by Eric Ravenscraft on
You buy a gaming console to play games, but then it ends up being a centerpiece of your home theater. If you’re going to watch movies and TV on it, you may as well get the best one for your needs.
It’s really hard to distinguish micro SD cards from one another. Besides their capacity, they’re all the same, right? Not necessarily. Some cards are faster than others and not every device can use every card. Here’s our recommended cards (and how to pick a card that’s compatible with your device)
Micro SD cards are largely interchangeable, but there are some specific (and subtle) criteria you may want to check before you buy a card. If you don’t get the right kind of card for your gadget, it might not run very well, or may be incompatible with your device entirely. Here are a few things to watch out for:
This might all seem intimidating, but it’s not as bad it sounds. Most devices support at least SDHC, and Class 10 is fairly common. It’s still worth checking your gadget’s specs if you need a micro SD card for anything larger than 32GB, or if you have specialized needs for things like 4K video recording. With all that in mind, here are the best micro SD cards we’ve found for various needs.
If you just need something to stick in your gadgets without worrying, SanDisk’s Ultra 32GB model works perfectly. It uses SDHC, so it’s probably compatible with most of your gadgets. At $12.99, you’re paying about 40 cents per gigabyte which is pretty damn cheap. It’s also remarkably reliable. With over 27,000 Amazon reviews, 80% of customers have been pleased with this model.
If you want to buy a card to use in your smartphone or console—like the Nintendo Switch—this is the one to get. It’s not the fastest card on the market, but you don’t necessarily need that power to store your apps, photos, or game saves.
This entry in the Samsung Evo Select line is designated as Class U3, and it’s capable of speeds no slower than 30MB/s, but can go up to a mind-melting 100MB/s. If you need a micro SD card to do something crazy like record 4K video, this is the card to get. The 128GB model is going for $45 on Amazon. If you need more space, check out our recommendation below for a high capacity micro SD card (but high capacity doesn’t come cheap, so maybe skip that, buy multiple 128GB cards, and swap them out as needed).
Given the high cost, we don’t generally recommend a micro SD card higher than 128GB right now. If you absolutely have to have one, though, this is the one to get. The Evo Select line is the one of the best performing series out there, and if you have a need for an uninterrupted 256GB of storage, you probably want your storage not just big but fast. The (obvious) downside is the price. This card costs $149.99 as of this writing, which is about 3x more expensive than the model with half as much storage. As we said above, it’s more financially prudent to buy two Evo Select 128GBs, but if for some reason not changing cards is worth an extra $50 for you, this the the super sized premium card for you.
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