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Crucial M500 CT960M500SSD1 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is a large capacity drive for an affordable price, performs with relatively fast speeds, especially compared to a traditional HDD, and offers the durability of true MLC memory. It is also a 7mm thickness drive which allows greater flexibility in mounting in laptops and netbooks which call for this thinner form factor. There are only two 1TB class drives in this category. This is one of them as is the Samsung 840 EVO.

Cons: I can't really think of anything major. You don't get the full 1TB out of this drive where you do get that out of the Samsung 840 EVO. This drive is also a little slower than the 840.

Other Thoughts: This and the Samsung 840 EVO are the only two 1TB class drives in this category. I chose this drive because of its usage of more tried and true two layer MLC memory rather than Samsung's TLC (triple layer) memory which isn't know for as long of a life as MLC. I understand this isn't as big of a problem in real world tests as the drives wear-level themselves and wearing out a 1TB drive would take forever. The 840 is also supposed to be a slightly faster unit. This isn't the fastest SSD out there but it is still light years ahead of any mechanical SSD, especially when being used as a data drive. I would suggest this unit to anyone looking for a 1TB class SSD!

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Toshiba Q Series Pro HDTS325XZSTA 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great drive! Great value! 01/07/2014

This review is from: Toshiba Q Series Pro HDTS325XZSTA 2.5" 256GB Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: I purchased this drive several weeks back when Newegg had it on special for around $140 or so and do not regret it at all. This is a very nice drive for the money, as quite fast, appears to be made from quality components, and is overall an excellent value. I wouldn't look at any other drive if you are wanting a great drive at a great price. Toshiba controls the manufacturing from start to finish and I am sure they wouldn't release a faulty product. The toggle NAND is fast and doesn't leave much to be desired. Sure, there are faster drives but they aren't much faster and you really pay for this small incremental difference. This is also a slim drive which allows it to fit into netbooks and other applications that require a 7mm thick or less drive. I have one netbook where this is a concern but feel this will become a new industry standard in the future. I also like the fact that it still uses the traditional MLC instead of TLC NAND flash for both longevity and performance reasons.

Cons: Sure, they make faster SSDs but they difference isn't going to be noticeable under most uses. The packaging and the drive itself are very plain Jane but this doesn't really matter when it is inside your system and you cannot even see it.

Other Thoughts: If you can get this drive on sale, you won't find a better budget SSD. I am very pleased with the performance of this unit and really don't consider it a sacrifice over a higher priced but faster drive. The incremental increase in performance is simply not worth the price. Toshiba also controls manufacturing from start to finish. This includes everything from the NAND memory to the controller. Like Samsung, they are not going to put out junk. Some of the lower-end Samsung drives use triple layer or TLC NAND flash. This uses the more traditional MLC or two layer which is both faster and longer lasting.

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Patriot PS-100 PS32GS25SSDR 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: SSD reliability and efficiency.

Cons: This drive is SLOW and a very small size. I recently got this used along with another SSD and a few other computer items. I wasn't expecting anything too amazing from this unit considering the age but it seems to be slower that some of the faster mechanical hard drives I have used. I had planned to use as a boot drive for a security system monitoring computer as the OS and software only took up a fraction of this small 32GB drive and figured it would serve this purpose just fine. The security PC, which is a beat-up early generation i3 system I got for almost nothing, CRAWLED when using this SSD as a main boot device. I am not sure what the issue was but the ratings/specs appeared very similar to the Kingston 64GB V200 SSD I also got with this trade. I then tried the Kingston in place of this unit and I got the speed and snap I would expect from an SSD, even a low end one like this.

The only thing I would consider this SSD in is a replacement for a mechanical hard drive in an older slower PC or laptop where performance is not a main concern.

Other Thoughts: Save your money for something just a little better. You won't regret it as the Kingston V200 drive, which I consider to be a low-end unit, still runs circles around this one. You are not likely to find either of these drives on sale new but are likely to find them on the used market.

I also tried it in a Core i5 Sandy Bridge laptop just to see how it would run and it was also very slow here.

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Conor W.'s Profile

Display Name: Conor W.

Date Joined: 11/27/05

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 01/23/09
  • Last Review: 02/02/14
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