Edit: This is the first half of a 2 part port regarding USB3 ethernet adaptors running on MacOS. The second part looks at actual performance. There aren’t a lot of good reasons why one would care about getting an USB3 Gigabit Ethernet adapter, and all start with “I need an extra wired gigabit connection”. And this may not be as weird as it seems as most MacBooks lack a single embedded wired gigabit interface. As an alternative you get the Thunderbolt adapter (in it’s native Thunderbolt port, or using the new USB-C connectors), USB3 adapter or 802.11 WiFi connection. Current state …

On our previous MicroSD shootout, Netac’s offering was deemed as the best MicroSD card for smartphones and compact cameras due to it’s low cost per MiB and very decent read performance. However, write performance was underwhelming, landing on the middle of the pack. It was with great surprise an high capacity, high performance MicroSD card from Netac landed on my desk: the Netac P500 Smart Card UHS-I U3 128GB MicroSD card (brands need to try to shorten the MicroSD product names, this is getting ridiculous….). This card corresponds to the fastest and highest capacity offer from Netac, supporting UHS-1 U3 speed …

There are currently two industry groups fight for market standardisation what regards to HDR: UHD Alliance and Ultra HD Forum. Every time this happens is usually due to a fight over consumer awareness on something that doesn’t make sense. We’ve already seen what UHD Alliance brings (or doesn’t….), but know there is a new group trying to make your mind: Ultra HD Forum. A lot has happened for last couple of years in the TV industry due to fuss around Ultra HD, always surrounded by confusion, mishaps and all around caos and damnation. How we got here Starting with the availability of …

Although I’ve been an Apple heavy user for a number of years now, it always bugs me when companies misrepresent their products, event if the misrepresentation is a underrating of the actual product. For me, specifications must be as accurate as possible, no matter if it comes from Apple, and understating it’s video decoding capabilities it not on my list of expected weird things, but it does seem to happen.

After having reviewed a number of different microSD cards, the next step could only be compare then over a number of perspectives, each of them making sense to a significant number of users. Now, I believe it is quite obvious for everyone that there isn’t probably a best microSD card but it really depends on which parameters, or ratios between parameters are relevant for each one. Each of them will then represent an important benchmark by itself, so let’s detail each of them: Read Performance – The basic SD card benchmark, and targeted by most manufacturers. Although overlooked in some reviews, …

Manufacturer Leapro Brand P500 Smart Card Announced Capacity 32 GiB Formatted  Capacity 29.53 GiB UHS Class 1 SD Bus UHS104 Price AliExpress – €7.34 Netac is a chinese company most known in Asia by its USB drives ever since the early 2000’s, but on the SD card market a virtually unknown name. On our desk there’s Netac branded microSD, officially named as P500 Smart Card, yes “Smart Card”. Why on earth would it be called “Smart Card” is something that completely baffles us. If you still can’t believe, check the package photo. Fortunately, on the newly manufactured products the label seems to …

Manufacturer Jiaelec Corp Brand Transcend Premium 400x Announced Capacity 32 GiB Formatted  Capacity 30,01 GiB UHS Class 1 SD Bus UHS104 Price Amazon.com – Only TS32GUSDU1PE available. Avoid! Amazon.co.uk – £8.91 AliExpress – €10.45 Again, 32GB are not the same everywhere. Sometimes it’s bigger. Transcend is one of the tradicional SD card players ever since the transition between MMC and SD, always marked by a performance conscience, although not as known as SanDisk. As our baseline SD card review demonstrates it has been a sure option when performance is relevant, however, more often than not companies just lean back on past hard …

Manufacturer  Samsung Brand  EVO Announced Capacity 32 GiB Formatted  Capacity 29,80 GiB UHS Class 1 SD Bus UHS50 Price Amazon.com – $11.50 Amazon.co.uk – £8.99 AliExpress – €8.19 This is what vertical integration means… almost. When it comes to memory devices, Samsung is the the undisputed king of the hill, leading both DRAM and NAND markets, and a very relevant player on all semiconductor markets, including NAND controllers. With this in mind, we expect nothing short of a very competent display of performance from any Samsung branded product. In this review we focus com Samsung EVO MicroSDHC 32GiB card which is Samsung …

Manufacturer Kingston Brand MicroSDHC Announced Capacity 32 GB Formatted  Capacity 28,97 GiB UHS Class  1 SD Bus UHS104 Price Amazon.com – $9.45 Amazon.co.uk – £7.59 AliExpress – €11.92 Sometimes, a gigabyte is smaller than it should … Kingston is one of the old kids on the block for flash storage. Althogh known for price conscious SD cards and USB sticks, it has recently started moving into higher performance products. This movement was probably driven by two different forces: pressure from lower cost asian vendors, and the need to create a higher brand awareness in order to compete on the SSD market. One thing …

… Or shall we call it Sandisk Ultra…? Manufacturer ADATA Brand Premier Announced Capacity 32 GB Formatted  Capacity 29.71 GiB UHS Class I SD Bus UHS104 Price Amazon.com – Not recommended  Amazon.co.uk – Not recommended  AliExpress – € 9.66 Adata Is nowadays a very relevant player in the DRAM market but is also starting to emerge on the solid state market. Having offered products with higher than average performance at average price points made Adata a known brand is Asia and now appearing in both Europe and on the US. This MicroSD card from Adata is presented without flowering or blushing marketing. It is …

Manufacturer Mixza Tohaoll Brand Ocean Series Announced Capacity 32 GB Formatted  Capacity 29,40 GiB UHS Class I SD Bus UHS104 Announced SD High Speed Measured Price Amazon.com – $11.99 AliExpress – €8.80 Mixza Tohaoll MicroSD – When things simply don’t add up Mixza is a little known recent company founded in China in 2009, which produces solid state products. It doesn’t manufactures any flash chips, or SD controllers, as Samsung or Micron, as so many other brands out there, like Kingston, Mixza simply resells products manufactured by 3rd party factories, or to some extent, packages all electronic components in-house. This specific MicroSD chip was manufactured …

Sandisk Ultra MicroSD Manufacturer Sandisk Brand SDHC Ultra Announced Capacity 32 GB Formatted  Capacity 29,71 GiB UHS Class I SD Bus UHS50 Price Amazon.com – $11.99 Amazon.co.uk-8.19 AliExpress – €8,21 Sandisk is the incumbent portable flash storage manufacturer ever since the days of Compact Flash cards and one of the few that actually manufactures the products it sells under it’s brands. And ever since then Sandisk is known for high performance flash storage. Then it moved to the SD card market, and most recently on MicroSD. Since the Compact Flash times, the need to differentiate between different performance metrics causes Sandisk to brand …

An old Transcend SDCard Manufacturer Transcend Brand SDHC Class 10 Announced Capacity 16 GB Formatted Capacity 15,02 GiB UHS Class N/A SD Bus SD High Speed (SDR25) Price £7.50 Amazon.co.uk $7.50 Amazon.com €5,12 AliExpress In order to be able to compare the current breed of SD Cards, or even MicroSD, we need to find a baseline, from which to compare a draw conclusions. If at the same time, we can also get an idea of historical evolution, the better. Although not taking into account price declines solely due to Moore’s law, performer is expected to show significant improvements, as new SDA specifications got available, …

New Secure Digital cards sport theoretical speeds up to 104 MiB/s, for UHS-1 cards, or even 312 MiB/s for UHS-2 cards. Now, those are only bus speeds, and actual speeds may be a far cry from it, but in some instances real performance isn’t that different. On the other hand, it clearly demonstrates need for updates SD Adapters, as those new Secure Digital buses require compatible adapters, and again, USB3 compatibility. Then, which are the use cases for an USB3 adapter? Well, unless you intend to use your SD cards to extend your laptop storage, for instance, using one these …

The emergence of micro SD cards, which are today pushing any other solid state portable format to a niche status, including ironically, the original Secure Digital cards, raised the need for decides designed to read such cards. On the the other hand, the actual microSD state of the art raised the bar for bandwidth to a whooping 104 MiB/s for UHS-1 or even 312 MiB/s as defined by the latest 4.0 SD specifications, means that old USB 2.0 readers both internal and external were not longer adequate to handle those cards, but instead an USB 3.x would be required. Of course, …

One of the big news during CES 2016 was the announcement of UHD Alliance Ultra HD Premium specifications. However, all said and done, it was a complete disappointment as far as consumer interests were concerned. The end result is nowhere nearer anything which can be useful for a consumer to take an informed decision on which new TV set to buy. Why? To understand, one needs to spot the questions the UHD Alliance set out to answer, and where it failed, miserably and fully intentionally.

Editor’s note: HDMI-CEC is also known as Anynet+ (Samsung), CE-Link (Toshiba), EZ-Sync (Panasonic), Bravia Theater Sync (Sony) and SimpleLink (LG). Apart from any eventual proprietary extensions, all support the same basic functionality. There is a plague invading our living rooms for the past couple of years: remotes. First there was only one: the TV remote, then the VCR remote came in, but over the last couple of years, things started to go awry: DVD remote, Bluray remote, cable box remote, AV receiver remote and so forth. Typical AV setup during the years The thing is, when the TV remote appeared, there was only …

Back in September 4th 2013, HDMI Forum released the new version of HDMI, which was upgraded to version 2.0. This new version brought some very necessary upgrades in terms of supported bandwidth and the much needed new 4K resolutions. Also, as an added bonus, existing 1.4 category 2 cables would be compatible with the new standard and resolutions. On the other hand, people learned to put some salt on some technological breakthroughs and product launches, with some call vapourware or paperware. Anyways, HDMI 2.0 would have no reason to diverge from the rest of the industry best practices, and as such it brings some much needed …