They say there is more than one way to skin a cat, but did the Deliverance-types who invented this strange phrase also realise there is more than one way to build an SD Card with integrated USB interface? You see, they don’t teach you that out in the bayous…
Taiwan based PDC is the company that has escaped the slack jawed, banjo playing hicks’ attention with its PSd (Personal Storage disc). It will be a direct rival to Sandisk’s excellent Ultra II Plus USB card (reviewed back in July), even though it takes a very different approach.
Unlike the Ultra II, which uses a hinge to flip open and reveal its USB connector, the PSd has a simple removable piece. Each version has its pros and cons, with the former reliant on the continued strength of its plastic joint and the latter’s two piece structure likely to see the smaller part one day disappear down the back of a sofa and off into the netherworld of lost possessions (where it will join a number of cassette Walkmans, Joysticks, many pairs of keys, innumerable pen knives, an Optimus Prime Transformer and various other stuff I’ve lost down the years). You rolls your dice and takes your pick (personally, I think the Ultra II has the edge).
Still, if you are of the other persuasion, you be pleased to know PDC is prepping PSd cards as large as 2GB right now. It is unclear whether they will make it over to side of the world before the end of the year though and, as yet, there is no word on pricing.
Incidentally – apart from the obvious way – how else do you skin a cat? (I know this moggy which keeps scratching my mum's car...)