Mushkin Class10 SDHC Card Review

Author: Chris Ledenican
Editor: Howard Ha
Publish Date: Sunday, July 10th, 2011
Originally Published on Neoseeker (http://www.neoseeker.com)
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Digital storage to some capacity is already part of our day-to-day lives, whether it be the micro-SD card in a smart phone, USB flash drive, or even a standard hard drive in a computer. These small devices allow us to store virtually any form of data and have made tasks such as photography and transferring files easier than ever before. Additionally, memory capacity has been gradually increasing over the years, and we are now at a point where we can store and transport hundreds to thousands of MP3s and digital images, as well as record hours worth of HD video on a single storage device.

One of the latest storage devices (or more precisely media) on the market is the Mushkin SDHC card, currently offered in capacities of 8GB, 16GB and 32GB. The cards also utilize the class 10 speed rating, giving them a 10MB/sec minimum data transfer rate. This means transferring data from a Mushkin SD card will be faster than similar products that use class 2, 4, or 6 speed ratings. In this review we are going to be examining the 16GB model. The 16GB SDHC card has a MSRP of $24.99, which is quite low considering the amount of storage it offers.

 

Specifications
Capacity
16GB
Dimensions
32 x 24 x 2.1mm
Temp. Range
-13º F to 185º F (-25º C to 85 º C)
Class Rating
Class 10 (10MB/sec minimum data transfer rate)
Warranty
3 years

The 16GB Mushkin SD card comes packaged in a retail blister pack that displays the SD card through the front. The rest of the front panel identifies the storage class, storage capacity and the type of card it is

The back panel of the packaging includes a short description about the flash media card, and Mushkin's dedication to ensure their products are made of the highest quality and reliability. Once the card is out of the packaging you can see that it comes in a protective plastic case allowing it to be transported in a carry bag when not in use with a supporting device.

The Mushkin SDHC card measures 32 x 24 x 2.1 mm, and is compliant with class 10 data transfer specifications. Essentially this means that this card has both read and write speeds of no less than 10MB/s. This rating ensures the card will have better performance than the previous generation cards, which had speed ratings of 6MB/s. The Mushkin SD card also features wear-leveling to improve the operational lifetime of the product, and it comes with a backed with a 3-year warranty.

The class 10 speed standard has effectively increased the performance of the latest SDHC cards, but even while the performance and capacities are improving, the overall cost of SDHC is still relatively low. This means that even as digital video and audio entertainment quality are improved, we can still store large amounts of data onto a small portable device and not have to spend an arm and a leg to do so. The Mushkin SDHC Class 10 card is a perfect example of this, as it available in capacities of 8GB, 16GB and 32GB at prices of $12.49, $24.49 and $53.99, respectively.

The Mushkin SDHC card also includes wear-leveling , which optimizes the writes for superior product longevity and reliability. In addition, the 16GB Mushkin card we looked at in this review has enough capacity to store around 4200 8MP, JPEG image files, or a few hours worth of HD videos. This makes it an excellent and inexpensive choice to replace any smaller capacity SD card that is being used in a digital camera or camcorder.

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