David Pogue of the New York Times wrote a nice review of SanDisk’s Ultra II SD plus memory card last week, which I read and promptly forgot about until this morning. It’s definitely worth mentioning, because until now nobody seemed to have thought about producing a memory card able to circumvent that nearly ubiquitous element of digital photography and memory cards: the memory card reader.
Tiny built-in hinges let the card fold in half, exposing a USB plug devoid of the usual metal shield. Simply insert it into your computer and it behaves like a flash drive. Admittedly, the thing is darn tiny, and Pogue justifiably expresses concern over the possibility of those hinges breaking – he mentions a SanDisk rep’s promise that the cards are designed (and guaranteed) to endure some 5,000 open/close cycles.
Also sweet news: not paying a price premium for the little buggers. Nice work, SanDisk. Here’s a Froogle link for all y’all interested in buying one.