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  • Memory Card Applications 2: The Application of Micro SD Card, the Application Products Suitable for Different Specifications

    In the previous article, we mentioned the application and purchase of SD (Secure Digital) format memory card. If you haven’t done homework on purchasing SD memory card, please read this article: How to Choose an SD Card Based on Specifications. Today, let’s talk about another common, smaller memory card format – microSD.   When it comes to buying microSD cards, we usually consider the capacity, price, read/write speed, good value, etc. However, I truly recommend that, as mentioned in the previous article, before purchasing a memory card, it is better to figure out the use requirements and the application of the device, so you can get a suitable memory card! This article will take 4 microSD cards of TEAMGROUP as an example, and introduce the common devices that use microSD cards on the market, and provide you information for buying microSD cards. So let’s read on!   Understand the basic specifications and speed classes of microSD cards   The common microSD card specifications are the same as SD cards, which are divided into SDHC and SDXC. SDHC (High Capacity) is a card from 4GB to 32GB; SDXC (extended Capacity) is a card from 64GB to 2TB, and the transfer speed is faster.   When speaking of transfer speed, it is necessary to mention the speed classification marking method of the memory card. The common ones are the fooling three. Speed Class: Memory cards are often marked with a “C”. The higher the number, the faster the read/write speed per second. UHS Speed Class: It’s marked with “U”, usually 1 and 3 indicate the read and write speed. The larger the number, the faster it is. Video Speed Class: A speed standard established in response to the demand for high resolution video recording in recent years. It is marked with “V”. The larger the number, the faster the read and write speed. Note: Application performance class means the minimum random read speed and sequential transfer speed can meet both run and store execution time requirements under given conditions. The higher the number, the higher the class. In addition, the performance class of memory cards for mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and handheld game consoles are divided into A1 and A2. It represents the processing performance of the SD card after the app is saved to the memory card. The corresponding processing performance of A1 and A2 class are as follows:   App performance class Minimum write speed Minimum random read speed Minimum random write speed Class 1(A1) 10 MB/s 1500 IOPS 500 IOPS Class 2(A2) 10 MB/s 4000 IOPS 2000 IOPS   The full name of IOPS is Input/Output Operations Per Second, which is the number of read and write per second. The higher the numbers means the faster the processing performance, so A2 memory card will be smoother to use compared to A1.   What kind of microSD memory card should I get for my device?   If you have monitoring needs, we recommend TEAMGROUP HIGH ENDURANCE CARD With the increasing demand for video surveillance and smart home, whether it is professional surveillance camera, or baby camera, pet camera and other home cameras, the requirements for video storage in our daily lives are also getting higher and higher. The TEAMGROUP HIGH ENDURANCE CARD is designed for professional surveillance camera, with a special focus on endurance and durability of surveillance storage. Unlike general storage devices, it is suitable for harsh recording environments for long-time continuous writing, and meets the requirements of various types of surveillance cameras. In addition to offering 256GB of large-capacity storage and up to 40,000 hours of surveillance storage endurance, plus a 2-year warranty, you can feel more at ease when using surveillance camera storage! In addition, this memory card uses the video recording class Video Speed V30, and supports 4K and FULL HD high-definition recording and playback. With high durability and surveillance picture quality, it is undoubtedly the best choice for the storage of surveillance camera devices!   If you need smartphone expansion or backup, we recommend TEAMGROUP ELITE A1 CARD Whether it is a smartphone or a tablet, all kinds of mobile devices have become quite popular, but we often encounter the problem of App overload affecting the performance of mobile phones. Designed for Android mobile devices, the TEAMGOUP ELITE A1 CARD can reach UHS speed class 3 (U3), video speed class 30 (V30) and A1 CARD random read and write 1500/500 IOPS. It allows us to quickly run and install more applications without worrying about smartphone lagging caused by capacity limitation. TEAMGROUP ELITE A1 CARD is available in a wide range of capacities from 64GB to 1TB, which is definitely a great news for you heavy phone users! Most smartphones with 64GB memory cards are sufficient to store photos, videos and mobile games. If you often need to use your phone to shoot 4K video, a memory card of 128GB or more is recommended. In addition, TEAMGROUP ELITE A1 CARD also supports 4K Ultra HD video performance, effectively improving the smoothness of video playback!   If you pursue a smooth gaming experience, then T-FORCE Gaming A2 CARD can meet your need. Switch players should be familiar with expanding console storage capacity with microSD card! The T-FORCE Gaming A2 CARD, which is designed for handheld game consoles, not only meets the need of recording high quality video, but also has an advanced read/write speed of 100/90MB/s and capacity options of 256GB, 512GB and up to 1TB, allowing you to pick the right size according to your gaming storage need. It is a great choice for handheld game consoles and smartphone game players to expand the capacity easily! Moreover, the T-FORCE Gaming A2 CARD with A2 (App Performance 2) class guarantees 4000 IOPS and above 2000 IOPS for random read and write, and optimizes the mobile device applications. More commands can be executed simultaneously, allowing players to enjoy the gaming world without any lag!   If you often use action cameras, we recommend TEAMGROUP GO CARD to you Portable and flexible action camera has captured the hearts of many consumers with its ability to work in harsh environments and record high-quality, stable videos. Therefore, it is crucial to have a memory card designed for the function of action camera! TEAMGROUP GO CARD memory card for action camera meets the performance required for shooting Full HD and 4K ultra-high quality videos. Its durable characteristics such as waterproof, dustproof, X-ray proof and cold proof are very suitable for extreme sports players who shoot in harsh environments!   For general purpose of recording videos and taking photos with an action camera, we recommend using a 64GB GO CARD to meet almost all your needs. Just remember to bring a few extra spare memory cards with you! However, 4K video files are quite large, if you want to record 4K ultra HD videos with an action camera, I highly recommend 128GB or more just in case! GO CARD has a variety of capacities from 32GB to 1TB to choose from, which can definitely meet all your needs! The popularity of the use of drone has gradually increased in recent years, and mostly used in recreational filming. So, a microSD memory card that offers stable recording while flying is the key! TEAMGROUP GO CARD is fast, high performance and compliant with UHS speed class 3 (U3). It is also an excellent partner for drone camera users.   Conclusion There are many different kinds of memory cards on the market, so how to choose the most suitable memory card? You can start with the device you need! For professional surveillance needs, you can choose TEAMGROUP HIGH ENDURANCE CARD that emphasizes durability and endurance. If you need to expand or backup your mobile device, choose TEAMGROUP ELITE A1 CARD for both price and performance. If you are a Switch player, you can’t miss the T-FORCE Gaming A2 CARD! If you like to record videos with an action camera, then you must choose the TEAMGROUP GO CARD that can take care of both durability and stable recording. After reading the above, I hope it can help you better understand how to choose the most suitable memory for different devices!

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  • How to Choose an SD Card Based on Specifications

    In today’s article, we would like to talk about memory cards of form factor SD (Secure Digital). If we want to buy an SD card, what is the first thing we think about? What is the main purpose of the card going to be? Some of you will probably start to think about the brand, but apart from that it is important to look deeper, or in other words, we need to check the specifications. Let’s take a look at the specifications of SD cards from TEAMGROUP and understand for which group of users these cards were created.     The most common and popular types of SD Cards are SDHC and SDXC formats. SDHC ( High Capacity ) ranges from 4GB to 32GB, and are the most common format today which means that most devices are compatible. SDXC (eXtended Capacity ) ranges from 64GB to 2TB, which also have more speed in transferring data compared to the aforementioned SDHC.     Let’s talk more about data transfer. In today’s article, all the Four SD cards of TEAMGROUP have UHS (Ultra High Speed) technology. The cards are also in the category of Video Speed Class (V) from V10 to V60. TEAMGROUP’s SD Cards are the answer to the increasing demand for high resolution and high-quality video recording. These SD cards are all waterproof, X-Ray proof and dustproof which makes them the best companion for travel bloggers and outdoor photographers.   Check out the cards >> CLASSIC, ELITE, PRO, XTREEM   What Capacity should I choose for my Camera? Recommended capacity will vary based on purpose since everyone has different needs. For example, if you use your camera only for taking pictures, a capacity of 32GB-64GB should be enough for you. However, if you take pictures but also shoot videos, then 128GB-256GB may prove more beneficial. The Classic and Elite Card is a perfect solution for this.  What card should I choose for 4K or 8K resolution? For professional photo and videographers who shoot up to 4K resolution, you can also use The Elite Card. If you need a higher data transfer speed however, TEAMGROUP recommends buying The Pro SD Card that has R/W up to 100/90MB/s to save your time.     While shooting in Full HD and 4K is becoming mainstream, shooting in 8K resolution is also now an option. In terms of file sizes and storage, 8K is four times the number of pixels as 4k, which leads to very large file sizes when shooting. This makes it ever more important for the videographer to choose the right SD card. With this in mind, The XTREEM Card is here to save the day. With the technology of V60 and up to 250/120MB/s data transfer you can focus more on doing what you love and spend less time transferring files.   Thanks for reading, share your experience with SD cards below and let us know what SD Cards you love to use!      

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  • Christmas Gift Ideas for Gamers and Life Enthusiasts

    The Christmas season has come and it’s time to choose Christmas gifts for loved ones and friends. Today, we want to share with you five Christmas gift ideas that will not only be loved, but also will be amazingly helpful. Let’s start!   Gift #1 The external SSD T-Create Classic External SSD. This SSD is loved by gamers and content creators alike. In our time of creative expression, having enough space for saving content and data is necessary. Therefore, an external SSD will become an excellent gift that will allow for saving photos, videos, and games. With a fast speed of transfer to any device, it has many uses. It will also work with both Mac and Windows, which makes this external SSD a more attractive choice as a gift for your loved ones. If that isn’t enough, the T-Create Classic Thunderbolt SSD's package is fantastic. It looks so nice it may not even need gift wrapping. Just add a Christmas Card and yummy chocolate and that is it – the perfect Christmas gift is ready! T-CREATE Classic External SSD Where to buy Gift #2 Do you have a friend who loves to play the PlayStation5 and don't know what to get them for Christmas? An SSD is a wonderful gift! With the SSD they can play more of their favorite games without worry of overheating. The T-Force Cardea A440 PRO SPECIAL SERIES M.2 is an SSD that was made specifically for the PS5. It is 100% compatible with the new PlayStation and will satisfy all the needs of PS5 gamers in terms of speed, which is up to 7000. It has very effective cooling because of it’s graphene heat sink. It also has an appearance that shares the same color as the PS5. We can guarantee that it will be the best gift for all PS5 lovers. T-FORCE Cardea A440 PSS SSD Where to buy Gift #3 Do you have a friend that likes to spend evenings and nights playing CS: GO? Do you know someone planning to build a PC or make an upgrade to their PC? Then you should gift them some TeamGroup gaming memory! Of course, a GPU would make them much happier, but you should know that memory is never a bad gift! Choose beautiful RAM, like the Xtreem ARGB White DDR4 32Gb 4000/3600 MHz. It matches trendy monochrome PC components while providing great performance! Nowadays 32 GB is amazing for gamers, and 4000Mhz is a high frequency that can help them have much better performance in games. Your friend will be super excited to receive such a wonderful gift. T-FORCE Xtreem ARGB White Where to buy Gift #4 “Secret Santa” is a holiday tradition in many offices, but the hardest part is picking the right gift for your colleagues. Aside from the Xmas mug at Starbucks, there is one more cool and universal gift you can get for any colleague ; a T83 or T93 USB flash drive from TeamGroup. It is not just UFD, but a multifunctional USB that will make the lucky recipient of it happy with everything that this small UFD can do. Beyond just saving data, it can function as a ruler, magnet, and much more. This series of USBs are great all around tools! T193 USB3.2 Where to buy T183 USB3.2 Where to buy Gift #5 Do you know someone that likes to take photos and videos of travel adventures and sports tricks by using GoPro, Drone or Camera? Then the best gift is a Micro SD card collection for each device. For example, the Go microCard for a GoPro, the Elite micro SD Card for Drone, and the Xtreem Card for a camera. This is a perfect gift that they can use on their travels. If you want to make the gift even better, then add a TeamGroup external SSD PD 1000. It is a very elegant and stylish external SSD from the outside, but from the inside it was created to be unbreakable in front of all rough conditions! Your friend can take it everywhere with them! GO CARD Where to buy ELITE A1 CARD Where to buy XTREEM SD CARD Where to buy PD1000 Portable SSD Where to buy Which of these gifts was your favorite? Share with us in the comments. TeamGroup hopes you can find a wonderful gift, and have a very merry holiday season ahead!

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  • How to choose a suitable MicroSD CARD for your Switch?

    Due to the recent pandemic, people are spending more time indoors and the demand for gaming consoles has increased significantly. Switch is great for use at home or on the go, therefore currently it has become the best choice for purchasing a gaming console. 1. SWITCH firmware update In April of this year, Nintendo announced the latest 10.0.0 version of the firmware update, adding super useful features:  In “Data Management” of the console, data can be transferred between the internal storage and the microSD card! Switch supports microSD card expansion. Supported cards includes microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC. It is only compatible up to Speed Class UHS-I and not compatible with UHS-II. Resource: Nintendo Official Site In the past, data stored in the internal storage could not be transferred to a microSD card as it can now be transferred to a gaming console directly. The latest firmware update makes it a lot more user-friendly. As for other new features such as the News Bookmark function, option to remap the controller buttons, etc., please visit Nintendo Official Site for more details! 2. MicroSD cards that are highly recommended Speaking of using the microSD card, the following are considered in terms of capacity, price, read/write speed, and good value. We will introduce TEAMGROUP memory cards suitable for the use on the Switch, and you will see that TEAMGROUP memory cards are cutting edge in every way! TEAMGROUP PRO V30 U3 MicroSD CARD 256GB Capacity: 256GB R/W Speed: 100/90 MB/s Warranty: Lifetime warranty Value rating: Medium PRO V30 is the highest-level A1 card among the current microSD cards of TEAMGROUP. Its speed is no less than the products of Samsung and SanDisk. Since it is the most high-end product with a top speed, the price is slightly higher than other TEAMGROUP memory cards, therefore we give it a medium value rating, which is recommended for gamers who are looking for ultra-fast boot speed and loading speed. TEAMGROUP PRO V30 U3 MicroSD CARD (Learn More) Where to Buy TEAMGROUP ELITE A1 U3 MicroSD CARD 256GB Capacity: 256GB R/W Speed: 90/45 MB/s Warranty: Lifetime warranty Value rating: High The ELITE is the next tier of the PRO, the price of it is slightly lower than the PRO, and it’s only a bit slower in terms of read speed. This is also the product we are testing in the following. The loading speed is very fast and overall it is a real bargain. If you wants to buy a microSD card for your Switch, this will be the most recommended product! TEAMGROUP ELITE A1 U3 MicroSD CARD (Learn More) Where to Buy TEAMGROUP COLOR CARD II MicroSD CARD 128GB Capacity: 128GB R/W Speed: 90/45 MB/s Warranty: Lifetime warranty Value rating: High This memory card has similar specification with the ELITE, except it has the A1 performance level. However, the A1 level is the SD Association’s IOPS definition for mobile phone usage. The most important thing for the Switch is the game read speed, therefore there is no big difference without the A1 level. Plus, it is cheaper, which is one of the reasons we highly recommend this product. TEAMGROUP COLOR CARD II MicroSD CARD (Learn More) Where to Buy 3.    Why microSD card is great for enthusiastic gamers? One microSD card can solve your storage capacity problem Have you ever bought many digital games and run out of console’s internal storage? Want to record your gameplay but there isn’t enough storage space? A suitable microSD card can solve your problems! In the following test, the Switch has only 2-3 games but takes up 80% of console’s internal storage. Let’s see the difference after they are transferred to the SD card! Friendly reminder: Game progress can only be saved in the internal storage of the console. So, when the internal storage is full, you may not be able to save the games. It is recommended to reserve storage space for safety! 4. How to insert microSD card? How to transfer games after installation? First, the microSD card slot is located at the back, behind the long black cover on the bottom left. When you open it gently, you will hear a “click” sound. This cover is also designed as a stand to support the main body so that it can be played standing upright. Then, as shown in the image, insert the microSD in the correct direction, and if you feel it bounce back a little, that means the installation completes. Friendly reminder: The upper cover is where the game card slot is located. You won’t find microSD card after opening this cover. If the SD card is inserted while power on, the following screen will appear. Please select restart. After restart, if you want to transfer data from console’s internal storage to the SD card, go to “Data Management” in “System Settings”. The following screen appears when you select “Move Data Between System / microSD Card”. Then select “Move to microSD Card” to bring up all the software that can be transferred from the current console. Select a game, such as Fornite as below, then click “Move Data” on the right and it’s done! In conclusion, it makes a big difference when Switch is with a microSD card.  Go get your Switch and microSD card now guys!

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