The Crucial MX100 256GB isn't going to win any awards based on performance alone, but this drive brings more to the table than just raw speed. Compared to a mechanical disk drive, the MX100 is significantly faster and for its target market, that's what is important, as well as the price. The 256GB model we tested today costs just $109.99, a reasonable amount for this level of performance.
I chose the image above of a statement I found on Crucial's website. There are several low-cost SSDs on the market now, and the $90 to $120 price point for 256GB drives is starting to fill with products. Over the last six months, we've noticed a few 'issues' that we really don't like and we certainly don't endorse.
One thing we like about Crucial is the fact that the company doesn't need to play loose with the build of materials. The drive you purchase is the same drive we tested here today, period. Over time, Crucial will update the firmware to increase performance and fix any corner case issues, but for the most part, when you buy a MX100, you will get a Marvell controller paired with Micron 16nm ONFi NAND flash.
Before the drive hit the market and before any firmware changes become available, the drives are thoroughly tested. As profit margins shrink for SSDs, some companies may choose to do anything they can to stay competitive in this market. Crucial is one of the few companies that will not bend on principal, and you can trust the quality of the components they use.
For what it is, the Crucial MX100 is a very good SSD. It's not the best performing low-cost SSD on the market, but it's one of the few solid products that we can endorse because of the high quality. Propping up the MX100 is a long list of advanced features and a decent three-year warranty.
PRICING: You can find the Crucial MX100 256GB SSD for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Crucial MX100 256GB SSD retails for $109.99 at Amazon.
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