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Metal SD Cards Can Take Whatever You Throw At Them

Samsung has armored your flash memory

I'm often impressed by the sheer durability of flash memory devices. I have a USB stick that I've accidentally put through the wash about four times and it still comes out with a perfect recollection of all the documents, pictures, and mp3s I've stuffed it with. I'm none too kind to my netbook or phone, either, but they still survive all the bumps and jostles I hit them with. Flash memory is the future for clumsy people. I certainly don't miss having to worry about breaking a spinning disc whenever I drop a device containing far too much vital info to be lost.

But even flash storage can fall prey to the elements sometimes. Specifically, those little cards that fit into cameras and numerous other recording devices. Not only are they the flimsiest receptacle for data, they're also probably the ones containing the most valuable of your files. If you're a photographer, a filmmaker, or a journalist, you're going to want to do everything possible to avoid losing your photos, footage, or sound bites, respectively. That's where Samsung's new three-proof brushed metal memory cards come in. 

Not only do these little slabs of data look far handsomer than your average blue plastic affair, the SDHC cards also come encased in metal that'll protect your files against water, shocks, and magnets. Most people may not need their SDHC cards to wear a suit of armor at all times, but if you're a professional photographer or anyone who needs to use a digital device in circumstances where your gear might be in physical danger, these guys could come in awfully handy. Even if you drop your video camera in a swamp while shooting a nature documentary, you'll at least have the comfort of knowing all your data is safe.

What's also awesome about these shiny tiles is that Samsung doesn't even really charge extra for them. Unlike certain manufacturers of outrageously and unnecessarily expensive gold-plated cables, Samsung seems to know that you're mostly buying your gear for the software capabilities, not the hardware. Since it doesn't cost them too much extra to wrap up your SD cards in metal, they're not going to stiff you on the bill. A 16GB card costs about $30, which is really not too bad a deal at all. What's more, they're just as fast as any Class 10-rated cards, even going above the rating's minimum specs. 

These cards come in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB sizes and can be purchased from Amazon.