The 1TB Mushkin Helix-L performs much better in real-world applications than the synthetic workloads and specifications sheet lead us to believe. If your daily computing involves gaming and typical office activities, then the Helix-L is a strong low-cost option you should seriously consider.
The 1TB drive currently sells for less than $100 at Amazon, and that's a real bargain. There are products that deliver better performance, and SATA SSDs in this capacity that cost less, but the combination and overall value is strong with this model. The two smaller capacity drives priced at just $37.99 (250GB) and $54.99 (500GB) show strong potential when it comes to overall value. If you run a system with more than one drive and need a new boot drive with low latency, the smaller drives are worthy of consideration, too.
The real trouble comes in when you have a little more money to spend. Mushkin's new flagship model, Pilot-E, currently sells for just $139.99 in the 1TB capacity size. It's $40 more, nearly a third, but if you want the extra performance for heavier workloads, it's difficult to pass up.
For most of us, the Helix-L will deliver a strong user experience and give us years of enjoyment. We wish Mushkin would bring more 2TB models to market since the company's price points are so strong. Mushkin is one of the price-performance leaders right now and has been for the last couple of years. The Helix-L is another model that doesn't have a big following, and people rarely talk about, but it's one of the better options for cost-conscious shoppers available today.
The Bottom Line
The Mushkin Helix-L is one of the best values available today for shoppers looking for a great user experience without the bill to go with it.