The Lexar brand comes at a difficult time for SSD manufacturers. It's a great time to buy SSDs, but that is only because datacenters, enterprise, and mainstream consumers are not. There are a number of factors why but that doesn't really matter here today since the storage side isn't the root cause.
Lexar has to contend with being the new name in the consumer SSD space. Samsung, Crucial, even Corsair have long histories here, but most shoppers still see Lexar as the camera media company. When it comes to product comparisons, there are really only two SATA SSDs at the top of shopper's lists, the Samsung 860 EVO, and Crucial MX500. The 500GB 860 EVO sells for $79.99 at Amazon, and we often ignore it now that Crucial ships the $69.95 500GB MX500 shipping. The Lexar NS200 is very similar to the MX500 and the two tiptoe over one another in performance tests.
Since the first pass on this article, the 480GB NS200 price has dropped to $83.82, but the other capacities have stayed the same as we reported. The 500GB 860 EVO is clearly a better drive in almost every way, but it still costs less than the NS200. Lexar has a pricing issue, but it's one that may correct itself over time as more of these drives make it to market.
The Lexar NS200 is a solid product and a very good SSD. It's not the best, and because of that, we need to see the price reflect it's market position before we can recommend it.
The Bottom Line
The Lexar NS200 follows the tried and true formula of the Crucial MX500 but currently costs more than the superior Samsung 860 EVO.