DiMedium, the makers of DiMeCard SD card holders, has sent us two of their products for review. In case you don’t know them, they make the DiMeCard micro8 and the DiMeCardSD, two credit card-sized holders for microSD and SD cards. If you are like me, you know how easy it is to lose track of your memory cards and how annoying it is when you can’t find a specific card.
Sometimes, microSDs and SDs come with a small holder, but it’s usually not much bigger than the card it’s meant to hold in the first place, meaning you’ll more than likely lose both your memory card and the holder, pretty much defeating the purpose of having a piece of plastic to hold your cards and adding insult to injury. Predictable like a German TV series about cops. And if this issue influences me, who doesn’t need memory cards for work, I can only imagine how annoying it can be for videomakers and photographers, whose jobs revolve around media to store the videos they shoot and pictures they take.
Both products came in plastic shells meant to display them on store premises on a peg hook. It’s not a fancy packaging, but it gets the job done by giving some degree of protection to the item it contains and allowing the customer to tell what’s inside. Complementing the rest of the package is a piece of paper showing marketing blurb in 11 languages and explaining how to store memory cards in the holder.
There really isn’t much to say about these shells: they’re just transparent plastic, really. One could even say they’re understated and wouldn’t be particularly striking on a punched panel displaying one hundred other products, and they’d be perfectly right. I’m the first to admit that and I wish the stock graphics were a little bit prettier.
But when you think about it, these two products aren’t about looks, but functionality, so I’ll try my best to describe them and see if they work as intended and if they’re right for you.
Opening the package, it’s possible to take the holder in one’s hand. Make no mistake: it’s a piece of plastic that in some spots shows quite a bit of flex and I think it’s fair to say that it won’t be able to take much punishment. This is definitely not rugged hardware, but to DiMedium’s credit, they never claim it to be.
Flipping the holders on the opposite side, we’re presented with 6 or 8 white rectangles, depending on the model, which correspond to the holes for inserting the cards in and allow for naming them. As one would expect, these squares are tiny and do not allow much to be written in them. It’s not DiMedium’s fault, it’s jut the way microSD and SD cards are. Make sure you can ask someone with a tidy handwriting to name them for you. The micro8 allows to store up to 8 microSD cards, whereas the DiMeCardSD has room for up to two SDs and 4 microSDs. Strangely enough, there is no SD-only model, which can be problematic if you only work with that particular type of memory.
On one of the short side is a small gap to attach the holder to a lanyard. The plastic there doesn’t seem to be too sturdy, as I also expressed earlier, so I wouldn’t give it too much confidence with heavy-duty pulling.
One of the most striking thing about these holders is how small and thin they are: they’re not bigger than a credit card and the micro8 is as thin as one (2.4 mm), whereas the DiMeCardSD is almost double that thickness, at 4.4 mm. I do not suggest storing them in your wallet, though. I don’t think they would withstand being sat on very well.
Usage and opinions
Cards are stored by inserting them in the holes with the contacts facing upwards, toward the side with the logo. There’s no spring mechanisms inside, meaning that, in order to pull them out, you’ll have to use your nails. This is somewhat disappointing, but I figure that implementing such a solution would make the holder thicker and more expensive. However, I for one wouldn’t mind having to pay a premium for a better product and I think that professionals and businesses that deal with lots of memory cards would agree with that.
How cool would it be if DiMedium offered a premium card holder with a spring-loading mechanism like that featured in the Raspberry Pi 2 and made out of aluminium? I for one would be instantly hooked.
Made for businesses
One thing I really like about DiMedium as a company is that they will manufacture holders with a custom graphics for use in your business. Whether you’re an electronics store, a photographer, a videomaker, or someone who wants to give people a nice gadget that will remember them of your business, this can be a great way to advertise your operations and be confident that people will actually use that gadget instead of throwing it away or tossing somewhere in a drawer. Don’t dismiss this possibility right away, I think it may be worthwhile.
Pricing and conclusion
You can purchase DiMeCard holders on Amazon for 7.99 GBP or 9.99 EUR. Alternatively, you can get both of them in a bundle for 11.99 GBP. In my opinion, the bundle is the better option, because it allows you to save some money and you ge the best of both worlds.
Sure, the graphics printed on them may not be the most attractive, but these SD card holders get the job done and aren’t tremendously expensive, making their purchase a more than reasonable investment.