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Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Still operating perfectly at good speed a month later (with firmware version 505/Taiwan;) no complaints about my CURRENT unit. See below.

Cons: I wouldn't ordinarily do this, but the manufacturer responses to customer complaints on this model's performance (including not only benchmarks but now real-world workloads as well) are sufficiently annoying that I feel they bear commenting on as part of the overall customer service experience, and they now have me seriously worried if I ever need to make a warranty claim on my own unit.

What "Jewel" is basically telling us is, 'All of these drives conform to the standards we've set for them; it's nice that some of them perform substantially better, but do not expect us to try to figure out why, or to improve the rest to achieve the same level of performance. If you bought a slower drive based on a review or previous experience with one of the superior units and are unhappy, that's not our problem.'

Not cool, Kingston. Not cool. If you put out a good product and it then becomes substantially less good, the fact that it still lives up to your advertised claims may satisfy the law, but you've still misled and disappointed your customers.

Other Thoughts: I sincerely hope I never have to return my V300 for replacement. Based on everything I continue to see here at Newegg and elsewhere, I'm not at all optimistic that I'd be happy with whatever replacement Kingston sees fit to send. I also doubt I'll buy any more Kingston SSDs. This saddens me, because the one I was fortunate enough to get really is a nice little drive.

Seagate Constellation ES.3 ST1000NM0033 1TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Been using it about a month now, no problems to report. My previous product and RMA experiences with Seagate have been very positive, so with the 5-year warranty I'm willing to pay the premium even though it's for a home PC.

Speedy enough for a mechanical drive, can't really complain. The big cache apparently does help.

Cons: Kind of pricey, but again, 5 years is a really good warranty for a hard drive these days.

Not SSD fast, but no surprise there, it's not an SSD!

Other Thoughts: Considering the intended recipient will be upgrading from the 160gb antique in a 2005-era PC, I doubt there'll be any complaints.

Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I bought this drive (240 GB version) elsewhere on a Black Friday special, but have so far been very satisfied with the purchase. Based on the performance of my unit alone, I would give it five eggs. However, see my comments below for caveats.

Cons: Cloning my hard drive to this one failed, requiring a fresh Windows installation. I'm not taking eggs off for that because I'm not sure whether it was the drive, the utility I used (EaseUS), Windows 7 Professional, some peculiarity of my particular installation, or simple user error. Once I started over with a clean install I had no problems getting the unit up and running.

It's too early to say yet how reliable this thing will prove to be in the long run...stay tuned!

Other Thoughts: The speed increase going from my old drive to this one is significant, but not astounding. However, the previous drive to which I'm comparing it is a hybrid model, which was faster than a standard mechanical hard drive in its own right. I would expect someone upgrading from a non-hybrid drive to experience a much more noticeable improvement.

It appears that I dodged a bullet in receiving the superior (5.0.5) version of this product; my drive received a total score of 735 on AS SSD Benchmark. Both anecdotes and recent formal benchmark scores (around 470) I've seen elsewhere suggest that there is in fact a substantial difference between different firmware versions of this drive, which may or may not be connected to the place of manufacture (Taiwan vs. China,) but the change apparently occurred after the initial favorable reviews of the unit were released. Shame on Kingston for pulling such a bait-and-switch!

Kingston allegedly will not accept a return due to this issue, so an underperforming unit would need to be RMA'd to NewEgg.


Jo S.'s Profile

Display Name: Jo S.

Date Joined: 02/04/12

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 05/02/12
  • Last Review: 01/04/14
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