Strontium has been trying to gain a foothold in the Indian IT market. Displacing the likes SanDisk, Kingston & Transcend is not going to be easy. But if they ensure that their product quality is top-notch and pricing competitive, there’s no stopping them from reaching the No. 1 position.
For starters, they have flooded the eCommerce websites. Strontium products are available on eBay.in and SnapDeal. In fact, they have got offers going on at SnapDeal and under one such offer, I snagged a 8 GB Class 6 SD Card for Rs. 395/- (Price: 495/-, -100 gift from SnapDeal). In another offer (Rs. 500/- off on shopping of Rs. 999/- or more), I have placed an order for a bunch of USB keys.
My biggest issue with Solid State memory is the reliability. While I have had rotten experience with Kingston products, Transcend has been so-so and SanDisk and HP have been great!
I intend to use the Strontium product at Windows ReadyBoost device. Lets just hope that it proves quality production processes and reliability.
Here's an initial test report (run on 19-Sep-11): Test finished without errors. You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again. Writing speed: 9.29 MByte/s Reading speed: 16.7 MByte/s H2testw v1.4
From the initial test results it appears that the card is capable of delivering Class 9 Write speeds! Also the sequential read-speed of 16MB/sec is not bad. Not comparable to a HDD, but not bad at all!
The Strontium 8GB SD Card has failed. In less than 1 week of very light usage, the card can neither be read from nor written to. It’s been two days since I wrote to Strontium asking for warranty process, no reply from them yet. I have a feeling that the USB Pendrives I bought are gonna fail faster than the card.
Stay away from this brand I think.
SD Cards suitable for Windows ReadyBoost
- Kingston 8 GB Class 4: [amazonproduct=B00200K1SY]
- SanDisk 8GB SDHC Card Class 4: [amazonproduct=B004CZ0H1Q]
- AmazonBasics 8 GB Class 4: [amazonproduct=B004Q3R9B0]
- Transcend 8 GB Class 10: [amazonproduct=B003VNKNEG]
- PNY 8 GB Class 4: [amazonproduct=B000P5XLOW]
- Lexar Professional Series 8 GB 133x Class 6: [amazonproduct=B0013TVAB0]
- Fujifilm 4 GB Class 6: [amazonproduct=B001HL0G5K]
- Dane-Elec 8 GB Class 4: [amazonproduct=B000VLIYGA]
- Patriot LX Series 8 GB Class 10: [amazonproduct=B002TA7VO2]
- HP 16 GB Class 4: [amazonproduct=B001JEOQSI]