PNY XLR8 Gaming MicroSD Flash Card 2022 REVIEW — MacSources

MacSources
4 min readApr 29, 2022

Flash card enhances the gaming experience.

If there is one accessory I can never seem to have enough of, it’s storage options. I love having a variety of SD cards, flash drives, external hard drives, and even microSD cards on hand in case I need them for any reason. One of the things I’ve been amazed about is how some flash cards — like the XLR8 Gaming microSDXC Flash Card from PNY — are built to work best with gaming devices. I was ecstatic to be able to add one to our arsenal of storage.

DETAILS

The PNY XLR8 Gaming microSDXC Flash Card comes in three different capacities — 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. It is a class 10, U3, V30 flash card and is compatible with mobile devices and portable gaming consoles. It has a sequential read speed up to 100MB/s and a sequential write speed of 90MB/s. The card features A2 app performance and can run games directly from the microSD card. The flash card is compatible with mobile devices and portable gaming devices — like the Nintendo Switch.

USER EXPERIENCE

The XLR8 Gaming microSDXC Flash Card was packaged in a pretty standard memory card wrapper. It was mainly a cardboard backing, but the flash card itself was raised up in a plastic window. I wish there was actually a better, more useful way to package flash cards, but realistically, they are so small that any other way of packaging it probably wouldn’t be practical.

The front of the package outlines all the main details of the flash card and the back has a lot of fine print in multiple languages. The main colors of the package are black and red while the flash card is white with red and black lettering. To get into the package, I used a small pocket knife to cut open the plastic.

After puncturing the plastic, the card slips right out and you can insert it into your device. Because this flash card is designed to work specifically with gaming devices, I inserted it into our Nintendo Switch and was impressed with how quickly games loaded and saved with it instead of the previous…

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