Micro SDHC Memory

If you’ve owned a Stick PC for any length of time you’ve probably encountered your share of quirks and limitations connected to the format.  One of the more constricting aspects of Mini PC’s is the small amount of storage that comes built into the device.  Up from 4 GB and 8 GB of the earliest units, the more recent crop have 16 and sometimes 32 GB of Flash storage.  While this may be fine for some, and if you’re simply streaming media it may not be a limitation, but for those who prefer to keep things local, or install games and apps from their favorite web store, the need for expansion comes quickly.

There are several ways you can add storage to your device, starting with a simple USB memory stick and going all the way up to terabytes of platters connected to a powered hub.  Somewhere in the middle is Micro SD.  If you’ve purchased a Stick Computer with a built-in slot for SDHC memory, then you can quickly and inexpensively upgrade your device to allow for a greater amount of storage space.

The majority of Micro SD slots on Android Mini PCs support expansion up to 32 GB of Class 10 storage.  While not an overwhelming amount of storage, it is certainly enough to keep a mini collection of photos, music, video or all of your Android apps in one place.

There are several factors to consider when purchasing a Micro SDHC card.  The first decision is practically made for you.  The limitations of your device will tell you how much SD storage you can add.  Verify with your product specifications or contact the manufacturer if you are unsure.

The second determining factor is data transfer speed.  As with most things electronic, faster is better, so you want to look for storage with fast read and write times.  Class 10, by definition, is 10 MB/s, but if your device has a newer UHS bus than transfer speeds can be much higher.  A read time of 48 MB/s (megabytes, not bits) is considered “just average” for a UHS bus and you’ll want to look for something in the 80 MB/s range and higher for best performance.  Likewise with write times.  Faster is better but the range is generally between 20 MB/s and 100 MB/s for high-quality, inexpensive drives.

Next, you’ll want to make sure that the memory is compatible with your device.  Often this is decided for you by recommendations from the manufacturer, but if you don’t have that sort of guidance, just check the specs and read what others are saying.  Chances are there’s somebody who’s already bought this memory for your device.  If your Stick supports Micro SDHC, and the card says it’s for SDHC devices (and in the range up to 64GB), than it will probably work fine.  It’s always best to double check, though.

Finally, you’ll want to make certain that you are purchasing a legitimate product from a known vendor.  The Micro SD card market is rife with fraud and if you aren’t careful you can get taken by one of these scammers.  The best advice is to buy from a reputable vendor and buy brand name.  If the price seems too good (much lower than others) than it’s probably not a legit product.

How can you cheat someone on memory cards?  By selling something that is actually of lower capacity and advertising it as higher capacity.  I don’t want to spend too much time focusing on fraud, but if you think you may have gotten a fraudulent card there’s a few things you can do to check.

  • Check the side of the card.  Many legitimate manufacturers, such as SanDisk and Samsung are using colored plastic (often white) rather than the cheaper black that frauds use.
  • Run it through a test.  There’s an app called h2testw that you can download free that will verify the storage capacity of your card.
  • Buy from a reputable vendor at a price point that’s in-line with the competition.  If something looks too goo to be true, it probably is.

 

What I like about the Samsung 32GB Evo Select

Memory cards aren’t the most glamorous of tech products. There’s often little to distinguish them by, but there are differences. With something as important as your data storage, it’s important to go with a name you can trust.

Even if your device doesn’t support the fastest transfer speed, this little card will.  With up to 80MB/s transfer speed on reads, it’s capable of skipless 1080p video and high definition audio without interruption.

It is compatible with a wide variety of devices, including Android Tablets, Mini PCs and also works with Smartphones and other mobile devices.  Even though it’s not necessary for Stick Computers, it includes an SD adapter for an even wider range of compatibility of transfer between your Stick and other Personal Computers

It has the Samsung brand name behind it.   Samsung has been in the memory business for a long time and stands behind its products.  It comes with a 10-year limited warranty and is backed by one of the largest suppliers of memory products in the world.

The card has a Temperature operating range between -13 and 185 degrees Fahrenheit which means that under normal circumstances you won’t have to worry about frying the memory card.

Company Product Information

Samsung Group is a South Korean multinational conglomerate headquartered in Seoul. It encompasses a variety of business activity, most of which are advertised under the Samsung brand.   Samsung Electronics is among the world’s largest informatin technology companies.

Samsung became the world’s largest producer of memory chips in 1992 and is the world’s second-largest chipmaker after Intel.

What’s in the Box

  • Samsung 32GB 80MB/s EVO Select Micro SDHC Memory Card
  • SD Adapter
  • 10 Year Warranty

Here’s a video explaining the main features of Micro SD and how it became popular.

SD Cards

Features, Specs and Tech Details

32GB 80MB/s EVO Select Micro SDHC Memory Card
UHS-I Speed Class 1 (U1) & Class 10
SD Adapter
Temperature Proof

Pros

  • Fast transfer speeds
  • Samsung brand
  • Heat resistant
  • 10 Year Warranty
  • Compatibility

Cons

  • Write transfers slightly slow
  • Slightly higher price

 

Some customer reviews

These are absolutely awesome, super quick. Definitely recommend these if you have a Samsung Galaxy Series phone. They work the best, have the fastest speed, the best pricing, and durability.

Samsung products are great, good price. Great buy

Amazing, using on my 12.2 inch Samsung note pro. Getting 20 mbps write speed.

Conclusion

If you’re in the market to upgrade the storage of your Stick Computer you should look into Micro SDHC memory.  The price, performance and quality of offerings in the 32GB range is truly dizzying.  You can’t go wrong with buying a known brand from a source you can trust.