it's water proof, x-ray proof, shock proof, temperature proof. I am not ready to spend $50 to see if it really stand up to it's words. And I don't think normal people would go through the extreme condition in taking pictures or videos.

    Cut the story short, I really want to see if there is any difference in writing performance between the 2 cards in a compact camera. There is a continuous burst mode in LX5 and the manual indicated it is only limited by the condition of picture environment and performance of the SD card. Within the mode there are 2 different settings:1) speed priority or 2) picture/quality priority. The shutter speed is much faster with speed priority compare to picture priority.

    I first formatted both cards out of box then put each card in series of test(3 rounds each setting for each card) shooting at the same object under same lighting condition. The results:
    Speed Priority:
    SanDisk Class 10 8gb
    22-33 shots before camera stopped to allow the card to catch up with writing.

    Transcend Class 10 16gb
    22-24 shots before camera stopped to allow the card to catch up with writing.

    Picture priority
    SanDisk Class 10 8gb
    34-46 shots before camera stopped

    Transcend Class 10 16gb
    27-33 shots before camera stopped


    It seems that at a higher shutter speed, both cards performed very similar under the same shooting condition. But at a slower shutter speed the SanDisk definitely out perform Transcend. I hope this little experiment satisfied anyone with curiosity like me. Transcend definitely is a bargain with 16gb and almost half of the price compare to SanDisk. But I am going to use SanDisk Extreme as my primary card and Transcend as backup or on a second camera to ensure i would not miss any shots.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Depend on what you will use it for ..., October 13, 2010
    The "C10" is for "minimum sustaining speed" of 10mbps. The sustaining speed is critical if you're using for HD camcorder. There is other brand card that is also c10 but it costs more (2x) for its print of 30mbps on the card. It leads consumers into thinking that the higher price is worth for the 30mbps. However, the 30mbps is the "burst" speed. Burst speed is critical for HD camera and for doing copies. I have a HD camcorder and I'm very satisfied with this card after many hours for recording. I bought this card to do 100% of recording so it is the right price. I would buy the other high price brand card of 30mbps if I will do a lot of picture taking. The bottom line is to buy for the purpose of your usage.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not very fast, April 14, 2010
    On my Panasonic GF1, it's the same speed as a Class 6 Transcend card and much slower than a Class 10 SanDisk Extreme. Buy the Transcend Class 6 if you want to save money or the SanDisk if you wan speed, but skip this one.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Class 10 pricing for Class 6 performance, June 10, 2010
    Ran some of my own informal tests of this card pitted against an older well used Transcend Class 6 card. The older cheaper card equalled or beat this "Class 10" card. Shop for the best priced Class 6 card right now or pay the premium for real Class 10 performance.

    Test Spec: ThinkPad T61p multi-format internal card reader, Windows 7 x64
    Both FAT32 formatted, both Taiwan mfg, sustained speed as reported by Windows.
    No multi-tasking during test.

    Material: Directory of 697 MB, Mix of Jpegs (~4.4mb/ea) & Nikon RAWs (~8.5mb/ea)
    Transcend 4GB SDHC Class 6
    Partition detail: 4K Offset/32K Blocks
    Averaged 17.5 MB/s read
    Averaged 7.3 MB/s write

    Transcend 4GB SDHC Class 10 (Formatted by Factory)
    Partition detail: 4K Offset/32K Blocks
    Averaged 14.5 MB/s read
    Averaged 3.7 MB/s write
    (Reformatted w/ Windows 7)
    Partition detail: 4K Offset/32K Blocks
    Averaged 14.5 MB/s read
    Averaged 3.7 MB/s write

    Material: 2.9GB DVD ISO File
    Transcend 4GB SDHC Class 10
    Partition detail: 4K Offset/32K Blocks
    Averaged 14.8 MB/s read
    Averaged 7.1 MB/s write

    Transcend 4GB SDHC Class 6
    Partition detail: 4K Offset/32K Blocks
    Averaged 12.3 MB/s read
    Averaged 8.2 MB/s write

    Other Card tested:
    Transcend 4 GB Class 6 SDHC Flash Memory Card TS4GSDHC6E [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging] ... Read more


    3. Transcend 16GB Class 10 SDHC Card (TS16GSDHC10)
    Electronics
    list price: $49.99 -- our price: $26.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B002WE4HE2
    Manufacturer: TRANSCEND
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Editorial Review

    Transcend 16gb SDHC card SD 3.0 SPD class 10 ... Read more

    Reviews

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not All Class 10 Cards are Equal, April 11, 2010
    UPDATE 9-10 I own 4 of these cards now. I have more of these than any other card I own because the are a very good value for capacity/price/and speed. My initial dissapointment over the lack of super high speed is outweighed by the reality that this card is an exceptional value.

    Origional Review:
    I purchased this card making the assumption that all class 10 cards had the same read and write speed. This was a poor assumption on my part.

    The product photo on Amazon does not have the card's speed printed on it. The card that was shipped shows the front of the card printed with "20MB/s" which is the cards read speed. The cards write speed is only 16MB/s.

    I own a SanDisk Extreme III class 10 card that has (up to) 30MB/s read and write speed. My Nikon D-90 that can take advantage of the SanDisk cards speed. The difference is the SanDisk card can capture 100 photos at fine resolution in 24 seconds. The Transcend card captures 66 photos in the same time/resolution.

    I reality very few people will ever have the need to drill off 100 photos in 24 seconds, but I can't stand to loose a good shot because the camera is slow while writing to the card and I can't fire the shutter. You can hear this happen at about 4.5 seconds in the video review. This does not happen with the SanDisk class 10 30MB/s card.

    A lot can happen in a fraction of a second that can make a shot good or bad and the having ability to fire a lot of shots in rapid succession is important to me.

    If you own an SLR that is capable of rapid fire, high-resolution photography you may want to consider the SanDisk Extreme III 30 MB/s card.

    If you own a compact digital camera, this card will exceed the capabilities of all of them. For compact cameras the card isn't usually the slowest part of the data write process, it's the camera.

    This card is reasonably priced for a class 10 card. Just know what you are getting, what your needs may be, and what else is available. I own other Transcend cards and they have always worked properly without any issues.

    The video that I attached shows this card with the same 24 seconds that I gave the SanDisk Card.

    To see the SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s video demo and review on Amazon go to:

    Sandisk SDSDX3-008G-E31 8GB Extreme III SD Card 30MB/s (RETAIL PACKAGE)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fast!, April 8, 2010
    I bought this for my pentax K-x but it would randomly corrupt images. Also, it was slower than my 3+ year old SandDisk Ultra 1GB card. I was told by the seller (Thememstore) that others with the k-x have had the same problems. So apparently it must have something to do with the class 10 part, because since I returned this card I bought a SandDisk Extreme III 4GB Class 6 and it works far better.

    Would I recommend this card? Yes, but only to someone who knows that class 10 will work in their camera. I don't fault the card as I think the problem is with the K-x.

    1-0 out of 5 stars DESTROYS DATA -- after working fine for just long enough to fool you!, November 6, 2010
    SUMMARY:


    DO NOT BUY THIS CARD UNLESS YOU WANT TO PLAY RUSSIAN ROULETTE WITH YOUR DATA. Card worked fine when I bought it, but malfunctioned within the first 400 photos -- malfunctioned so badly that some very technical tools were needed to recover anything at all, and some photos were still permanently lost. Recovering the data requires the attention of a serious data recovery expert or someone with substantial technical knowledge and lots of time.


    DETAILS:

    I made the mistake buying this card for my camera right before a long trip overseas. It worked fine on the first few dozen shots. I didn't see any improvement in speed over my trusty 1.5-year-old Transcend 8GB Class-6 card, but that was most likely because the camera itself (Canon EOS Rebel 1000D/XSi) could not write images any faster than that (full-size JPEG, continuous shutter mode, roughly did ~2.5-3 images/second on both cards, with no slowdown after the first few shots).

    200 shots or so into using this card, I get a sudden mysterious message from the camera when I try to take a new shot -- Card Format Invalid (never saw it in the previous 1.5 years on this camera with 3 other SDHC cards). I look around for a bit, and discover that turning the camera off, pulling the card out and putting it back in is enough to clear the error message, and the previous photos are still visible.

    I then make the mistake of assuming the problem is just that -- needing to "reboot" the camera when the card is acting stupid, and nothing else. Over the next 200 or so shots, this problem comes up every 50 shots or so. Then, after yet another "reboot", I notice that the camera's playback function is only showing the last 30 photos!!! Yet it shows that there's only 5.7G of space left on the camera -- the other 2G+ _should_ be taken up by the photos I've shot thus far, but the playback doesn't show them.

    And this happens in the middle of a trek through the Peruvian Andes, several days' walk/horse ride from the first village with electricity, let alone a computer (with lots of once-in-a-lifetime shots on the camera). I pull this card out immediately, plug in my backup card, and wait until coming back to civilization to take a look at the card. Sure enough, the card is severely corrupted -- the directory listing is showing a bunch of folders with weird-character names, and only the last ~30 photos are visible from the computer, too!


    RECOVERY SUGGESTIONS:

    Hopefully you'll read this before buying and will not buy this piece of junk card. If you had the misfortune of running into the same problem and losing your data, read on.

    I have now had time to examine what was left on the card, using tools that are not easily usable to people without substantial technical training. I've managed to recover over 90% of my photos, but this was NOT easy, and I suspect that even some shops specializing in data recovery from failed disks may not know how to get your data back -- this is NOT as simple as just undeleting a file!

    Non-technical instructions:

    1. As soon as you see the FIRST error involving the card format, turn off the camera, pull out the card, and copy all of your photos to a different device (computer/harddrive/whatnot). The earlier you stop using this card, the safer your photos will be.

    2. As soon as the first problem happens, move the little plastic slider on the side of the card to the "Lock" position -- this will prevent anything else from being written on the card, which lowers the risk of what's left of your photos being overwritten.

    3. If you see directories (aka folders) with weird names when you plug this card into a computer -- or see a huge number of photos missing when you look at them on the camera, take the card out IMMEDIATELY, and take the card to a data recovery shop or a technical expert willing to look at the card in depth. Give them a printout of the explanation below.


    Technical details:

    At least in my case, the filesystem was indeed somehow damaged, perhaps by the camera deciding to write over the location of the root directory somehow. I took a full disk image of the card, and operated on the disk image only (there were no read errors when making the image, FWIW). Somehow I was lucky enough to have the original _subdirectories_ \DCIM and \DCIM\100CANON survive on the card intact even though the root directory structure now pointed to a different, new, place on the filesystem as \DCIM.

    I found the location of the old 100CANON directory on the filesystem by searching for one of the filenames I knew would exist in the old directory, like IMG_7000, across the whole disk image.

    I then edited the filesystem (yea, with a hex editor!) to have the new \DCIM directory point to the old 100CANON subdirectory. See the Wikipedia article on FAT32 for a reasonably easy reference on how to find the 4 bytes that need to be edited, and how to calculate the correct updated value.

    Mounting the edited disk image (with Linux's 'mount -t loop'), the directory was intact, and all but about 5% of the photos were completely intact as well -- the remainder must have been overwritten after the directory structure got corrupted. Depending on how long it takes the user to notice a problem, of course, much more damage could easily happen to the original data.

    Here's one easy hack to see how much you can hope to recover, if you're recovering camera data. The same trick may be useful for locating the JPEGs if the original image-containing directory is no longer intact (good luck with recovery then! I thankfully didn't have to do this). Take any image produced by the same camera, look at its JFIF headers. My camera leaves the string "Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS" in two places in every JPEG it creates, early on in the JFIF header. Search for that string across the whole filesystem. If there's, say, 500 hits, that means you can hope for [easy] recovery of at most 250 photos -- any photo that is missing the JFIF headers will be missing the first chunk of the file, and will make it very hard both to find _and_ to reconstruct the remaining data, if any, into a usable JPEG (I have not tried to do this, at least, and it seems very hard).

    4-0 out of 5 stars Transcend Vs. Sandisk on Panasonic LX5, November 12, 2010
    The "C10" is for "minimum sustaining speed" of 10mbps. The sustaining speed is critical if you're using for HD camcorder. There is other brand card that is also c10 but it costs more (2x) for its print of 30mbps on the card. It leads consumers into thinking that the higher price is worth for the 30mbps. However, the 30mbps is the "burst" speed. Burst speed is critical for HD camera and for doing copies. I have a HD camcorder and I'm very satisfied with this card after many hours for recording. I bought this card to do 100% of recording so it is the right price. I would buy the other high price brand card of 30mbps if I will do a lot of picture taking. The bottom line is to buy for the purpose of your usage.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not very fast, April 14, 2010
    Ran some of my own informal tests of this card pitted against an older well used Transcend Class 6 card. The older cheaper card equalled or beat this "Class 10" card. Shop for the best priced Class 6 card right now or pay the premium for real Class 10 performance.

    Test Spec: ThinkPad T61p multi-format internal card reader, Windows 7 x64
    Both FAT32 formatted, both Taiwan mfg, sustained speed as reported by Windows.
    No multi-tasking during test.

    Material: Directory of 697 MB, Mix of Jpegs (~4.4mb/ea) & Nikon RAWs (~8.5mb/ea)
    Transcend 4GB SDHC Class 6
    Partition detail: 4K Offset/32K Blocks
    Averaged 17.5 MB/s read
    Averaged 7.3 MB/s write

    Transcend 4GB SDHC Class 10 (Formatted by Factory)
    Partition detail: 4K Offset/32K Blocks
    Averaged 14.5 MB/s read
    Averaged 3.7 MB/s write
    (Reformatted w/ Windows 7)
    Partition detail: 4K Offset/32K Blocks
    Averaged 14.5 MB/s read
    Averaged 3.7 MB/s write

    Material: 2.9GB DVD ISO File
    Transcend 4GB SDHC Class 10
    Partition detail: 4K Offset/32K Blocks
    Averaged 14.8 MB/s read
    Averaged 7.1 MB/s write

    Transcend 4GB SDHC Class 6
    Partition detail: 4K Offset/32K Blocks
    Averaged 12.3 MB/s read
    Averaged 8.2 MB/s write

    Other Card tested:
    Transcend 4 GB Class 6 SDHC Flash Memory Card TS4GSDHC6E [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging]

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not All Class 10 Cards are Equal, April 11, 2010
    UPDATE 9-10 I own 4 of these cards now. I have more of these than any other card I own because the are a very good value for capacity/price/and speed. My initial dissapointment over the lack of super high speed is outweighed by the reality that this card is an exceptional value.

    Origional Review:
    I purchased this card making the assumption that all class 10 cards had the same read and write speed. This was a poor assumption on my part.

    The product photo on Amazon does not have the card's speed printed on it. The card that was shipped shows the front of the card printed with "20MB/s" which is the cards read speed. The cards write speed is only 16MB/s.

    I own a SanDisk Extreme III class 10 card that has (up to) 30MB/s read and write speed. My Nikon D-90 that can take advantage of the SanDisk cards speed. The difference is the SanDisk card can capture 100 photos at fine resolution in 24 seconds. The Transcend card captures 66 photos in the same time/resolution.

    I reality very few people will ever have the need to drill off 100 photos in 24 seconds, but I can't stand to loose a good shot because the camera is slow while writing to the card and I can't fire the shutter. You can hear this happen at about 4.5 seconds in the video review. This does not happen with the SanDisk class 10 30MB/s card.

    A lot can happen in a fraction of a second that can make a shot good or bad and the having ability to fire a lot of shots in rapid succession is important to me.

    If you own an SLR that is capable of rapid fire, high-resolution photography you may want to consider the SanDisk Extreme III 30 MB/s card.

    If you own a compact digital camera, this card will exceed the capabilities of all of them. For compact cameras the card isn't usually the slowest part of the data write process, it's the camera.

    This card is reasonably priced for a class 10 card. Just know what you are getting, what your needs may be, and what else is available. I own other Transcend cards and they have always worked properly without any issues.

    The video that I attached shows this card with the same 24 seconds that I gave the SanDisk Card.

    To see the SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s video demo and review on Amazon go to:

    Sandisk SDSDX3-008G-E31 8GB Extreme III SD Card 30MB/s (RETAIL PACKAGE)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fast!, April 8, 2010
    I purchased this for use with my new Canon T2i. I use it primarily for shooting full resolution 1080p video, although I shoot stills as well.

    The camera choked on the class 4 chip that I originally purchased, but with this one, it is amazing. I can shoot rapidfire 18 megapixel stills (I've tested it up to 30+ shots in a row), and there is no lag. I've never had an error when shooting hi-def video.

    Highly recommended! I'm buying another one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fast, fast, fast!, March 15, 2010
    I bought this card for my Canon T1i. The card I had been using before ordering this one was a Kingston Class 6 micro sd card and it worked well enough for the type of shooting I did. Class 6 was the card speed that Canon recommended when I bought my T1i (Class 10 cards were not yet available) and it seemed fast enough for the way I used my camera - isolated single photos taken at Medium (8 MP) or Large (15 MP) jpg settings and 1280 x 720 video. And while I ocassionally took continuous photos, I had never much exceeded 5-10 photos in a row and had never run into a problem with my Class 6 card.

    When I first saw the Class 10 cards I did some experiments with my camera. How many continuous Large photos could I take before the camera slowed down? It turned out to be about 30. And how many RAW photos could I take before the camera slowed down? It turned out to be about 9. SInce I did not generally take any photos in RAW and never needed more than about 10 continuous photos at Large, the Class 6 card seemed more than sufficient for my needs. But I wondered about the speed of the Class 10 cards enough that I finally bought one.

    It turns out that the Class 10 card is sufficiently fast that there does not seem to be a reasonable upper limit on single Large photos. I have taken 60 on continuous without an issue. And although I still cannot take more than 9 RAW photos on continuous with the Class 10 card, when I am finished taking those photos the camera no longer displays a Wait - writing pictures screen. The RAW photos get written from the built-in memory to the card so quickly that the camera does not need to display the Wait screen.

    So this card is fast! Given the way I take photos this purchase was unnecessary, but still I am glad I bought it. I know I will not run into a situation where speed is an issue with this card.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Transcend vs Sandisk of equal price, July 31, 2010
    OK. this card was around $47 for a class 10 16gb. The other card i bought was a Sandisk class 10 8gb for the around same price. I did a 10 sec stop watch test on both cards with my Rebel T1i on raw and the Sandisk was only faster by 1 shot in a 10 sec burst. to me it seems trivial to pay 47 bucks for a Sandisk 8gig when you can get 16 gigs for the same price. yes i know, the Sandisk is good for arctic and desert temperatures... but i live in western NY... not Antarctica or the Sahara. If your looking for a good card, with more gigs for your buck, the Transcend is well worth it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Slower than slow on Pentax K-x, April 25, 2010
    I bought this for my pentax K-x but it would randomly corrupt images. Also, it was slower than my 3+ year old SandDisk Ultra 1GB card. I was told by the seller (Thememstore) that others with the k-x have had the same problems. So apparently it must have something to do with the class 10 part, because since I returned this card I bought a SandDisk Extreme III 4GB Class 6 and it works far better.

    Would I recommend this card? Yes, but only to someone who knows that class 10 will work in their camera. I don't fault the card as I think the problem is with the K-x.

    1-0 out of 5 stars DESTROYS DATA -- after working fine for just long enough to fool you!, November 6, 2010
    SUMMARY:


    DO NOT BUY THIS CARD UNLESS YOU WANT TO PLAY RUSSIAN ROULETTE WITH YOUR DATA. Card worked fine when I bought it, but malfunctioned within the first 400 photos -- malfunctioned so badly that some very technical tools were needed to recover anything at all, and some photos were still permanently lost. Recovering the data requires the attention of a serious data recovery expert or someone with substantial technical knowledge and lots of time.


    DETAILS:

    I made the mistake buying this card for my camera right before a long trip overseas. It worked fine on the first few dozen shots. I didn't see any improvement in speed over my trusty 1.5-year-old Transcend 8GB Class-6 card, but that was most likely because the camera itself (Canon EOS Rebel 1000D/XSi) could not write images any faster than that (full-size JPEG, continuous shutter mode, roughly did ~2.5-3 images/second on both cards, with no slowdown after the first few shots).

    200 shots or so into using this card, I get a sudden mysterious message from the camera when I try to take a new shot -- Card Format Invalid (never saw it in the previous 1.5 years on this camera with 3 other SDHC cards). I look around for a bit, and discover that turning the camera off, pulling the card out and putting it back in is enough to clear the error message, and the previous photos are still visible.

    I then make the mistake of assuming the problem is just that -- needing to "reboot" the camera when the card is acting stupid, and nothing else. Over the next 200 or so shots, this problem comes up every 50 shots or so. Then, after yet another "reboot", I notice that the camera's playback function is only showing the last 30 photos!!! Yet it shows that there's only 5.7G of space left on the camera -- the other 2G+ _should_ be taken up by the photos I've shot thus far, but the playback doesn't show them.

    And this happens in the middle of a trek through the Peruvian Andes, several days' walk/horse ride from the first village with electricity, let alone a computer (with lots of once-in-a-lifetime shots on the camera). I pull this card out immediately, plug in my backup card, and wait until coming back to civilization to take a look at the card. Sure enough, the card is severely corrupted -- the directory listing is showing a bunch of folders with weird-character names, and only the last ~30 photos are visible from the computer, too!


    RECOVERY SUGGESTIONS:

    Hopefully you'll read this before buying and will not buy this piece of junk card. If you had the misfortune of running into the same problem and losing your data, read on.

    I have now had time to examine what was left on the card, using tools that are not easily usable to people without substantial technical training. I've managed to recover over 90% of my photos, but this was NOT easy, and I suspect that even some shops specializing in data recovery from failed disks may not know how to get your data back -- this is NOT as simple as just undeleting a file!

    Non-technical instructions:

    1. As soon as you see the FIRST error involving the card format, turn off the camera, pull out the card, and copy all of your photos to a different device (computer/harddrive/whatnot). The earlier you stop using this card, the safer your photos will be.

    2. As soon as the first problem happens, move the little plastic slider on the side of the card to the "Lock" position -- this will prevent anything else from being written on the card, which lowers the risk of what's left of your photos being overwritten.

    3. If you see directories (aka folders) with weird names when you plug this card into a computer -- or see a huge number of photos missing when you look at them on the camera, take the card out IMMEDIATELY, and take the card to a data recovery shop or a technical expert willing to look at the card in depth. Give them a printout of the explanation below.


    Technical details:

    At least in my case, the filesystem was indeed somehow damaged, perhaps by the camera deciding to write over the location of the root directory somehow. I took a full disk image of the card, and operated on the disk image only (there were no read errors when making the image, FWIW). Somehow I was lucky enough to have the original _subdirectories_ \DCIM and \DCIM\100CANON survive on the card intact even though the root directory structure now pointed to a different, new, place on the filesystem as \DCIM.

    I found the location of the old 100CANON directory on the filesystem by searching for one of the filenames I knew would exist in the old directory, like IMG_7000, across the whole disk image.

    I then edited the filesystem (yea, with a hex editor!) to have the new \DCIM directory point to the old 100CANON subdirectory. See the Wikipedia article on FAT32 for a reasonably easy reference on how to find the 4 bytes that need to be edited, and how to calculate the correct updated value.

    Mounting the edited disk image (with Linux's 'mount -t loop'), the directory was intact, and all but about 5% of the photos were completely intact as well -- the remainder must have been overwritten after the directory structure got corrupted. Depending on how long it takes the user to notice a problem, of course, much more damage could easily happen to the original data.

    Here's one easy hack to see how much you can hope to recover, if you're recovering camera data. The same trick may be useful for locating the JPEGs if the original image-containing directory is no longer intact (good luck with recovery then! I thankfully didn't have to do this). Take any image produced by the same camera, look at its JFIF headers. My camera leaves the string "Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS" in two places in every JPEG it creates, early on in the JFIF header. Search for that string across the whole filesystem. If there's, say, 500 hits, that means you can hope for [easy] recovery of at most 250 photos -- any photo that is missing the JFIF headers will be missing the first chunk of the file, and will make it very hard both to find _and_ to reconstruct the remaining data, if any, into a usable JPEG (I have not tried to do this, at least, and it seems very hard).

    4-0 out of 5 stars Transcend Vs. Sandisk on Panasonic LX5, November 12, 2010
    I will be writing this review for both SanDisk Extreme SDHC class 10 8gb and Transcend SDHC class 10 16gb.

    I bought SanDisk class 10 and Transcend class 10 for my new Panasonic LX5. I got both card because no one really did a comparison with a compact camera and I was just going crazy trying to see if there is any big difference between the 2 cards.

    SanDisk Extreme package box indicated it's water proof, x-ray proof, shock proof, temperature proof. I am not ready to spend $50 to see if it really stand up to it's words. And I don't think normal people would go through the extreme condition in taking pictures or videos.

    Cut the story short, I really want to see if there is any difference in writing performance between the 2 cards in a compact camera. There is a continuous burst mode in LX5 and the manual indicated it is only limited by the condition of picture environment and performance of the SD card. Within the mode there are 2 different settings:1) speed priority or 2) picture/quality priority. The shutter speed is much faster with speed priority compare to picture priority.

    I first formatted both cards out of box then put each card in series of test(3 rounds each setting for each card) shooting at the same object under same lighting condition. The results:
    Speed Priority:
    SanDisk Class 10 8gb
    22-33 shots before camera stopped to allow the card to catch up with writing.

    Transcend Class 10 16gb
    22-24 shots before camera stopped to allow the card to catch up with writing.

    Picture priority
    SanDisk Class 10 8gb
    34-46 shots before camera stopped

    Transcend Class 10 16gb
    27-33 shots before camera stopped


    It seems that at a higher shutter speed, both cards performed very similar under the same shooting condition. But at a slower shutter speed the SanDisk definitely out perform Transcend. I hope this little experiment satisfied anyone with curiosity like me. Transcend definitely is a bargain with 16gb and almost half of the price compare to SanDisk. But I am going to use SanDisk Extreme as my primary card and Transcend as backup or on a second camera to ensure i would not miss any shots.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Depend on what you will use it for ..., October 13, 2010
    The "C10" is for "minimum sustaining speed" of 10mbps. The sustaining speed is critical if you're using for HD camcorder. There is other brand card that is also c10 but it costs more (2x) for its print of 30mbps on the card. It leads consumers into thinking that the higher price is worth for the 30mbps. However, the 30mbps is the "burst" speed. Burst speed is critical for HD camera and for doing copies. I have a HD camcorder and I'm very satisfied with this card after many hours for recording. I bought this card to do 100% of recording so it is the right price. I would buy the other high price brand card of 30mbps if I will do a lot of picture taking. The bottom line is to buy for the purpose of your usage.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not very fast, April 14, 2010
    On my Panasonic GF1, it's the same speed as a Class 6 Transcend card and much slower than a Class 10 SanDisk Extreme. Buy the Transcend Class 6 if you want to save money or the SanDisk if you wan speed, but skip this one.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Class 10 pricing for Class 6 performance, June 10, 2010
    Ran some of my own informal tests of this card pitted against an older well used Transcend Class 6 card. The older cheaper card equalled or beat this "Class 10" card. Shop for the best priced Class 6 card right now or pay the premium for real Class 10 performance.

    Test Spec: ThinkPad T61p multi-format internal card reader, Windows 7 x64
    Both FAT32 formatted, both Taiwan mfg, sustained speed as reported by Windows.
    No multi-tasking during test.

    Material: Directory of 697 MB, Mix of Jpegs (~4.4mb/ea) & Nikon RAWs (~8.5mb/ea)
    Transcend 4GB SDHC Class 6
    Partition detail: 4K Offset/32K Blocks
    Averaged 17.5 MB/s read
    Averaged 7.3 MB/s write

    Transcend 4GB SDHC Class 10 (Formatted by Factory)
    Partition detail: 4K Offset/32K Blocks
    Averaged 14.5 MB/s read
    Averaged 3.7 MB/s write
    (Reformatted w/ Windows 7)
    Partition detail: 4K Offset/32K Blocks
    Averaged 14.5 MB/s read
    Averaged 3.7 MB/s write

    Material: 2.9GB DVD ISO File
    Transcend 4GB SDHC Class 10
    Partition detail: 4K Offset/32K Blocks
    Averaged 14.8 MB/s read
    Averaged 7.1 MB/s write

    Transcend 4GB SDHC Class 6
    Partition detail: 4K Offset/32K Blocks
    Averaged 12.3 MB/s read
    Averaged 8.2 MB/s write

    Other Card tested:
    Transcend 4 GB Class 6 SDHC Flash Memory Card TS4GSDHC6E [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging] ... Read more


    4. Lexar SDHC 4 GB Class 6 Flash Memory Card 100x Jewel Case Envelope Bulk LSD4GBBE100
    Electronics
    list price: $26.83 -- our price: $21.98
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B004AM6E8Q
    Manufacturer: LEXAR MEDIA INC
    Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Editorial Review

    Lexar 4GB SDHC Class 6 High Speed Card ... Read more


    5. Transcend 8 GB Class 6 SDHC Flash Memory Card TS8GSDHC6
    Electronics
    list price: $42.92 -- our price: $13.60
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000P9ZBFA
    Manufacturer: TRANSCEND
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Editorial Review

    SDHC (SD High-Capacity) is the new generation of SD cards (Version 2.0). Formatted in FAT32, SDHC cards reach a maximum capacity of 32GB and can fulfill the high-capacity demand of the new SDHC devices such as Casio Exilim Z1000/Z600/S600 cameras, Panasonic DMC-L1 camera, and HP printer A/B. Now you can enjoy a high-quality digital life and store all of your MP3 music files, high-resolution pictures, and video clips in your SDHC card. ... Read more

    Reviews

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great affordable SDHC card, March 28, 2008
    UPDATE - March 2, 2010: This review was originally written for the 4 GB class 6 SDHC card, but the reviews have been grouped for all class 6 SDHC cards in the 4, 8, 16 and 32 GB sizes. All the cards should perform similarly since they are all class 6 and all made by Transcend. However, I will have to check which cards I have used hands on. I believe I only own the 4GB and 8GB cards. I will update the review further. If you have concerns regarding the 16GB or 32GB sizes, you should seek out the reviews tagged with the product links from those cards.


    The Transcend 4GB SDHC CARD (Class 6) is a great card for the price. I was at first a little skeptical about the brand, but I buy way too many memory cards to ignore a good price when I see one. And I'm happy to report that I've experienced decent performance and reliability issues with this card. That's as compared to other cards I own including SanDisk, PNY and Kingston.

    As long as your devices are compatible with the SDHC format, this card is a good buy. 4 GB is a nice size though I do prefer 8 GB capacity for high capacity storage.

    The class 6 speed is the fastest speed available in mass market SDHC cards. Class 6 guarantees minimum transfer speeds of 6 MBs, but I've gotten speeds up to 20Mbs! That makes this card perfect for storing pictures in RAW image formats.

    The Class 6 speed is on par with the Sandisk Extreme III cards that on average are about $15 to $20 more per card. If you don't have an SDHC reader, you may opt to get the package with a reader included to download your pics. If not you can just transfer your pics directly from your camera with your card still inserted. An SDHC card reader can be bought separately if your PC doesn't have a compatible slot.

    General SDHC and SD Card Tips

    There are a few tips that I've learned the hard way through buying TOO MANY different memory cards.
    1. Make sure your device is compatible with the card! Even in regular SD cards, some older electronics aren't compatible with that large of a size (2 GB). In terms of SDHC cards, make sure your camera or other device is SDHC compatible. SDHC is different from regular SD and only newer devices tend to have built-in compatibility
    2. Once you install this in your camera or device, you will generally want to format the card with your compatible device's interface. That is because the standard formats for certain devices, particularly Canon, are different from the factory installed format
    3. Just like your devices, most computer SD card readers are not compatible with the SDHC format. So use a card reader or download the pictures via USB connection to the camera with the card still installed.
    4. For some reason, placing the card in the locked position allows some older laptops to still read it. This is just to be used in a pinch however, and it won't apply to all systems
    5. If you did not properly format your card, you may be able to save things to it and then have them "disappear." If this happens to you, make sure you use the software recovery tools BEFORE you try to save anything else to your card. That way, you can retrieve your images without over-writing them.
    6. Make sure you know what you are going to use this card for. Once you have set up everything and ensured it's all compatible, you still have to decide on speed. If you are using this for storing RAW images instead of JPEGs or HD video, step up to the faster class 6 speed format if you can afford it.
    7. If you are going to pay more for a faster speed, make sure your device can benefit from it. I've read, for example, that Kodak cameras are set to a fixed voltage and cannot go faster than standard speed. So the extra cash spent on Class 4, 5, or 6 is basically wasted.

    Conclusion

    It's great to have several extra cards on hand just in case. This 4 GB card is a nice performer. If you have a high capacity camera (10 Megapixels or more) and are storing videos or RAW images, the extra cash for the 8GB card is worth it. Or you may want to step up to the larger 16 GB size that is now available.

    Enjoy!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Transcend 32 GB SDHC Review, May 25, 2009
    Before you drop 120~$ for a SD card ask yourself, Do you really need 32GB card? because the card itself with same specs costs only 35$ for the 16GB version, anyway here is info that might help you

    Pros :
    1- Class 6 Card the(guaranteed minimum Read/write speed of 6MB/s)
    2- My Test Results 18.2-18.5MB/S Read - 11.6-11.8 Write (very stable)
    3- Faster than average cards and almost close to top speed SDHC cards
    4- 32GB in a single small chip is awesome(You can use it as a portable HD once in a while, i share some stuff with my friends with it sometimes


    Cons :
    1- Expensive
    2- You can get two 16GB cards for around only 70$ and save yourself 50$~
    3- Slow write speeds for a 32GB card (Takes forever to fill it with DATA from PC, its not the card fault though , its just the SDHC technology is getting old and slow for 2009 standards , time for newer Tech)

    * Important Info

    Avoid the Sandisk Ultra Series they never reach the true marketed speed "15MB-20MB/S" its just in theory speed like how everybody knows that USB2 is much slower than its specs, and they are only Class 2 for the 32GB version which will drop frames from your HD video (Plus Class 4 is minimum requirement for shooting in HD ) if you plan to get San disk Card then get the Extreme III Series (but again from my own Tests there read speed is about 20MB not 30MB and the write speed is 14MB/s~ instead of the transcend 11MB/s write speed (Unless you spam shooting pictures with your DSLR you don't "need" faster speed)

    I bought This card because i plan to take videos with my HD camcorder that last more 2 Hours, if you do not plan to shoot for longtime then you are better with getting the 16GB card HOWEVER, if you are lazy like my mom and do not plan to transfer DATA from the card to Your computer HD after every trip, then get the 32GB card.or you gonna end up on a trip and a message pops "No memory"

    If you plan to shoot for longer time, check your camcorder battery too does it even last that long? so be sure about that before you drop over 100$ for this card

    1-0 out of 5 stars product failed., July 26, 2009
    Well, it was great while it lasted. Unfortunately, it did not last long.

    Like other reviewers, after <20 use cycles the device failed and I got a "lock" error when, in fact, the write-protection lock was not engaged. Oddly, by engaging the lock (i.e. entering read-only mode) I was able to remove the picture files from the card. Obviously, further use in the camera was impossible; I was also unable to reformat the card (either with my camera or with the SD Associations free software [..]).

    This card has a high average rating but I would urge customers to consider the number of 1-star ratings due to complete product failure before they purchase this item.



    5-0 out of 5 stars My Canon loves the 8 GB SDHC card, January 15, 2008
    This SDHC card is the fastest one in its price range but it may cause your images to be lost.

    I use two of this in a Canon SD750. After the first use, all of the images were lost. (But thank God, I could rescue them with Lexar Image Rescue 2, a program better than its competitors) Then I formated the card(s) in the camera(s) with "low level format" option several times and there has been no problem after that so far.

    I can suggest these points to potential owners of this card:
    1- Use it very carefully, make backups if possible.
    2- Format it several times before the first use with "low level format" option.
    3- If you loose your images, don't panic. At this situation, It is very important not to take anymore pictures. If you take pictures after this point, you can overwrite your lost images and there can be no chance to get them back. Connect your card to your computer with a card reader (SDHC Compatible) and rescue them with Lexar Image Rescue.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Mini Hard Drive equivalent, December 11, 2007
    I recently ordered this card as an accessory for my Acer Aspire One netbook PC. The card took a little while to ship, about 8 days, but that wasn't a big deal. The card has lots of space, and the read speeds are quite impressive. I mostly use it to run and store portable software, and it does a very good job at that.

    My only complaint is that when I first inserted the card into my PC it attempted to install some adware. The program was from a company called RelevantKnowledge, and they gather your information for market research purposes. Luckily my spyware software picked it up immediately,so I was able to delete it. Afterward I formatted the card, and now I'm happy as can be.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Reliable card, good speeds!, December 4, 2008
    Transcend 16 GB SDHC SD Class 6 Flash Memory Card TS16GSDHC6E [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging]
    I have 4 of these cards that I use in my Panasonic HMC-150, a professional grade video camera. I've run read/write tests on all of them and they get about 14 MB/s write speeds and 17.5 MB/s read speeds. Never encountered any errors! These cards are the best bang for your buck, and the frustration free packaging is awesome.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great affordable SDHC card, March 28, 2008
    In the past, I bought a Transcend 8GB SDHC card for my Canon SD1000 camera. I recently bought the Transcend 16GB SDHC for my new Canon SX20IS. Both cards work very well and I've had no problems with it so far. I wanted to take this opportunity to update my review since my original review was also posted (by Amazon) for the 16GB card. This is because the only difference between these two cards is the different capacity. So, if you're in the market for an affordable high quality SDHC card, this may be the one for you. Sorry, I kind of sounded like a used car salesman right there, didn't I? I assure you that I don't work for Transcend. But, here's why I think this card is awesome:

    Pros:

    -Affordable!

    -Large capacity

    -Class 6 read/write speed (which is very fast... but is no longer the fastest class available)

    -Lifetime warranty (at least that's what the package says :)

    -Transcend is a reputable company that's been making memory products for a very long time. ( I swear to the tech Gods that I don't work for them!) Other reputable and reliable memory card companies include Kingston and PNY. All three of these companies have been making memory chips for many, many years.


    Cons:

    - I can' really think of any "Cons" about this card. But here's the 2 closest things I can come up with right now: (1) "Class 6" is no longer the fastest speed available and (2) This card does NOT make coffee for you in the morning, do your dishes for you, give you compliments when you're having a bad day, or magically improve your photography skills.




    IMPORTANT SPECIAL NOTES ABOUT SDHC MEMORY CARDS:

    -SDHC cards are not compatible with most older SD cameras, SD devices, or SD card readers.

    -SDHC cards are rated by speed using different "classes". There are currently 4 data transfer speed classes available for SDHC cards. These classes are "class 2, class 4, and class 6, and the new class 10. For example, "Class 2" would have the slowest read/write speed while "Class 6" has the fastest read/write speed. So if you have a device in which speed may play a crucial role, make sure you buy a higher "class" SDHC card. Please note that this SDHC card no longer has the fastest read/write speed available. There is now a new class, called "Class 10". Class 6 has a minimum read/write speed of 6MB/sec... while Class 2 has minimum speed rating of 2MB/sec, and Class 4 is 4MB/sec. Starting to see the pattern?


    SO WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "SD CARDS" AND "SDHC CARDS?

    SDHC is basically an upgrade to the older SD cards. The reason they upgraded it was to achieve greater data transfer speeds AND capacity than previously possible with normal SD cards... and to do this, they had to redesign the card (which is why it's not compatible with normal SD devices). This was necessary because digital cameras and digital video cameras these days have higher resolutions, which equate to larger file sizes and faster data transfer needs.

    Now that many digital cameras also can record HD video, you may consider getting a larger capacity card because video takes much more space than photos. The size of the video varies from camera to camera depending on what resolution and video compression the camera uses. If you plan on taking lots of video (especially HD video), I would consider getting at least a 16GB card. Check your camera specifications to see how many minutes per Gig of memory your camera can capture ...to gauge how big of a memory card you'll want to get to meet your needs.

    Special Note on regular SD Cards:
    If you primarily take casual photos and don't need a exceptionally fast read/write capable card, you should know that newer cameras that take "SDHC" cards will also work with older normal "SD" cards. These older cards are cheaper than the new SDHC cards, so this may be something to consider. So to sum things up, newer cameras will take SDHC and regular SD cards, but older cameras that use SD cards may not be able to use SDHC cards. This is because newer technology is usually made to be compatible with older technology (the technical term used to describe this is "backwards compatibility") ... but older technology may not have the hardware necessary to run newer tech (technical term used is "obsolete"... just kidding! ;)

    I hope I haven't confused everybody by going into this much detail, but I can't help being the nerd that I am. If you are confused, don't hesitate to comment on this post and I will try my best to answer your questions. Also, any feedback is always welcome!

    Conclusion: Buy the card if you have a new device that uses SDHC. It rocks! (This message has been approved by the "Duke of New Mexico")


    4-0 out of 5 stars Transcend 4 GB Class 6 SDHC Card - Good Card for SDHC Compatible Devices, May 10, 2008
    UPDATE - March 2, 2010: This review was originally written for the 4 GB class 6 SDHC card, but the reviews have been grouped for all class 6 SDHC cards in the 4, 8, 16 and 32 GB sizes. All the cards should perform similarly since they are all class 6 and all made by Transcend. However, I will have to check which cards I have used hands on. I believe I only own the 4GB and 8GB cards. I will update the review further. If you have concerns regarding the 16GB or 32GB sizes, you should seek out the reviews tagged with the product links from those cards.


    The Transcend 4GB SDHC CARD (Class 6) is a great card for the price. I was at first a little skeptical about the brand, but I buy way too many memory cards to ignore a good price when I see one. And I'm happy to report that I've experienced decent performance and reliability issues with this card. That's as compared to other cards I own including SanDisk, PNY and Kingston.

    As long as your devices are compatible with the SDHC format, this card is a good buy. 4 GB is a nice size though I do prefer 8 GB capacity for high capacity storage.

    The class 6 speed is the fastest speed available in mass market SDHC cards. Class 6 guarantees minimum transfer speeds of 6 MBs, but I've gotten speeds up to 20Mbs! That makes this card perfect for storing pictures in RAW image formats.

    The Class 6 speed is on par with the Sandisk Extreme III cards that on average are about $15 to $20 more per card. If you don't have an SDHC reader, you may opt to get the package with a reader included to download your pics. If not you can just transfer your pics directly from your camera with your card still inserted. An SDHC card reader can be bought separately if your PC doesn't have a compatible slot.

    General SDHC and SD Card Tips

    There are a few tips that I've learned the hard way through buying TOO MANY different memory cards.
    1. Make sure your device is compatible with the card! Even in regular SD cards, some older electronics aren't compatible with that large of a size (2 GB). In terms of SDHC cards, make sure your camera or other device is SDHC compatible. SDHC is different from regular SD and only newer devices tend to have built-in compatibility
    2. Once you install this in your camera or device, you will generally want to format the card with your compatible device's interface. That is because the standard formats for certain devices, particularly Canon, are different from the factory installed format
    3. Just like your devices, most computer SD card readers are not compatible with the SDHC format. So use a card reader or download the pictures via USB connection to the camera with the card still installed.
    4. For some reason, placing the card in the locked position allows some older laptops to still read it. This is just to be used in a pinch however, and it won't apply to all systems
    5. If you did not properly format your card, you may be able to save things to it and then have them "disappear." If this happens to you, make sure you use the software recovery tools BEFORE you try to save anything else to your card. That way, you can retrieve your images without over-writing them.
    6. Make sure you know what you are going to use this card for. Once you have set up everything and ensured it's all compatible, you still have to decide on speed. If you are using this for storing RAW images instead of JPEGs or HD video, step up to the faster class 6 speed format if you can afford it.
    7. If you are going to pay more for a faster speed, make sure your device can benefit from it. I've read, for example, that Kodak cameras are set to a fixed voltage and cannot go faster than standard speed. So the extra cash spent on Class 4, 5, or 6 is basically wasted.

    Conclusion

    It's great to have several extra cards on hand just in case. This 4 GB card is a nice performer. If you have a high capacity camera (10 Megapixels or more) and are storing videos or RAW images, the extra cash for the 8GB card is worth it. Or you may want to step up to the larger 16 GB size that is now available.

    Enjoy!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Transcend 32 GB SDHC Review, May 25, 2009
    Before you drop 120~$ for a SD card ask yourself, Do you really need 32GB card? because the card itself with same specs costs only 35$ for the 16GB version, anyway here is info that might help you

    Pros :
    1- Class 6 Card the(guaranteed minimum Read/write speed of 6MB/s)
    2- My Test Results 18.2-18.5MB/S Read - 11.6-11.8 Write (very stable)
    3- Faster than average cards and almost close to top speed SDHC cards
    4- 32GB in a single small chip is awesome(You can use it as a portable HD once in a while, i share some stuff with my friends with it sometimes


    Cons :
    1- Expensive
    2- You can get two 16GB cards for around only 70$ and save yourself 50$~
    3- Slow write speeds for a 32GB card (Takes forever to fill it with DATA from PC, its not the card fault though , its just the SDHC technology is getting old and slow for 2009 standards , time for newer Tech)

    * Important Info

    Avoid the Sandisk Ultra Series they never reach the true marketed speed "15MB-20MB/S" its just in theory speed like how everybody knows that USB2 is much slower than its specs, and they are only Class 2 for the 32GB version which will drop frames from your HD video (Plus Class 4 is minimum requirement for shooting in HD ) if you plan to get San disk Card then get the Extreme III Series (but again from my own Tests there read speed is about 20MB not 30MB and the write speed is 14MB/s~ instead of the transcend 11MB/s write speed (Unless you spam shooting pictures with your DSLR you don't "need" faster speed)

    I bought This card because i plan to take videos with my HD camcorder that last more 2 Hours, if you do not plan to shoot for longtime then you are better with getting the 16GB card HOWEVER, if you are lazy like my mom and do not plan to transfer DATA from the card to Your computer HD after every trip, then get the 32GB card.or you gonna end up on a trip and a message pops "No memory"

    If you plan to shoot for longer time, check your camcorder battery too does it even last that long? so be sure about that before you drop over 100$ for this card

    1-0 out of 5 stars product failed., July 26, 2009
    Well, it was great while it lasted. Unfortunately, it did not last long.

    Like other reviewers, after <20 use cycles the device failed and I got a "lock" error when, in fact, the write-protection lock was not engaged. Oddly, by engaging the lock (i.e. entering read-only mode) I was able to remove the picture files from the card. Obviously, further use in the camera was impossible; I was also unable to reformat the card (either with my camera or with the SD Associations free software [..]).

    This card has a high average rating but I would urge customers to consider the number of 1-star ratings due to complete product failure before they purchase this item.



    5-0 out of 5 stars My Canon loves the 8 GB SDHC card, January 15, 2008
    I recently purchased a Canon Powershot A720IS digital camera that is capable of recognizing and using up to 2 TERRABYTES of memory card (in the future) so I wanted to get the largest memory card I could install for now. I wanted to use the camera both on dry land and with an underwater housing for shooting stills and video on dive trips. Camera specs said an 8 GB SDHC card would record one hour of hi res video at 30 fps. Or nearly 2300 hi res stills at 8 megapixels.

    A test of the Transcend 8GB SDHC card in the camera ended up shooting 70 minutes of full screen, 30fps digital video that could not be distinguished from my DV camcorder video quality. Playback from the memory card to the TV was so fast & efficient there was never a single "stutter" on the screen. The card speed is genuinely FAST as advertised. Low level formatting of the card allowed for very acceptable rapid-fire sequential still photo shooting speeds when light levels were bright enough that the flash was not needed/used. Something like 2 photos every 3 seconds. Files were flawless in display, both for stills and video.

    This product was significantly lower in price than the Kingston 8GB SDHC card I originally bought with the camera. I've used both interchangeably and cannot see any different in the speed or capacity and quality of imagery is identical. For the money I'll stick with Transcend and am looking forward to getting their 16GB card once the price drops substantially below the $100 mark. That would provide nearly 2 1/2 hours of video on my still camera or 4600 highest quality stills. I'm afraid my camcorder will be collecting dust much of the time. A big advantage to video on the card is there are NO MOVING PARTS, e.g. a mini DV tape cassette and camcorder or VCR playback unit needed to dump the video and stills to my Mac for editing and burning DVDs. I just stick the card in the MicroMate USB card reader, plug it in the computer and bingo, ready to sort thru and dump to the hard drive. Since the card is formatted by a Canon camera it automatically boots up the Canon Viewer software too. That should work the same for other brands of still cameras formatting this chip.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The Fastest Card at This Price But..., June 26, 2007
    This SDHC card is the fastest one in its price range but it may cause your images to be lost.

    I use two of this in a Canon SD750. After the first use, all of the images were lost. (But thank God, I could rescue them with Lexar Image Rescue 2, a program better than its competitors) Then I formated the card(s) in the camera(s) with "low level format" option several times and there has been no problem after that so far.

    I can suggest these points to potential owners of this card:
    1- Use it very carefully, make backups if possible.
    2- Format it several times before the first use with "low level format" option.
    3- If you loose your images, don't panic. At this situation, It is very important not to take anymore pictures. If you take pictures after this point, you can overwrite your lost images and there can be no chance to get them back. Connect your card to your computer with a card reader (SDHC Compatible) and rescue them with Lexar Image Rescue.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Mini Hard Drive equivalent, December 11, 2007
    This card is able to hold a complete DVD movie, thousands of songs/photos, or just serve as a backup device for one's files.

    It operates very well - I now have purchased 3 and with each use its value becomes more apparent.

    One word of caution - even though most laptops and systems have an SD card slot, older computers may not be able to recognize or write to this card. Make sure your system has the ability to read SDHC configured products.

    If you do not have an SD slot you can purchase an tiny SD reader (very inexpensive) that plugs into your USB port.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great value, just be careful..., January 2, 2009
    I recently ordered this card as an accessory for my Acer Aspire One netbook PC. The card took a little while to ship, about 8 days, but that wasn't a big deal. The card has lots of space, and the read speeds are quite impressive. I mostly use it to run and store portable software, and it does a very good job at that.

    My only complaint is that when I first inserted the card into my PC it attempted to install some adware. The program was from a company called RelevantKnowledge, and they gather your information for market research purposes. Luckily my spyware software picked it up immediately,so I was able to delete it. Afterward I formatted the card, and now I'm happy as can be.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Reliable card, good speeds!, December 4, 2008
    Transcend 16 GB SDHC SD Class 6 Flash Memory Card TS16GSDHC6E [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging]
    I have 4 of these cards that I use in my Panasonic HMC-150, a professional grade video camera. I've run read/write tests on all of them and they get about 14 MB/s write speeds and 17.5 MB/s read speeds. Never encountered any errors! These cards are the best bang for your buck, and the frustration free packaging is awesome.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Let This Happen to You....., August 3, 2008
    It's great to have 8GB of memory but it is a double edged sword. Today after using this card for only the second time, it failed on me. I lost almost 200 precious images - gone forever. I am what you would call an enthusiast or hobbyist. I love photography and spend every spare minute, which is very seldom these days, pursuing my passion. So I do a fair amount of experimentation. These cards are great when they work - but if they fail you even once - the results can be catastrophic. Maybe I am the unlucky 1 of 250 reviewers with a bad experience with this product, but I feel it is my responsibility to report this to everyone. I hope it never happens to you. It is human nature for me to wonder, if I had spent a few more dollars for a better brand name, would my photos be intact today? ... Read more


    6. Transcend 8 GB Class 6 SDHC Flash Memory Card TS8GSDHC6E
    Electronics
    -- our price: $13.60
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B001ECQVSS
    Manufacturer: TRANSCEND
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    Editorial Review

    Fully Compatible with SDA 2.0 specification. Suitable for SDHC compliant devices, MLC flash chip with High Speed transfer rate. Perfect for highend digital devices. Please make sure your device can support SDHC format before you purchase! SDHC host devices can use both SD and SDHC memory cards. ... Read more

    Reviews

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great affordable SDHC card, March 28, 2008
    In the past, I bought a Transcend 8GB SDHC card for my Canon SD1000 camera. I recently bought the Transcend 16GB SDHC for my new Canon SX20IS. Both cards work very well and I've had no problems with it so far. I wanted to take this opportunity to update my review since my original review was also posted (by Amazon) for the 16GB card. This is because the only difference between these two cards is the different capacity. So, if you're in the market for an affordable high quality SDHC card, this may be the one for you. Sorry, I kind of sounded like a used car salesman right there, didn't I? I assure you that I don't work for Transcend. But, here's why I think this card is awesome:

    Pros:

    -Affordable!

    -Large capacity

    -Class 6 read/write speed (which is very fast... but is no longer the fastest class available)

    -Lifetime warranty (at least that's what the package says :)

    -Transcend is a reputable company that's been making memory products for a very long time. ( I swear to the tech Gods that I don't work for them!) Other reputable and reliable memory card companies include Kingston and PNY. All three of these companies have been making memory chips for many, many years.


    Cons:

    - I can' really think of any "Cons" about this card. But here's the 2 closest things I can come up with right now: (1) "Class 6" is no longer the fastest speed available and (2) This card does NOT make coffee for you in the morning, do your dishes for you, give you compliments when you're having a bad day, or magically improve your photography skills.




    IMPORTANT SPECIAL NOTES ABOUT SDHC MEMORY CARDS:

    -SDHC cards are not compatible with most older SD cameras, SD devices, or SD card readers.

    -SDHC cards are rated by speed using different "classes". There are currently 4 data transfer speed classes available for SDHC cards. These classes are "class 2, class 4, and class 6, and the new class 10. For example, "Class 2" would have the slowest read/write speed while "Class 6" has the fastest read/write speed. So if you have a device in which speed may play a crucial role, make sure you buy a higher "class" SDHC card. Please note that this SDHC card no longer has the fastest read/write speed available. There is now a new class, called "Class 10". Class 6 has a minimum read/write speed of 6MB/sec... while Class 2 has minimum speed rating of 2MB/sec, and Class 4 is 4MB/sec. Starting to see the pattern?


    SO WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "SD CARDS" AND "SDHC CARDS?

    SDHC is basically an upgrade to the older SD cards. The reason they upgraded it was to achieve greater data transfer speeds AND capacity than previously possible with normal SD cards... and to do this, they had to redesign the card (which is why it's not compatible with normal SD devices). This was necessary because digital cameras and digital video cameras these days have higher resolutions, which equate to larger file sizes and faster data transfer needs.

    Now that many digital cameras also can record HD video, you may consider getting a larger capacity card because video takes much more space than photos. The size of the video varies from camera to camera depending on what resolution and video compression the camera uses. If you plan on taking lots of video (especially HD video), I would consider getting at least a 16GB card. Check your camera specifications to see how many minutes per Gig of memory your camera can capture ...to gauge how big of a memory card you'll want to get to meet your needs.

    Special Note on regular SD Cards:
    If you primarily take casual photos and don't need a exceptionally fast read/write capable card, you should know that newer cameras that take "SDHC" cards will also work with older normal "SD" cards. These older cards are cheaper than the new SDHC cards, so this may be something to consider. So to sum things up, newer cameras will take SDHC and regular SD cards, but older cameras that use SD cards may not be able to use SDHC cards. This is because newer technology is usually made to be compatible with older technology (the technical term used to describe this is "backwards compatibility") ... but older technology may not have the hardware necessary to run newer tech (technical term used is "obsolete"... just kidding! ;)

    I hope I haven't confused everybody by going into this much detail, but I can't help being the nerd that I am. If you are confused, don't hesitate to comment on this post and I will try my best to answer your questions. Also, any feedback is always welcome!

    Conclusion: Buy the card if you have a new device that uses SDHC. It rocks! (This message has been approved by the "Duke of New Mexico")


    4-0 out of 5 stars Transcend 4 GB Class 6 SDHC Card - Good Card for SDHC Compatible Devices, May 10, 2008
    UPDATE - March 2, 2010: This review was originally written for the 4 GB class 6 SDHC card, but the reviews have been grouped for all class 6 SDHC cards in the 4, 8, 16 and 32 GB sizes. All the cards should perform similarly since they are all class 6 and all made by Transcend. However, I will have to check which cards I have used hands on. I believe I only own the 4GB and 8GB cards. I will update the review further. If you have concerns regarding the 16GB or 32GB sizes, you should seek out the reviews tagged with the product links from those cards.


    The Transcend 4GB SDHC CARD (Class 6) is a great card for the price. I was at first a little skeptical about the brand, but I buy way too many memory cards to ignore a good price when I see one. And I'm happy to report that I've experienced decent performance and reliability issues with this card. That's as compared to other cards I own including SanDisk, PNY and Kingston.

    As long as your devices are compatible with the SDHC format, this card is a good buy. 4 GB is a nice size though I do prefer 8 GB capacity for high capacity storage.

    The class 6 speed is the fastest speed available in mass market SDHC cards. Class 6 guarantees minimum transfer speeds of 6 MBs, but I've gotten speeds up to 20Mbs! That makes this card perfect for storing pictures in RAW image formats.

    The Class 6 speed is on par with the Sandisk Extreme III cards that on average are about $15 to $20 more per card. If you don't have an SDHC reader, you may opt to get the package with a reader included to download your pics. If not you can just transfer your pics directly from your camera with your card still inserted. An SDHC card reader can be bought separately if your PC doesn't have a compatible slot.

    General SDHC and SD Card Tips

    There are a few tips that I've learned the hard way through buying TOO MANY different memory cards.
    1. Make sure your device is compatible with the card! Even in regular SD cards, some older electronics aren't compatible with that large of a size (2 GB). In terms of SDHC cards, make sure your camera or other device is SDHC compatible. SDHC is different from regular SD and only newer devices tend to have built-in compatibility
    2. Once you install this in your camera or device, you will generally want to format the card with your compatible device's interface. That is because the standard formats for certain devices, particularly Canon, are different from the factory installed format
    3. Just like your devices, most computer SD card readers are not compatible with the SDHC format. So use a card reader or download the pictures via USB connection to the camera with the card still installed.
    4. For some reason, placing the card in the locked position allows some older laptops to still read it. This is just to be used in a pinch however, and it won't apply to all systems
    5. If you did not properly format your card, you may be able to save things to it and then have them "disappear." If this happens to you, make sure you use the software recovery tools BEFORE you try to save anything else to your card. That way, you can retrieve your images without over-writing them.
    6. Make sure you know what you are going to use this card for. Once you have set up everything and ensured it's all compatible, you still have to decide on speed. If you are using this for storing RAW images instead of JPEGs or HD video, step up to the faster class 6 speed format if you can afford it.
    7. If you are going to pay more for a faster speed, make sure your device can benefit from it. I've read, for example, that Kodak cameras are set to a fixed voltage and cannot go faster than standard speed. So the extra cash spent on Class 4, 5, or 6 is basically wasted.

    Conclusion

    It's great to have several extra cards on hand just in case. This 4 GB card is a nice performer. If you have a high capacity camera (10 Megapixels or more) and are storing videos or RAW images, the extra cash for the 8GB card is worth it. Or you may want to step up to the larger 16 GB size that is now available.

    Enjoy!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Transcend 32 GB SDHC Review, May 25, 2009
    Before you drop 120~$ for a SD card ask yourself, Do you really need 32GB card? because the card itself with same specs costs only 35$ for the 16GB version, anyway here is info that might help you

    Pros :
    1- Class 6 Card the(guaranteed minimum Read/write speed of 6MB/s)
    2- My Test Results 18.2-18.5MB/S Read - 11.6-11.8 Write (very stable)
    3- Faster than average cards and almost close to top speed SDHC cards
    4- 32GB in a single small chip is awesome(You can use it as a portable HD once in a while, i share some stuff with my friends with it sometimes


    Cons :
    1- Expensive
    2- You can get two 16GB cards for around only 70$ and save yourself 50$~
    3- Slow write speeds for a 32GB card (Takes forever to fill it with DATA from PC, its not the card fault though , its just the SDHC technology is getting old and slow for 2009 standards , time for newer Tech)

    * Important Info

    Avoid the Sandisk Ultra Series they never reach the true marketed speed "15MB-20MB/S" its just in theory speed like how everybody knows that USB2 is much slower than its specs, and they are only Class 2 for the 32GB version which will drop frames from your HD video (Plus Class 4 is minimum requirement for shooting in HD ) if you plan to get San disk Card then get the Extreme III Series (but again from my own Tests there read speed is about 20MB not 30MB and the write speed is 14MB/s~ instead of the transcend 11MB/s write speed (Unless you spam shooting pictures with your DSLR you don't "need" faster speed)

    I bought This card because i plan to take videos with my HD camcorder that last more 2 Hours, if you do not plan to shoot for longtime then you are better with getting the 16GB card HOWEVER, if you are lazy like my mom and do not plan to transfer DATA from the card to Your computer HD after every trip, then get the 32GB card.or you gonna end up on a trip and a message pops "No memory"

    If you plan to shoot for longer time, check your camcorder battery too does it even last that long? so be sure about that before you drop over 100$ for this card

    1-0 out of 5 stars product failed., July 26, 2009
    Well, it was great while it lasted. Unfortunately, it did not last long.

    Like other reviewers, after <20 use cycles the device failed and I got a "lock" error when, in fact, the write-protection lock was not engaged. Oddly, by engaging the lock (i.e. entering read-only mode) I was able to remove the picture files from the card. Obviously, further use in the camera was impossible; I was also unable to reformat the card (either with my camera or with the SD Associations free software [..]).

    This card has a high average rating but I would urge customers to consider the number of 1-star ratings due to complete product failure before they purchase this item.



    5-0 out of 5 stars My Canon loves the 8 GB SDHC card, January 15, 2008
    I recently purchased a Canon Powershot A720IS digital camera that is capable of recognizing and using up to 2 TERRABYTES of memory card (in the future) so I wanted to get the largest memory card I could install for now. I wanted to use the camera both on dry land and with an underwater housing for shooting stills and video on dive trips. Camera specs said an 8 GB SDHC card would record one hour of hi res video at 30 fps. Or nearly 2300 hi res stills at 8 megapixels.

    A test of the Transcend 8GB SDHC card in the camera ended up shooting 70 minutes of full screen, 30fps digital video that could not be distinguished from my DV camcorder video quality. Playback from the memory card to the TV was so fast & efficient there was never a single "stutter" on the screen. The card speed is genuinely FAST as advertised. Low level formatting of the card allowed for very acceptable rapid-fire sequential still photo shooting speeds when light levels were bright enough that the flash was not needed/used. Something like 2 photos every 3 seconds. Files were flawless in display, both for stills and video.

    This product was significantly lower in price than the Kingston 8GB SDHC card I originally bought with the camera. I've used both interchangeably and cannot see any different in the speed or capacity and quality of imagery is identical. For the money I'll stick with Transcend and am looking forward to getting their 16GB card once the price drops substantially below the $100 mark. That would provide nearly 2 1/2 hours of video on my still camera or 4600 highest quality stills. I'm afraid my camcorder will be collecting dust much of the time. A big advantage to video on the card is there are NO MOVING PARTS, e.g. a mini DV tape cassette and camcorder or VCR playback unit needed to dump the video and stills to my Mac for editing and burning DVDs. I just stick the card in the MicroMate USB card reader, plug it in the computer and bingo, ready to sort thru and dump to the hard drive. Since the card is formatted by a Canon camera it automatically boots up the Canon Viewer software too. That should work the same for other brands of still cameras formatting this chip.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The Fastest Card at This Price But..., June 26, 2007
    This SDHC card is the fastest one in its price range but it may cause your images to be lost.

    I use two of this in a Canon SD750. After the first use, all of the images were lost. (But thank God, I could rescue them with Lexar Image Rescue 2, a program better than its competitors) Then I formated the card(s) in the camera(s) with "low level format" option several times and there has been no problem after that so far.

    I can suggest these points to potential owners of this card:
    1- Use it very carefully, make backups if possible.
    2- Format it several times before the first use with "low level format" option.
    3- If you loose your images, don't panic. At this situation, It is very important not to take anymore pictures. If you take pictures after this point, you can overwrite your lost images and there can be no chance to get them back. Connect your card to your computer with a card reader (SDHC Compatible) and rescue them with Lexar Image Rescue.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Mini Hard Drive equivalent, December 11, 2007
    This card is able to hold a complete DVD movie, thousands of songs/photos, or just serve as a backup device for one's files.

    It operates very well - I now have purchased 3 and with each use its value becomes more apparent.

    One word of caution - even though most laptops and systems have an SD card slot, older computers may not be able to recognize or write to this card. Make sure your system has the ability to read SDHC configured products.

    If you do not have an SD slot you can purchase an tiny SD reader (very inexpensive) that plugs into your USB port.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great value, just be careful..., January 2, 2009
    I recently ordered this card as an accessory for my Acer Aspire One netbook PC. The card took a little while to ship, about 8 days, but that wasn't a big deal. The card has lots of space, and the read speeds are quite impressive. I mostly use it to run and store portable software, and it does a very good job at that.

    My only complaint is that when I first inserted the card into my PC it attempted to install some adware. The program was from a company called RelevantKnowledge, and they gather your information for market research purposes. Luckily my spyware software picked it up immediately,so I was able to delete it. Afterward I formatted the card, and now I'm happy as can be.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Reliable card, good speeds!, December 4, 2008
    Transcend 16 GB SDHC SD Class 6 Flash Memory Card TS16GSDHC6E [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging]
    I have 4 of these cards that I use in my Panasonic HMC-150, a professional grade video camera. I've run read/write tests on all of them and they get about 14 MB/s write speeds and 17.5 MB/s read speeds. Never encountered any errors! These cards are the best bang for your buck, and the frustration free packaging is awesome.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Let This Happen to You....., August 3, 2008
    It's great to have 8GB of memory but it is a double edged sword. Today after using this card for only the second time, it failed on me. I lost almost 200 precious images - gone forever. I am what you would call an enthusiast or hobbyist. I love photography and spend every spare minute, which is very seldom these days, pursuing my passion. So I do a fair amount of experimentation. These cards are great when they work - but if they fail you even once - the results can be catastrophic. Maybe I am the unlucky 1 of 250 reviewers with a bad experience with this product, but I feel it is my responsibility to report this to everyone. I hope it never happens to you. It is human nature for me to wonder, if I had spent a few more dollars for a better brand name, would my photos be intact today?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great affordable SDHC card, March 28, 2008
    In the past, I bought a Transcend 8GB SDHC card for my Canon SD1000 camera. I recently bought the Transcend 16GB SDHC for my new Canon SX20IS. Both cards work very well and I've had no problems with it so far. I wanted to take this opportunity to update my review since my original review was also posted (by Amazon) for the 16GB card. This is because the only difference between these two cards is the different capacity. So, if you're in the market for an affordable high quality SDHC card, this may be the one for you. Sorry, I kind of sounded like a used car salesman right there, didn't I? I assure you that I don't work for Transcend. But, here's why I think this card is awesome:

    Pros:

    -Affordable!

    -Large capacity

    -Class 6 read/write speed (which is very fast... but is no longer the fastest class available)

    -Lifetime warranty (at least that's what the package says :)

    -Transcend is a reputable company that's been making memory products for a very long time. ( I swear to the tech Gods that I don't work for them!) Other reputable and reliable memory card companies include Kingston and PNY. All three of these companies have been making memory chips for many, many years.


    Cons:

    - I can' really think of any "Cons" about this card. But here's the 2 closest things I can come up with right now: (1) "Class 6" is no longer the fastest speed available and (2) This card does NOT make coffee for you in the morning, do your dishes for you, give you compliments when you're having a bad day, or magically improve your photography skills.




    IMPORTANT SPECIAL NOTES ABOUT SDHC MEMORY CARDS:

    -SDHC cards are not compatible with most older SD cameras, SD devices, or SD card readers.

    -SDHC cards are rated by speed using different "classes". There are currently 4 data transfer speed classes available for SDHC cards. These classes are "class 2, class 4, and class 6, and the new class 10. For example, "Class 2" would have the slowest read/write speed while "Class 6" has the fastest read/write speed. So if you have a device in which speed may play a crucial role, make sure you buy a higher "class" SDHC card. Please note that this SDHC card no longer has the fastest read/write speed available. There is now a new class, called "Class 10". Class 6 has a minimum read/write speed of 6MB/sec... while Class 2 has minimum speed rating of 2MB/sec, and Class 4 is 4MB/sec. Starting to see the pattern?


    SO WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "SD CARDS" AND "SDHC CARDS?

    SDHC is basically an upgrade to the older SD cards. The reason they upgraded it was to achieve greater data transfer speeds AND capacity than previously possible with normal SD cards... and to do this, they had to redesign the card (which is why it's not compatible with normal SD devices). This was necessary because digital cameras and digital video cameras these days have higher resolutions, which equate to larger file sizes and faster data transfer needs.

    Now that many digital cameras also can record HD video, you may consider getting a larger capacity card because video takes much more space than photos. The size of the video varies from camera to camera depending on what resolution and video compression the camera uses. If you plan on taking lots of video (especially HD video), I would consider getting at least a 16GB card. Check your camera specifications to see how many minutes per Gig of memory your camera can capture ...to gauge how big of a memory card you'll want to get to meet your needs.

    Special Note on regular SD Cards:
    If you primarily take casual photos and don't need a exceptionally fast read/write capable card, you should know that newer cameras that take "SDHC" cards will also work with older normal "SD" cards. These older cards are cheaper than the new SDHC cards, so this may be something to consider. So to sum things up, newer cameras will take SDHC and regular SD cards, but older cameras that use SD cards may not be able to use SDHC cards. This is because newer technology is usually made to be compatible with older technology (the technical term used to describe this is "backwards compatibility") ... but older technology may not have the hardware necessary to run newer tech (technical term used is "obsolete"... just kidding! ;)

    I hope I haven't confused everybody by going into this much detail, but I can't help being the nerd that I am. If you are confused, don't hesitate to comment on this post and I will try my best to answer your questions. Also, any feedback is always welcome!

    Conclusion: Buy the card if you have a new device that uses SDHC. It rocks! (This message has been approved by the "Duke of New Mexico")


    4-0 out of 5 stars Transcend 4 GB Class 6 SDHC Card - Good Card for SDHC Compatible Devices, May 10, 2008
    UPDATE - March 2, 2010: This review was originally written for the 4 GB class 6 SDHC card, but the reviews have been grouped for all class 6 SDHC cards in the 4, 8, 16 and 32 GB sizes. All the cards should perform similarly since they are all class 6 and all made by Transcend. However, I will have to check which cards I have used hands on. I believe I only own the 4GB and 8GB cards. I will update the review further. If you have concerns regarding the 16GB or 32GB sizes, you should seek out the reviews tagged with the product links from those cards.


    The Transcend 4GB SDHC CARD (Class 6) is a great card for the price. I was at first a little skeptical about the brand, but I buy way too many memory cards to ignore a good price when I see one. And I'm happy to report that I've experienced decent performance and reliability issues with this card. That's as compared to other cards I own including SanDisk, PNY and Kingston.

    As long as your devices are compatible with the SDHC format, this card is a good buy. 4 GB is a nice size though I do prefer 8 GB capacity for high capacity storage.

    The class 6 speed is the fastest speed available in mass market SDHC cards. Class 6 guarantees minimum transfer speeds of 6 MBs, but I've gotten speeds up to 20Mbs! That makes this card perfect for storing pictures in RAW image formats.

    The Class 6 speed is on par with the Sandisk Extreme III cards that on average are about $15 to $20 more per card. If you don't have an SDHC reader, you may opt to get the package with a reader included to download your pics. If not you can just transfer your pics directly from your camera with your card still inserted. An SDHC card reader can be bought separately if your PC doesn't have a compatible slot.

    General SDHC and SD Card Tips

    There are a few tips that I've learned the hard way through buying TOO MANY different memory cards.
    1. Make sure your device is compatible with the card! Even in regular SD cards, some older electronics aren't compatible with that large of a size (2 GB). In terms of SDHC cards, make sure your camera or other device is SDHC compatible. SDHC is different from regular SD and only newer devices tend to have built-in compatibility
    2. Once you install this in your camera or device, you will generally want to format the card with your compatible device's interface. That is because the standard formats for certain devices, particularly Canon, are different from the factory installed format
    3. Just like your devices, most computer SD card readers are not compatible with the SDHC format. So use a card reader or download the pictures via USB connection to the camera with the card still installed.
    4. For some reason, placing the card in the locked position allows some older laptops to still read it. This is just to be used in a pinch however, and it won't apply to all systems
    5. If you did not properly format your card, you may be able to save things to it and then have them "disappear." If this happens to you, make sure you use the software recovery tools BEFORE you try to save anything else to your card. That way, you can retrieve your images without over-writing them.
    6. Make sure you know what you are going to use this card for. Once you have set up everything and ensured it's all compatible, you still have to decide on speed. If you are using this for storing RAW images instead of JPEGs or HD video, step up to the faster class 6 speed format if you can afford it.
    7. If you are going to pay more for a faster speed, make sure your device can benefit from it. I've read, for example, that Kodak cameras are set to a fixed voltage and cannot go faster than standard speed. So the extra cash spent on Class 4, 5, or 6 is basically wasted.

    Conclusion

    It's great to have several extra cards on hand just in case. This 4 GB card is a nice performer. If you have a high capacity camera (10 Megapixels or more) and are storing videos or RAW images, the extra cash for the 8GB card is worth it. Or you may want to step up to the larger 16 GB size that is now available.

    Enjoy!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Transcend 32 GB SDHC Review, May 25, 2009
    Before you drop 120~$ for a SD card ask yourself, Do you really need 32GB card? because the card itself with same specs costs only 35$ for the 16GB version, anyway here is info that might help you

    Pros :
    1- Class 6 Card the(guaranteed minimum Read/write speed of 6MB/s)
    2- My Test Results 18.2-18.5MB/S Read - 11.6-11.8 Write (very stable)
    3- Faster than average cards and almost close to top speed SDHC cards
    4- 32GB in a single small chip is awesome(You can use it as a portable HD once in a while, i share some stuff with my friends with it sometimes


    Cons :
    1- Expensive
    2- You can get two 16GB cards for around only 70$ and save yourself 50$~
    3- Slow write speeds for a 32GB card (Takes forever to fill it with DATA from PC, its not the card fault though , its just the SDHC technology is getting old and slow for 2009 standards , time for newer Tech)

    * Important Info

    Avoid the Sandisk Ultra Series they never reach the true marketed speed "15MB-20MB/S" its just in theory speed like how everybody knows that USB2 is much slower than its specs, and they are only Class 2 for the 32GB version which will drop frames from your HD video (Plus Class 4 is minimum requirement for shooting in HD ) if you plan to get San disk Card then get the Extreme III Series (but again from my own Tests there read speed is about 20MB not 30MB and the write speed is 14MB/s~ instead of the transcend 11MB/s write speed (Unless you spam shooting pictures with your DSLR you don't "need" faster speed)

    I bought This card because i plan to take videos with my HD camcorder that last more 2 Hours, if you do not plan to shoot for longtime then you are better with getting the 16GB card HOWEVER, if you are lazy like my mom and do not plan to transfer DATA from the card to Your computer HD after every trip, then get the 32GB card.or you gonna end up on a trip and a message pops "No memory"

    If you plan to shoot for longer time, check your camcorder battery too does it even last that long? so be sure about that before you drop over 100$ for this card

    1-0 out of 5 stars product failed., July 26, 2009
    Well, it was great while it lasted. Unfortunately, it did not last long.

    Like other reviewers, after <20 use cycles the device failed and I got a "lock" error when, in fact, the write-protection lock was not engaged. Oddly, by engaging the lock (i.e. entering read-only mode) I was able to remove the picture files from the card. Obviously, further use in the camera was impossible; I was also unable to reformat the card (either with my camera or with the SD Associations free software [..]).

    This card has a high average rating but I would urge customers to consider the number of 1-star ratings due to complete product failure before they purchase this item.



    5-0 out of 5 stars My Canon loves the 8 GB SDHC card, January 15, 2008
    I recently purchased a Canon Powershot A720IS digital camera that is capable of recognizing and using up to 2 TERRABYTES of memory card (in the future) so I wanted to get the largest memory card I could install for now. I wanted to use the camera both on dry land and with an underwater housing for shooting stills and video on dive trips. Camera specs said an 8 GB SDHC card would record one hour of hi res video at 30 fps. Or nearly 2300 hi res stills at 8 megapixels.

    A test of the Transcend 8GB SDHC card in the camera ended up shooting 70 minutes of full screen, 30fps digital video that could not be distinguished from my DV camcorder video quality. Playback from the memory card to the TV was so fast & efficient there was never a single "stutter" on the screen. The card speed is genuinely FAST as advertised. Low level formatting of the card allowed for very acceptable rapid-fire sequential still photo shooting speeds when light levels were bright enough that the flash was not needed/used. Something like 2 photos every 3 seconds. Files were flawless in display, both for stills and video.

    This product was significantly lower in price than the Kingston 8GB SDHC card I originally bought with the camera. I've used both interchangeably and cannot see any different in the speed or capacity and quality of imagery is identical. For the money I'll stick with Transcend and am looking forward to getting their 16GB card once the price drops substantially below the $100 mark. That would provide nearly 2 1/2 hours of video on my still camera or 4600 highest quality stills. I'm afraid my camcorder will be collecting dust much of the time. A big advantage to video on the card is there are NO MOVING PARTS, e.g. a mini DV tape cassette and camcorder or VCR playback unit needed to dump the video and stills to my Mac for editing and burning DVDs. I just stick the card in the MicroMate USB card reader, plug it in the computer and bingo, ready to sort thru and dump to the hard drive. Since the card is formatted by a Canon camera it automatically boots up the Canon Viewer software too. That should work the same for other brands of still cameras formatting this chip.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The Fastest Card at This Price But..., June 26, 2007
    This SDHC card is the fastest one in its price range but it may cause your images to be lost.

    I use two of this in a Canon SD750. After the first use, all of the images were lost. (But thank God, I could rescue them with Lexar Image Rescue 2, a program better than its competitors) Then I formated the card(s) in the camera(s) with "low level format" option several times and there has been no problem after that so far.

    I can suggest these points to potential owners of this card:
    1- Use it very carefully, make backups if possible.
    2- Format it several times before the first use with "low level format" option.
    3- If you loose your images, don't panic. At this situation, It is very important not to take anymore pictures. If you take pictures after this point, you can overwrite your lost images and there can be no chance to get them back. Connect your card to your computer with a card reader (SDHC Compatible) and rescue them with Lexar Image Rescue.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Mini Hard Drive equivalent, December 11, 2007
    This card is able to hold a complete DVD movie, thousands of songs/photos, or just serve as a backup device for one's files.

    It operates very well - I now have purchased 3 and with each use its value becomes more apparent.

    One word of caution - even though most laptops and systems have an SD card slot, older computers may not be able to recognize or write to this card. Make sure your system has the ability to read SDHC configured products.

    If you do not have an SD slot you can purchase an tiny SD reader (very inexpensive) that plugs into your USB port.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great value, just be careful..., January 2, 2009
    I recently ordered this card as an accessory for my Acer Aspire One netbook PC. The card took a little while to ship, about 8 days, but that wasn't a big deal. The card has lots of space, and the read speeds are quite impressive. I mostly use it to run and store portable software, and it does a very good job at that.

    My only complaint is that when I first inserted the card into my PC it attempted to install some adware. The program was from a company called RelevantKnowledge, and they gather your information for market research purposes. Luckily my spyware software picked it up immediately,so I was able to delete it. Afterward I formatted the card, and now I'm happy as can be.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Reliable card, good speeds!, December 4, 2008
    Transcend 16 GB SDHC SD Class 6 Flash Memory Card TS16GSDHC6E [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging]
    I have 4 of these cards that I use in my Panasonic HMC-150, a professional grade video camera. I've run read/write tests on all of them and they get about 14 MB/s write speeds and 17.5 MB/s read speeds. Never encountered any errors! These cards are the best bang for your buck, and the frustration free packaging is awesome.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Let This Happen to You....., August 3, 2008
    It's great to have 8GB of memory but it is a double edged sword. Today after using this card for only the second time, it failed on me. I lost almost 200 precious images - gone forever. I am what you would call an enthusiast or hobbyist. I love photography and spend every spare minute, which is very seldom these days, pursuing my passion. So I do a fair amount of experimentation. These cards are great when they work - but if they fail you even once - the results can be catastrophic. Maybe I am the unlucky 1 of 250 reviewers with a bad experience with this product, but I feel it is my responsibility to report this to everyone. I hope it never happens to you. It is human nature for me to wonder, if I had spent a few more dollars for a better brand name, would my photos be intact today? ... Read more


    7. Sandisk 4GB Secure Digital SD HC Memory Card (SDSDB-4096, BULK, No Reader)

    list price: $19.99 -- our price: $2.38
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000P1O73A
    Manufacturer: SanDisk
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    e SD High Capacity (SDHC) 4GB flash card is SanDisk's newest format and capacity SD card. SanDisk cards give you plenty of room to capture and store all your precious photos, safely and securely. Fast, and built to last, you can count on SanDisk cards to be ready when you are, every day. Store high quality photos, videos, music and more with this high storage capacity (4 GB) and super, Class 2, speed performance.Not all devices support SDHC 4.0GB cards. Please contact your device manufacturer for details. To ensure compatibility, look for the SDHC Logo on the product or packaging of your new camera or digital camcorder. ... Read more

    Reviews

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beware, March 8, 2008
    This is a must for loading music to listen to on my Palm TX. But BEWARE of eek Technoligies and buying at this price. They wanted $13.20 for shipping a 2 oz memory card? Buy from someone else even if it is a few dollars more and pay reasonable shipping rates. Don't be fooled by their cheap price they make it up 2x in shippoing charges. When I saw it I cancelled my order..

    4-0 out of 5 stars Make sure you can read it., December 24, 2007
    Standard SD and SDHC cards look identical in size and shape, only SDHC-compatible products will be able to accept the new SDHC cards. SanDisk differentiates its new cards with the new SDHC logo on the card and retail package.

    Now my web research finds that at the time of its release Wes Brewer, vice president of consumer product marketing at SanDisk, said, "In order to provide the easiest and most compatible solution for 4GB and larger capacity SDHC cards in the market, SanDisk chose to bundle its new MicroMate USB 2.0 SD/SDHC compatible card reader, which normally retails for $19.99, with this new card."

    Note this deal does not include a reader.

    In my case the device I bought it for can read it. Without the dedicated reader my year old HP computer cannot .

    3-0 out of 5 stars expensive SHIPPING!, March 23, 2008
    I played around with the prices on this and found out several things. If I order this item, $11 in shipping costs is added by the third party supplier! If I get the 2G version, even two of them, those qualify for free shipping from Amazon and come out much cheaper. So check your prices on these before ordering. My hunch is that you can probably pick this 4G up cheaper at your local electronics/computer store...

    2-0 out of 5 stars Beware! does not work in many cameras, September 5, 2008
    Finding that this product does not work in my one year old Canon camera I contacted the company and was given a list of cameras which do support it. This list belongs on the product description at the Amazon site. Besides the nuisance, I'll be out the $4.50 shipping cost for shipping an item requiring .59 cents postage.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Worked fine until it didn't work, December 15, 2008
    I purchased this card five months ago and used it without incident. I was happy with the amount of space on the card. Suddenly today, for no apparent reason, a message came up saying "memory card error". I cannot access the photos on my card with my external card reader. I cannot use the card in my camera. The photos on the card are lost, and that makes me quite sad.

    1-0 out of 5 stars NOT compatible with Canon Powershot 590IS, September 9, 2008
    The Sandisk site says this disk is compatible, and the user manual for the Canon Powershot 590IS says the camera can use SD or SDHC memory cards, so I assumed this card would be compatible. It wasn't. The camera says "memory card locked!" even when the card is unlocked. I'm giving this a one star rating because everything I looked at says this card is compatible, but it wasn't. For the Sandisk compatiblity site (which, of course, recommends their most expensive 32 and 16G cards first), see http://www.sandisk.com/Compatibility/Device(8725)-Canon-PowerShot_A590_IS.aspx . I haven't found a site so far that specifically recommends one card over another for this model of camera.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!, May 6, 2008
    I love it, it works as promised, and holds well over 30 minutes of video. Pops in and out of camera easily. It's a great product and worth the extra money over the 2.0 GB one.

    Two thumbs up!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Works fine, October 29, 2007
    Bought for a new camera and works fine. Many older SD card units won't handle 4GB and larger cards so make sure that yours will. If you are buying this for a PC there are USB adapters for these larger cards.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great, April 3, 2008
    This is a great addition to a digital camera if you shoot video clips.
    Just make sure that the digital camera supports SD cards over 2Gb. You can usually be confident it will work if the device is labeled SD HC compliant (SD HC is the 4-32Gb standard). It may work in other devices (my Kodak camera is not labeled for SD HC but the card works.)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Never been disappointed, March 26, 2008
    I've bought a bunch of these. Always worked well. Don't know about the 8mb cards, but the 4mb cards are a dream. ... Read more


    8. 3 Pack of Premium Crystal Clear Screen Protectors for Apple iPad
    Electronics
    list price: $19.95 -- our price: $0.01
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B003D8GAA0
    Manufacturer: ChiTek
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    3 Pack of Premium Crystal Clear Screen Protector for Apple iPad ... Read more


    9. Kingston 4 GB Class 4 SDHC Flash Memory Card SD4/4GBET
    Electronics
    list price: $26.99 -- our price: $6.88
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00200K1SO
    Manufacturer: Kingston Digital
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    Editorial Review

    Performance and capacity redefined with Kingston's SD High-Capacity memory cards.

    Starting at 4GB, SDHC cards offer larger-volume data storage and optimized recording performance with support for FAT 32 file formats. In addition, Kingstonâ?TMs SDHC cards use new speed "class" ratings known as Class 2, 4 and 6 that deliver a minimum data transfer rate for optimum performance with SDHC devices.

    Although identical in size to todays standard SD card, the new SDHC cards are designed differently and are only recognized by SDHC host devices. To ensure compatibility, look for the SDHC logo on cards and host devices (cameras, camcorders, etc.).

    For added reliability and durability, our solid-state SDHC memory cards are built of nonvolatile memory components and have no moving parts that could wear out or break. All cards are 100-percent tested and are backed by a lifetime warranty and free live technical support.
    ... Read more

    Reviews

    5-0 out of 5 stars Kingston quality, massive storage, what's not to love?, December 2, 2008
    There are some things to consider before buying this particular card or any other 32gb SDHC card on the market:

    1. This is NOT an ideal card for a digital SLR like a D80, D90, Rebel XT, etc... That is because it is a class 4 device. The class of a SDHC cards has to do with how fast they read and write files, not how much storage they have. For a digital SLR, you should purchase a class 6 SDHC card most of the time. Class 6 cards will allow you to take 'bursts' of photos and not be limited by the card's capacity to write them. Also class 4 cards are slower reading data, meaning they will take longer to upload files to your computer. Upload speed is convenient, especially when loading large batches of files.

    2. This card has far more storage than most people will need for their digital camera. Unless you like to keep all your photos on a SDHC card and never move them to your computer, or are a high volume photographer, there is very little need for more than about 8gb of storage space for most caeras. The possible exception to this is if you have a professional SLR that shoots files in the 16-20mb range--but if you do, you'll likely want a class 6 card anyway. If all you intend to use this card for is a digital camera, save yourself a lot of money and buy a PNY 8GB SDHC Card. If you're worried about running out of space on a vacation, buy a few of them. Otherwise you run the risk of having 'all your eggs in one basket.' If one card fails, you lose all your pictures instead of only a portion of them.

    This card is fantastic for use in a video camcorder capable of writing to an SDHC card. (Check with the manual first to insure that a class 4 card will be fast enough first). It is also perfect as extra storage for an ultra portable computer or net book like the Asus EEE pc. Another great application would be as added storage to a personal media player or MP3 player equipped with a SDHC slot such as the Cowon D2.

    There are other good 32gb SDHC cards on the market, some at cheaper price points than the Kingston card. IMHO, brand matters very little with something like a SDHC card, since they all are made pretty much the same way. None of the brands currently offering them (Transcend, PNY, Kingston) have high fail rates with their other products, so I believe they are all pretty similar. What you decide to buy will depend on whether you trust a particular brand, or who has the lowest price. All of them will work equally well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Big, September 8, 2008
    PREFACE:

    I bought this card for extra disk space on my Asus EeePC netbook. I needed as much space as possible to supplement the very small SSD hard drive. I needed something with large capacity and relatively fast file transfer time.

    PROS:

    It shares the largest SD capacity on the market today with few others (Panasonic, Sandisk, and PNY) and is a quality name that I have had a good history with in the past. Its file transfer time is similar to the SSD drive in my machine so it basically acts as a second SSD for me at less than a quarter of the price!

    CONS:

    Its not the cheapest 32gb SD card(PNY) nor the fastest(Panasonic) but its good quality with a decent transfer rate.

    CONCLUSION:

    I'm very happy with its performance and capacity. I would like to see the price come down a bit, but that's the price of getting electronics of this caliber.

    That's my input, take it or leave it :)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good for the money, but don't expect fast speeds., December 8, 2007
    Excellent for the price. I give it a 4/5 because it performs slower than expected from a C4 SDHC card. I also have a Sandisk EIII 2GB. Although it doesn't have the class ratings because it's not SDHC, the Sandisk outperforms the Kingston in both read/write.

    My test scenario: Using a Nikon D80 taking 6 shots continuously. The Kingston took considerably longer to write contents from the Nikon D80 buffer.

    If you're looking for a high speed card in a similar scenario, then look elsewhere. However, if you want a good card and no particular need for speed, then I recommend getting.

    2-0 out of 5 stars does the job, but not good enough..., December 23, 2009
    I have this card. This is extremely fast card. I did a test on my laptop sd slot writing 6 gb files onto the card. Average speed was 5mb per second. that was more than it rated for.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If it was a little faster..., January 19, 2008
    I contemplated a 4 star rating, but when you buy the card, you know that it is a "class 4" card, which means it's supposed to transfer files at at least 4GB/s. If it's crucial and you can afford it, you could get the "class 6" card, which would make a difference when transferring large amounts of data.

    In short:
    *Pros:*
    - Capacity. You can get more capacity, but this is a bout the best size/price ratio.
    - Price. Again, 8GB and 4GB cards have the best size/price ratio.
    *Cons:*
    - SDHC. This is not really a con if you have new equipment, but SDHC is a newer standard, so you have to make sure you have the right equipment - SDHC IS NOT THE SAME AS SD!!
    - Speed. It's not "slow", but if you've had fast cards you'll notice the difference. Of course, you know this from the "Class 4" rating, so it's also not really a con.

    I've owned 2 Kingston SD cards. The oldest of them is about 3 years old and is still as reliable and good as when I first got it, so I have reason to believe this card will last for a while.

    My older Kingston 50X SD card is about twice as fast as this card, but it's only 1GB, so I needed more GB's to capture more video. This card would be just about perfect if it was faster. When I say that, I don't mean that the card is slow - my Vista machine can use it for ReadyBoost and camera performance is good. Just know that ReadyBoost can only use 4GB of memory, so you'll have 4GB of memory just sitting unused if you use it for this purpose.

    Primarily, I use this card for recording video clips and pictures with my Canon cameras, SD800IS and A710IS. For that purpose the card is great. I haven't noticed any lag when taking 7.1 Mega-pixel pictures (which range from 1MB to about 4MBs) or full screen VGA video (640x480). Here's some general advice for these cameras in particular, but it applies to most cameras:
    1. Don't record more than about 10 minutes of video at a time because the file size goes over 1GB, but this depends on the camera and video format, not the card itself.
    2. You might want to get an external card reader, if you don't have an internal card reader. You'll be fine transferring files directly from the camera if you only take a few snapshots and short videos. But if you plan on truly using all 8GB and transferring them at once, do yourself a favor and get a card reader. Most cameras are not meant to read/transfer files at fast speeds (even if they're USB 2.0 capable), and at least with the SD800IS, I could not transfer files over 500MB. Once I used a memory card reader, transferring was a breeze.

    Although reading times are fast enough (between 4-8MB/s), writing is a bit slower - it tops out at about 4MB/s, which is good enough for the "Class 4" rating and fast enough to capture pictures without (noticeable) lag in my cameras.
    It's a great card for the price; just make sure you understand what you're buying.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't be swayed by idiot customers.., February 25, 2008
    The Kingston 4gb SDHC memory card, like all other Kingston products, is an exceptional piece of equipment. I use it with my Canon SD1000 and I get nothing but blazing fast write times and no headaches. Make sure your device supports SDHC because if not, it will not work. This is a key reason why people are left "unsatisfied" by what they get, not because of the product, but because they did not do their homework.

    Buyers, you should really take note that, most reviews on any site about not only Kingston, but other great brands, is heavily altered by idiot customers leaving comments to attack the site that sold them the items. So don't quickly judge an product based on how many stars it has, because honestly, you cannot take that into consideration unless you have read every review posted.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great value at $22, December 3, 2007
    The price of the SD4/4GB card jumps around a lot here. It is a great value at $22. Not so hot at $40. Wait a while and it may go down again. Note that only newer SD devices can use the 4GB SDHC cards. Older cameras, etc. can only use regular SD cards up to 2GB. If you're not sure, check your owner's manual or contact your manufacturer. Also, older SD card readers will not work with SDHC cards, but SDHC card readers are available for about $10 on amazon.com

    1-0 out of 5 stars Unreliable - Disappearing Pictures, December 12, 2008
    I had this card in a Panasonic DMC-TZ5 camera for about a month, and in that time the card experienced a "read error" on three separate occasions that resulted in all the pictures currently on the card disappearing. I called Panasonic customer service and the first question they asked was what brand card I had. When I told them Kingston, they advised me to get a new card, as nearly everyone who complained about disappearing pictures (in any model camera) had a Kingston card. I'd much rather spend a little more money and actually have my pictures!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great bargain, and didn't fill up after 1000 pics!, January 21, 2009
    I like our point and shoot camera to be low thought-low effort (big SD card, high capacity rechargeable battery, reliable point and shoot performance, etc.), and this 16 gig card coupled with our Canon SD770 has been a great combination. Almost 1000 pics on our vacation to Punta Cana, and the card wasn't filled (I could do the math, but I don't want to).

    The card has been reliable, worked fine in a card reader, and I'd make the purchase again. I can't believe this little card holds 1000's of times more information than information storage from only a short time ago, and cost me ~$20. Amazing!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Kingston quality, massive storage, what's not to love?, December 2, 2008
    There are some things to consider before buying this particular card or any other 32gb SDHC card on the market:

    1. This is NOT an ideal card for a digital SLR like a D80, D90, Rebel XT, etc... That is because it is a class 4 device. The class of a SDHC cards has to do with how fast they read and write files, not how much storage they have. For a digital SLR, you should purchase a class 6 SDHC card most of the time. Class 6 cards will allow you to take 'bursts' of photos and not be limited by the card's capacity to write them. Also class 4 cards are slower reading data, meaning they will take longer to upload files to your computer. Upload speed is convenient, especially when loading large batches of files.

    2. This card has far more storage than most people will need for their digital camera. Unless you like to keep all your photos on a SDHC card and never move them to your computer, or are a high volume photographer, there is very little need for more than about 8gb of storage space for most caeras. The possible exception to this is if you have a professional SLR that shoots files in the 16-20mb range--but if you do, you'll likely want a class 6 card anyway. If all you intend to use this card for is a digital camera, save yourself a lot of money and buy a PNY 8GB SDHC Card. If you're worried about running out of space on a vacation, buy a few of them. Otherwise you run the risk of having 'all your eggs in one basket.' If one card fails, you lose all your pictures instead of only a portion of them.

    This card is fantastic for use in a video camcorder capable of writing to an SDHC card. (Check with the manual first to insure that a class 4 card will be fast enough first). It is also perfect as extra storage for an ultra portable computer or net book like the Asus EEE pc. Another great application would be as added storage to a personal media player or MP3 player equipped with a SDHC slot such as the Cowon D2.

    There are other good 32gb SDHC cards on the market, some at cheaper price points than the Kingston card. IMHO, brand matters very little with something like a SDHC card, since they all are made pretty much the same way. None of the brands currently offering them (Transcend, PNY, Kingston) have high fail rates with their other products, so I believe they are all pretty similar. What you decide to buy will depend on whether you trust a particular brand, or who has the lowest price. All of them will work equally well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Big, September 8, 2008
    PREFACE:

    I bought this card for extra disk space on my Asus EeePC netbook. I needed as much space as possible to supplement the very small SSD hard drive. I needed something with large capacity and relatively fast file transfer time.

    PROS:

    It shares the largest SD capacity on the market today with few others (Panasonic, Sandisk, and PNY) and is a quality name that I have had a good history with in the past. Its file transfer time is similar to the SSD drive in my machine so it basically acts as a second SSD for me at less than a quarter of the price!

    CONS:

    Its not the cheapest 32gb SD card(PNY) nor the fastest(Panasonic) but its good quality with a decent transfer rate.

    CONCLUSION:

    I'm very happy with its performance and capacity. I would like to see the price come down a bit, but that's the price of getting electronics of this caliber.

    That's my input, take it or leave it :)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good for the money, but don't expect fast speeds., December 8, 2007
    Excellent for the price. I give it a 4/5 because it performs slower than expected from a C4 SDHC card. I also have a Sandisk EIII 2GB. Although it doesn't have the class ratings because it's not SDHC, the Sandisk outperforms the Kingston in both read/write.

    My test scenario: Using a Nikon D80 taking 6 shots continuously. The Kingston took considerably longer to write contents from the Nikon D80 buffer.

    If you're looking for a high speed card in a similar scenario, then look elsewhere. However, if you want a good card and no particular need for speed, then I recommend getting.

    2-0 out of 5 stars does the job, but not good enough..., December 23, 2009
    I didnt realize how fast the point and shoot cameras are getting sooo many megapixels until I started looking for a good one for my mom... This card is no good for a 12 megapixel camera! It takes way too long to save each picture slowing down how fast you're able to take consecutive pictures! Go for the Sandisk extreme cards and dont look back!

    I only have SLR cameras, and use the San Disk extreme cards because speed is crucial! Dont cheap out on a card after buying a nice camera, or you'll be sorry! Thats the first thing i noticed when showing her how to use her new Canon Point and Shoot camera is how SLOWWWWWWWW it took to save each photo before I could take another.. If waiting a few seconds between each picture is a non-issue, buy all means save some money and buy this card.

    Bottom line: You're wasting your money buying this card to use in a high resolution point and shoot, which they all seem to be now days. Just too slow!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fast Card, November 21, 2007
    I have this card. This is extremely fast card. I did a test on my laptop sd slot writing 6 gb files onto the card. Average speed was 5mb per second. that was more than it rated for.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If it was a little faster..., January 19, 2008
    I contemplated a 4 star rating, but when you buy the card, you know that it is a "class 4" card, which means it's supposed to transfer files at at least 4GB/s. If it's crucial and you can afford it, you could get the "class 6" card, which would make a difference when transferring large amounts of data.

    In short:
    *Pros:*
    - Capacity. You can get more capacity, but this is a bout the best size/price ratio.
    - Price. Again, 8GB and 4GB cards have the best size/price ratio.
    *Cons:*
    - SDHC. This is not really a con if you have new equipment, but SDHC is a newer standard, so you have to make sure you have the right equipment - SDHC IS NOT THE SAME AS SD!!
    - Speed. It's not "slow", but if you've had fast cards you'll notice the difference. Of course, you know this from the "Class 4" rating, so it's also not really a con.

    I've owned 2 Kingston SD cards. The oldest of them is about 3 years old and is still as reliable and good as when I first got it, so I have reason to believe this card will last for a while.

    My older Kingston 50X SD card is about twice as fast as this card, but it's only 1GB, so I needed more GB's to capture more video. This card would be just about perfect if it was faster. When I say that, I don't mean that the card is slow - my Vista machine can use it for ReadyBoost and camera performance is good. Just know that ReadyBoost can only use 4GB of memory, so you'll have 4GB of memory just sitting unused if you use it for this purpose.

    Primarily, I use this card for recording video clips and pictures with my Canon cameras, SD800IS and A710IS. For that purpose the card is great. I haven't noticed any lag when taking 7.1 Mega-pixel pictures (which range from 1MB to about 4MBs) or full screen VGA video (640x480). Here's some general advice for these cameras in particular, but it applies to most cameras:
    1. Don't record more than about 10 minutes of video at a time because the file size goes over 1GB, but this depends on the camera and video format, not the card itself.
    2. You might want to get an external card reader, if you don't have an internal card reader. You'll be fine transferring files directly from the camera if you only take a few snapshots and short videos. But if you plan on truly using all 8GB and transferring them at once, do yourself a favor and get a card reader. Most cameras are not meant to read/transfer files at fast speeds (even if they're USB 2.0 capable), and at least with the SD800IS, I could not transfer files over 500MB. Once I used a memory card reader, transferring was a breeze.

    Although reading times are fast enough (between 4-8MB/s), writing is a bit slower - it tops out at about 4MB/s, which is good enough for the "Class 4" rating and fast enough to capture pictures without (noticeable) lag in my cameras.
    It's a great card for the price; just make sure you understand what you're buying.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't be swayed by idiot customers.., February 25, 2008
    The Kingston 4gb SDHC memory card, like all other Kingston products, is an exceptional piece of equipment. I use it with my Canon SD1000 and I get nothing but blazing fast write times and no headaches. Make sure your device supports SDHC because if not, it will not work. This is a key reason why people are left "unsatisfied" by what they get, not because of the product, but because they did not do their homework.

    Buyers, you should really take note that, most reviews on any site about not only Kingston, but other great brands, is heavily altered by idiot customers leaving comments to attack the site that sold them the items. So don't quickly judge an product based on how many stars it has, because honestly, you cannot take that into consideration unless you have read every review posted.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great value at $22, December 3, 2007
    The price of the SD4/4GB card jumps around a lot here. It is a great value at $22. Not so hot at $40. Wait a while and it may go down again. Note that only newer SD devices can use the 4GB SDHC cards. Older cameras, etc. can only use regular SD cards up to 2GB. If you're not sure, check your owner's manual or contact your manufacturer. Also, older SD card readers will not work with SDHC cards, but SDHC card readers are available for about $10 on amazon.com

    1-0 out of 5 stars Unreliable - Disappearing Pictures, December 12, 2008
    I had this card in a Panasonic DMC-TZ5 camera for about a month, and in that time the card experienced a "read error" on three separate occasions that resulted in all the pictures currently on the card disappearing. I called Panasonic customer service and the first question they asked was what brand card I had. When I told them Kingston, they advised me to get a new card, as nearly everyone who complained about disappearing pictures (in any model camera) had a Kingston card. I'd much rather spend a little more money and actually have my pictures!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great bargain, and didn't fill up after 1000 pics!, January 21, 2009
    I like our point and shoot camera to be low thought-low effort (big SD card, high capacity rechargeable battery, reliable point and shoot performance, etc.), and this 16 gig card coupled with our Canon SD770 has been a great combination. Almost 1000 pics on our vacation to Punta Cana, and the card wasn't filled (I could do the math, but I don't want to).

    The card has been reliable, worked fine in a card reader, and I'd make the purchase again. I can't believe this little card holds 1000's of times more information than information storage from only a short time ago, and cost me ~$20. Amazing! ... Read more


    10. Kingston 4 GB Class 4 SDHC Flash Memory Card SD4/4GB
    Electronics
    list price: $26.99 -- our price: $6.88
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000MX48VM
    Manufacturer: Kingston Digital
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Editorial Review

    4GB SDHC Class 4 Flash Card ... Read more

    Reviews

    5-0 out of 5 stars Kingston quality, massive storage, what's not to love?, December 2, 2008
    There are some things to consider before buying this particular card or any other 32gb SDHC card on the market:

    1. This is NOT an ideal card for a digital SLR like a D80, D90, Rebel XT, etc... That is because it is a class 4 device. The class of a SDHC cards has to do with how fast they read and write files, not how much storage they have. For a digital SLR, you should purchase a class 6 SDHC card most of the time. Class 6 cards will allow you to take 'bursts' of photos and not be limited by the card's capacity to write them. Also class 4 cards are slower reading data, meaning they will take longer to upload files to your computer. Upload speed is convenient, especially when loading large batches of files.

    2. This card has far more storage than most people will need for their digital camera. Unless you like to keep all your photos on a SDHC card and never move them to your computer, or are a high volume photographer, there is very little need for more than about 8gb of storage space for most caeras. The possible exception to this is if you have a professional SLR that shoots files in the 16-20mb range--but if you do, you'll likely want a class 6 card anyway. If all you intend to use this card for is a digital camera, save yourself a lot of money and buy a PNY 8GB SDHC Card. If you're worried about running out of space on a vacation, buy a few of them. Otherwise you run the risk of having 'all your eggs in one basket.' If one card fails, you lose all your pictures instead of only a portion of them.

    This card is fantastic for use in a video camcorder capable of writing to an SDHC card. (Check with the manual first to insure that a class 4 card will be fast enough first). It is also perfect as extra storage for an ultra portable computer or net book like the Asus EEE pc. Another great application would be as added storage to a personal media player or MP3 player equipped with a SDHC slot such as the Cowon D2.

    There are other good 32gb SDHC cards on the market, some at cheaper price points than the Kingston card. IMHO, brand matters very little with something like a SDHC card, since they all are made pretty much the same way. None of the brands currently offering them (Transcend, PNY, Kingston) have high fail rates with their other products, so I believe they are all pretty similar. What you decide to buy will depend on whether you trust a particular brand, or who has the lowest price. All of them will work equally well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Big, September 8, 2008
    PREFACE:

    I bought this card for extra disk space on my Asus EeePC netbook. I needed as much space as possible to supplement the very small SSD hard drive. I needed something with large capacity and relatively fast file transfer time.

    PROS:

    It shares the largest SD capacity on the market today with few others (Panasonic, Sandisk, and PNY) and is a quality name that I have had a good history with in the past. Its file transfer time is similar to the SSD drive in my machine so it basically acts as a second SSD for me at less than a quarter of the price!

    CONS:

    Its not the cheapest 32gb SD card(PNY) nor the fastest(Panasonic) but its good quality with a decent transfer rate.

    CONCLUSION:

    I'm very happy with its performance and capacity. I would like to see the price come down a bit, but that's the price of getting electronics of this caliber.

    That's my input, take it or leave it :)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good for the money, but don't expect fast speeds., December 8, 2007
    I didnt realize how fast the point and shoot cameras are getting sooo many megapixels until I started looking for a good one for my mom... This card is no good for a 12 megapixel camera! It takes way too long to save each picture slowing down how fast you're able to take consecutive pictures! Go for the Sandisk extreme cards and dont look back!

    I only have SLR cameras, and use the San Disk extreme cards because speed is crucial! Dont cheap out on a card after buying a nice camera, or you'll be sorry! Thats the first thing i noticed when showing her how to use her new Canon Point and Shoot camera is how SLOWWWWWWWW it took to save each photo before I could take another.. If waiting a few seconds between each picture is a non-issue, buy all means save some money and buy this card.

    Bottom line: You're wasting your money buying this card to use in a high resolution point and shoot, which they all seem to be now days. Just too slow!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fast Card, November 21, 2007
    I have this card. This is extremely fast card. I did a test on my laptop sd slot writing 6 gb files onto the card. Average speed was 5mb per second. that was more than it rated for.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If it was a little faster..., January 19, 2008
    I contemplated a 4 star rating, but when you buy the card, you know that it is a "class 4" card, which means it's supposed to transfer files at at least 4GB/s. If it's crucial and you can afford it, you could get the "class 6" card, which would make a difference when transferring large amounts of data.

    In short:
    *Pros:*
    - Capacity. You can get more capacity, but this is a bout the best size/price ratio.
    - Price. Again, 8GB and 4GB cards have the best size/price ratio.
    *Cons:*
    - SDHC. This is not really a con if you have new equipment, but SDHC is a newer standard, so you have to make sure you have the right equipment - SDHC IS NOT THE SAME AS SD!!
    - Speed. It's not "slow", but if you've had fast cards you'll notice the difference. Of course, you know this from the "Class 4" rating, so it's also not really a con.

    I've owned 2 Kingston SD cards. The oldest of them is about 3 years old and is still as reliable and good as when I first got it, so I have reason to believe this card will last for a while.

    My older Kingston 50X SD card is about twice as fast as this card, but it's only 1GB, so I needed more GB's to capture more video. This card would be just about perfect if it was faster. When I say that, I don't mean that the card is slow - my Vista machine can use it for ReadyBoost and camera performance is good. Just know that ReadyBoost can only use 4GB of memory, so you'll have 4GB of memory just sitting unused if you use it for this purpose.

    Primarily, I use this card for recording video clips and pictures with my Canon cameras, SD800IS and A710IS. For that purpose the card is great. I haven't noticed any lag when taking 7.1 Mega-pixel pictures (which range from 1MB to about 4MBs) or full screen VGA video (640x480). Here's some general advice for these cameras in particular, but it applies to most cameras:
    1. Don't record more than about 10 minutes of video at a time because the file size goes over 1GB, but this depends on the camera and video format, not the card itself.
    2. You might want to get an external card reader, if you don't have an internal card reader. You'll be fine transferring files directly from the camera if you only take a few snapshots and short videos. But if you plan on truly using all 8GB and transferring them at once, do yourself a favor and get a card reader. Most cameras are not meant to read/transfer files at fast speeds (even if they're USB 2.0 capable), and at least with the SD800IS, I could not transfer files over 500MB. Once I used a memory card reader, transferring was a breeze.

    Although reading times are fast enough (between 4-8MB/s), writing is a bit slower - it tops out at about 4MB/s, which is good enough for the "Class 4" rating and fast enough to capture pictures without (noticeable) lag in my cameras.
    It's a great card for the price; just make sure you understand what you're buying.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't be swayed by idiot customers.., February 25, 2008
    I like our point and shoot camera to be low thought-low effort (big SD card, high capacity rechargeable battery, reliable point and shoot performance, etc.), and this 16 gig card coupled with our Canon SD770 has been a great combination. Almost 1000 pics on our vacation to Punta Cana, and the card wasn't filled (I could do the math, but I don't want to).

    The card has been reliable, worked fine in a card reader, and I'd make the purchase again. I can't believe this little card holds 1000's of times more information than information storage from only a short time ago, and cost me ~$20. Amazing!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Kingston quality, massive storage, what's not to love?, December 2, 2008
    There are some things to consider before buying this particular card or any other 32gb SDHC card on the market:

    1. This is NOT an ideal card for a digital SLR like a D80, D90, Rebel XT, etc... That is because it is a class 4 device. The class of a SDHC cards has to do with how fast they read and write files, not how much storage they have. For a digital SLR, you should purchase a class 6 SDHC card most of the time. Class 6 cards will allow you to take 'bursts' of photos and not be limited by the card's capacity to write them. Also class 4 cards are slower reading data, meaning they will take longer to upload files to your computer. Upload speed is convenient, especially when loading large batches of files.

    2. This card has far more storage than most people will need for their digital camera. Unless you like to keep all your photos on a SDHC card and never move them to your computer, or are a high volume photographer, there is very little need for more than about 8gb of storage space for most caeras. The possible exception to this is if you have a professional SLR that shoots files in the 16-20mb range--but if you do, you'll likely want a class 6 card anyway. If all you intend to use this card for is a digital camera, save yourself a lot of money and buy a PNY 8GB SDHC Card. If you're worried about running out of space on a vacation, buy a few of them. Otherwise you run the risk of having 'all your eggs in one basket.' If one card fails, you lose all your pictures instead of only a portion of them.

    This card is fantastic for use in a video camcorder capable of writing to an SDHC card. (Check with the manual first to insure that a class 4 card will be fast enough first). It is also perfect as extra storage for an ultra portable computer or net book like the Asus EEE pc. Another great application would be as added storage to a personal media player or MP3 player equipped with a SDHC slot such as the Cowon D2.

    There are other good 32gb SDHC cards on the market, some at cheaper price points than the Kingston card. IMHO, brand matters very little with something like a SDHC card, since they all are made pretty much the same way. None of the brands currently offering them (Transcend, PNY, Kingston) have high fail rates with their other products, so I believe they are all pretty similar. What you decide to buy will depend on whether you trust a particular brand, or who has the lowest price. All of them will work equally well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Big, September 8, 2008
    PREFACE:

    I bought this card for extra disk space on my Asus EeePC netbook. I needed as much space as possible to supplement the very small SSD hard drive. I needed something with large capacity and relatively fast file transfer time.

    PROS:

    It shares the largest SD capacity on the market today with few others (Panasonic, Sandisk, and PNY) and is a quality name that I have had a good history with in the past. Its file transfer time is similar to the SSD drive in my machine so it basically acts as a second SSD for me at less than a quarter of the price!

    CONS:

    Its not the cheapest 32gb SD card(PNY) nor the fastest(Panasonic) but its good quality with a decent transfer rate.

    CONCLUSION:

    I'm very happy with its performance and capacity. I would like to see the price come down a bit, but that's the price of getting electronics of this caliber.

    That's my input, take it or leave it :)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good for the money, but don't expect fast speeds., December 8, 2007
    Excellent for the price. I give it a 4/5 because it performs slower than expected from a C4 SDHC card. I also have a Sandisk EIII 2GB. Although it doesn't have the class ratings because it's not SDHC, the Sandisk outperforms the Kingston in both read/write.

    My test scenario: Using a Nikon D80 taking 6 shots continuously. The Kingston took considerably longer to write contents from the Nikon D80 buffer.

    If you're looking for a high speed card in a similar scenario, then look elsewhere. However, if you want a good card and no particular need for speed, then I recommend getting.

    2-0 out of 5 stars does the job, but not good enough..., December 23, 2009
    I didnt realize how fast the point and shoot cameras are getting sooo many megapixels until I started looking for a good one for my mom... This card is no good for a 12 megapixel camera! It takes way too long to save each picture slowing down how fast you're able to take consecutive pictures! Go for the Sandisk extreme cards and dont look back!

    I only have SLR cameras, and use the San Disk extreme cards because speed is crucial! Dont cheap out on a card after buying a nice camera, or you'll be sorry! Thats the first thing i noticed when showing her how to use her new Canon Point and Shoot camera is how SLOWWWWWWWW it took to save each photo before I could take another.. If waiting a few seconds between each picture is a non-issue, buy all means save some money and buy this card.

    Bottom line: You're wasting your money buying this card to use in a high resolution point and shoot, which they all seem to be now days. Just too slow!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fast Card, November 21, 2007
    I have this card. This is extremely fast card. I did a test on my laptop sd slot writing 6 gb files onto the card. Average speed was 5mb per second. that was more than it rated for.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If it was a little faster..., January 19, 2008
    I contemplated a 4 star rating, but when you buy the card, you know that it is a "class 4" card, which means it's supposed to transfer files at at least 4GB/s. If it's crucial and you can afford it, you could get the "class 6" card, which would make a difference when transferring large amounts of data.

    In short:
    *Pros:*
    - Capacity. You can get more capacity, but this is a bout the best size/price ratio.
    - Price. Again, 8GB and 4GB cards have the best size/price ratio.
    *Cons:*
    - SDHC. This is not really a con if you have new equipment, but SDHC is a newer standard, so you have to make sure you have the right equipment - SDHC IS NOT THE SAME AS SD!!
    - Speed. It's not "slow", but if you've had fast cards you'll notice the difference. Of course, you know this from the "Class 4" rating, so it's also not really a con.

    I've owned 2 Kingston SD cards. The oldest of them is about 3 years old and is still as reliable and good as when I first got it, so I have reason to believe this card will last for a while.

    My older Kingston 50X SD card is about twice as fast as this card, but it's only 1GB, so I needed more GB's to capture more video. This card would be just about perfect if it was faster. When I say that, I don't mean that the card is slow - my Vista machine can use it for ReadyBoost and camera performance is good. Just know that ReadyBoost can only use 4GB of memory, so you'll have 4GB of memory just sitting unused if you use it for this purpose.

    Primarily, I use this card for recording video clips and pictures with my Canon cameras, SD800IS and A710IS. For that purpose the card is great. I haven't noticed any lag when taking 7.1 Mega-pixel pictures (which range from 1MB to about 4MBs) or full screen VGA video (640x480). Here's some general advice for these cameras in particular, but it applies to most cameras:
    1. Don't record more than about 10 minutes of video at a time because the file size goes over 1GB, but this depends on the camera and video format, not the card itself.
    2. You might want to get an external card reader, if you don't have an internal card reader. You'll be fine transferring files directly from the camera if you only take a few snapshots and short videos. But if you plan on truly using all 8GB and transferring them at once, do yourself a favor and get a card reader. Most cameras are not meant to read/transfer files at fast speeds (even if they're USB 2.0 capable), and at least with the SD800IS, I could not transfer files over 500MB. Once I used a memory card reader, transferring was a breeze.

    Although reading times are fast enough (between 4-8MB/s), writing is a bit slower - it tops out at about 4MB/s, which is good enough for the "Class 4" rating and fast enough to capture pictures without (noticeable) lag in my cameras.
    It's a great card for the price; just make sure you understand what you're buying.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't be swayed by idiot customers.., February 25, 2008
    The Kingston 4gb SDHC memory card, like all other Kingston products, is an exceptional piece of equipment. I use it with my Canon SD1000 and I get nothing but blazing fast write times and no headaches. Make sure your device supports SDHC because if not, it will not work. This is a key reason why people are left "unsatisfied" by what they get, not because of the product, but because they did not do their homework.

    Buyers, you should really take note that, most reviews on any site about not only Kingston, but other great brands, is heavily altered by idiot customers leaving comments to attack the site that sold them the items. So don't quickly judge an product based on how many stars it has, because honestly, you cannot take that into consideration unless you have read every review posted.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great value at $22, December 3, 2007
    The price of the SD4/4GB card jumps around a lot here. It is a great value at $22. Not so hot at $40. Wait a while and it may go down again. Note that only newer SD devices can use the 4GB SDHC cards. Older cameras, etc. can only use regular SD cards up to 2GB. If you're not sure, check your owner's manual or contact your manufacturer. Also, older SD card readers will not work with SDHC cards, but SDHC card readers are available for about $10 on amazon.com

    1-0 out of 5 stars Unreliable - Disappearing Pictures, December 12, 2008
    I had this card in a Panasonic DMC-TZ5 camera for about a month, and in that time the card experienced a "read error" on three separate occasions that resulted in all the pictures currently on the card disappearing. I called Panasonic customer service and the first question they asked was what brand card I had. When I told them Kingston, they advised me to get a new card, as nearly everyone who complained about disappearing pictures (in any model camera) had a Kingston card. I'd much rather spend a little more money and actually have my pictures!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great bargain, and didn't fill up after 1000 pics!, January 21, 2009
    I like our point and shoot camera to be low thought-low effort (big SD card, high capacity rechargeable battery, reliable point and shoot performance, etc.), and this 16 gig card coupled with our Canon SD770 has been a great combination. Almost 1000 pics on our vacation to Punta Cana, and the card wasn't filled (I could do the math, but I don't want to).

    The card has been reliable, worked fine in a card reader, and I'd make the purchase again. I can't believe this little card holds 1000's of times more information than information storage from only a short time ago, and cost me ~$20. Amazing! ... Read more


    11. Roku XDS Streaming Player 1080p
    Electronics
    list price: $99.99 -- our price: $99.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00426C57O
    Manufacturer: Roku, Inc.
    Sales Rank: 15
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Editorial Review

    Roku is a little box that allows you to instantly stream tons of entertainment on your TV. Watch over 100,000 movies and TV shows from Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, and more. Listen to music on Pandora, or listen to your own iTunes playlists. Even watch major sports, news, or original Internet programming. It's all available whenever you want it. The all-new, top-of-the-line Roku XDS sets a new standard with 1080p streaming video, the latest wireless technology, and Instant Replay. All for under $100. No wonder Roku is the best selling streaming player ever. ... Read more

    Reviews

    5-0 out of 5 stars Every once in a while, a truly impressive device comes along., October 16, 2010
    Like a lot of people who use Amazon, I own all kinds of electronic gear. Every once in a while, you get your hands on a device that really stands out in terms of ease of use and performance. When I first hooked up my Slingbox, for example, I realized that it was unique and was going to add something truly useful and impressive to my audio-video set-up. When I read a description of the Roku box, I had a similar expectation. Could it be as easy to use as advertised? Would it perform on a level that would really satisfy? Would it be one of those "stand out" devices? Now I can say in all honesty that the Roku player is everything I hoped and more. When the description says you will be up and running in just a few minutes, you can believe it. I opened the box, plugged in the power cord, attached a cable to my high speed router, and ran audio to my amp. I turned everything on and immediately saw the set-up screen for the Roku player. To run a quick test, I tried streaming a video from Netflix--it worked perfectly. This initial set-up and test took no more than 10 minutes. After several days of using the Roku, I have yet to have even the slightest problem. I have added a couple dozen channels and all work as expected. My only moment of hesitation came when I saw how small the Roku player is. It is tiny sitting there with all the other components, but when I saw what it could do, the size became inconsequential. The Roku player truly is an impressive device. While not necessarily a replacement, the Roku XDS Streaming Player is another serious alternative to cable TV. By the way, for those traveling outside the USA, where Netflix does not allow the streaming of movies on your PC, there is a way to connect the Roku player to your Slingbox. You then have access to Netflix through the Roku wherever you have an internet connection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Cable Killer? For my family YES!!, October 15, 2010
    I have been looking for an alternative to cable/satellite for awhile. The ROKU XDS is the closest thing to it. With the support of Netflix streaming(some episodes even in HD), and with Hulu plus coming in the fall, the ROKU XDS is all my family needs. Also, if you look at the ROKU forums, developers are creating other private and premium channels. This is something that Apple.tv cannot do. They also mention on their website that with an update in November you will be able to play video off USB. Setup took only minutes and the picture in awesome on my 1080P LCD. The only draw back would be if you watch a lot of sports, currently they only have MLB.tv. As soon as Hulu Plus is added I will be dropping my $90/month satellite bill and pay $20 a month for Hulu and Netflix.

    5-0 out of 5 stars ### COMPONENT CABLE USERS, Info ~ ROKU Rules NOW it plays your MP3 MUSIC & .MP4 VIDEOS! & .JPG, November 4, 2010
    No need to comment about the NETFLX features of this new version ROKU XDS it is SUPERB as always...
    ..................................................
    [] ### COMPONENT CABLE USERS (Red/Green/Blue RCA to 3.5mm male jack) info:

    *** F.Y.I. ## COMPONENT CABLE Users (Red/Green/Blue RCA to 3.5mm male jack): You will require a Special COMPONENT CABLE to use the Roku XDS on your TV. In case the Roku website says "OUT OF STOCK" for this cable, you CAN BUY THIS CABLE through Amazon, which WILL WORK for you to connect the Roku XDS to your TV:
    ##> Media Player Component Cable <##

    * You will need to use the 'Composite Cable' -- Red/White/Yellow RCA connector cable -- to enable AUDIO to your TV. Using the Red/White as needed ONLY for AUDIO from the Roku XDS to your TV's input RCA jacks.

    * NOTE: an HDMI cable carries Both AUDIO and VIDEO in the one single HDMI cable.
    * NOTE: Quoting From Roku's Support Site: "PLEASE NOTE: To take advantage of HD content available on Roku, you must use either HDMI or component."
    ..................................................

    *** F.Y.I. for you WIRELESS Users: I am using this TRENDnet 300 Mbps Wireless router, and it is working perfectly with my Roku XDS setup [Excellent range, NO dropped signals, GREAT!]:
    TRENDnet 300 Mbps Wireless N Gigabit Router TEW-639GR (Black)

    ..................................................

    Here's what I am doing with the new ROKU XDS:

    [] I bought from Amazon, this Hard Drive enclosure:
    Eagle Tech ET-CS2PSU2-BK 2.5-Inch SATA to USB Portable HDD Enclosure w/Built-in USB cable
    ** Notes about this Hard Drive enclosure:
    # Fits 2.5-Inch SATA hard drive up to 500GB and connects to USB 2.0
    # Enclosure measures 5.4 x 3.2 x 0.44 Inches

    [] I added the following WD 250gb 7200rpm 2.5" Hard Drive:
    Western Digital 250 GB Scorpio Black SATA 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Notebook Hard Drive WD2500BEKT

    Using your computer/laptop you will want to create on the external Hard drive. three FOLDERS:

    VIDEO
    MUSIC
    PHOTOS
    Now from your computer, you add your mp3's to the Hardrive folder called "MUSIC" etc... you get the idea.
    USB Media Browser will display these FOLDERS on screen in your Roku XDS
    NOW I am converting all my videos to .MP4 format and loading them onto the WD Hard drive in the enclosure. Adding .MP3 Audio files is working great also. You can also view .JPG photo files...

    Plug the Hard drive Enclosure into the USB Jack on the side of the ROKU XDS and turn on the ROKU and your TV. [ You may need to add the "Private Channel" for the "USB MEDIA BROWSER" as a 'Private Channel' for your ROKU XDS first]

    [see below instructions to ADD PRIVATE CHANNEL to your Roku XDS]:
    Channel code: KGULU
    ................................................................

    #### HOW TO ADD ROKU PRIVATE CHANNEL - to your Roku XDS - "USB MEDIA BROWSER" ####

    Here's what you will need to do to learn MORE about the file formats that are supported using the "USB Media Browser" that you added by doing the following:
    USB Media Browser allows you to access content via the USB port on your Roku XR & Roku XDS.

    * If you haven't already, login to your online Roku Account owner(dot)roku(dot)com
    * On the "My Account" page, click the link labled "Add Private Channel"
    * You will be prompted to enter a code.
    * The code to install "USB Media Browser" is KGULU
    .......................................................................

    To learn more about what FILE FORMATS can be used by the "USB MEDIA BROWSER" do a Google search for the following (copy and paste the below line into search box):

    roku usb media browser forums file formats

    From what I am seeing on the Roku forums, I can't confirm this because I haven't tried these yet here is a list that the forums have said will work on the Roku "USB Media Browser":

    [VIDEO FILES[
    .mp4

    [AUDIO FORMATS]:
    .mp3
    .wma

    [IMAGE FORMATS]:
    .jpg
    .png
    .gif

    Read more on the Roku forums, there is more information there from users that are working with the "USB Media Browser."

    [] I am formatting my VIDEO files to .mp4 because the .MP4 video files will also work on my Ipod Classic, Sony DASH, and Sansa Fuze. ]

    To View your USB Media Browser:
    1) Turn on Roku XDS (and TV)
    2) Scroll over to the right with your remote, until you find the Yellow Icon titled "USB Media Browser" and click on it, and again... until you see the files on your external Hard Drive (or inserted USB Drive , which ever you are using for your file storage on the Roku XDS USB port.)

    Roku is always updating their menu, and features. Great way to get videos -- as well as Amazon video-on-demand, and more. Excellent Purchase!! 5 Star device.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great features but wireless needs some work..., November 4, 2010
    I brought this for my mother because it will be simple for her to use. I especially liked the simple remote control which is not overwhelming. However the wireless connectivity was a little difficult and very finicky. The wireless router is located about 20 feet away, and we've never had any problem conencting with laptops or iPhones/iPods. However, I had to fidget with the placement of the Roku and attempted 2-3x before connecting finally. It then downloaded an update and after it rebooted, it lost the wireless connection again. So I fidgeted with the placement again until it connected. Then I tried to setup NetFlix and the wireless had dropped again, so I reconnected, got the activitation code and it validated the Roku box. Thankfully, you cannot turn the Roku off so hopefully once it's connected, it stays connected or tries to reconnect. I am hoping it was just the initial setup that was slightly flakey. To be on the safe side, I made sure the wireless router and the Roku had as few electronic obstacles around it. I am very impressed with the streaming technology and how the Roku is able to buffer the streaming so the movie is shown smoothly and crisply. It does look so much better than watching NetFlix on the PC or Wii. I also have Netflix on the PS3 and Xbox360 and I find the quality comparable. Another great feature is that the audio is turned on for BOTH HDMI and left/right audio cables so you can run the sound to the receiver and TV. Unfortunately, I ran out of optical inputs on the receiver but I'm assuming that toslink connection is always on as well. I have high hopes that my mother will be able to use the Roku, and once Netflix starts providing closed-captioning on the Roku, it will be even more useful! I am just concerned about the wireless connectivity but if it does prove to be a problem, my solution would be to run ethernet straight to the Roku or wire the electrical outlets with Netgear PowerLine equipment (they seem to provide very good results).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great device. Here's some wireless setup help., October 17, 2010
    OUT OF THE BOX;

    Comes with the basic unit, Composite cables (pretty useless), power supply, remote, a very minimal setup guide, and batteries for the remote.

    WIRELES SSETUP:

    Wired ethernet is also an option.
    1. There is some plastic film to peel off. Plug the unit in and connect your HDMI cable (or component cables) to your TV or HD AMP. Turn your TV and amp on and set the correct inputs. The unit will display the first screen on TV and immediately ask what kind of connection you would like. I used wireless, which I suspect will be most popular.

    2. Wireless networks in range with SSID broadcast on will be displayed. Choose your network and click Ok. The next screen has alphanumeric input to supply your network password if your router is set to WEP or WPA protection. If you have MAC filtering on, turn off your MAC filter or add the MAC device ID to your router. The ROKU's MAC is displayed if you seek help from a help menu button on the password screen.

    3. If the following sounds a bit complicated, it's not really. The setup proceedure will lead you through it well. The unit will connect and do a rather lengthy download of a "software" update. If this is successful, the home screen will be displayed with options of what service you want to link to the ROKU. If any step fails, back to the first setup screen. Thankfully it remembers your net password. You will also have to choose a display size configuration and resolution. The unit will then display a code to link to the ROKU site. You can ignore it or link to the ROKU site and choose your service from there. I picked 1080P HD, and chose Netflix directly from the ROKU menu. A new Netflix specific code will be displayed. Then I went to my computer to pull up the Netflix site, migrate to streaming access, pick the ROKU out of a menu of devices (it's "other") and input the Netflix code.

    4. Thats it! The ROKU will now be ready and will display a nice Netflix menu to choose what you want to stream and play. The Computer menu is a bit easier to browse when choosing a DVD or show to watch than the ROKU screen, but the latter is perfectly serviceable, especially if you know what you want to watch.

    Some caveats/suggestions/musings. When I started the setup routine, the device kept rebooting and loosing network connectivity. It was position. It is VERY sensitive to it's placement. Don't put it in between a large amp and a DVD player, or in a deep cabinet, say. Have it positioned out in the open. If you don't have a gigabit 802.11 "n" router, get one. There's lots of info downloading and streaming to this device through your router. Some reviews have criticized the ROKU's remote. I found it worked just fine. If you are wedded to the idea of streaming media, this device is great at present. But, there is an increasing selection of Blu- Ray DVD players with this capability already built in. They are much more expensive at this time, but prices will come down. If you are almost ready to upgrade to a Blu-Ray player, maybe good to wait a bit and pick one when prices fall in the near future.

    AFTER SETUP;

    Great. video quality and sound are terrific at 720p. 1080p and surround sound to probably come from Netflix next year, I hear. Wasn't disappointed at all. Terrific buy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Initial Problems Overcome, October 20, 2010
    This is a great product. Not only can you get streaming Netflix - but so much more. Now that there are so many of makers of 'streaming boxes', just doing that singular act is not so miraculous anymore. Its how many other 'apps' that are available on the box that gives you that 'extra'. And ROKU is great about adding new apps all the time. And I like that there are so many options on how to connect the device to my tv. That allows me to move the ROKU box around in the house and attach it to other tvs - even my older tvs that only have red,white,yellow RCA connectors on the back of them. I can even take it on trips with me and attach it to 'whatever' tv, as long as wireless is available to me.

    When I got my new ROKU XDS I, like others that reported here, had some problems getting it to connect to my wireless network. So, I reported the problem to ROKU support and they provided me with the 'fix' (see below). Glad I waited for their response before sending it back.

    ***************THE FIX*****************************
    Kindly go through the following instructions.
    1.Turn off the Modem, Router, and the Roku player.
    2.Plug the Modem back in, give it some time to settle down.
    3.Plug the router back in and when ready, turn on the Roku player.
    If you have a cable modem, kindly unscrew the co-axial cable, wait for 30 seconds and then plug it back in.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great little box, October 15, 2010
    This roku player is alot smaller than I expected which is a plus. It has an attractive sleek design. Super simple to set up. Sure you have to link up netflix and amazon video but alot of the "apps" are free items. This does not take long at all and once you have it done you don't have to do it again. So far it has streamed perfectly for several hours. I got this because the blu ray players I bought wouldn't stream correctly so I'm giving this a try since my extended family loves it. Really I'll probably just use it for amazon on demand and netflix. Who has time for all the other add ins? There is also a news channel where you can watch that mornings news or the previous night. Pretty neat.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Are you on the fence about what to buy?, November 18, 2010
    So picture this.... Here I am, paying over $110/month to a cable company for internet and cable. I have a thousand channels, but yet every night when I get home from work I struggle to find anything to watch..

    Then I discover Netflix streaming on my Wii. Well I was so enamoured that I decided to look into set-top boxes that could bring Netflix and more to my TV (the Wii remote is just a pain to use as a TV remote).

    I did some research, and came across the then upcoming Boxee Box. Well I just couldn't wait to try it out, but I didn't have a tv with an HDMI, so I kept looking and saw the Rokus support any tv hookup and if you have the tv its in 1080p too! (where available). So I bought the XDS. I was instantly impressed on how easy it was to set up. I had my Netflix, and all of a sudden I was choosing from a hundred different channels of content from Hulu + to live streaming 24 hour news out of Russia, France, and England. Needless to say I was impressed.

    Even though I was happy, I still really thought about getting the Boxee Box and returning the Roku because I had used the software on my PC and it was so slick, and with the addition of its browser I figured how could I go wrong? Well once that BB was released and it was lambasted in the reviews, I quickly realized the Roku was exactly the right choice!

    True there are its deficiencies, (no product is really going to be EVERYTHING) one of them being local playback. It doesn't support the breadth of codecs that others do, but pop in a thumb drive of videos in mp4 and you can watch personal files on your TV too! That's the extent of my local library so local playback isn't very important to me anyway. Other than that, all I know is for the price of Netflix and Hulu ($17 combined) I canceled BOTH my expensive cable and internet, plugged in an antenna for OTA local channels, and picked up a DSL package from my phone company for $20. So for $37/ month,down from $110, I have infinitely MORE to watch on my own schedule... Well I couldn't be happier. My only complaint is there is almost too much I want to watch!

    If you are looking to save some $$$ from those cable provider rip-off artists, actually want MORE for your money not LESS, and aren't really concerned about local playback, then my advice is to definately buy the Roku.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazed, October 18, 2010
    I ordered this from Amazon (pre-order) and received it only 2 days ago. Prior to this, I was streaming netflix via a WII disc. I got this little box, set it up (setup was a breeze on my wireless network) and started viewing netflix. Only after viewing thru Roku, I came to know how bad WII streaming is.

    Netflix quality is amazing even on my SD TV. We watched content for more than 12 hours and I haven't seen any inturruption. I have Wireless N router. I connected Roku to TV thru RED-WHITE-YELLOW cable. I'm planning for a HDTV with HDMI and looking forward to seeing 1080p netflix movies.

    Youtube rocks as well. You can search for songs, movies and start playing them instantly. If youtube clip is HD, it's beautifully rendered by Roku box.

    Overall, I'm completely satisfied with this little box. Hope it works well for next couple of years.

    -Sam.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic streaming internet device, November 27, 2010
    I bought this device for my father as he is somewhat technically challenged. He kept telling me that he wanted to watch Netflix on his 52" LCD television. He was under the impression that he had to buy a Blue Ray player to achieve a high quality streaming experience. I figured it would be nice to buy a Blue Ray player since he'd have the player for all the DVD's he owns and the Netflix streaming would be gravy. After pricing the BR players I realized that if I wanted WIFI built in, I'd have to buy an off brand unit to be at a comfortable price point. Further research revealed the Roku XDS which is a fantastic piece of tech. It is extremely easy to set up. From the time you open the package to the moment you're watching a movie streaming from Netflix is around 15 minutes. You could probably even do it faster, but I was tinkering with some of the other channels that Roku has to offer.

    Since WIFI connectivity was an extremely important feature, I quickly went to that screen in the setup sequence to make sure I had a good signal. Since my router is 10 feet from the Roku box my throughput is very high. I could have ran a cable to the ethernet connection but then we're talking more wires. I hate wires!!! I put in my WEP password and the box promptly started updating the firmware. In order to link your Netflix account the Roku will show you an alphanumeric code. You just go to [...]and input the code that appears on the screen. Within 15 seconds or so the Roku screen will advance and you are now fully integrated with Netflix. There is no need to do this again unless you reset the Roku back to factory settings. The same procedure is used for Pandora and other channels offered on the Roku.

    There are dozens of other channels that you can add to Roku. If you have an Amazon VOD account, it integrates just as easily as the Netflix account. Then you have the ability to add Hulu + as well but I don't recommend that. The cost is $7.99/month as of this writing and since you still have to watch ads, I don't see the value. Lastly, if you're on the fence about which Roku to purchase (there are three) you should consider the top of the line model or the second tiered unit. Do not consider the cheapest model because it lacks WIFI and will not transmit in HD.

    I happen to own the new generation of Apple TV (nearly same size as Roku). The reason I have the Apple unit is because of how it tightly integrates with iTunes and the iPhone 4 which I have. I can easily recommend the Roku player to anyone who wants to add a nice piece of tech to their multi-media systems. Best of luck and thanks for reading my review. ... Read more


    12. Western Digital WD Elements 2 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive WDBAAU0020HBK-NESN
    Electronics
    list price: $152.99 -- our price: $104.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B002QEBMCI
    Manufacturer: Western Digital
    Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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    2TB WD Elements USB 2.0 Ext desktop External Hard Drive ... Read more

    Reviews

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very good hard drive!, November 23, 2009
    I work for Computing support at Arizona State University, and I have enough technical knowledge to be certified as a TECH JUNKIE :).

    I am a photographer too, so I have tons of Photos (about 160GB), Videos, Software, Movies and Documentaries. I was looking for a simple external hard drive without any backup software included, I am smart enough to do manual incremental backups with file tree structure intact (I use GOODSYNC to backup, its very simple and easy to use and free).

    I have looked at many many external HDDs and narrowed down to two models "Samsung Story 1TB - very good one too" and this one (I wanted it to be cheap too - got this for $85 on [...]). I did not go with other WD models because of their annoying Backup Software.

    Coming to the WD Elements 1TB: Its much smaller than I expected. It is dead silent, I had to touch it to convince myself that it was running, when I first turned it on. Its not too heavy either. The indicator light is placed at the rear, which is a very good thing (I find these LED's annoying, especially at night).

    After I did the first setup, I copied 383GB of data (931GB was total space). It took about 4hr 47min, speed varied between 20MBps to 37MBps. This is pretty good speed for USB 2.0. It was just a bit warm (my old segate hard drive would be very very hot for this amount of data transfer).

    I would recommend it to beginners or pros alike. I am very happy with this purchase!


    UPDATE:

    After about three months of heavy usage, it never gave up on me. Its still dead silent and works flawlessly. It never got even warm!!

    Follow these steps to get GOODSYNC for FREE:

    In the beginning GOODSYNC was free, later they made a paid version as it gained popularity..

    but there is a way to get PRO version for free...

    1. go to good sync website
    2. signup for a trial offer and you get PRO serial for free (I signed up for eMusic trial)
    3. Once you get the serial, end the subscription before the trial expires...

    NOTE: The above mentioned procedure may not work anymore :(

    UPDATE: 07-28-2010

    I sold my WD Elements 1TB and got a 2TB one a couple of months ago(as my data is on rise all the time), couldn't be happier :)
    I bought it from TigerDirect for [ ... ] and got [ ... ] cashback via [ ... ] ...awesome!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, well designed product for the money!, November 19, 2009
    I bought this on sale at Fry's for $99, way below the amazon price. I wanted something simple as most hard drives these days come with their annoying built in software which cannot be deleted (like WD Essential Edition). This is a hassle free drive and is not bundled with any of the extra software which is exactly what I wanted. You simply plug it in and it works. It can easily be formatted to work with macs as well. I've been using WD hard drives for years and I own several models of the "essential" and "passport" editions. They are very reliable.

    This elements hard drive has a sleek and sexy, minimalist design. It is well built overall and constructed of durable plastic. There is a slot for the USB cable, a slot for the power adapter and a tiny circular white light which blinks when it is in use (the light is not overwhelming as some hard drives can be). All three of these features are on one side/face of the hard drive (as shown in the picture), so if you have this plugged in and it is facing away from you, you won't see the light at all. This doesn't bother me but it may be a turn off for some people.

    When in operation, it is very smooth and quiet compared to other WD hard drives I own. This may be due to the fact that it is closed entirely and there are no holes for ventilation as in other WD models. But this doesn't bother me because I just use this as a backup and don't need it on all of the time. This could (emphasis on "could") be an issue if you are constantly using your hard drive because it may become hot. I haven't experienced this at all, just speculating. If you are just backing up files and, say, watching a movie on your computer which is stored on the hard drive, I think you'll be fine and there won't be any heating issues.

    More info here on WD's website: [...]

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good value, no extra junk software!, December 2, 2009
    I purchased the 1tb Elements (WDBAAU0010HBK-NESN) for use with a Dish DVR 622.

    Installation was was truly "plug and play". I simply took it out of the box, plugged it in, and it was immediately recognized by the DVR. I have since transferred about 200gb of content to/from it, and have watched content directly from the drive. So far, it is working perfectly. It automatically spins down after a few minutes of non-use, as well as when the DVR is powered off. It also spins back up automatically (less than 10 seconds) when the DVR accesses it.

    One thing some people might not like: The case is designed to sit flat (as pictured), not on its side. There are four small non-skid pads on the bottom corners, but none on either side. There is no indication on the box, in the documentation, or on Western Digital's web site as to whether the drive will work properly on edge. As a general rule, WD drives are designed to operate sideways or even upside down (any X,Y,Z orientation), so this one probably will too -- but you'll need to provide your own non-skid pads.

    Several similar Western Digital drives, such as the late model "My Book" series, now include a firmware-based CD-partition that is difficult to remove, and can cause compatibility issues with some devices. That partition contains backup software and utilities that are of questionable value in any case, and of absolutely no value when using the drive with a non-computer device (like the Dish DVR). The Elements -- at least at time of this review -- doesn't include any of that junk. (Note: WD does have a downloadable utility to remove the partition from the other drives, but if you don't want that junk then save yourself the time/trouble and just buy the Elements drive.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Register the drive with Western Digital to get the warranty updated !, December 16, 2009
    I bought 3 of these drives for $99 each around Black Friday. The value cannot be beat and I always prefer Western Digital due to their Advance Replacement policy.
    One of the drives had issues. I always check all new drives I buy with the Western Digital Life Diagnostics program which is available for free from Western Digital. All drives passed the test without issues. The test will take at least 12 hours to complete on such a large drive. One of the drives was dropping the transfer rate after copying 500 GB to it for no reason and I had to replace it. What is really disappointing is that the drive passed the test so I have no confidence in the diagnostic program anymore.

    The moment you receive the drive check your warranty online at the Western Digital website. The warranty for this model is only 1 year which I consider absolutely insufficient for a drive. The bad thing about it is that Western Digital starts counting from the manufacturing date and by the time you get it, the warranty left is only 9-10 months which is ridiculous. They will update the warranty to 1 year after the purchase date but you will have to send them the receipt and be patient. It took them 2 weeks to respond to an online request. They also have an option to extend the warranty for another 2 years for $25 per drive. I might consider that....
    I recommend this drive because the size, price and ease of use. It doesn't have any of the limitations of the fancier Western Digital drives. It is just a big, cheap external hard drive.


    Update - September 16 2010

    Today I bought another one and when cheking the warranty it was shorter by 6 months. I went through my regular procedure to write to WD Customer support when I realized they had a link that was addressing the issue. Now you can register the drive and it will update the warranty automatically. It even gives you 1 month more ! Also, the registration page gives information about warranty upgrades. You can upgrade this drive from 1 year to 3 years for $25. Not bad considering that if it dies after the first year (and all do after they are out of warranty) it is just a paperweight.

    My advices to everybody that buy WD drives are:

    1. Check your warranty ASAP.
    2. Register the drive to get it updated.


    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent External Drive, May 2, 2010
    This is a great external hard drive for expanding your digital storage capacity. I was in need for added storage and wanted to go for the 2TB WD Elements External Hard Drive. I wasn't really happy with the prices I was seeing for the 2TB hard drive, and that is when I decided to check up on the 1.5TB drives. WOW! I was amazed at the price Amazon was offering these drives and I got two of them. Yes, two! (My work requires that kind of storage space)
    I got 3TB worth of storage for the price of a 2TB External hard drive!

    That said, let us talk about the performance of these drives -

    1) Build and form factor - Nice sleek looking enclosures. All black, the sides are fingerprint magnets with a glossy finish. The top and bottom panels have a matte finish. Looks matter to me, even if it just an external drive. The microUSB and AC sockets are closely spaced with a small white indicator light besides them. All in all very compact, sleek, and aesthetically pleasing device.
    2) Performance - I am getting constantly good speeds on these drives. Reads at 30MB/s and writes at about 24MB/s, which is good and fast enough for my needs.

    As always, users have to be careful with all hard drives, internal or external. I am handling my drives with the utmost care. I don't want to lose any important data.

    Finally, this drive is a complete value for money purchase. I say go for it if you are out looking for a large capacity external hard drive.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very nice drive for a low price, November 23, 2009
    I picked this up from Fry's when it was on sale for 100 bucks.
    I like the price.
    I think the main differentiators between this and the higher price drive is that it has only 1 year warranty, and does not come bundled with any software to help you back up stuff.
    But seriously who uses any of those anyways? Drive is preformated to NTFS, if you have a mac you'll need to reformat to be able write to it.
    what I like:
    very small.-for a 3.5" drive. very quiet and does not vibrate as much as my seagate 1.5TB drives.-This maybe due to the drive running at a lower RPM. I couldn't find the SPEC to say what this drive spins at.
    Drive spins up and down(powers down) when not in use. very nice. the white power LED isn't overly bright.
    dislike: enclosure snaps together, making it hard to swap out the drive in the future. only 1 year warranty. but I think that the 1 year is pre-built into the pricing.




    4-0 out of 5 stars So far so good.., November 29, 2009
    I was originally going to purchase the Western Digital WD Elements 1 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (model WDE1UBK10000N). My sister in-law has that model and it truly is built like a tank. Metal case, rubber protectors on each end. It really looks like it could take few bumps. I picked up this particular model because I saw it on sale for $60 at the store that has a red bullseye for a logo. For that price I'd be silly not to snag it up.

    As others mentioned it has a plastic case which is ok. Metal would've been nicer. And it is completely silent. Other than seeing the white light in the back blinking when transferring files, I cannot tell that it is actually working. But it is working :). I transferred 149 gb of data from my old external drive to this one in about 3 hours. It's usb so I'm used to relatively slow transfers. The true test will be if it lasts as long as my iomega external hard drive which I've had for over 6 years. Even though it's old, it has a small fan, an on/off switch, a long power cord and it feels like it can take a bump. I just needed a back up in the event the old work horse died on me.

    Good:
    + cheap - $60 for "1TB" of storage space
    + plug and play
    + no annoying preloaded software
    + very quiet
    + barely warm after extended use(my old drive would get noticeably warm even with its built-in fan)

    Not so good:
    - plastic case. probably good idea not to lug this around too much.
    - edges are shiny and attracts finger prints (this really didn't matter to me, but I thought I'd mention it
    - short power cord ~6'4" (old drive's power cord is over 11'), though usb cord is a bit longer than my old drive (4'3" vs. 3'5"). It would've been better to add length on the power cord and shorten the usb.
    - no fan

    Price was the determining factor in choosing this drive over the "tank". If this can last as long as my old external hard drive then it will be $60 well spent.

    ***************************************************
    UPDATE (11/29/09):
    - actual storage space of 931 gb is a bit confusing at first. Per comments and some google searching 931gb is correct. Don't be alarmed when you first see the available space on your external hard drive.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Issues with Windows 7 Pro 64, June 2, 2010
    I'm very glad I purchased this drive. The hard drive is enclosed in a somewhat heavy but simple metal case, and Western Digital seems to take great pains with their retail packaging to minimize shock without using excessive packaging materials. They are using a GreenPower drive in there, so it remains quiet, cool, and merely sips energy. However, do not expect this to be a speed demon. It runs at the same speed as your average notebook drive, so filling up a large capacity drive such as this one may take a long time. The drive also comes with the benefit (to me) of having absolutely no useless backup software preinstalled. The only real complaint I have lies with the AC adapter. I generally prefer a plug with the adapter separate. This one comes with a "wall-wart" which takes up far too much space on a surge protector.

    I've had about 5 WD drives in the past, and of those 5 only one has failed me. All drives will eventually fail, and as such I see the company's ability to help you much more important than whether or not a particular drive fails. WD is one of those companies that is fairly reasonable when it comes to RMA and replacement of their products, so that's always a good sign.

    Full formatted size for a 1.5TB drive is 1.35TB (as expected). Before placing anything valuable into something this large, I run Windows error checking, the company's diagnostic program (in this case WD Data Lifeguard found on their website), use full drive encryption by TrueCrypt to avoid being paranoid if I need to send it back for warranty, and finally I transfer and delete roughly a third of the drive's capacity a few times to stress test it. I've found that if a drive is to ever fail within a reasonable amount of time, this regimen will kill it and save me the trouble of an RMA in the relatively near future.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very good hard drive!, November 23, 2009
    I work for Computing support at Arizona State University, and I have enough technical knowledge to be certified as a TECH JUNKIE :).

    I am a photographer too, so I have tons of Photos (about 160GB), Videos, Software, Movies and Documentaries. I was looking for a simple external hard drive without any backup software included, I am smart enough to do manual incremental backups with file tree structure intact (I use GOODSYNC to backup, its very simple and easy to use and free).

    I have looked at many many external HDDs and narrowed down to two models "Samsung Story 1TB - very good one too" and this one (I wanted it to be cheap too - got this for $85 on [...]). I did not go with other WD models because of their annoying Backup Software.

    Coming to the WD Elements 1TB: Its much smaller than I expected. It is dead silent, I had to touch it to convince myself that it was running, when I first turned it on. Its not too heavy either. The indicator light is placed at the rear, which is a very good thing (I find these LED's annoying, especially at night).

    After I did the first setup, I copied 383GB of data (931GB was total space). It took about 4hr 47min, speed varied between 20MBps to 37MBps. This is pretty good speed for USB 2.0. It was just a bit warm (my old segate hard drive would be very very hot for this amount of data transfer).

    I would recommend it to beginners or pros alike. I am very happy with this purchase!


    UPDATE:

    After about three months of heavy usage, it never gave up on me. Its still dead silent and works flawlessly. It never got even warm!!

    Follow these steps to get GOODSYNC for FREE:

    In the beginning GOODSYNC was free, later they made a paid version as it gained popularity..

    but there is a way to get PRO version for free...

    1. go to good sync website
    2. signup for a trial offer and you get PRO serial for free (I signed up for eMusic trial)
    3. Once you get the serial, end the subscription before the trial expires...

    NOTE: The above mentioned procedure may not work anymore :(

    UPDATE: 07-28-2010

    I sold my WD Elements 1TB and got a 2TB one a couple of months ago(as my data is on rise all the time), couldn't be happier :)
    I bought it from TigerDirect for [ ... ] and got [ ... ] cashback via [ ... ] ...awesome!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, well designed product for the money!, November 19, 2009
    I bought this on sale at Fry's for $99, way below the amazon price. I wanted something simple as most hard drives these days come with their annoying built in software which cannot be deleted (like WD Essential Edition). This is a hassle free drive and is not bundled with any of the extra software which is exactly what I wanted. You simply plug it in and it works. It can easily be formatted to work with macs as well. I've been using WD hard drives for years and I own several models of the "essential" and "passport" editions. They are very reliable.

    This elements hard drive has a sleek and sexy, minimalist design. It is well built overall and constructed of durable plastic. There is a slot for the USB cable, a slot for the power adapter and a tiny circular white light which blinks when it is in use (the light is not overwhelming as some hard drives can be). All three of these features are on one side/face of the hard drive (as shown in the picture), so if you have this plugged in and it is facing away from you, you won't see the light at all. This doesn't bother me but it may be a turn off for some people.

    When in operation, it is very smooth and quiet compared to other WD hard drives I own. This may be due to the fact that it is closed entirely and there are no holes for ventilation as in other WD models. But this doesn't bother me because I just use this as a backup and don't need it on all of the time. This could (emphasis on "could") be an issue if you are constantly using your hard drive because it may become hot. I haven't experienced this at all, just speculating. If you are just backing up files and, say, watching a movie on your computer which is stored on the hard drive, I think you'll be fine and there won't be any heating issues.

    More info here on WD's website: [...]

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good value, no extra junk software!, December 2, 2009
    I purchased the 1tb Elements (WDBAAU0010HBK-NESN) for use with a Dish DVR 622.

    Installation was was truly "plug and play". I simply took it out of the box, plugged it in, and it was immediately recognized by the DVR. I have since transferred about 200gb of content to/from it, and have watched content directly from the drive. So far, it is working perfectly. It automatically spins down after a few minutes of non-use, as well as when the DVR is powered off. It also spins back up automatically (less than 10 seconds) when the DVR accesses it.

    One thing some people might not like: The case is designed to sit flat (as pictured), not on its side. There are four small non-skid pads on the bottom corners, but none on either side. There is no indication on the box, in the documentation, or on Western Digital's web site as to whether the drive will work properly on edge. As a general rule, WD drives are designed to operate sideways or even upside down (any X,Y,Z orientation), so this one probably will too -- but you'll need to provide your own non-skid pads.

    Several similar Western Digital drives, such as the late model "My Book" series, now include a firmware-based CD-partition that is difficult to remove, and can cause compatibility issues with some devices. That partition contains backup software and utilities that are of questionable value in any case, and of absolutely no value when using the drive with a non-computer device (like the Dish DVR). The Elements -- at least at time of this review -- doesn't include any of that junk. (Note: WD does have a downloadable utility to remove the partition from the other drives, but if you don't want that junk then save yourself the time/trouble and just buy the Elements drive.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Register the drive with Western Digital to get the warranty updated !, December 16, 2009
    I bought 3 of these drives for $99 each around Black Friday. The value cannot be beat and I always prefer Western Digital due to their Advance Replacement policy.
    One of the drives had issues. I always check all new drives I buy with the Western Digital Life Diagnostics program which is available for free from Western Digital. All drives passed the test without issues. The test will take at least 12 hours to complete on such a large drive. One of the drives was dropping the transfer rate after copying 500 GB to it for no reason and I had to replace it. What is really disappointing is that the drive passed the test so I have no confidence in the diagnostic program anymore.

    The moment you receive the drive check your warranty online at the Western Digital website. The warranty for this model is only 1 year which I consider absolutely insufficient for a drive. The bad thing about it is that Western Digital starts counting from the manufacturing date and by the time you get it, the warranty left is only 9-10 months which is ridiculous. They will update the warranty to 1 year after the purchase date but you will have to send them the receipt and be patient. It took them 2 weeks to respond to an online request. They also have an option to extend the warranty for another 2 years for $25 per drive. I might consider that....
    I recommend this drive because the size, price and ease of use. It doesn't have any of the limitations of the fancier Western Digital drives. It is just a big, cheap external hard drive.


    Update - September 16 2010

    Today I bought another one and when cheking the warranty it was shorter by 6 months. I went through my regular procedure to write to WD Customer support when I realized they had a link that was addressing the issue. Now you can register the drive and it will update the warranty automatically. It even gives you 1 month more ! Also, the registration page gives information about warranty upgrades. You can upgrade this drive from 1 year to 3 years for $25. Not bad considering that if it dies after the first year (and all do after they are out of warranty) it is just a paperweight.

    My advices to everybody that buy WD drives are:

    1. Check your warranty ASAP.
    2. Register the drive to get it updated.


    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent External Drive, May 2, 2010
    The Western Digital WD Elements is probably most notable for what it doesn't have:

    1) It doesn't have any clever "look at me" flasing/glowing/blinking lights. One tiny light in the back will confirm it is on. But you won't need to check because "it just works".

    2) It doesn't have any annoying, auto-loading, "I know better" software. There are lots of great backup programs available (freeware, shareware and built into most operating systems). And, of course, you can always just drag-and-drop files right onto the drive.

    3) It doesn't get hot. Heat is a killer for electronics so that is even more important than you might think.

    4) It doesn't make ANY sound.

    5) It doesn't take up much space. It is smaller and more compact than any other external drive that I have purchased.

    6) It doen't have any goofy stands or attachments. It is squared on all sides except the back so you can position it any way you want to.

    7) And finally, it doesn't cost much. Considering drive space for cost this is the best value I have ever gotten on a drive.

    For reference I have purchased two Seagate Freeagent drives, a 1 TB MyBook and have put several old drives into external drive enclosures. All of them are still working. I also have passing experience with several others from work and associates -- I like the WD Elements solution the best!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Total value for money!, January 11, 2010
    This is a great external hard drive for expanding your digital storage capacity. I was in need for added storage and wanted to go for the 2TB WD Elements External Hard Drive. I wasn't really happy with the prices I was seeing for the 2TB hard drive, and that is when I decided to check up on the 1.5TB drives. WOW! I was amazed at the price Amazon was offering these drives and I got two of them. Yes, two! (My work requires that kind of storage space)
    I got 3TB worth of storage for the price of a 2TB External hard drive!

    That said, let us talk about the performance of these drives -

    1) Build and form factor - Nice sleek looking enclosures. All black, the sides are fingerprint magnets with a glossy finish. The top and bottom panels have a matte finish. Looks matter to me, even if it just an external drive. The microUSB and AC sockets are closely spaced with a small white indicator light besides them. All in all very compact, sleek, and aesthetically pleasing device.
    2) Performance - I am getting constantly good speeds on these drives. Reads at 30MB/s and writes at about 24MB/s, which is good and fast enough for my needs.

    As always, users have to be careful with all hard drives, internal or external. I am handling my drives with the utmost care. I don't want to lose any important data.

    Finally, this drive is a complete value for money purchase. I say go for it if you are out looking for a large capacity external hard drive.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very nice drive for a low price, November 23, 2009
    I picked this up from Fry's when it was on sale for 100 bucks.
    I like the price.
    I think the main differentiators between this and the higher price drive is that it has only 1 year warranty, and does not come bundled with any software to help you back up stuff.
    But seriously who uses any of those anyways? Drive is preformated to NTFS, if you have a mac you'll need to reformat to be able write to it.
    what I like:
    very small.-for a 3.5" drive. very quiet and does not vibrate as much as my seagate 1.5TB drives.-This maybe due to the drive running at a lower RPM. I couldn't find the SPEC to say what this drive spins at.
    Drive spins up and down(powers down) when not in use. very nice. the white power LED isn't overly bright.
    dislike: enclosure snaps together, making it hard to swap out the drive in the future. only 1 year warranty. but I think that the 1 year is pre-built into the pricing.




    4-0 out of 5 stars So far so good.., November 29, 2009
    I was originally going to purchase the Western Digital WD Elements 1 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (model WDE1UBK10000N). My sister in-law has that model and it truly is built like a tank. Metal case, rubber protectors on each end. It really looks like it could take few bumps. I picked up this particular model because I saw it on sale for $60 at the store that has a red bullseye for a logo. For that price I'd be silly not to snag it up.

    As others mentioned it has a plastic case which is ok. Metal would've been nicer. And it is completely silent. Other than seeing the white light in the back blinking when transferring files, I cannot tell that it is actually working. But it is working :). I transferred 149 gb of data from my old external drive to this one in about 3 hours. It's usb so I'm used to relatively slow transfers. The true test will be if it lasts as long as my iomega external hard drive which I've had for over 6 years. Even though it's old, it has a small fan, an on/off switch, a long power cord and it feels like it can take a bump. I just needed a back up in the event the old work horse died on me.

    Good:
    + cheap - $60 for "1TB" of storage space
    + plug and play
    + no annoying preloaded software
    + very quiet
    + barely warm after extended use(my old drive would get noticeably warm even with its built-in fan)

    Not so good:
    - plastic case. probably good idea not to lug this around too much.
    - edges are shiny and attracts finger prints (this really didn't matter to me, but I thought I'd mention it
    - short power cord ~6'4" (old drive's power cord is over 11'), though usb cord is a bit longer than my old drive (4'3" vs. 3'5"). It would've been better to add length on the power cord and shorten the usb.
    - no fan

    Price was the determining factor in choosing this drive over the "tank". If this can last as long as my old external hard drive then it will be $60 well spent.

    ***************************************************
    UPDATE (11/29/09):
    - actual storage space of 931 gb is a bit confusing at first. Per comments and some google searching 931gb is correct. Don't be alarmed when you first see the available space on your external hard drive.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Issues with Windows 7 Pro 64, June 2, 2010
    Just received mine and it works with my HP LapTop under XP but although the drive shows up in Windows 7 you can't do anything with it. No Drive letter, no format, no nothing - device is working properly - you just can't use it. When you attempt to assign a drive letter in Disk Manager it complains that it needs a refresh which doesn't help.

    After 5 or 6 Emails back and forth with WD they informed me to contact either my PC manufacturer or Microsoft to resolve the issue. After scouring the internet seems there are LOTS of people with this exact same problem under Windows 7 Pro 64 bit edition. (Most seem to have an NVidia video card as well.) Here's the fix (no thanks to WD):

    1. Open Device Manager
    2. Locate the Drive
    3. Right Click - Uninstall
    4. Unplug drive USB Cable and plug it back in

    Transfers files at around 28 MB/sec. Other than this start up issue so far it's made a great back up drive.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very nice hard drive with no excess frills., April 15, 2010
    I'm very glad I purchased this drive. The hard drive is enclosed in a somewhat heavy but simple metal case, and Western Digital seems to take great pains with their retail packaging to minimize shock without using excessive packaging materials. They are using a GreenPower drive in there, so it remains quiet, cool, and merely sips energy. However, do not expect this to be a speed demon. It runs at the same speed as your average notebook drive, so filling up a large capacity drive such as this one may take a long time. The drive also comes with the benefit (to me) of having absolutely no useless backup software preinstalled. The only real complaint I have lies with the AC adapter. I generally prefer a plug with the adapter separate. This one comes with a "wall-wart" which takes up far too much space on a surge protector.

    I've had about 5 WD drives in the past, and of those 5 only one has failed me. All drives will eventually fail, and as such I see the company's ability to help you much more important than whether or not a particular drive fails. WD is one of those companies that is fairly reasonable when it comes to RMA and replacement of their products, so that's always a good sign.

    Full formatted size for a 1.5TB drive is 1.35TB (as expected). Before placing anything valuable into something this large, I run Windows error checking, the company's diagnostic program (in this case WD Data Lifeguard found on their website), use full drive encryption by TrueCrypt to avoid being paranoid if I need to send it back for warranty, and finally I transfer and delete roughly a third of the drive's capacity a few times to stress test it. I've found that if a drive is to ever fail within a reasonable amount of time, this regimen will kill it and save me the trouble of an RMA in the relatively near future. ... Read more


    13. 3 Pack of Universal Touch Screen Stylus Pen (Red + Black + Silver)
    Wireless Phone Accessory
    list price: $0.00 -- our price: $0.01
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B002BBJMO6
    Manufacturer: CCM
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    14. Sony 4 GB Memory Stick PRO Duo Flash Memory Card MSMT4G
    Electronics
    list price: $38.99 -- our price: $19.21
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    Asin: B0013AX2JM
    Manufacturer: Sony
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    Reviews

    4-0 out of 5 stars Sony Memory Pro Duo II - Fast But Expensive Memory for Your Sony Devices, June 2, 2008
    At Least two of the Sony Packaged Memory's Pictured here on Amazon are FAKES or COUNTERFITS.

    UNUSABLE MEMORY.

    The people that make these are taking non-sony generic crap 512's, 1,2,or4 G size chips
    and creating very elaborate nearly perfect (looking) FAKES! Zoom in and look very closely
    at the model numbers for the 8 and the 16 Gig. In the third and forth images you can plainly see
    the fake model numbers I have shown below.

    Their numbers do not exist in the True Sony lineup.

    for example: MSX-M8GST/X & MSX-M16GST/X do not exist <<< BOTH ARE FAKE

    Dont believe me,, go look it up for yourself ,,, GOOGLE it or look at the links below.


    THE NUMBERS SHOULD SAY

    for MARKII MS-MT8G & MS-MT16G Also there is an 8g that is not MARKII it is MSX-M8GS/X << older model.

    There is never a T toward the end of the model number in these particular Larger memories,
    and NO MARKII's ever have a /X or a MSX !!! in the model # at all!
    This fake erroneous numbering scheme was barrowed from the 1G MSPD which has the number > MSX-M1GST/X

    and from what I can tell is the only Sony Stick to EVER have the T in that location!

    Take the time to look at these links which are both VERY, VERY Informative on the Subject.
    Look In Comments for them:

    [...]
    [...]


    You should also know there not just doing these Sony Memory Sticks. Sandisk and Lexar as well as all forms of
    flash memories and USB Thumb Drives including Kingston, as well as Many Others are being FAKED....

    5-0 out of 5 stars Works Great With PSP, March 24, 2008
    This 16GB Memory Stick Duo II card works great with the PSP portable gaming system. It comes pre-formatted, so all you have to do is stick it into your PSP and go. In fact, there is a picture of the PSP right on the packaging.

    The usable space on this device is actually 14.9 GB, however.

    The "Mark2" certification on the card has to do with higher writing speed requirements and indicates the memory is certified to operate with AVCHD recording products.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bought this for my PSP, May 15, 2008
    This is currently the only available 16GB Memory Stick. I bought it for my Playstation Portable in order to replace an 8GB Memory Stick.
    Regarding the price you can easily argue that it is much cheaper to buy two 8GB Memory Sticks. And for any person who is concerned about spending money I would not recommend this product.
    At the time I bought it, Amazon was offering the best price online. Regarding the fact that this Memory Stick is about $50 more expensive than the PSP itself, makes you think twice. But my sole purpose was that I wanted to keep things together: my music, videos and saved games etc.
    This Memory Stick is large enough to satisfy my thirst for disc space with a single solution.

    The Memory Stick works fine in my PSP. Before this one I used a Sandisk 8GB Memory Stick Pro Ultra and I cannot see a difference in read/write speed (while connected through USB to my PC).

    Final thoughts:
    If you are concerned about spending money and you can live with more than one MS for your gadgets, you should get two or more 8GB MS. If you want a single solution and price is of no matter, get this one. Since it is from Sony you can be sure it works with your MS-enabled gadgets.

    Pro:
    - high capacity
    - read/write speed is up to par with other (higher ranked) memory sticks (using the PSP USB connection!)

    Con:
    - not cheap

    5 out of 5 stars; simply because the price does not matter to me

    (My guess is that the price will drop to about $150 once other manufactures offer similar capacity.)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Fake 16GB memory stick pro dua from Amazon directly, July 15, 2009
    I'm aparently also a victim of the fake cards. Ordered the 16GB Sony memory stick pro duo directly from Amazon. Received it (unaware of fake cards going around), formatted it in my PSP without problems. Then tried to load data to the card via my card reader. Card reader didn't recognize the card. Card reader was old so purchased a new one from Best Buy. Recognized the card but transfers were incredibly slow and data got corrupted. Checked with manufacturer of reader and they indicated they only tested up to 4GB. Bought yet another reader with guaranteed support for all speeds and capacities. Same problem. Checked online and found out about the fake cards. I already threw out the packaging believing the card readers to have been the problem. Amazon was kind enough to still ship me another card. Will wait and see if it is a genuine one. I would never have expected Amazon to be selling fake items...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Works great!, July 30, 2008
    READ BEFORE YOU ACT!!! BEWARE OF FAKE CARDS!!!
    I bought this Sony MSMT16G 16GB Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark2) Media Card from one of Amazon "Featured Merchant". It came with a very original look like packaging, even a hologram on top. As soon as I insert it in to my video camera it did not recognized. I tried another same type camera and also a media card reader with no luck at all. Then I found lots of information on the net saying there are fake ones which won't work with cameras and else. So be careful don't buy a fake one, like me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Real Authentic Memory card., July 14, 2008
    I bought this mainly for my PSP. 16 gigabytes is very sufficient to store tons of movies and games and the best thing is there aren't any glitches at all. :D

    5-0 out of 5 stars 16 Gigs of Satisfaction, July 16, 2008
    I bought the Sony 16GB Memory Stick PRO Duo for my PSP and I feel like I almost have too much space for pictures, game saves, music, and movies. Because of the 16GB of storage space, my PSP now rivals my iPod Nano plus I can fit a hand-full of full length films on it. More storage space is definitely a good thing; I am very happy with my purchase.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Sony Memory Pro Duo II - Fast But Expensive Memory for Your Sony Devices, June 2, 2008

    Even though I have been slowly weaning myself off of the newer Sony cameras, I still have some Sony devices that need memory pro duo cards. There are some advantages and a few disadvantages, namely the cost and availability. Sony's memory format averages 30 to 100 percent higher prices for the same capacity of SDHC cards. While that sucks, if you have a Sony Camera or a PSP there's not much you can do about it.

    To that point, both the new Sony Cybershot DSCT300 Digital Camera and upcoming PSP God of War Entertainment Pack will benefit from any of these memory cards. Both of those devices, along with most Sony devices for that matter are only comaptible with the memory duo platform.

    But like I said, if you need one of these cards, there are some advantages especially if you get a Mark II card. Namely, the performance speed of the mark II format is about 50% higher than the fastest available SDHC card at the moment. The rating is for 36 MB/s and what I've seen through some basic tests seems to indicate real performance close to this. In fact, the solid performance has to be the biggest pro for these cards. So while it sucks to have little choice, when you factor in the premium performance it's easier to swallow.

    The 2 and 4 GB cards are a better value than larger capacity ones right now. Sometimes you want the largest card you can get, but till the 8 and 16 GB cards come down I see no reason to buy them. Not to mention, this isn't for my primary camera but for an older one that I use as a backup.

    Make sure your device is compatible with the card. Some older electronics aren't compatible with larger capacities, although in general Sony has been better with making these guys backward compatible than others.

    It's always a good idea to have several extra cards on hand just in case. This 4 GB card is a nice performer. If you have a high capacity camera (10 Megapixels or more) and are storing videos or RAW images, the extra cash for the 8GB card may be worth it if the price is right. Or you may want to step up to the larger 16 GB size that is now available. But if you wait a little longer you can save yourself some cash. I have to take off at least 1 star for value, but in terms of performance I couldn't be happier.

    Enjoy!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Beware of FAKES, January 13, 2010
    At Least two of the Sony Packaged Memory's Pictured here on Amazon are FAKES or COUNTERFITS.

    UNUSABLE MEMORY.

    The people that make these are taking non-sony generic crap 512's, 1,2,or4 G size chips
    and creating very elaborate nearly perfect (looking) FAKES! Zoom in and look very closely
    at the model numbers for the 8 and the 16 Gig. In the third and forth images you can plainly see
    the fake model numbers I have shown below.

    Their numbers do not exist in the True Sony lineup.

    for example: MSX-M8GST/X & MSX-M16GST/X do not exist <<< BOTH ARE FAKE

    Dont believe me,, go look it up for yourself ,,, GOOGLE it or look at the links below.


    THE NUMBERS SHOULD SAY

    for MARKII MS-MT8G & MS-MT16G Also there is an 8g that is not MARKII it is MSX-M8GS/X << older model.

    There is never a T toward the end of the model number in these particular Larger memories,
    and NO MARKII's ever have a /X or a MSX !!! in the model # at all!
    This fake erroneous numbering scheme was barrowed from the 1G MSPD which has the number > MSX-M1GST/X

    and from what I can tell is the only Sony Stick to EVER have the T in that location!

    Take the time to look at these links which are both VERY, VERY Informative on the Subject.
    Look In Comments for them:

    [...]
    [...]


    You should also know there not just doing these Sony Memory Sticks. Sandisk and Lexar as well as all forms of
    flash memories and USB Thumb Drives including Kingston, as well as Many Others are being FAKED....

    5-0 out of 5 stars Works Great With PSP, March 24, 2008
    This 16GB Memory Stick Duo II card works great with the PSP portable gaming system. It comes pre-formatted, so all you have to do is stick it into your PSP and go. In fact, there is a picture of the PSP right on the packaging.

    The usable space on this device is actually 14.9 GB, however.

    The "Mark2" certification on the card has to do with higher writing speed requirements and indicates the memory is certified to operate with AVCHD recording products.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bought this for my PSP, May 15, 2008
    This is currently the only available 16GB Memory Stick. I bought it for my Playstation Portable in order to replace an 8GB Memory Stick.
    Regarding the price you can easily argue that it is much cheaper to buy two 8GB Memory Sticks. And for any person who is concerned about spending money I would not recommend this product.
    At the time I bought it, Amazon was offering the best price online. Regarding the fact that this Memory Stick is about $50 more expensive than the PSP itself, makes you think twice. But my sole purpose was that I wanted to keep things together: my music, videos and saved games etc.
    This Memory Stick is large enough to satisfy my thirst for disc space with a single solution.

    The Memory Stick works fine in my PSP. Before this one I used a Sandisk 8GB Memory Stick Pro Ultra and I cannot see a difference in read/write speed (while connected through USB to my PC).

    Final thoughts:
    If you are concerned about spending money and you can live with more than one MS for your gadgets, you should get two or more 8GB MS. If you want a single solution and price is of no matter, get this one. Since it is from Sony you can be sure it works with your MS-enabled gadgets.

    Pro:
    - high capacity
    - read/write speed is up to par with other (higher ranked) memory sticks (using the PSP USB connection!)

    Con:
    - not cheap

    5 out of 5 stars; simply because the price does not matter to me

    (My guess is that the price will drop to about $150 once other manufactures offer similar capacity.)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Fake 16GB memory stick pro dua from Amazon directly, July 15, 2009
    I'm aparently also a victim of the fake cards. Ordered the 16GB Sony memory stick pro duo directly from Amazon. Received it (unaware of fake cards going around), formatted it in my PSP without problems. Then tried to load data to the card via my card reader. Card reader didn't recognize the card. Card reader was old so purchased a new one from Best Buy. Recognized the card but transfers were incredibly slow and data got corrupted. Checked with manufacturer of reader and they indicated they only tested up to 4GB. Bought yet another reader with guaranteed support for all speeds and capacities. Same problem. Checked online and found out about the fake cards. I already threw out the packaging believing the card readers to have been the problem. Amazon was kind enough to still ship me another card. Will wait and see if it is a genuine one. I would never have expected Amazon to be selling fake items...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Works great!, July 30, 2008
    Purchased this for my Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W150 camera based on the 25 great reviews before me. (Thanks, reviewers... I wasn't exactly sure what I was doing because the documentation that came with the camera didn't provide any help on how to buy memory!) I thought $38.50 was a great deal. It does the job and allows me to record video clips without feeling like I'm eating up all my memory. (For reference, about a minute and a half of video uses up about 200 shots out of the 2,500+ shots. Though I don't know if the resolution settings, etc. are factored into that estimate).

    1-0 out of 5 stars READ BEFORE YOU ACT!!! BEWARE OF FAKE CARDS!!!, December 1, 2008
    READ BEFORE YOU ACT!!! BEWARE OF FAKE CARDS!!!
    I bought this Sony MSMT16G 16GB Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark2) Media Card from one of Amazon "Featured Merchant". It came with a very original look like packaging, even a hologram on top. As soon as I insert it in to my video camera it did not recognized. I tried another same type camera and also a media card reader with no luck at all. Then I found lots of information on the net saying there are fake ones which won't work with cameras and else. So be careful don't buy a fake one, like me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Real Authentic Memory card., July 14, 2008
    I bought this mainly for my PSP. 16 gigabytes is very sufficient to store tons of movies and games and the best thing is there aren't any glitches at all. :D

    5-0 out of 5 stars 16 Gigs of Satisfaction, July 16, 2008
    I bought the Sony 16GB Memory Stick PRO Duo for my PSP and I feel like I almost have too much space for pictures, game saves, music, and movies. Because of the 16GB of storage space, my PSP now rivals my iPod Nano plus I can fit a hand-full of full length films on it. More storage space is definitely a good thing; I am very happy with my purchase.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great, just does its job, July 26, 2008
    I have had this for a month and it works well. I call it "boring" as it ought to be. It just works and does not bother me. I have several and they have worked well too. This seems to be another of Sony's quality products. ... Read more


    15. SanDisk 8 GB Class 2 SDHC Flash Memory Card SDSDB-8192 (Bulk Packaging)
    Electronics
    list price: $24.99 -- our price: $6.70
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0018BOLIC
    Manufacturer: SanDisk
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    Reviews

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Class 2 card, but make sure you have an SDHC reader., June 2, 2008
    Please note that this is a Class 2 card (Class 6 is the current "top of the line"). Class 2 transfers two mega-thingies per second rather than the six mega-thingies per second for Class 6 cards.

    This transfer rate is fine for most devices, but takes 3 times as long to copy files back and forth from your computer.

    Please also note that older card readers are not able to handle SDHC (HC stands for "High Capacity"). Some card readers are good for only 1 GB, some go up to 2 GB or 4 GB, but only the latest generations are capable of 8 GB.

    Lastly, if you are using Windows XP, you may need to either add Service Pack 3 or add a patch before the high capacity card can be recognized by your system.

    I recommend adding the patch rather than SP3. Some things haven't been working quite right since I installed the latest service pack from Microsoft - you may not wish to take that chance...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sandisk 8GB SD Memory Card Works Well, March 25, 2008
    8GB is more than enough for my Canon PowerShot. I recently went to New York City for vacation and took more than 250 plus pics with the best pixel quality the camera could provide and still had more than enough memory left. Highly recommend this product. You don't need to carry any extra memory.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 8 gig SDHC card works very well!, March 25, 2008
    I found the performance excellent and the size very compact to carry about without difficulty of damage or weight reduction on travel. The price too is very competitive compared with in-shop prices.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product, July 6, 2008
    This is the best value for the quality for a SD card of this size. I Highly recommend this to anyone that needs storage. I purchased this for my Nikon D40 Digital SLR camera, and it works beautifully. I have plenty of room to storage photographs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Works as it should!, July 1, 2008
    What can I say? This product works perfectly in my Canon FS100 camcorder. No issues with corrupt data (knock on wood) and the write speed is adequate...no delays noticed during camcorder use. Sure, there are cheaper SDHC cards out there but I have used Sandisk in the past and have never had a problem with them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 8Gb memory for camera, June 30, 2008
    Great so far. I went to an air show in Anchorage and I was able to do a lot of videos.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Beware, December 4, 2010
    The price looks good but this company eats you alive on shipping in my opinion. I received 2 SD cards ( 1.2 x 2 x 3.8 inch total, this counts their clear protective slips, and these were shipped in a 5 x 8 bubble mailer using USPS First Class. For this the company charged $11.90. REALLY? COME ON.
    Do not fall for this. Amazon needs to address these guys who overcharge for S/Handeling or face customers moving on.

    1-0 out of 5 stars SanDisk 8GB SDHC problem, September 16, 2009
    This card was purchased in 6/09 for use in a new Canon 780IS camera that IS sdhc compatible. At first it worked great and it was wonderful to have such a large amount of memory available for stills and video. then after about a month it got glitchy and I received intermittent memory card error messages that would resolve by removing and reinserting the card. After another 2 weeks it is useless, won't read, won't write not in the camera nor in my computer (where it worked fine before). It's not the camera because all the other SD/SDHC cards I've tried work fine. I know Sandisk has a 5 year warranty, but like a trusting person I did not keep the receipt so I guess that's that. Pity because i have never had problems with Sandisk products before. ... Read more


    16. Western Digital WD Elements 1 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive WDBAAU0010HBK-NESN
    Electronics
    list price: $129.99 -- our price: $76.47
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    Asin: B002QEBMB4
    Manufacturer: Western Digital
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    Designed with the same commitment to quality that made WD external drives the number one drives in the world, Western Digital’s WD Elements USB 2.0 external hard drives are the right answer for simply affordable add-on storage. Just plug it in to a USB port and start saving your photos, music, video, and files. Kit contains; USB 2.0 external hard drive, USB cable, AC adapter, Quick Install Guide. ... Read more


    17. My Passport Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive WDBAAA5000AD6-NESN
    Electronics
    list price: $119.99 -- our price: $85.00
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    Asin: B003ZK5NZY
    Manufacturer: Western Digital
    Sales Rank: 190
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    See your life safe in one place with wd’s ultra-portable my passport™ essential™ usb drive. wd smartware™ software automatically and continuously backs up your data, gives you a visual display of your backup as it happens, and helps you easily restore files. the drive also features password protection and hardware-based encryption. ... Read more


    18. SanDisk 16 GB Class 2 microSDHC Flash Memory Card SDSDQ-016G (Bulk Packaging)
    Electronics
    list price: $99.99 -- our price: $19.49
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B001L1H0SC
    Manufacturer: SanDisk
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    SanDisk is proud to announce our newest format and capacity to the SD card family: microSD High Capacity (microSDHC) 16GB flash card.

    Not all devices support microSDHC 16.0GB cards. Please contact your device manufacturer for details. To ensure compatibility, look for the microSDHC logo on the product or packaging of your new phone or PDA.

    ... Read more

    Reviews

    4-0 out of 5 stars For now, this is the best the US has, January 31, 2009
    This micro SDHC card is the best in the US market. Samsung has developed a 32GB one but it is only available in Asia at the time of this writing. With that said, this is a good card. I bought it for my Blackberry Curve 8300. If you are going to use it for a Blackberry, make sure that you have the Blackberry OS 4.5 or later as it will not read the whole 16GB if you do not.

    Even though this is a Class 2 card (the 16GB Class 4's, like the 32GB cards, are only available in Asia right now), it reads and writes fairly quickly. The card is fast enough to record and play videos on my Curve, and saving a couple minute video after shooting it literally takes seconds to write.

    I have two minor gripes about this card, and they aren't that bad. One is the price. You can get an 8GB card for less than half of the price of this one. However, it is still "new" so that's the penalty for being an early adopter.

    The other gripe I have is that with the Samsung reader (see the bundle Amazon sells with this card) will NOT format this card in anything other than FAT32. Now the Curve can't understand NTFS, so for me it's not a big deal, but for someone who may want to use this as take away storage, just be aware of that.

    Other than that, I think this card is great. Also please note this card DOES come with an SD adapter. Don't let the Bulk Packaging fool you. If you have an SD card reader, you will not have to go out and buy a separate card reader for this. Save yourself the 5 bucks if you can. I hope this review was helpful.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Works with a Sansa Fuze, March 28, 2009
    The card arrived when they said it would. Took it out of the box and stuck it in my MP3 player, the Sansa Fuze (2GB model) and it recognized it immediately and I was able to start putting music on it (didn't need to format it). I put about 10GB of music on it which took roughly 2 hrs to load. After the initial upload of all my music. Adding a new album only took a couple of minutes. After I disconnect the Fuze from the computer it took approx 8-10 minutes to refresh the media library. I have the latest firmware update for the Fuze (maybe older firmware versions are slower - I don't know). The upload speeds didn't bother me because I'm only loading my whole library once and then its only a song/album or two at a time and that's only a few minutes. The card came with a SD adapter - so if you have a SD reader your set. I now have a 18GB MP3 Player!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Beware high failure rate of this card! :(, May 25, 2009
    I bought this card in February 2009 and it eventually failed by May 2009. I have of course only anecdotal evidence, but if you search around the Sandisk support forums and other places, you will find a lot of very upset customers complaining of the high failure rate of these Sandisk 16GB SDHC cards after a 2-3 months of use. To compound the problem, Sandisk only offers a 30 day return or refund period warranty on their flash memory cards which is atrocious in my opinion!! Unfortunately, most resellers here on Amazon only have a 30 day return policy as well assuming you have the product still in the original packaging. So overall, you are screwed if and WHEN the card does eventually fail. Thus, I recommend you not rely on this card to store important data like pictures and such. I unfortunately found this out the hard way. It just seems that this card is just not as reliable as advertised, and I am quite disappointed in the lack of at minimum one year manufacture's warranty for these cards by Sandisk. Buyer beware!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great at the time but go for at least a class 4 now, July 29, 2009
    I bought this six months ago (in January 2009) because it was the only 16GB micro SDHC card available. I needed it to dump as much of my music as I could onto my BlackBerry Bold. It has worked fine for the most part. However, if I were buying such a card today, I would search out at least a class 4 card and probably a class 6, both of which are now available here on Amazon (A-DATA MicroSDHC 16GB Class 6 Turbo With SD Adapter 16GUSDHC6 (Black); Sandisk 16GB Ultra microSDHC CLASS 4 / MobileMate micro Reader (SDSDQY-016G-S11M, Retail Package)).

    To the extent that it is a problem, my BlackBerry scans this class 2 card when I do a restart -- and is sluggish during that time -- so because I have almost the entire card filled up, it can take the BB a good five minutes to scan the card because a class 2 card has a slower read speed. That's a good five minutes of unwanted sluggishness after a restart. A faster class 4 or 6 card would reduce that time considerably.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I wish that I had noticed that it's only Class 2 memory, February 2, 2009
    I bought this memory for my HTC Touch Pro. I wanted to sync my music with windows media center and backup another USB flash drive. This card should only be used for occasional file transfers. The class 2 card is painfully slow to sync anything. I would have gladly spend more money for a faster Class 6 microSDHC card if I was paying attention at the time of purchase.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Works great in my EVO 4G, July 2, 2010
    Bought this to upgrade my EVO 4G Android smartphone and have no complaints, works perfectly. Good value for the money (and now they're even cheaper!). Note when I bought mine it was delivered directly from Amazon (which I wanted as there are counterfeit cards out there).

    4-0 out of 5 stars Roomy and fast enough, September 12, 2009
    I learned recently that all is not equal when it comes to SD storage. Some cards are far faster than others, and that can make a big difference in some applications. But this one is just sitting in my phone storing MP3s and files, and speed is never a big deal here, so it's okay that this is a middling-speed card. Plenty roomy for lots of stuff, too, at a good price.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Fake Card, November 10, 2010
    I Ordered This SD card thinking it was a great deal almost too good to be true well that's exactly what it was, I got the card and my phone (which does read SDHC cards up to 16 GB) would not read the card. I ended up buying one at Wal-mart and compared the two cards and you could clearly see that the writing was a little different on the 16gd card I'm of the strong belief that it was a counterfeit card, thank fully I got a refund on it but it took Threatening to file a A-Z report to get some action out of the seller, I will Never Buy any electronics from Amazon again this is the second time this type of thing has happened to me last time it was with a Memory Stick DUO for my PSP and that time I didn't get my money back.

    1-0 out of 5 stars FAILED after only a few uses., March 20, 2010
    I bought the SanDisk 16 GN Flash Memory card for use with my VHOLDR camera. To say that it took 3 months to fail is misleading. I only actually recorded on it a handful of times, maybe a dozen or so, before it failed. Extremely disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for my Blackberry 8900!, June 9, 2009
    Indeed this is a class 2 micro sd (hc) card but for syncing media and storing files on my blackberry it is perfect. Class two (2) cards are generally meant for storage and not a lot of back and forth transfers as they have a high failure rate in that scenario. However, if you are going to sync media once in a while and just update your music/podcasts/audiobooks and pictures then this card is perfect.

    It is a bit expensive...but you are getting 16gb and that is a lot of storage...all things considered.

    The packaging is in one of those foil bags and it does come with a regular SD adapter to stick into a memory card reader.

    I have used it in a Blackberry Bold and now the Blackberry 8900 and it works perfectly. I have not really noticed the speed degradation... The initial sync of all of my media (9gb) took a while...but that would take a while on anything....now with regular updates it is quick and easy and thus Highly Recommended. ... Read more


    19. OtterBox Defender Case for iPhone 4 (Black)
    Wireless Phone Accessory
    list price: $49.99 -- our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B003UC8RVE
    Manufacturer: Otterbox
    Sales Rank: 4
    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    Otterbox Defender Case, iPhone 4, Black ... Read more

    Reviews

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome case, but does add considerable bulk..., July 25, 2010
    I waited anxiously for Otterbox to release this case and ordered mine within minutes of receiving the "Defender Released" e-mail. I received the case on Friday and I must admit, it did not disappoint.

    First impressions: The case is of great quality and a lot of detail went into making it compatible with all the OEM "accessories". The holster is among the best I've seen for a phone of this size and works perfectly with the case.

    After carrying it for two days (and this is already my 3rd iPhone 4 case - I am rough on my phones): The case is without a doubt the most durable I've seen for the iPhone 4 and lives up to the reputation that Otterbox has built over the years.

    Cons: The case does add considerable bulk to the phone and may not be perfect for pocket carriers. It does include a holster which works great and can rotate for vertical or parallel carrying of the phone.


    Miscellaneous: I have no complaints really, but I am left to wonder if the silicone "flaps" that cover the earphone and USB plug-ins could have been a little more user-friendly. Sometimes they are frustrating to get back into their proper "closed" position.

    Edited one month after using: I am still extremely happy with the case. I have dropped my phones a few times already and though the case is starting to show signs the abuse I have provided it the phone still looks pristine! I opened up the case this morning to clean the phone etc and to my surprise there wasn't much to clean. With cases I've owned in the past I would have a forest of lint, dust etc. that would trap itself between the case and the phone. The Otterbox has minimized that debris!


    I am uploading several photos showing the difference between a "bare" iPhone 4 and an iPhone 4 in the Defender case so everyone can get an idea of how much "protection" and in turn "bulk" this case adds to the phone.

    Edited to add: Amazon removed my pictures when the placed the phone back in a "pre-order" status, I will re-upload them again once they allow. I'm not sure why they state "pre-order" when it should state "Back-ordered, will deliver in xx to xx weeks", but I digress.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beauty and Protection in one Package. An improvement on earlier designs of the Defender, July 24, 2010
    Otterbox defender for my iPhone 3Gs was the best thing I ever did for that phone! It fell into and was completely submerged in a 5 gallon pot of BBQ sauce - and rinsed off with the sprayer in the sink. Phone continued to operate flawlessly!

    As soon as I bought iPhone 4 - I immediately ordered an otterbox case for it. It took over a month to arrive and when it finally did - I could immediately tell it did not offer the same amount of protection as the Otterbox for the 3Gs.

    I'm constantly fighting the rubber covering -- if I pull it out of my pocket I have to push it back into place all the way around the phone.

    The screen protector is better -- the bubbles are gone from the previous version. I like that.

    The flaps that cover the charger port and headphone jack suck! They never stay in place and to get them to lock down is a pain. Debris can easily infiltrate into the case through these openings. I find that I have to take the phone completely out of the case and clean the phone and the case more often than I ever did with the other phone/otterbox.

    Maybe they were just in a hurry to get a case that would fit the quick arrival of iPhone4. I hope the case is revamped and the thought is completed. I really need and want the kind of protection and rugged durability that the other case provided for 3Gs.

    Regardless of what I hate about this case, it's still the BEST case that you can put on the new iPhone 4 if you're hard on your phone. Just wish it was better...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great case!, July 23, 2010
    yes, it's bulky and feels like it weighs a ton. yes, it'll make your sleek iPhone look industrial and a little clompy, kind of like Doc Martens on a ballerina. But it WILL do a superb job protecting your information and fragile screen when you drop it. And you WILL drop it, repeatedly. There are plenty of cute little lightweight cases out there but they cannot begin to offer the same level of serious protection. I don't use the clip-on 2-position holster but the design is pretty clever and it is easy to use and has a secure clip.

    I give it 4 stars because I felt the flaps could be better designed for ease of use, and hopefully will be in future versions. Some actual COLORS would be nice, too.

    3-0 out of 5 stars OK at best. . ., November 15, 2010
    I had really hoped I could stop searching when I found this Otterbox Defender for the iPhone 4, but after 2 months living with it, the search resumes.

    I have several friends that have the iPhone 3G/3Gs Defender case and they seemed pretty good. Other than the complaints about the bubbles behind the protective screen film and the hideous colors, they seemed pretty satisfied. I also saw a couple of positive reviews of this case as well when it came out, and so I bit. I've now lived with it for 2 months and am having to search for another case, and I'll explain why in a moment.

    First the good stuff.

    This is a handsome case. None of those neon colors and hideous bubbles popping out like the previous gen case. This one is clean, professional, and something that looks "right" as soon as you get it put on. It has a very nice feel in the hand, very grippy, and isn't all that heavy, considering its size. Somehow, the screen protector, which is an integral part of the case, fits on the iPhone screen perfectly and without any bubbles. I am a heavy user of my iPhone and have been known to kill the battery before noon (4 hours) some days. I've never felt that the screen was one iota less responsive to my touch than with it completely bare glass.

    The case comes in 3 parts plus a belt clip. There's a hard plastic case in two pieces, front and back, that directly contacts the phone itself and provides rigidity. Then there's a rubber sleeve that wraps tightly around the sides and back of the case in such a way that it clips into the plastic case nice and snugly. It's fairly easy to put on and remove, and you can do it without any sort of flat surface to rest on, if need be. All of the buttons are easily accessible, and the charge/sync port on the bottom, the ringer on-off switch on the side, and the headphone port on the top have rubber flaps that cover them and are easy to open and access. When all flaps are closed, the noise-canceling secondary mic on top (by the headphone port) is still left exposed by a small hole in the rubber, something that many other cases neglect. The speaker and mic ports on the bottom are completely unimpeded as well.

    It seems to provide pretty good protection from most average drops/spills. Though not waterproof, it covers most of the phone and would provide a modicum of protection from most things short of submersion.

    I am one of those who has a definite and pronounced problem with the iPhone 4 antenna reception issues. It was a huge step backwards in sensitivity for me from my 3G, and I've dropped more calls in the first month with the iPhone 4 than I did in almost 2 years with the 3G. This case definitely helps as there is no metal in the case at all, and it provides ample separation between the hand and the external antenna.

    Lastly, the belt clip is fairly clever. It is designed such that you can have the phone clipped in either screen out or screen facing in (probably safer). It also allows you to turn it 360 degrees around to find just the right angle where it's comfortable on the belt. As an added advantage, the belt clip itself can be locked to the open position in which is forms a stand for movie watching/etc. if placed on a flat surface. Clever little touch.

    The down sides.

    This is a large case. It absolutely dwarfs the iPhone 4 and completely masks its beautiful design. It will just barely fit in a men's shirt pocket and, if you have a pen also there, good luck. This also makes it like carrying around a brick (by size, not weight) in your pants pocket, should you decide to do that. Add to this the fact that the rubber backing grips so well that it usually will turn your pocket inside out and make it nearly impossible to remove while seated (say, in a car). That same rubber grippiness makes it attract dust, lint, and crud like nobody's business, though thankfully it will usually just wipe off. Also, the rubber sleeve that encases the plastic skeleton shell tends to separate very easily from the plastic shell. It is easy to snap it back into the grooves of the shell, but it's annoying nonetheless. I also found that after a month or so of use, the rubber flaps that cover the ports, especially the iPod port on the bottom, tend to get harder and harder to keep shut, and I've essentially given up on ever keeping them closed to keep dirt/dust out.

    Given the positives of having such good exposure to things like the speaker and mic ports, the case tends to attract a lot of dust and dirt into it. You'll frequently find yourself spotting specks of lint and other oddities trapped between the screen and the screen protector, making it a little annoying at times and compelling a quick disassemble and clean sequence. Also, after you've disassembled/reassembled the case a few times, the three plastic clips that clip the front and rear pieces of the case together start to get a little loose. Not dangerous, mind you, but they start creaking, for lack of a better term, such that if you pick the phone up by the corner, you notice the whole case seem to shift just a bit, sometimes making a creaking/cracking sound, that makes the case feel less than solid. Not confidence inspiring.

    The case itself forms a raised lip around the edge of the screen, with the screen essentially recessed into the case a few millimeters. That's great for protection, but it has a drawback of making it difficult to touch the corners of the touchscreen as far down as they go. Sometimes, especially for anyone with fat fingers, hitting those little icons in some programs that are nestled in the corners is a difficult task (for me, mostly when I'm one-handing it with my thumb). A minor complaint, but one worth mentioning.

    Given the difficulty with removal of the phone from the pocket, the belt clip is almost a necessity. It is for me, anyway, and I've been using it for the past 2 months. This brings me to the reason I am now in the market for a new case. The belt clip broke.

    The clip itself is the most poorly made component of the entire system. It is a relatively thin and fragile plastic piece. The belt clip itself is pretty robust, but the holster to which it connects is simply too thin to hold up. I suspected it from the start, and am frankly surprised it lasted 2 months. On the case, on the left and right sides, are small plastic squares with recesses in them. This is what the holster clips into. The design is such that the plastic holster flexes just a little and then clips a nub into that area on the iPhone case. Apparently, after 2 months of clipping the phone in and out of the holster, the holster clip broke. It broke exactly where you would expect it to, at the point of flexing to permit the case to clip into the holster. That has effectively killed the belt clip/holster functionality and forced the phone to go into my pocket, a place where it is not happy to come out of.

    I could live with the other, generally minor, shortfalls, but given how well thought out the case is overall, it seems that the belt clip was an afterthought, if a thought at all. I'm not sure if I'm going to move up level in the Otterbox line or look elsewhere. Probably the latter.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Otterbox slid backwards in quality here., October 16, 2010
    There are a lot of one star whiners out there. The new defender case does have some problems no doubt, but let's see them for what they really are. First of all, Otterbox did a great job listening to feedback on the iphone 3Gs cases.

    One: The clip for the 3Gs case was useless. It didn't hold the phone facing out, nor could you charge your phone with it in the clip. You also couldn't trust the clip to hold your phone securely. The new clip is light-years ahead of the old one in each of those departments.

    Two: The sound quality through the speaker on the old 3Gs case was hampered significantly by the dust covers in the speaker ports. Otterbox fixed this by opening up those ports altogether. Sound is better, but unfortunately this also allows more particulates into the case. You can't get something for nothing.

    Three: The air bubbles trapped in the 3Gs screen looked like trapped water, but were easily corrected with an anti glare screen in-between. However, the new case seems to have solved this issue.

    Four: Window ports seemed to have actually gotten worse, trapping even more dust than previous case.

    Five: This is where I think Otterbox really dropped the ball. The rubber skin is thinner and constantly moving out of place, everywhere you look. This thing flat out will not stay put. It was sad to see Otterbox cheapen out like that. Then you couple that with the plastic case that is the first layer of protection being thinner and flexing more than its 3Gs predecessor. Giving an overall felling of cheap dollar store products.

    It's obvious that those who would choose to add such bulk to their iphone, did it for the protection. So why not give us what we paid such an outrageous price for?

    3-0 out of 5 stars Otterbox Defender Series Case for iphone4, October 17, 2010
    The product is as advertised with one exception. The hole for the ear buds is off-set approximately one-half inch from the socket in the iphone4. When contacted Otterbox wanted labeled pictures of the unit.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Sleeker, but not as good as its predecessor, August 18, 2010
    I bought the Defender for my 3GS, and I fell in love. I forgot about the five other cases I owned before. I didn't have to worry about dropping or cleaning my phone anymore. Sure, I had to remove the dust from the camera port or wipe the screen, but there was a plastic cover over it so it's not like any damage was being done to the phone. When the Defender for the iPhone 4 was announced, it was a no-brainer to get it.

    The only major problem I had with the 3GS Defender case was that after a while, the dirt that I couldn't easily get off started to cake on it and the case started to look really dirty . This problem carries over to the new Defender, and add a few new problems. While the Defender for the iPhone 4 is a nicer design, it sacrifices protection I once had with the 3GS. Both Defender models are dust traps, but with the new Defender case, the dust ends up reaching the iPhone 4. Dust now collects around the ear piece, back camera, between the phone and screen protector, and the bottom back of the iPhone 4. These are things that never happened with the Defender for 3G/3GS because the ear piece had a small piece of fabric covering it, and the holes for the speaker were smaller, and there were rubber rings to provide a tighter connection. I can't really fault Otterbox for the back camera because of the LED flash Apple added to the phone. Placing a screen protector over the back camera and LED will cause all photos/video taken with the flash to have a blue hue.

    My final grip with the new case is that it's harder to place the rubber case over the hard case. I remember it being hard for the original Defender, but it because easy after a few times. Now that I have to take the phone out to clean it (I've learned from experience that letting dust and dirt collect on the phone while it's in a case causes it to burrow into the phone and leave divits.) putting the case back together is not easy at all. You have to use your nail to work the case around the sides and dock connector.

    I feel this case is a step back. The Defender on my 3GS made my phone look like a grenade, it provided complete coverage. I didn't have to worry about dropping it, or dirt reaching the phone. With the new Defender, I still don't worry about dropping it. Just buying a nice cloth to wipe it down. ... Read more


    20. Ear Force X11 Amplified Stereo Headset with Chat
    Accessory
    list price: $59.99 -- our price: $49.24
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B003A7HHKG
    Manufacturer: Turtle Beach
    Sales Rank: 75
    Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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    The Turtle Beach Ear Force X11 is an amplified stereo headset with microphone for Xbox 360 Live Chat The X11 allows you to push your XBOX 360 gaming experience to a new level with thrilling stereo game sound and crystal clear online communication on XBOX Live (261) The Ear Force X11 replaces the Ear Force X1 and the upgrades include microphone monitor for so you can hear what you are saying, larger black mesh ear cups with acoustically tuned 40mm speakers, and a new universal talk-back cable that eliminates the puck connection. ... Read more

    Reviews

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good with a few flaws, March 25, 2010
    I purchased the X11 for use with Xbox Live because of the problem of being able to use a mic if you also play with headphones for game sound. It seems there is a distinct lack of headphone-mic solutions that have the proper size plug to fit the mic jack on the controller, and that also have independent chat and game volume controls (kind of important if you want to be able to hear chat over game sounds). Thanks to Turtle Beach and their line of headphones this problem is solved. I went with these because I don't mind a wired solution since I play at my computer desk using my monitor and distance isn't a problem.

    These headphones work exactly as advertised. If you follow the directions and set your chat settings on Xbox to work through the headphones and turn the volume up to 10 you will not have any problems hearing voice chat without having to crank your chat volume to max, as a previous reviewer wrote. After a week and a half of using these for various games (mostly Bad Company 2) I would say the sound is decent and the controls work quite well. The game and chat volume controls as well as the mute switch are all on the little inline control box for ease of use. The cord is very long so even if you are sitting across the room it should not pose a problem. There is even a velcro strap for tying up excess cord. The earpieces are nice and big so they cover the whole ear instead of crushing your ears plus they are nice and soft, overall very comfortable. The mic boom is much better than typical ones found on other headsets. It's a little longer than most and flexes easily to get it exactly where you want, yet is sturdy enough to stay in place. The pickup on the mic seems excellent also, plus with mic monitoring playing a portion of your talk back into the headphones there is no need to shout into it.

    I do have three gripes with these headphones though. One is that the cloth lining on the inside of the right earpiece ripped on the second day of use for no apparent reason. All I did was wear them a few times and just placed them on my desk when not in use. I have no kids or pets who could have damaged them. I fixed this by taking a covering off another headset I had, cutting it down a little and placed it inside the earpiece. I did this because the plastic that was exposed was bothering my ear and this solution worked great without degrading the sound at all.

    My second gripe is that there is a constant hiss in the headphones when they are plugged into the USB port for power, even without the volume turned up much at all. I tested it on various ports on the Xbox and on my PC also and it remained. It is not overpowering and does not detract from game play once game sounds are going because you don't notice it over the game sounds. It's just a bit annoying during quiet times when you can hear it. I feel a wired version of headphones should not have this problem if proper noise reduction is put in to counter the powering of the amplifier.

    My third gripe is that when I wear these for awhile and then place them down on my desk a blackish type stain is left behind after awhile. I think it might be sweat interacting with the dye on the headphones then dripping out. It is still doing this even after a week and a half of use.

    Overall I am satisfied with the headphones because they do the job and fulfill a need for Xbox Live that most other headphones and mics do not, combining both into one. The gripes are minor except the hissing so I took a star off for that one. Otherwise they have decent sound, a pretty good mic, and are simple to use.

    PROS:

    + Decent sound, certainly loud enough to hear both game and chat.
    + Very long cord.
    + Independent volume controls for game and chat, and mute switch, all in the same place for ease of use.
    + Excellent mic with great pickup so you don't have to shout.
    + Comfortable to wear long term with big earpieces to cover your whole ear.

    CONS:

    - The right cloth lining inside the right earpiece ripped, exposing the plastic (maybe just bad luck on my part).
    - Seems to leak black dye from the earpiece, possibly interacting with sweat.
    - A constant low level hiss when powered, not bad enough to overpower game sounds but still shouldn't be a problem on more expensive headphones.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely Worth Every Penny, April 4, 2010
    I bought my X11s to improve my gameplay in Modern Warfare 2 and to play at night while my family is asleep. I am so glad that I did. They have accomplished both objectives with flying colors. The sound quality is excellent. I can hear absolutely everything, even the faintest sound cues I could never hear before. Just the ability to hear footsteps, the direction that they are coming and what they are walking on makes all the difference in multiplayer. Before ordering them, I read many reviews that mention a hiss when the headset is plugged in and was a bit worried that this might be an issue. There is a hiss, but it is so negligible that it isn't even worth listing as a con. Almost all the other reviews that I've read that mention this hiss also mention that you can't even hear it during gameplay. Doesn't that pretty much disqualify it as a con? Honestly, these things could play Home On The Range until I put my MW2 disc in the drive for all I care. There has to be absolute silence in the game in order to hear the hiss. As soon as any music or in game action starts, it is gone, in no way hindering your gaming experience. I also didn't have any problem hearing this hiss while using the X11s with my iPhone for music or YouTube. The ability to control both the game and chat volumes works very well. I've played several very long MW2 multiplayer sessions with friends and I haven't had any issues with my friends hearing me or vice versa. I love that when you raise the game volume, it automatically adjusts the chat volume so that the game audio doesn't drown it out. Which is a good thing, because these bad boys are loud as hell when you crank them up. I have literally jumped in my seat during unexpected explosions. The volume and quality of the sounds make for a very immersive gaming experience. They are also extremely comfortable. Most of the time, I can barely tell they are there, even when I've had them on hours at a time. My old headset sat right on my ears, which would make my ears very sore, very quickly. Overall, I have to give these a five out of five. For the price, they just can't be beat.

    4-0 out of 5 stars HUGE difference for me., March 28, 2010
    Before I had this headset, I was using speakers from an acer h223 monitor, and the sound was horrible. This will review will be based on me playing Modern Warfare 2 since this is why I bought the headset, that and my fiance always complaining about the sound at night.

    The Good:
    Now, I am able to hear EVERYTHING. At first it was overwhelming, I hear things in the game I didn't know existed. I use the Ninja Pro Perk so my steps are silent, so that I can hear everyone else's steps. Now I can hear when someone is walking in a house, on metal stairs, or in a grassy field. I can hear "boosters" place their insertions and hunt them down. I hear silencers going off in the distance. I know when someone is to my left or the right.

    The mic is great. I was previously using original Xbox headset and I had to speak a little louder than normal, which kept waking up my significant other. With the X11 mic, I can speak softly and people still hear. But the mic isn't sensitive, it doesn't pick up breathing even though it is an inch or two from my mouth. The mic is extremely adjustable, you may bend it which ever way you please.

    The Bad:
    I think the only complaint I have is the light hissing, which is why it gets four stars. You won't it hear during gameplay but when it is quiet, you can hear it. And I think I have gotten used to it. And if you're wondering, If had connected it correctly or something else I haven't thought of, I emailed Turtle Beach Support and they confirmed that the light hissing is due to the amplifier and the hardwired mic monitor. But if anyone else figured out how to get rid of the hiss let me know!

    Overall:
    I've never used any other headsets before, but I am loving this headset. It's easy to use. You can adjust the volume of the game and the chat on the remote to your comfort level. It has a mute switch. I die way less. My ratio quickly climbed from 1.25 to 1.36 in the last week. It's comfortable. It's affordable, when compared to all the other headsets out there. What more can you ask for?

    PS: if you're using a HDMI cable, and your monitor/tv does not have an "audio out" output then you may need to buy a R/L RCA adaptor for your XBOX, which is cheap on this site. Don't spend (...) to buy the HDMI/RCA adaptor combo at retail stores.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A mediocre gaming headset., May 25, 2010
    Okay, I'll start by saying that for around �40, this headset isn't terrible, far from. It's acceptable.

    If you have any real appriciation of good quality sound, however, then you can't help but be dissapointed by this headsets biggest flaw. Namely, the VERY noticeable hissing sound that is produced at ALL volumes and at ALL times. This is a real shame, because, in comparison with its predecessor, the X1, the sound quality is crisper with slightly less base, producing a more balanced output. However, while the X1 did produce a similar hissing noise, it was not noticeable at low to medium volumes. Even with the volume control at its minimum setting the hiss is alive and well on the X11s. It is completely UNACCEPTABLE for a later model to exhibit a flaw to a greater extent than that of the previous. The microphone is okay for XBOX LIVE, as XBOX LIVE chat is uniformly poor regardless of the microphone. Avoid this headset for skype because the hiss and average microphone make for an irritating experience.

    Confort is also a mixed bag. If you found the X1s uncomfortable, then you'll probably find the X11s to be an improvement. Although those of us that found the X1s to be a perfect fit are in for a bit of a letdown. Because of the earcups now covering the entire ear, they're likely to be less comfortable with less of a snug fit. Sound also escapes more easily due to the seperation from the side of your head, meaning these headsets are far from "quiet", as advertised, for others in the room - even nearby. With music especially, medium volume is clearly audible with the headphones off on the table and you stood several feet away. The X1s had this problem, the X11s have it too, more so in fact. Therefore avoid these for music too, they're strictly for gaming only.

    On the plus side, the fantastic mic adjustability is still present, and the size adjusters along the sides have an improved mechanism. The speakers are larger and more powerful, and the game and chat volume controls for the XBOX 360 are all on one panel. The wire connecting the headsets to the XBOX 360 controller is now much smaller, with no annoying puck on the end which used to prevent connection to the XBOX 360 steering whell or chat pad. It slots in now much like a 3mm headphone jack.

    They look more stylish too, and suit both the XBOX 360 arcade and elite models.

    So, if you own a pair of X1s, I would strongly recommend you stick with them, unless you particularly want the X11s. If you've never tried Turtle Beach before, proceed with caution, as they are, in my opinion, massively overhyped. They might cater for the masses, but for anyone with a decent pair of ears, they can be barely tolerable at times. That said, they are fairly cheap. Ultimately it's for you to decide.

    Apologies if this review seems a bit all over the place, it was written quickly and I had alot to say.






    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely AMAZING !!, March 16, 2010
    I play mostly FPS games. The sound quality is amazing. Make sure you don't turn the volume up completely. The headset comes with an in-line amplifier powered by a USB port that will make your eardrums explode. Both game and chat quality are extremely crisp. This is the best headset I have ever owned.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ear Force X11s, March 15, 2010
    I ordered a pair of X1s at Gamestop, kindly enough, they shipped this instead.

    In the 1st hour I've used this:

    Great for music, games, the bass is maybe a little on the weak side, but not that bad. Definitely worth the money. Comfortable, great mic, and it's USB powered. I use it mainly for PC gaming and music.

    Good buy, to anyone concerned.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ear Force X11s, April 6, 2010
    Well I just bought these today from Best Buy after seeing all of the great reviews on here and a few other sites about them and decided to go ahead and pick myself up a pair since my old 360 headset died on me. All I have to say is that so far I absolutely love them. Before I got these I had absolutely no idea how much I was missing from the entire game simply because I was using just plain old tv speakers. So when I started to play Battlefield: Bad Company 2 I was expecting a slight improvement over the already rich sounds that I could hear in the game. What I got instead was instead a pretty much a brand new game now that I could hear so many new small crisp and fresh sounds. So what I'm pretty much getting at here is that I'm pretty happy in my upgrade in headsets and the fact that it costs me the same amount as a new Microsoft Xbox 360 wireless headset.

    Now that I've covered what I liked here are some of the negatives that I found with it.
    *The static sound that can be heard when there are no sounds to be heard. For this I found that it didn't really matter how loud I set the volume to on the speakers the static still was at the same volume. However it does become negligibly noticeable as long as something is being played.
    *Not really a big one but I do wish that the cords for the USB power supply and the microphone and stereo jacks where slightly longer so that I wouldn't have to have my computer/Xbox 360 so close to whatever I wanted to plug the stereo jack into. However this can simply be fixed by using either an USB extension cable or a stereo line cable to extend the length of either one.

    Overall I would have to say that for the price of this product it defiantly delivers.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good, March 16, 2010
    I ordered the X1 backorder, but they sent this. Sound quality is fantastic, but make sure to watch the volume or you'll head will explode. 4 out of 5, bass could have been stronger.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Same as X31, March 20, 2010
    I was so excited when i saw that the x11 was coming out i preorderd it and from the time they shipped it to when it got here took 2 1/2 days GREAT shipping. The headset itself takes some getting used to but when you wear it for about an hour you don't even notice the head set is very loud and the speakers are the same in the x31 and i have personally used the x31 and the only diff. is the cord.i would highly recomend this headset it is awesome.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The next level, April 10, 2010
    Simply put these headphones take gaming to the next level. You will be able to hear every sound in full detail something you may not experience via, your TV, monitor or sound system. If you are a fan of survival horror games ie.. Resident Evil or Dead Space give them a try with these headphones for so much of horror relies on sound.

    In a FPS games enemies especially the human ones will have a harder time sneaking on you and in most cases you will get the jump on them. As far as the chat features go grade A your teammates will clearly be able to hear them and more importantly you will be able to hear them.

    Any gamer looking for an advantage or wants to experience gaming on higher level must give the Ear Force X11 a try.
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