The ADATA SP610 isn't the fastest consumer SSD on the market and we don't think it will be the cheapest when widely available either. ADATA has a long history of coming out with good SSDs that compete in the low-cost space. What ADATA does differently from many of the others in this same space is deliver these low-cost products with full accessory packages.
Those new to SSDs generally need the accessory packages since their computer cases are older and they don't have built-in support for 2.5" drives. ADATA continued this tradition with the SP610 and the accessory package really needs to be considered in the total value, especially if you need to purchase a $10 adapter bracket, or cloning software.
If it weren't for the cloning software and the SSD Toolbox, I might be inclined to steer you away from the ADATA SP610 and towards the OCZ ARC 100. If you don't need Acronis, a desktop adapter bracket, mounting screws and so on, then the ARC 100 is a faster drive for desktop use. That said, the ARC 100 scores poorly in notebooks when using battery power. Casual notebook users who don't need strong hardware based encryption will find the SP610 a capable SSD that delivers long battery life.
One thing we really don't like about ADATA packaging is that the company doesn't publish data on the PE cycles, or for that matter, any endurance data at all. We know some companies have dabbled in using 1.5K PE cycle MLC flash on value SSDs. Obviously it worries us when we see a drive selling for less than 50 cents per GB and unknown flash. Does the ADATA SP610 fall into that same category? To be honest, we don't know.
If ADATA can put the SP610 out at the same price as the MX100 or other very low-cost SSDs, then this package could be a strong value for first-time SSD buyers. If the price is wrong, then we suggest looking elsewhere for higher performance, and buying the accessories from a third-party.
PRICING: You can find the ADATA Premier SP610 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 ADATA Premier SP610 256GB SSD retails for $119.99 at Amazon.
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The Bottom Line: ADATA's SP610 uses a known controller that does well in many tests, but we don't know a lot about the flash or the market price. Aside from the accessory package, there isn't anything remarkable about the SP610, besides the solid notebook battery life that it produces.
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