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Great capacity and value, but slightly underperforms on write speeds in real-world usage.
on 2 January 2016
This is an excellent value card - at 128GB for £30, what's not to like. Do remember of course that once formatted, as with any drive/storage, you won't get the full advertised capacity. This isn't a failing of this card or maker and in no way indicates a 'fake' card (unless you get just a fraction of the expected size), but just keep in this in mind. When formatted as FAT32 I got 117.3GB usable capacity from each of the two cards I purchased.
That said, there are a couple of points to explain why I docked it of one star:
1. As noted by another reviewer, the supplied SD adapters definitely have an issue. I have a USB 3.0 card reader with both a micro-SD and SD card slot. Plugged directly to the micro slot. both cards worked fine, but using either card in either adapter, I could not successfully format the cards. Try the same in another adapter I had lying around confirmed the supplied adapter as being at fault. As that's not why I purchased the card, I'm not fussed, but it could be an issue, and frankly why supply an adapter which doesn't work properly....
2. The maker is big on quoting the headline 80MB/s speed, but it's the write speed that really counts in the time consuming task of (for example) loading music files for a DAP or phone. It's 25MB/s here and in practice I saw around 12-15MB/s via a USB 3.0 reader and port. The more expensive Samsung and SanDisk SDXC cards will achieve around double these write speeds, so do keep this in mind of being able to load data TO the card quickly is a priority for you.
Overall then, a great value card which performs well, with just one lost star for a dodgy SD adapter and not really delivering on it's advertised write speeds in real-world usage.