Crucial's new entry-level SSD is a mixed bag depending on what capacity and price point you're shopping for. The series gives us a better-than-disk experience that is good enough for the majority of the population, but in the same vein, it's not for everyone.
With such a small price difference between the 240GB BX500 and 250GB MX500, we can't recommend the entry-level drive. The MX500 is one of, if not the best overall SATA SSD shipping today. Not spending a few dollars more to get the full MX500 user experience should be a crime or at least a mistake you shouldn't make.
Moving up the capacity range and the story isn't much different. When we first wrote this review, we expected the 500GB MX500 to be at or near the launch price of $139.99. At the time of writing, the 500GB MX500 sells for just $89.99, $10 more than the BX500.
We expect the BX500 price to shrink rapidly with the mainstream MX500 so close. At the current price, the 500GB MX500 is a stronger value and delivers a better user experience.
Until the fabs bring QLC to market, there isn't a need to continue the good, better, best cadence unless the divide is between SATA and NVMe. The BX500 uses the same flash as the MX500, and that makes up most of the cost of these drives. Once yields improve companies can go back to building two and three-tier strategies, but with the same flash and minimal price differences, the lower tier products are a waste of time unless you really think saving $10 for inferiority is a viable option.
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