How to add microSD support to Surface Laptop 2 on the cheap
If you own a Surface Laptop 2 but need to plug in a microSD card to grab files from, you're going to need to grab yourself a microSD card adapter. Here are our picks for best card adapter for the Surface Laptop 2 and how to set it all up.
Products used in this guide
- Amazon: UGREEN SD Card Reader ($15)
- Amazon: LENTION 3-Port USB 3.0 Type A Hub ($19)
- Amazon: SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSDXC UHS-I card ($20)
- Amazon: Silicon Power-64GB High Speed MicroSD Card ($9)
When do you need a microSD card adapter?
If you're using a DSLR or accessory that uses a microSD card for storage, you'll need an adapter if you're planning on extracting data from the microSD card on your Surface Laptop 2. There's no microSD card reader built into the Surface Laptop 2 by default, so your only option is to buy a card reader adapter that plugs into the single USB-A port on the device.
Luckily, card adapters are pretty cheap online, so you won't have to break the bank just so you can use your microSD card on your Surface Laptop 2. You can even get card readers that have USB-A ports on them too, so you won't lose out on the ability to plug in an external USB drive when you've got your card adapter plugged in.
How to plug in your new microSD adapter
- Line up the card reader's USB connection with the single USB port on the left side of the Surface Laptop 2.
- Ensure the card reader's USB connection is orientated the correct way.
- Push the USB connector into the USB port on the Surface Laptop 2.
From there, you'll hear a sound to signify the card reader has been plugged in, and you'll be good to go. From there, you can slide in your microSD card and it should show up in File Explorer.
- Line up the microSD card with the correct port on the card reader.
- Push it in until you feel it click or it can't move in any further.
Our top equipment picks
Here are the microSD card reader adapters we use and recommend.
The hub with all the cards
This card reader hub has support for multiple different card sizes, including standard SD card size, microSD, and more.
Card or USB? Why not both
Since the Surface Laptop 2 only has one USB-A port, you might want a card reader that has more USB-A ports on it so that you don't lose the ability to plug in an external USB drive when using your card adapter.
In addition to a card reader, you'll need a microSD card to go along with it as well.
SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSDXC UHS-I card ($20 at Amazon)
The SanDisk class 10 microSD card with 128GB storage should be enough for most microSD card related tasks.
Silicon Power-64GB High Speed MicroSD Card ($9 at Amazon)
Looking to save a few bucks? This microSD card is cheap and comes with 64GB of storage for photos, videos, and more.
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