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Appeared on: Saturday, April 06, 2013
Verbatim 16GB microSDHC


1. Introduction

The microSDHC memory cards consume very little power, therefore preserving the battery life of your mobile phone. We have in our hands a 16GB microSDHC card by Verbatim. The memory card is compatible with almost all the smartphones currently sold and with all the devices that have an SDHC slot, when used with the SD adaptor. The card also contains the latest copyright management technology to ensure legal transfer of digital assets (pictures, movies, music etc...) over computer networks for personal use.

SD High Capacity (SDHC) is the SD memory card based on the SDA 2.0 specification and larger than 2GB capacity. Benefits include a larger capacity and a higher data transfer speed. Verbatim's microSDHC card supports 10MB/s for both writing and reading, complying to the Class 10 specifications.


2. Package, tests

We found the Verbatim microSDHC 16GB sold online (amazon.co.uk) for €12 - an average price for a Class10 microSDHC card.

The retail package is large compared to the tiny microSDHC card, as you see below. The card is protected into a hard plastic shell, which should be carefully cut in order to get the product out without damaging it:

Don't be fooled by the large picture below - the Verbatim microSDHC has the typical dimensions and appearance of microSD cards, measuring just 15.0×11.0×1.0 mm (0.59×0.43×0.039 in):.

- Tests

In order to test the Verbatim 16GB micro SDHC card, we used Kingston's MobileLite G3 card reader installed at a Gigabyte Z77X-D3H motherboard and we compared it with other 32GB SDHC cards we had in our labs.

We start with the H2Testw you see below:

At this test we got 35.1MB/sec reading and 12.4MB/sec writing (both sequential):

H2Testw
Reading (MB/s)
Writing (MB/s)
Kingston UltimateXX UHS-1 SDHC 32GB
77.7
34.1
Kingston UltimateX SDHC Class 10 32GB
31.3
14.1
Sandisk Extreme UHS-1 SDHC 32GB
42.2
32.3
Verbatim microSDHC Class10 16GB
35.1
12.4

Comparing the Class10 products, the Verbatim microSDHC has a rather high reading speed, but it is slower during writing.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2e x64 edition

The next benchmark is the CryastalDiskMark (v.3.0.2e x64 ). The sequential performance of Verbatim's microSDHC card was again a little higher than what we saw previously; almost 39MB/sec for read and 14MB/sec for write.

The 4K and 4K 32 writing and reading speeds were also adequate, although slower than Sandisk's UHS-1 32gB SDHC.

 

CrystalDiskMark Sequential Read Sequential Write
Kingston UltimateX 32GB SDHC 20.12MB/sec 14.47 MB/sec
Kingston UltimateXX 32GB SDHC 89.29 MB/sec 47.73 MB/sec
Verbatim microSDHC Class 10 16GB 38.68 MB/sec 14.20 MB/sec
Sandisk Extreme UHS-1 SDHC 32GB 20.62 MB/sec 19.86 MB/sec

3. Final words

The Verbatim 16GB microSDHC is a Class10 card, ensuring a minimum 10MB/sec reading/writing speeds. Connected to a USB3.0 card reader, Verbatim's memory card delivered almost 3x the performance it promises, at least at the reading part. Writing speeds were also adequate at 1.3x and 13-14MB/sec.

Priced at €12, you get more than what you pay for, so Verbatim's microSDHC 16GB is a cool and easily recommended memory product for your smart phone.



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