SanDisk microSDXC for Nintendo Switch – Review

With limited storage inside Nintendo’s hybrid console, you’re probably starting to see the various limited space warnings that appear when there’s mere megabytes left. Don’t worry, for a relatively small outlay you can boost the Switch’s available capacity.

The Nintendo Switch is a great console, however, unlike its rivals, it does lack a little when it comes to storage. Compared to a terabyte available on the Xbox and PS4, the Switch only offers 32GB of storage, and of that only 25GB is actually accessible by the user. Install a few games from the Nintendo eShop, and you’ll soon be running low – some games won’t even fit on it, NBA 2K19 takes up a massive 31.5GB. Situations like this call for a little extra help, and that help comes from SanDisk.

Founded in 1988, and bought by Western Digital in 2016, SanDisk has a long history in the storage market – one of its co-founders developed EEPROM. The company certainly hasn’t slowed down in all those years, with better, faster and higher capacity storage mediums being released regularly. It’s little wonder then why Nintendo has allied itself with SanDisk.

 

Official Switch Storage

Alongside the many different models of microSD storage available, SanDisk’s products include official Nintendo Switch microSDXC. Available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities, and coloured white, red and gold/yellow, these microSDXC cards will easily boost the paltry storage offering of the Switch.

Transfer speeds are excellent, with all models boasting read speeds of 100MB/s, up to 90MB/s on the 256GB and 128GB models, and up to 60MB/s on the 64GB model. What’s more, each card is UHS Speed Class 3 (U3), and there’s also a thirty-year warranty available.

Since it’s an official Nintendo offering, the packaging has Mario branding, the gold Nintendo stamp in one corner and the Switch logo in the other corner. It’s well packaged and protected, and with a Super Star (or Starman, if you prefer) logo imprinted on the 256GB card, Super Mushroom on the 128GB, and the Zelda Hyrule Triforce logo on the 64GB card; we even like the colour coding of the cards.

In Use

Fitting to the Switch is simple enough. Just lift the Switch’s stand at the back of the unit, and slide in the card in the slot at the bottom – push it until it clicks. Our Switch needed a quick system update to enable cards over 32GB, but in less than a minute the card was functional and ready for use.

We downloaded Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a game that takes up around 14GB of space – over half of the Switch’s built-in available storage. Once downloaded the game started without any issues, and played perfectly well. We didn’t notice any difference in gameplay from playing using the Switch’s built-in memory to using the SanDisk micsoSDXC.

Conclusion

Although, technically speaking, you can use any microSDXC card inside the switch to expand its storage, there’s a degree of trust when using an official product. True, you can order a 1TB card off eBay for a pittance, and you may be lucky enough to have it arrive, perform perfectly and actually be the size advertised, but more often than not you’re going to be stung. Cheap cards are fine, but they’re not always the best solution.

With the SanDisk Nintendo Switch microSDXC you’re covered. It’s the size that’s stated on the box. It works as soon as it’s inserted into the Switch, and you’ve got a great warranty backing you just in case anything goes wrong. The asking price of £77.97 for the 256GB model may seem like a little steep, but you’re getting a much higher quality item in return. However, opt for the 128GB version and you’re looking at around £40.99 (or less if a sale is on), and the 64GB model costs just £21.99.

SanDisk microSDXC for Nintendo Switch
  • Overall
4

Summary

An official Nintendo product, with SanDisk reliability and warranty! What more could you want?

– Nintendo-licensed memory card for the Nintendo Switch system
– Instantly add up to 256GB of additional space
– Transfer rates up to 100MB/s to load games fast
– Store digital games and additional content in one place to play anywhere

David Hayward

David has spent most of his life tinkering with technology, from the ZX Spectrum, getting his hands on a Fujitsu VPP5000/100 supercomputer, and coding on an overheating Raspberry Pi. He's written for the likes of Micro Mart, Den of Geek, and countless retro sites and publications, covering reviews, creating code and bench testing the latest tech. He also has a huge collection of cables.

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