Thursday, December 10, 2009
Review: Eye-FI Wireless SD Memory Card
I recently bought a new digital camera because I was excited about the Eye-Fi Wireless SD Memory card. I had a friend who was raving about this card because it will automatically use available WI-FI to upload images to your desktop as well as to a number of online photo album sites.
I originally had a Sony digital camera and if you have one, you know that you can't use an SD memory card with it. So, I went out and bought a new camera. I think the camera is great and maybe I will write a post about it later, but not now.
Anyways, I get home and plug the SD card into the card reader and plug it into my USB port after installing the Eye-Fi software. Well it comes up and tells me the card is bad and they will gladly ship one out to me. I debated returning the card to the store, but decided it wasn't that urgent. They said it would ship 5 day ground within 3 business days. For my trouble, they are going to send me a $15 credit for their online store.
Unfortunately, I believed them. After 7 business days, I called them because it doesn't usually take 5 days to get 5 day ground mail. As it turns out, it had not shipped yet. The guy told me it would go out the next day and I was ok with that. Well that was on Wednesday. On Tuesday of the next week I had not received an email from them and suspected it had not shipped.
I called them on check on my shipment. They said it had shipped on Saturday. I finally received it on Wednesday. So I bought this card on 11/21 and it was defective. I did not receive a good card until 12/10 when they claimed it would take a maximum of 8 working days to get it.
Now this doesn't seem so bad thus far. So I was telling my friend who originally told me about the card of this experience. He was offering to let me borrow his Eye-Fi card after I explained my problems. It turns out he had the same problem.
In conclusion, I am still using the card and it will probably be a nice thing to have. I am notorious for taking pictures and never taking them off of my camera. As for the quality of the card and the support of the card, I don't have very high hopes. I give this card 6 out of 10. I will let you know if I change my mind after using it more.