Aside from a seemingly random GameStop bundle that sold out in a couple of hours, we haven't seen the Nintendo Switch in stock at any major retailer for months now -- and we look literally every day. If you've managed to track one down at some point despite COVID-19-related supply chain shortages and unprecedented demand, there are three things we'd like to say to you: Like, if the U.S. weren't still navigating a global pandemic, we'd recommend high-tailing it to Vegas right now. Make sure you grab a microSD card at some point. The latter comes up because, at 32GB, the Nintendo Switch's internal storage is woefully small -- and if you haven't noticed it yet, you will as soon as you try to install more than three or four AAA titles. Personally, my partner and I were only able to fit Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on our shared Switch before it ran out of room between game save data and the system itself.
You could drop a lot of money on high-capacity microSD cards, portable SSDs and other storage devices, so it's always worth it to wait for sale before you upgrade. Amazon has one such sale today and it includes microSD cards, SSDs and more from Crucial, SanDisk, PNY, Lexar and others. One of the best deals in the bunch is the 500GB Crucial X8 portable SSD for $80, which is $20 off its normal price and a return to its record low. Crucial's storage devices are generally solid and we like the X8 for its anodized aluminum unibody that's sleek while also being strong. It's drop-, shock- and vibration-proof, so you can take it almost anywhere and know it'll be protected.
You just want to buy an SD (secure digital) card or microSD card for your DSLR, dash cam, drone, smartphone, or tablet. But one size doesn't fit all. If the confusing array of memory card logos and specs has you pounding your head against a wall, we understand. We'll give you the quick answers for most common memory card uses. If your needs are very particular, we've also delved deep into SD card standards to help you understand the difference between Class 10, V30, UHS-I, A1, and U3, so you can make the right choice for any device or purpose.
Black Friday has come and gone but Cyber Monday has brought some new deals on storage gadgets that are worth considering if you need more digital space. These devices also make good gifts if you're still struggling to find something for a friend or family member who's hard to shop for. Sure, most people may not put a portable SSD on the top of their wish list, but nevertheless, they're handy devices that can make the experience of using a PC or laptop (or even a smartphone) much smoother. While there are a few Black Friday storage deals that are still available, Cyber Monday has brought a number of one-day sales on both internal and external storage solutions that are worth checking out. Check out the list below for the best Cyber Monday deals on microSD cards, SSDs and others. One of our favorite SSDs has fallen close to its all-time-low price -- the 1TB Crucial MX500 is on sale for $95, which is only a couple of dollars more than its record low.
A new format for microSD cards is here and will deliver data-transfer speeds of up to 985 megabytes per second (MB/s), opening up new possibilities for mobile gaming, apps, and future Raspberry Pi-type development boards. In a nutshell, using PCIe and NMVe on external mobile cards enables the same speeds available on solid-state (SSD) storage drives on laptops and mobile devices. The faster transfer speeds could be a game changer for Android handsets, which depend on SD cards to make up for restricted built-in storage. The other category of hardware they could help is future Raspberry Pi and other bare-bones developer boards that rely on SD cards for the operating system and apps. "microSD Express gives the mobile industry a compelling new choice to equip mobile devices with removable SSDs," said Hiroyuki Sakamoto, SDA president, in a statement.