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Crucial m4 mSATA 256GB Solid State Drive Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 6, 2012 5:32 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Crucial

Final Thoughts




Crucial has already started shipping the new mSATA version of the m4. This miniature m4 is already following in the footsteps of the 2.5" model when it comes to pricing as well. Since this drive matches the performance of the SandForce mSATA drives in most benchmarks (and even pulls away in some of the others), Crucial has an exciting little drives on their hands.


When it comes to the mSATA market, price plays a very big role. After you spend a heap of money on a new ultrabook, the last thing you want to do is buy a SSD to go with it. Ultrabooks span a wide price range and the lower priced models are selling very well. What you're not told when buying a lower price ultrabook is that those models usually ship with SSDs using older technology. The older Toshiba and Samsung SSDs found in some of the lower priced ultrabooks are slow compared to the Crucial m4 mSATA. The m4 is actually faster than many of the SSDs used in many of the higher priced ultrabooks as well.


That leads us into the performance of the Crucial m4 mSATA. In our testing we found the drive to be in line with many of the other new mSATA drives on the market. SandForce is now all over this new market segment with several companies making Team SandForce mSATA drives. The Crucial m4 is running right with them, both have wins in our benchmark charts and they go back and forth depending on the test being run at the time.


Given that the Crucial m4 is so new to the market, I don't think we've seen the lowest price for this model yet. In a couple of weeks the 'new product' pricing will drop off and this drive will have an amazing price. Even now, with the 256GB drive selling for just $225.99 on Crucial's own site, the price is better than most mSATA 256GB drives on the market. With equal performance, we have to give this one a nod for delivering exceptional performance at a great value.



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