With Samsung jumping back into the retail memory storage market in a big way last year, they’ve continued the evoluation of their Micro SD lineup, complete with matching colour schemes; the EVO+ in orange and the PRO+ in black. The packages identify each product as Micro SD high capacity (SDHC) cards, both of which are Class 10. Both also come with an SD adapter, as we’ll see below.
The EVO+ is classified as “Ultra-Fast performance”, while the PRO+ claims “Professional performance”. So how much faster is Professional over Ultra-Fast? Well, it’s sort of reminiscent of the “Warp speed” vs “Ludicrous speed” in Spaceballs; it’s a matter of perspective, although we’ll run some hard numbers on the next page.
Suffice it to say that Samsung is targeting the EVO+ model for consumers who expect solid performance and don’t want any lag while watching their movies, for example. Speed is a criterion, but so is value for your dollar. On the other hand, the PRO+ model is for those who demand top performance without compromise. Value is a tertiary concern, and its geared to photographers, videographers, and those who typically deal with large files, particularly in Write situations. We expect these to be predominantly used in POV cameras and Prosumer cameras where the frame buffer is dumping large files in short timeframes.
Out of the package, both Micro SD cards are finished in a smooth plastic, with the EVO+ an orange colour and PRO+ in black. Otherwise, they’re essentially identical on the outside.
The back of the cards are black and identify country of origin, which is Korea. Typical fare here.
Both the EVO+ and PRO+ comes with a standard micro-to-SD card adapter for readers and such. In the event your camera, for example, takes standard SD size, just pop it into the adapter and off you go. It’s a versatile setup, as most POV cameras like a GoPro take Micro SD, while point and shoot (and even DSLR) cameras take standard SD. Best of both worlds, as it were.
In terms of features, it’s important to note that Samsung has created these Micro SD cards to be extremely durable. This includes being waterproof up to 24 hours in seawater (so no worries about losing your data while on vacation, even if your camera is destroyed); Temperature resistant from -25° to 85° Celcius (skiing is no problem for your POV); X-Ray proof for protection of your data while in airports; and Magnetic proof for withstanding any influences from nearby home theater speakers, for example.
The end result is that your data is more valuable than the physical devices doing the recording. Memories are irreplaceable and priceless, and the durability of a card is the last thing you should have to worry about.
Let’s move onto testing next and see how fast these cards will read and write your data.