Cyber Monday isn’t always about the big ticket items. You know what I mean: that 65-inch 4K TV for $499, that king-size mattress for $870 (opens in a new tab), or this Air Fryer for $54.99. Sometimes it’s about the little things. I mean really few things, like a 1TB SD card that can fit on the tip of a finger.
Currently, I’m overly excited about a Cyber Monday deal on one of these cards: just $99 for storage that once filled four hefty 256GB spinning hard drives, which when stacked reached the size half a loaf of bread.
The specific Cyber Monday deal (really a Cyber Weekend deal, amirite?) I’m talking about a $99 SanDisk Ultra microSD 1TB card (opens in a new tab) (originally $136.99). It’s not SansDisk’s fastest solid storage option. In another stellar Cyber Monday deal, I could pay $117 for the “Extreme” version. That’s fine, but I don’t need that level of read-write time (190MB/ps vs. 150MB/ps), and I’m really into 1TB for under $100.
To understand why I’m so excited about this offer, you need to know a bit more about me:
- First of all, I’ve been doing this job for a long time and I’ve seen almost all of the history of modern computer storage.
- Second, I back up everything, which means I never have enough storage.
- Third, I have a habit of misplacing tiny microSD cards and am always on the lookout for new ones.
Back to the first thing, though. In the mid-1980s, our storage options were limited to giant drives (8 then 5 inches) which held, if we were lucky, 360K. In 1986, IBM gave us 3.5-inch 1.44MB floppy disks (no floppy because they were all in hard protective cases), which were standard for much of the 1990s. rotating were also tiny. We really weren’t talking about gigabytes until the mid-1990s.
As hard drives skyrocketed in storage space, portable storage kept shrinking and growing in capacity. Flash drives initially offered no more space than a typical floppy disk, but soon they offered MBs, then GBs of storage.
I still vividly remember the first time I held a 16GB microSD in my hand back in the early 20s. At the time, it was a prototype, and I wondered when, if ever, I would use these cards and so much mobile storage. I couldn’t imagine 4K video and 24MP photos.
Now I have 32GG, 128GB, and 256GB microSD cards scattered around my desk.
Never enough space
On the second point of why I always need more storage, I blame my love of photography and drones. I take a lot of bird and moon pictures, and although my Sony Alpha a6000 takes standard SD cards, I have a collection of SD card sized micro-SD card adapters: you just need slide the small card into the large card and use like any other standard SD card. So easy. My promo card happens to include a memory adapter – free of charge.
Most of my drones use microSD cards which usually fly when I press to release the drone’s little buggers.
This brings me back to why I often lose these cards. As much as I love them, microSD cards are virtually weightless, and when they slip out of your hands, it’s easy to lose them, along with all your precious photos and videos.
Why this card? Why now?
I would say a $99 1TB microSD card is a cut-off product. This means that we can now expect prices of $99 (or less) on 1TB (or more) in the future. You’re paying big bucks for, say, a 1TB iPhone 14 Pro or a 1TB MacBook Pro. Of course, you’re also getting 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’ve found is that the cheaper cards aren’t resistant to writing, deleting, and rewriting. Errors are introduced and soon the card is corrupted and unusable.
If, however, 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 awesome, right?
Check out the Cyber Monday microSD card deals below.
More Early Cyber Monday Deals
- Amazon devices: 50% off Echo Dot, Fire TVs and tablets (opens in a new tab)
- Apple devices: AirPods, iPads, Apple Watches (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 from $4.50 (opens in a new tab)
- Gift ideas: 40% off holiday gifts for the family (opens in a new tab)
- Listeners: 40% discount on Apple, Samsung and Bose (opens in a new tab)
- House: up to 70% off cordless vacuum cleaners (opens in a new tab)
- Kitchen: 25% off coffee makers, air fryers and more (opens in a new tab)
- Smart home: 59% off speakers, vacuums and TVs (opens in a new tab)
- Toys: top selling toys from $12.99 (opens in a new tab)
- televisions: Smart TVs from $99.9 (opens in a new tab)