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Pros: -Decent performance
-Mature Sandforce controller
Cons: -Typical Sandforce compressed data performance issues
-Not the newest/fastest/feature-filled controller
Other Thoughts: I was compelled to write a review because of all the bad luck I've seen people having with these drives. What everyone needs to realize is the ECO2 is basically a Chronos, down to the SF-2281 and NAND. It's possible the NAND is slightly lower binned but some user benchmarks show the drive virtually identical in performance to the Chronos. Mushkin has decades of experience in binning memory, and clearly has a mature firmware for the ECO2 from the growing pains they had with the Chronos line from 2013. It shows, as I haven't had a unit fail (out of 30 or so purchased throughout 2014-2015.)
These were as equally good value as the Crucial BX100 and Sandisk SSD Plus, and like those, it is being phased out to be replaced by the ECO3, a TLC drive that like the BX200 and Ultra II, is going to be slower and less durable in every way.
My advice is...buy them while you can, because soon there won't be ANY MLC drives left at this price. The BX100 still takes the cake for most modern MLC SSD in the budget market, but since it is discontinued, it's price has spiked and costs around 20% more than the ECO2, and in my opinion, it isn't 20% better.
The only TLC drives worth considering are the Samsung EVO's, because they're VNAND, not typical TLC, so they don't seem to lose performance. But they are much more expensive than the ECO2, and for a typical desktop/laptop, the ECO2 fits in perfectly.
Pros: Inexpensive for Intel CPU machine
Thin for this price tier
Cons: Lots of wasted space inside empty optical drive bay, could have been thinner/smaller.
Strange BIOS/recovery button (you don't just hold DEL at boot, you push a paperclip into a hole)
Trackpad needs a lot of tweaking to get the sensitivity right (update drivers)
Wifi card is 802.11n 1x1, lacks Bluetooth
Other Thoughts: Hard to hold the cons against this machine for a sub-$300 machine. It has a decent amount of bloatware loaded on it that'll take time to remove, but I ended up putting a 120GB SSD in and reinstalling Windows 10 from scratch, which activated itself properly. The drivers were fairly easy to find on Lenovo's site. There are various updates including BIOS but nothing important/relevant has been fixed/improved with the exception of the ELAN trackpad that was greatly improved from the newer driver.
I recommend this machine, but I would definitely clean out the bloatware before putting into service, and as with most laptops, an SSD makes a lot more sense than a mechanical drive. The installation was fairly easy (6 screws to remove cover and drive, 4 more screws to remove drive from tray - all Phillips #0)
Remember to boot from a USB stick to reinstall Windows, you must push the BIOS/recovery button on the bottom right side, and set USB boot Enabled.
I successfully, with some driver hassle, installed Windows 7 Pro x64 on this machine and it works perfectly - the Windows 10 x64 drivers worked in combination with the chipset and IGP drivers from Intel's site.
Fresh Windows 7 image
Cons: Poorly glued corner where machine was previously cracked
Rattles when shaken, near the fan (!)
Keyboard caps have stickers on them to presumably replace worn key etching...is it really too expensive to replace the keyboard?
Ding on lid
Other Thoughts: Returning. If I wanted a scratch & dent machine I could have just bought one on Fleabay or from Arrow-Direct for half the price. Joy Systems severely disappoints this time around. If you are going to sell something as refurbished, at least refurbish it and grade the outcome.READ FULL REVIEW