Kingston SSDNow mS200 Drive Review

Kingston makes a variety of products, for a such a large demographic it can be staggering if you think about it too long. From entry level RAM for people upgrading their computer for the first time to large server SSD drive for businesses, regardless of where you fall they probably have several products that could cover your needs; at some point they even started doing headphones. That in consideration, this hard drive is probably the least entry level thing that I have ever seen in my life, it comes in a no thrills box akin to RAM, is smaller than my thumb, and is mSATA compliant (which is oddly rarely used).

The drive itself is desiged to take netbooks, ultrabooks (or whatever else they are called now), and tablets up to the next phase of speed. The thought of that in and of itself is insanity considering that most tablets seem to run applications small enough to be entirely based in RAM, and the ones you have to wait to load normally end up sucking. The problem then becomes the fact that there really aren’t any other drives designed to compete in this particular market—which is always a shame as that seems to help drive prices and crazy innovation that can be seen in Kingston’s newest RAM. It should probably be pointed out that I have been using this drive in my core PC as my main drive and haven’t had that much of an issue since install.

That does not mean it will be winning any speed contests. It clocks in slower than Kingston’s own gaming grade drive, but not by that much—although depending on the site it is slightly more expensive than the faster drive. The upside is that the smaller size means that it should be less prone to overheating than the standard SSD drive although that isn’t something that I have noticed or ever even heard as a complaint about these types of drives. I should also stress again that the drive is rather small and should be kept out of the reach of young children.

If you are looking for something small and compact to throw on your computer you have come to the right place, although depended if your computer natively has a micro SATA port on it or if you want to spice up your netbook in ways that only people from the movie Hackers ever dreamed about. I was lucky, or insane, enough to have a slot on my desktop that supports this—that is not the norm. This drive was designed for a very specific market in mind, mainly portable, and for what it is it does that remarkably well. The only disadvantages to it are mainly that it doesn’t compare directly to drives meant for the sole purpose of desktop/laptop use and the fact that SSDs still seem to be vastly overpriced compared to general storage, which all things considered is mildly remarkable.

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