Specifications, Availability and Pricing
Now that we have you salivating over the price, let's break everything down. Kingston offers the V Series drives in two capacities; 64GB and 128GB. Each capacity is available in two distinct bundles, the notebook and desktop bundle. To be specific, we are reviewing the notebook bundle today and it includes a 2.5" form factor USB enclosure, USB cable and software that makes cloning your existing drive very easy. The desktop bundle includes a set of brackets that allows you to install the 2.5" drive into a 3.5" drive bay, just like a standard desktop hard drive. When it comes to pricing, the 64GB bundles can be had for less than 140USD over at Newegg. The 128GB bundles are 240 USD for the desktop and 250 USD for the notebook.
The claimed read speed of the V Series drives is 100 MB/s and the write speed is 80 MB/s. With SSDs starting to hit 250MB/s read speeds pretty regularly now under ideal conditions at the high end, can the low cost SSDNow V Series satisfy your need for speed? For enthusiasts we will need to dig deep into the benchmark performance of the drive to answer that question, but typical Joe Sixpack notebook users make this an easy answer. Since the main benefit of SSDs is the time it takes to access data, called access time, as long as the V Series is able to perform well in this area most users will walk away completely satisfied. The V Series will also have to push past the bad name JMicron earned over the past year as well and not suffer from shuddering issues.
Today we will be reviewing the Kingston SSDNow V Series notebook bundle, a 140 Dollar kit that is widely available and obviously one of the lowest priced solid state drives on the market.