OCZ Trifecta 1 GB

OCZ Trifecta 1 GB

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Closer Examination

One of the interesting aspects of the OCZ Trifecta is the way the adapter is constructed. Besides being a SD-card it also houses a USB connector which makes it ver easy to connect the card to ones PC.

The two pieces slide apart and reveal a standard USB connector. The only part it lacks in order to be a standard full sized USB connector is the metal guardrails ensuring that you can't insert it incorrectly. So you have to be careful when inserting this card because the design isn't fool proof. However, nothing bad will happen if you insert the card incorrectly, Windows will just not recognize the card, it can not be damaged.

The Trifecta is assembled like this. First you have the microSD-card. This goes into the side of the SD-card (SD / USB adapter). Once you have it in you can split the SD-card in half, this reveals a USB connector.

Some of you might not be familiar with the microSD standard. It's the sort of storage card often used in mobile phones and some micro cameras. Basically in all devices where you need a removable mass storage device, but can't fit a standard SD-card or miniSD-card. One of the downsides of using the microSD-cards is that they are quite expensive considering the performance level they offer.

The microSD form factor rather different compared to traditional SD or miniSD cards. The only thing the microSD standard shares with its bigger brothers (miniSD and SD) is the amount of gold plated connectors on the back of the card.

The Trifecta SD housing looks just like an ordinary SD-card.

One of the things that I was a bit surprised by when I first saw a microSD-card was the size. When compared to a SD-card it looks absolutely tiny. Besides having a small surface area, the microSD-cards are also very thin, so you have to be careful not to bend them.

When you connect the card to a PC via the adapter a little blue diode lights up.

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