Crucial MX100: Australian Review

By Campbell Simpson

In CrystalDiskMark, the MX100 256GB model is a great performer considering its low price tag and mainstream appeal. 490MBps read and 341MBps sequential write is certainly nothing to sneeze at, and points to the good-enough write rates of a drive aimed at the mass market.

Especially if you have a good backup routine, cloud storage (and fast internet), or an external drive to store the majority of your media, a moderate-capacity 256GB MX100 hits the compromise both within Crucial’s drive range and the wider SSD market in terms of its performance and street price.

Although it’s a value drive, the lesser 128GB Crucial MX100′s 150MBps sequential write rates are nothing to write home about. 150MBps is really not a great transfer rate; it’s not too far off the max speed of the best of the best spinning disk laptop hard drives.

Paying less than $100 gets you the 128GB version and the 512GB drive is well under $275, but it’s the sub-$150 256GB middle-of-the-range variant that looks to be the best compromise between price, capacity and transfer performance.

Less than $150 for 256GB of pretty damn competitive flash memory is an excellent deal, and if you’re looking for a drive that hits the right compromise between being affordable and being powerful, I’d be inclined to suggest that the MX100 deserves your attention.

Even with the higher overall price per gigabyte of SSDs versus traditional platter hard drives, it’s hard not to see the Crucial MX100 as a good value drive.

The Crucial MX100, available in sub-$100 128GB, sub-$150 256GB and sub-$300 512GB capacities, is a mainstream 2. 5-inch solid state drive, or SSD.

While the MX100 Easy Laptop Install kit has its USB adapter, the only extra bundled with the drive itself is the 9mm drive spacer, with no 3. 5mm adapter as you’ll get with OCZ drives and some other competitors.

The MX100 was sent to me along with Crucial’s Easy Laptop Install kit, which bundles a SATA3 to USB 3. 0 adapter that lets you plug this SSD or any other low-power SSD or hard drive into a PC’s external USB 3. 0 port, as if it were an external hard drive.

Read more here: Gizmodo


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