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Cyber ​​​​Monday is not always about expensive items. You know what I mean: that 4-inch 65K TV for $499, that king mattress for $870 (opens in a new tab), or that deep fryer for $54.99. Sometimes it's all about the little things. I mean very little, like a 1TB SD card that fits on the tip of a finger.

I'm currently overly excited about a Cyber ​​Monday deal on one of these cards: just $99 for storage that once filled four 256GB spinning hard drives, which when stacked are the size of half a loaf of bread. .

The specific Cyber ​​Monday deal (really a Cyber ​​Weekend deal, amirite?) I'm talking about a $1 SanDisk Ultra microSD 99TB card (opens in a new tab) (originally €136.99). Not the fastest solid storage option from SansDisk. In another stellar Cyber ​​Monday deal, you could shell out €117 for the "Extreme" version. That's fine, but I don't need that level of read and write time (190MB/ps vs 150MB/ps), and I really want 1TB for under $100.

To understand why I'm so excited about this offer, you need to know a little more about me:

  • First of all, I've been doing this job for a long time, and I've seen almost the entire history of modern computer storage.
  • Second, I back up everything, which means I never have enough storage space.
  • Third, I have a habit of losing tiny microSD cards and am always looking for new ones.

However, let's go back to the first. In the mid-1980s, our storage options were limited to giant drives (8- to 5-inch) that held, if we were lucky, 360K. In 1986, IBM provided us with 3,5-inch, 1,44MB floppy disks (no floppy disks because they were all in protective hard cases), which were standard for much of the 1990s. Spinning disks were also tiny. We didn't really talk about gigabytes until the mid-1990s.

As hard drives skyrocketed in storage space, portable storage was shrinking and increasing in capacity. Flash drives initially offered no more space than a typical floppy disk, but soon offered MB and then GB of storage.

I still vividly remember the first time I held a 16GB microSD in my hand back in the 20s. At the time, I was a prototype and wondering when, if ever, I would use these cards and so much mobile storage. I couldn't imagine 4K videos and 24MP photos.

I now have 32GG, 128GB and 256GB microSD cards scattered across my desk.

never enough space

On the second point of why I always need more storage, I blame my love for photography and drones. I take a lot of pictures of birds and moons, and while my Sony Alpha a6000 accepts standard SD cards, I have a collection of SD card-sized micro SD card adapters - just slide the small card into the large card and use like any other. another standard SD card. So easy. My promotional card includes a memory adapter, free of charge.

Most of my drones use microSD cards which usually fly when I press to release the little bugs on the drone.

This brings me back to why I often lose these cards. As much as I like them, microSD cards are virtually weightless, and when they get out of hand, it's easy to lose them, along with all your precious photos and videos.

Why this card? Because right now?

I'd say a $1 99TB microSD card is a cut product. This means that we can now expect prices of €99 (or less) on 1TB (or more) in the future. You're paying a lot of money for, say, a 14TB iPhone 1 Pro or a 1TB MacBook Pro. Of course you also get screens, chassis, processor and cameras, but storage is part of the cost.

My only caveat about microSD cards is that while I'm sure you can find even cheaper CyberMonday microSD deals, be careful. I buy the SanDisk for a reason. It's a trusted name, and if you get off-brand storage, you might not be happy with the card's performance. What I found is that the cheapest cards are not write, delete and rewrite resistant. Errors are introduced and soon the card becomes corrupted and unusable.

However, if you buy a card like this, you'll probably be happy. And think about it, you could have 5TB of portable storage for €495. It's pretty impressive, right?

Check out Cyber ​​Monday's microSD card deals below.

More Early Cyber ​​Monday Deals

  • Amazon Devices: 50% off Echo Dot, Fire TV and Tablets(Opens in a new tab)
  • Apple Devices: AirPods, iPads, Apple Watch(Opens in a new tab)
  • Beauty: 60% off makeup and skin (opens in a new tab)
  • cheap gifts: gifts under €25 (opens in a new tab)
  • christmas pajamas: family pajamas from €14.99 (opens in a new tab)
  • coffee makers: Keurig, Ninja, Cuisinart and more(Opens in a new tab)
  • Fashion: tops, coats and shoes €4.50 (opens in a new tab)
  • Gift ideas: 40% off holiday gifts for the family(opens in a new tab)
  • Listeners: 40% off Apple, Samsung, and Bose(Opens in a new tab)
  • Home: up to 70% off cordless vacuum cleaners (opens in a new tab)
  • Kitchen: 25% off coffee makers, deep fryers and more (opens in a new tab)
  • Smart home: 59% Off Speakers, Vacuums & TVs(Opens in a new tab)
  • Toys: best selling toys starting at €12.99 (opens in a new tab)
  • TVs: Smart TV from €99.9 (opens in a new tab)
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