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Transcend Wi-Fi SD Card review

Wirelessly access photos straight from your camera

Our Verdict

For

  • Works well
  • Can download photos through the app
  • Handy Shoot & View option
  • Large capacity

Against

  • Slight lag when browsing photos
  • Not compatible with all cameras
  • Browser not as smooth as the app

When taking digital photos on our digital compact cameras, we usually have to wait until we get to a computer before we can view them in their full glory.

Sure, digital cameras have LCD screens so we can review the photos we've taken, but due to their small sizes and low resolutions, it's not always easy to make out just how well the photos have turned out, and many of them don't feature inbuilt Wi-Fi yet.

The Transcend Wi-Fi SD Card has an interesting answer to this problem. Though it looks like a standard SD card (with a large 32GB capacity in the version we reviewed, but also available in a 16GB model) it comes with built-in Wi-Fi.

This enables you to connect your smartphone, tablet or PC wirelessly to the card when it's plugged into the camera.

You connect to the Transcend Wi-Fi SD Card as if it was a standard wireless network, and then you can launch the iOS or Android app to view your photos and videos.

It works well, though there is a slight delay when swiping through photos. Through the app you can zoom in and rotate photos just as you would if they were on the device itself, and you can download any photos straight to the device you're viewing them on.

Of course if you fill up the whole 32GB with photos then this will be a time consuming process, but being able to view and save a couple of recent snaps without having a PC to hand is very useful.

If you select the "Shoot & View" option, any new photos you take on your camera will be displayed instantly on your device.

If you don't have a device that supports the apps, you can still see your files by opening a web browser and typing in the IP address of the card (included in the Quick Start Guide). It's not compatible with all cameras, but most news ones should work.

Verdict

This is a fast and large SD card with the added benefit of Wi-Fi built-in, for a decent price. It won't be for everyone, but if you want to review your photos straight after you've taken them, then you'll love this.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSecure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)
Speed Class RatingClass 10
Brand NameTranscend
Storage Capacity32 GB
Number of Memory Cards1
Width24 mm
Length32 mm
ManufacturerTranscend Information, Inc
Product NameWi-Fi SD Card
Manufacturer Part NumberTS32GWSDHC10
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.transcend-uk.com
Marketing Information

Transcend's Wi-Fi SD card instantly adds wireless capability to your digital camera, letting you stream photos and videos to portable devices without the hassle of using cables, card readers or a computer. Take advantage of the high resolution of your digital camera and the versatility of your smartphone or tablet to share beautifully captured photos to the world as soon as you take them.

Thickness2.1 mm
Weight (Approximate)2 g