This Crucial solid state drive is night and day different from the first drive we tested last year. The first drive was expensive and underperforming at the time it was reviewed. The new M225 is fresh, fast and for what could be the decision making difference, it is cheap(er). Yes, cheaper than the competition, but at 599 USD for a 256GB drive it still costs more than most notebooks sold in this economy. There is a market for 256GB drives and if you fall into the group of users looking for a nice, well rounded drive that has great performance and the lowest price point, the M225 is a no brainer.
The good thing is that Crucial has a pretty wide price range for their M225 Series. The 64GB drive is 170 and the 128GB is 330 USD; both are very competitive in price to the JMicron drives and lower than most Indilinx drives. Crucial has figured out a way to give you Indilinx performance at a JMicron price.
I hope that by now you already know about all of the benefits of solid state drives. Crucial is more of a mainstream company than G.Skill or even Corsair, so we should go over some of the basics. The Crucial M225 is an outstanding product that will transform your traditional notebook from a slow underperforming object that you despise and turns it into a performance monster. The slowest piece of equipment in any computer system is the storage subsystem, ie. your hard drive. Any increase in HDD performance has a direct effect on just about everything else you do. Even the simple task of starting your computer is changed when a solid state drive is used. If you normally turn your notebook on and then hit the kitchen to pour a cup of coffee, kiss your coffee preparation time goodbye because by the time you walk out of the room your notebook is ready to get to work and it took less time than it took you to measure a teaspoon of sugar.
It is hard to imagine a hard drive making your Facebook time go smoother, but many online websites store small pieces of data on your computer. These cookies and small cache files in some cases can make your notebook seem slower than it should be due to rotational latency of standard hard drives, something that SSDs simply don't have, so your computer feels faster.
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