Review: Srident reselling SD2Vita 3.0 adapters – Finally looks like a Vita cartridge!
Update: It’s been brought to my attention that these SD2Vita adapters are exactly like the ones you find on eBay and Srident is just a reseller. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. Sections 2 & 3 are mostly valid for SD2Vita 3.0 adapters sold by others found on eBay.
When in last July the first adapters were being shipped out, there was one question on many people’s mind: “When will we get an adapter that’s in a nice case?”. Well, now, after a couple of months, an evolution of the SD2Vita adapter has occurred and Srident has decided to produce some adapters for us all!
Note from Aurora: This review will not be following the format of my previous 2 SD2Vita adapter reviews but will employ an updated format with a small summary to read at the end of every section.
I. Packaging and Postage
Postage: When it comes to postage, Srident is still using France’s excellent La Poste. This means that shipping can be kept cheap while ensuring a fast service. To arrive in my Southern European country of residence from France, the adapter only took 4 days (Thursday -> Monday) which is much better than the usual 2-4 weeks it takes for goods shipped from China to arrive. The charge for shipping is €1.20 for ALL countries. The adapter should arrive in a few days in most of Europe and in about 1-2 weeks in America (depending whether it’s on the East/West Coast and how long
it’s stuck in customs for).
Packaging and Package contents: My adapter came in a somewhat large (A5) padded envelope and in my opinion, it had ample protection while being shipped. The adapter also comes in a small plastic case which can be used to store it safely if you’re not using it for whatever reason. My only gripe is that you don’t get a piece of paper that provides a brief explanation on how to install and use the adapter along with some links where you could contact Srident if you have any issues.
Section performance: Grade A- / The postage and the way it’s packed is really good but I’d personally like to see some sheet of paper (even if it’s half an A4 sheet printed on both sides!)
II. Design and Appearance
Quite understandably, the most important thing in this adapter over the v1 (PCB) adapters is the design. In this section, a brief account of some visual aspects will be given.
Material and build quality: The material is some type of hard plastic that feels pretty sturdy in the hands. As for the how the plastic is cut, a good job was done as the edges aren’t rough and a nice aesthetic is given off by the cuttings on the back. This adapter has a spring that lets you know you properly inserted it in the game card slot so no more playing around with the adapter for it to fit in.
Outwardly appearance: On the front, there are the words “Vita Adapter” in red along with a small graphic of the triangle, circle, cross and square that represent the PSVita’s face buttons. There is an arrow on the front of the adapter which lets you know which way you should insert the adapter in, which is a pretty nice touch in my opinion. Just in case you hadn’t noticed, the adapter looks like an original PSVita game cartridge.
Originality: This adapter looks *exactly* like SD2Vita 3.0 adapters sold on other marketplaces such as eBay which is something that annoys me a little bit. In my opinion, the adapter should’ve had “Srident” written on it somewhere and maybe an image of the HENkaku Enso logo on the back to give it a more authentic feeling so that it screams “created by and for the community”. My suggestions (or any other visible design changes) would differentiate the adapter from the adapters one can find from China and make it more unique.
A word on opening the adapter: I advise against opening the adapter since it may not hold together very well after closing it (it’s composed of 2 separate pieces of plastic) and the gold connectors on the back may not be properly aligned with the Vita’s game card slot.
Section performance: Grade B / The design is quite nice and appealing but I personally think that Srident should’ve given it a unique touch.
One of the most important important aspects when buying a product is how well it works. This section is here to describe just that.
First and foremost, this adapter uses a modified SD2Vita board design that’s based on ‘xyzz”s original design. Srident is not the person behind the new board design so any problems and questions regarding the actual PCB itself should not be directly directed to him. In order for the PCB to fit in the plastic Vita cartridge-esque case, it’s pretty thin but there should be no issue with that since you won’t be opening your adapter up.
The adapter still works at 5MB/s which, according to Srident, is a limitation of the game card slot’s hardware. This is fast enough for all operations on the PSVita and it’s the same speed as when using the Vita memory card when it comes to loading times.
Srident’s SD2Vita 3.0 adapter (and other SD2Vita adapters) have the following features:
- SD2Vita adapters slot in the Vita’s game card slot. This means that they can be used on Vita 1000 Wi-Fi, Vita 1000 Wi-Fi+3G and Vita 2000 models as long as they’re on firmware version 3.60. They also probably work with PSTVs but external USB storage is, in most cases, a better medium for them.
- They can be mounted as ux0 or uma0 by using different plugins.
- The write speed is about 5MB/s when copying a 200MB file from the Vita’s memory card which is pretty decent considering the Vita doesn’t need blazing fast speeds to function well.
- SD2Vita 3.0 adapters have a nice case that lets you easily take them out and put them back in if you wish to use official Vita game cartridges. Do keep in mind that you can’t hot-swap SD2Vita adapters with other SD2Vita adapters or normal game carts.
- microSD cards up to 200GB are reported to work without any issues. 256GB are said not to work that well by some so you should stick to 200GB cards as a maximum. You shouldn’t need more than 200GB for your Vita anyway.
Section performance: Grade A / The adapter works exactly as you would expect and that is very well. I have been using the adapter daily for 5 days and I had 0 issues with it whatsoever. Compared to v1 adapters, SD2Vita 3.0 ones rarely, if ever, don’t function because they’re not put in correctly since it’s hard to mess up!
IV. Website and payment method
Website: Srident’s website is pretty simple and straightforward. It has a clean design which lets you access what you want without any extra clutter. The website can probably be set up for more products so Srident could easily sell different colours/designs of the adapter on the same website. You may also read some short reviews of the adapter from approved buyers if you wish. My main gripe about the website is that it doesn’t have a proper page that tells you how to set the adapter up while providing some more information about it. The ‘blog’ section does have a link on how to set it up but the linked website is in Japanese which means it’s useless to a pretty large share of his buyers.
Payment method: The adapter isn’t on eBay/Amazon so you must buy it through Srident’s market place website. That being said, it’s still pretty easy to do it and the payment processor used is PayPal which means you could easily request buyer protection. That being said, I doubt you will need PayPal to step in after reading the next section: After-sales service.
Section performance: Grade B+ / The website is pretty decent but it’s quite lacking when it comes to how much information is given on the adapter and how to set it up. That being said, this article can be used as reference as to what the adapter itself actually is. The payment method is one of the most, if not the most, secure payment methods and one you should have no issues with.
V. After-sales service and price
How complains/issues are handled: If you have any problems, you can contact Srident on Twitter or via e-mail. In my opinion, the best way to contact him is through Twitter since he responds within a few hours (or immediately if he’s on) and you could find a solution in one session rather than with a lot of messages floating around (like on eBay). He’s been quite quick to respond to any of my questions and we discussed how he handles customers’ issues; I reached a conclusion that he is to be trusted and will work with you towards a solution if your claim makes sense.
Warranty and DOA devices: Srident tests a decent amount of his adapters when they arrive but you may still receive a damaged one since things can always find a way to wrong. If that happens, Srident will be happy to send you a replacement if you show him video proof of the issue. When it comes to warranty, the adapter should be covered for a reasonable amount of time so if it breaks after a few weeks or possibly months (which it shouldn’t), Srident will send you a replacement if they’re still in stock.
Pricing: The adapter costs €11.70 and the shipping costs €1.20. This means that it will cost a total of €12.90 which, in my opinion, is a good price considering the great product and after-sales service you’ll be getting. All prices are in Euro.
Section performance: Grade A+ / Srident has had many satisfied customers and he’s always been quick to step in if legitimate issues arise!
The final grade that I give the adapter is Grade A- and that is because it has some little shortcomings in places. I am personally satisfied with it and will be using it for years to come unless it breaks! To get one of his great adapters for yourself, visit the link below!
Should you buy it if you already have a v1 adapter?: Unless you wish to use your official Vita game cartridges, I personally don’t see a reason why. That being said, it’s a good adapter to buy if you don’t have a v1 adapter because you didn’t have a use for it back then (for example if you have a large Vita memory card). From a different perspective,the Christmas season is coming so it’s a good way to buy some cheap storage for a PSVita you may wish to give as a present!
If you wish to only read a quick summary, just read the section summaries together and the conclusion!
Buy SD2Vita version 3.0 adapters by Srident: http://srident.com/product/sd2vita-catridge/
Some tips when buying the microSD card for your adapater: http://wololo.net/2017/07/08/fake-microsd-cards-precautions-take/
Article that will help you set up the adapter (+ video on how to install it): http://wololo.net/2017/07/20/setting-sd2vita-adapter-formatting-microsd-can-done-windows/
Srident’s Twitter (main information/update source + main way to contact Srident): https://twitter.com/SridentPSV
Disclaimer from Aurora: Neither I nor Wololo are responsible for any purchase decisions you do. If you have any issues with your purchase, refer them to Srident. The article tries to be as objective and unbiased as possible but my opinion is still present. Wololo does not benefit from the sale of these adapters. The adapter I got is a free review copy. Sections 2 & 3 are mostly valid for SD2Vita 3.0 adapters sold by others found on eBay.