Although you cannot find the Fujitsu F100 in the U.S. market at this time, Fujitsu is coming. The FSA product line is already at Newegg, and enthusiasts should anticipate the arrival of the FSX line with SLC flash up to 256GB (around $200 USD). We can't wait to test the FSX line as cache drives in our NAS reviews!
In Taiwan and the rest of Asia, the Fujitsu F100 competes with several other low-cost products like the Crucial MX100. As tested, the F100 is a good drive that delivers very good notebook battery life. The performance should be a bit faster with the latest firmware that also fixes the notebook battery life issue found on the mid firmware release.
Performance and price are only two considerations when shopping for a value class SSD. The Fujitsu F100 ships with genuine Intel MLC flash designed, manufactured, and packaged by Intel. Many of the Silicon Motion SM2246EN drives we've tested ship with unknown flash that was packaged by a third party, labeled, and passed along to the SSD builder. From our talks with manufacturers, we know some very low quality flash is floating around, some with as little as 1K P/E cycles. Hell, some drives you expect to find a Silicon Motion controller in don't even ship with this controller.
With the Fujitsu consumer SSDs, you will get genuine Intel flash that you can count on for several years, not some third party packaged flash that may or may not survive past the first year of use. This is an important distinction because you don't want to lose your data, and you don't want to worry about going through a complicated RMA process.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||94%|
|Bundle and Packaging||88%|
|Value for Money||94%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||91%|
The Bottom Line: Given the build quality and exceptional battery life, Fujitsu's F100 SSD should be considered if you want a low-cost, high-capacity SSD that will stand the test of time.
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