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Review: Samsung Essential MicroSDHC Class 6 (8GB) [2014 Edition]

After looking at the faster class 10 counterparts such as the Samsung Evo‘s, today we look at Samsung’s lowest end of microSD cards – the essential series. As promised, quite sometime back, today we shall take a look at this! At just SGD$4 per card (8GB), this is one cheap microSD card to get.

The Samsung Essential microSD lineup only covers the microSDHC set, which unfortunately stops at 32GB. As such, the lineup of the Samsung Essential microSD only ranges from 8GB to 32GB. This series of the card, was also refreshed together with the Samsung Evo and Samsung Pro. We will take a look at the older counterpart at a later date.

Like all of the cards from Samsung, the Essential also sports the free microSD to SD card adapter, that is again, identical to the EVO or PRO adapters.

On the front of the card, Samsung has opted to use a blue and white background to the card, with the capacity of the card printed in the big white font on the bottom blue portion together with the rating’s and direction in grey. On the top of the card is the white portion with the branding. As a class 6 card, the card is not rated to UHS-I.

On the reverse of the card, we have the model, batch and serial number imprinted on the card via laser as well as its Origin which is no surprise – Korea.

As seen earlier, the card is only class 6 rated which tells us we can expect a minimum performance of only 6MB/s for read and write speed.

So let the test Begin!

First up, the H2TestW:

Next up, we ran the CrystalDiskMark in various capacities.

The first capacity we run it on was 4000MB or 4GB. The result can be seen below:

The next test, we ran the smallest test – 50MB:

And finally, we run the middle sized test, taking the average of 5 attempts:

When compiled into a graph:

Overall, as we can see, the speeds are very close to the rated speed by Samsung, however, in small short file bursts, it fails to meet the 6MB/s rating, though for most part of the tests, it did meet it. The read, had no problems exceeding that. The random 4K performance, however, are nothing out of the ordinary which means you won’t be expecting a high performance from this budget card. Overall, the speeds are:

READ – 22737 KBPS
WRITE – 6456KBPS

All in all, for this price, this performance seems to be pretty much slightly better than the class 4’s, though, if you can up the budget for a nifty class 10, you should really consider it.

Rating: ★★★★★★½☆☆☆ 

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