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Toshiba FlashAir vs Eye-Fi: Which SD Cards are Better?

SD Cards are handy but SD cards with wireless LAN take things to a whole new level. If you choose to buy a wireless SD card, you can transform any device into one with wireless capabilities and easily transfer photos and videos without cables and connections.

Today, we are going to look at two different wireless SD cards, the Toshiba FlashAir vs Eye-Fi. We will consider various features like storage capacities, speed and security. Once we have finished, we will add a comparison chart and some pros and cons. We will finish up with our opinion on the best SD card.

Toshiba FlashAir vs Eye-Fi

We will begin with the similarities of the Toshiba FlashAir and the Eye-Fi. For the sake of this comparison, we will be comparing the 16GB SD memory cards.

Toshiba FlashAir vs Eye-Fi – Similarities

Compatibility

The Toshiba FlashAir and the Eye-Fi are compatible with any device that has an SD memory card slot. This includes cameras and laptops. They are compatible with Mac and Windows and also iOS and Android.

Supported File Types

You can transfer any type of file with the Toshiba FlashAir and the Eye-Fi. As well as the typical photo and video files, you can even transfer RAW files.

Side by Side Comparison

The comparison chart below will help to have a quick recap of the specifications.

 

  Toshiba FlashAir Toshiba Eye-Fi
Size 1.38 x 1.38 x 0.1 inches Not stated
Weight 1.41oz 0.8oz
Storage Capacity 16GB 16GB
Other Storage Capacities 32GB, 64GB 4GB, 8GB
Compatibility Wide range of cameras, MacOS, Windows, iOS and Android Wide range of cameras, MacOS, Windows, iOS and Android
Speed Class UHS 3 10
Maximum Read Speed 90 MB/s Not Stated
Maximum Write Speed 70MB/s Not stated
File Types All All
Wireless Yes Yes
Wireless Range Not stated 90ft outdoors, 45 ft indoors
Security Password requires for photo sharing WEP 64/128 and WPA-PSK
Multiple Device Sharing Up to 7 devices simultaneously No
Warranty Not stated 1 year
Price

These are the only similarities according to the product information. There might be others but as they aren’t stated, we have considered them as differences.

Differences Between Toshiba FlashAir and Toshiba Eye-Fi

Appearance

Naturally, they look like a very standard SD card with individual branding. Both clearly show that they are 16GB and wireless.

Toshiba FlashAir comparison

Toshiba FlashAir

This is a white SD card with a blue rectangle. It is 1.38 x 1.38 x 0.1 inches and weighs 1.41oz.

Toshiba Eye-Fi

The size isn’t listed but it is very lightweight at just 0.8 ounces. It is a nice bright orange so difficult to lose.

The Winner Is- The Eye-Fi

Other Available SD Cards

Aside from the 16GB, there are a couple of other storage capacities available.

Toshiba FlashAir

You have the option of a 32BG and 64GB wireless SD card.

Toshiba Eye-Fi

These are generally smaller with a 4GB and an 8GB version.

The Winner Is- A Tie

Read and Write Speeds

Transfer speeds are an essential feature of an SD card whether for professional or personal use.

Toshiba FlashAir review

Toshiba FlashAir

This falls under the fastest speed class, the UHS 3. Though generally more expensive, they are perfect for 4K videos. It has a maximum read speed of 90MB/s and maximum write speeds of 70MB/s.

Toshiba Eye-Fi

It’s a shame the actual read and writes speeds aren’t listed but it is listed as speed class 10, not quite as fast as the Toshiba FlashAir but still great for professional use.

The Winner Is- The Toshiba FlashAir

Wireless Range

Again, it’s a pity we lack the official product information to make an accurate comparison.

Toshiba FlashAir

There is no information about the wireless range.

Toshiba Eye-Fi

Indoors, the range is over 45 feet. Outdoors you will find the range is over 90 feet.

The Winner Is- The Eye-Fi

Security

One of our top concerns today is the security of our data and of course, photos and images.

Toshiba Eye-Fi

Toshiba FlashAir

The only security that seems to come with this SD card is the need to set a password and share this password with the person or device receiving the images.

Toshiba Eye-Fi

Here, you have WEP 64/128 and WPA-PSK security.

The Winner Is- The Toshiba Eye-Fi

Multiple Device Sharing

Though not relevant to the performance, it is quite convenient that you can share with different devices at the same time.

Toshiba FlashAir

You can share images and videos with up to 7 different devices simultaneously.

Toshiba Eye-Fi

Unfortunately, you can only share with one device at a time.

The Winner Is- The Toshiba FlashAir

Value for Money

It shouldn’t be the only factor to consider but definitely one to think about.

Toshiba FlashAir

Toshiba FlashAir

Although it’s just over the $100 mark, it is one of the fastest SD cards on the market. There is no information on the warranty.

Toshiba Eye-Fi

You can find this SD card at $20 to $30 cheaper and it comes with a 1-year warranty.

The Winner Is- The Eye-Fi

Pros and Cons

It’s important to include a few pros and cons so that we can get a complete overview.

Toshiba FlashAir

Pros:

  • An excellent solution for 3D printers
  • Set up and use are easy
  • Good transfer speeds

Cons:

  • The app is buggy and needs improving

Toshiba Eye-Fi

Pros:

  • Super easy to share images straight onto social media sites
  • Well priced for its features
  • Good app for previewing images and editing

Cons:

  • It’s fast but not as fast as the Toshiba FlashAir

The Final Verdict

This was a very difficult choice because although the differences didn’t seem like a lot, they made enough of an impact on their uses. First of all, it sounds stupid but the orange Eye-Fi makes it easy to spot against your other SD cards. The software is also far better than Toshiba, which is a real shame. Both were easy to use and we had no compatibility issues.

It’s true that the Toshiba FlashAir was a little faster when transferring files, but we were still impressed with the performance of the Eye-Fi for its price range. We decided that the overall winner was the Eye-Fi. There wasn’t a huge difference in the price but we felt that considering Toshiba is such a well-known brand, it really should make more effort with its software.


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