SATA III Stories July 13, 2015

expiredSamsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive $90 shipped (Orig. $140)

Adorama via eBay Daily Deals is offering the Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal Solid-State Drive (MZ-75E250B/AM) for $89.99 shipped. That’s $50 under the original listing, $11 under Amazon’s price, within a few bucks of the lowest we’ve posted and the best we can find.

Great for creating fast external drives when packed in a USB 3.0 enclosure or even to speed up aging computers, its 500GB counterpart is the current best selling Internal Solid-State Drive on Amazon and has a 4.7/5 star rating from over 3,200 customers.

Features:

  • Form Factor: 2.5 inch
  • Interface: SATA 6Gb/s (Compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 1.5Gb/s)
  • NAND Flash: 32 Layer 3D V-NAND
  • Thickness: 7.0 mm
  • Optimized performance for everyday computing needs
  • Sequential read speed 540 MB/s; Sequential write speed 520 MB/s
  • Random read speed 100K; Random write speed 90K

SATA III Stories June 17, 2015

Samsung 850 Pro 512GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid State Drive $228 shipped (Orig. $280)

Buy.com via Rakuten is offering the Samsung 850 Pro 512GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-7KE512BW) for $257.99, but using code SAMSUNG30 during checkout will knock your total down to $227.99 shipped. That’s $172 below the original listing, more than $53 below most listings, $30 under Amazon’s listing and the lowest we have posted on this model.

Features:

  • The World’s First Consumer 3D V-NAND SSD
  • Capacity: 512GB
  • Form Factor: 2.5 inch / 7 mm
  • Interface: SATA3
  • sequential read and write performance up to 550 megabytes per second (MB/s) and 520MB/s respectively
  • random read and write input/output operations-per-second (IOPS) up to 100,000 and 90,000 each.

This model has received a 4.7/5 star rating from over 1,100 Amazon customers.

SATA III Stories June 12, 2015

expiredDaily Deals: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-inch SATA III Internal SSD $90, more

In this morning’s Daily Deals, we have from Buy via eBay the Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch Internal Solid State Drive for only $89.99 shipped. That’s half-off the original list price, $8 less than Amazon and currently the lowest current price.

The Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD delivers fast read/write speeds and high endurance, backed by a 5-year limited warranty. It’s also the best selling SSD on Amazon where over 2,000 customers gave it 4.7/5 stars.

More new deals for today:

JBL Control One AW All-Weather Indoor/Outdoor Bookshelf Speakers Pair $79.99 (Orig. $99.99)  w/code: SUMMER used at checkout | Worldwide Stereo

  • Insignia 39″ LED 720p HDTV $200 (Orig. $300) | Best Buy
  • BLU Vivo Air Smartphone – Unlocked $150 (Orig. $200) | Amazon
  • Up to 67% Off Game of Thrones: Seasons 1-4 prices range from $88.99 – $104.99| Amazon
  • Select Cases for Nintendo 2DS, 3DS and More $4-$5 (Orig. $6-$15) | Best Buy
  • Logitech Z523 2.1-Channel Speaker System $49 (Orig. $219) | Daily Steals
  • Apple iPad 3 Retina Display w/ Wi-Fi, 16GB, (refurb) $180 (Orig. $500) | A4C
  • Jurassic Park (Universal 100th Anniversary Collector’s Series) $5 (Orig. $15) | Walmart
  • Logitech Harmony 650 Advanced Universal Remote Control $40 (Orig. $100) | Yugster
  • 50% Off   Florsheim Men’s Shoes prices range from $45-$68 | Amazon
  • Able Planet Behind the Head Stereo Headphones $10 (Orig. $70) | Worldwide Stereo

Continue on for a roundup of our best deals:

SATA III Stories May 18, 2015

Rakuten offers the 250GB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5-inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM) for $129.99, but using code SAMSUNG40 will drop your total down to $89.99 shipped. That’s $60 under the original listing, $10 below Amazon, and the best price we can find.

This 2.5-inch SSD is a great way to get some new life out of your again machines with SATA 6Gb/s and speeds 540 MB/s up and 520 MB/s down. It ships with a 5 year warranty, is the best selling SSD on Amazon and has received a 4.7/5 star rating from over 2,075.

Amazon has the 512GB Samsung 850 Pro 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-7KE512BW) for $239 shipped. That’s more than $150 under the original price tag, about $60 under the average selling price and the best we can find.

While as you can see by its ratings, the above 250GB option is more than capable of speeding up your older devices and offering significantly faster boot times, this 850 Pro is specifically designed for “professional animators, video editors, photographers and game developers” that need the extra kick. Samsung says it “enables you to boot up your computer in as little as 15 seconds”. The Pro also ships with double the warranty time at 10 full years and has received a 4.7/5 star rating from over 1,000 customers. expand full story

SATA III Stories March 5, 2015

expiredSamsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive $190 shipped (Reg. $245+)

Update (3/6 9:00am): The Samsung 850 EVO 250GB model from yesterday has sold out, but we have spotted the 500GB model for $189.99 shipped at Rakuten. This model originally retailed for $270, today’s listing is $45 better than Amazon and within $4 of the lowest that we’ve seen it go for.

Buy via eBay Daily Deals is offering the Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD for $94.99 shipped. That’s $55 under the original listing, $30 below Amazon, $15 under our previous mention and the best price we can find on a 250GB 850.

Features:

  • Sequential read speed 550 MB/s; Sequential write speed 520 MB/s; Random read speed 100K; Random write speed 90K
  • Improves battery life by up to 50 minutes vs. hard disk drives
  • AES 256-bit, TCG/Opal v.2 and Microsoft eDrive full-disk encryption
  • Backed by a five-year limited warranty
  • Capacity: 250GB
  • Form Factor: 2.5 inch

This is the best selling solid state drive on Amazon and has received a 4.7/5 star rating from over 620 customers.

More on the Samsung 850 EVO 250GB:

The world’s first 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) SSD- the Samsung SSD 850 EVO

Upgrade virtually every aspect of your computer’s performance with Samsung’s new 850 EVO, designed with state-of-the-art SSD advancements including 3D V-NAND technology. As the next generation beyond the bestselling 840 EVO, you’ll get the 850 EVO’s new 3 dimensional chip design that enables superior performance, greater reliability and superior energy efficiency so you can work and play faster and longer than ever before.

3D V-NAND Technology

Samsung’s innovative 3D V-NAND flash memory architecture breaks through density, performance, and endurance limitations of today’s conventional planar NAND architecture. Samsung 3D V-NAND stacks 32 cell layers vertically resulting in higher density and better performance utilizing a smaller footprint.

SATA III Stories January 8, 2015

expiredThree-pack Western Digital 3TB 3.5-inch Red NAS hard drives: $300 shipped (orig. $600)

Today only, as its Shell Shocker deal, Newegg is offering a 3-pack of Western Digital Red 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache NAS Hard Drives (WD30EFRX) for $299.99 shipped. These drives were originally listed at $200 each, currently go for $114 on Amazon individually, and combined, are about $15 under our previous lowest mention on a single 3TB model.

Specifically designed for use inside Network Attached Storage devices like those from Synology, QNAP and others, WD’s Red drives feature:

  • Capacity: 3 TB
  • Rotational Speed (RPM): IntelliPower
  • Microsoft operating systems prior to Vista, 32-bit operating systems, and Mac systems prior to OSX 10.4 may not support volumes greater than 2TB. To recognize the full capacity of this drive, you may need multiple partitions. Check with the manufacturer to verify your system’s compatibility.
  • Interface: SATA3
  • Data Transfer Rate: 6 Gb/s Buffer to Host (max); 145 MB/s Host to/from drive (typical)
  • Form Factor: 3.5 inch
  • Read/Write: 4.4 Watts
  • Standby: 0.6 Watt

They have received a 4.5/5 star rating from over 1,800 Amazon customers.

More from WD:

WD Red NAS Storage NAS Hard Drive

The next generation of hard drives for home or small office network attached storage systems.

Next-generation experience Every component, line of code, and product decision was built on our passion and determination to deliver the best NAS experience. The next generation of WD Red hard drives delivers on this promise with massive capacity and NASware 2.0, which further improves drive reliability and protects your data in the event of a power loss or disruption.

Experienced in NAS With superior technology that is driven to impress, WD Red is a reflection of the most extensive NAS partner compatibility-testing list that is available on the market.* That means when you buy a NAS enclosure, you can trust that WD Red will be the most compatible drive available. Our pride is in our product and our vision is shared with our customers.

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SATA III Stories October 11, 2014

expiredSamsung 850 Pro Series 512GB 2.5-inch SATA III Solid-State Drive $305 shipped (orig. $400)

Newegg has the Samsung 850 Pro-Series 2.5-inch 512GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (MZ-7KE512BW) for $379.99. But using code GWFS30W in the cart drops the total down to $303.99 plus $0.99 shipping. That’s $96 under the original listing, $46 under Amazon, and the lowest we can find on the newest Pro series 512GB model.

Features:

  • Features sequential read and write performance up to 550 megabytes per second (MB/s) and 520MB/s respectively
  • Class-leading performance — enables you to boot up your computer in as little as 15 seconds
  • Energy efficient – Features Device Sleep mode for Ultranotebooks and improves battery life by up to 45 minutes vs. standard hard drives
  • Enhanced endurance and reliability – Backed by an industry-leading 10-year limited warranty and 150TBW rating
  • Perfect for hardcore gamers, mobile users or content creators (like professional animators, video editors, photographers and game developers) who crave the ultimate in performance and productivity

So far the 850 Pro series has a 4.8/5 star rating from Amazon customers.

For those who don’t necessarily need the latest and greatest SSD tech, the extremely popular 840 series will also do the trick at a much more affordable price. For more details on the updated 850 Pro series, head over to our release announcement post. If you’re looking to use this speedy 2.5-inch SSD in a 3.5-inch bay slot, the $8 Silverstone bay converters have received 4.5/5 star rating from over 1,000 customers.

More from Samsung:

Samsung’s flash memory is fabricated using an innovative 3D V-NAND architecture, which stacks 32 cell layers on top of one another rather than trying to decrease the cells’ length and width to fit today’s shrinking form factors. The result is higher density and higher performance using a smaller footprint and a breakthrough in overcoming the density limits of conventional planar NAND architecture.

Powered by Samsung’s cutting-edge 3D V-NAND technology, the NAND flash memory delivers the ultimate in read and write performance in both sequential and random aspects. This is especially impressive in the 128 GB model* that outperforms similar models on the market by more than 80 MB/s in write speed.

SATA III Stories August 18, 2014

Newegg is offering the 500GB Samsung 840 EVO Series 2.5″ SATA III Internal Solid State Drive for $209.99 shipped using code EMCPBWB222 in the cart.

Amazon has the WD 4TB My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage for $299.99 shipped (reg. $400). Features:

  • Upload, access, save and share photos and videos from your mobile devices
  • Free up space on your mobile device
  • User-selectable drive management with Mirror Mode
  • Streaming photos and videos to your DLNA/UPnP
  • Centralize your music collection and play it on any computer with iTunes

Newegg is also offering the Samsung D3 Station 4TB  External Hard Drive for $120 shipped when you use the coupon code: EMCPBWB225 (Reg. $220) It features:

  • Provides 4TB of desktop storage for all of your music, videos and photos.
  • AutoBackup personal backup solution
  • Secure Drive for data security
  • SuperSpeed USB 3 Cable
  • 3 years limited warranty

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SATA III Stories August 13, 2014

expiredSamsung 840 EVO Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Solid State Drive $110 shipped (Reg. up to $155+)

Update (8/13 8:00 PM): Electronic City via eBay offers the 500GB Samsung 840 EVO Series 2.5″ SATA III Internal Solid State Drive for $229 shipped (Reg. $270).

BuyDig via eBay Daily Deals is offering the 250GB Samsung 840 EVO Series 2.5″ SATA III Internal Solid State Drive for $109.99 shipped. That’s $139 under the original price, $20 under Amazon’s current price, and the best price we’ve seen on this highly rated SSD by $10.  It features read/write speeds of up to 540 MB/s and 520 MB/s and sits as Amazon’s #1 Best Selling Internal Solid State Drive just ahead of the 500GB model.

It has received a 4.8/5 star rating from over 3,500 Amazon customers. BuyDig is a trusted eBay seller with a 99.1% positive feedback rating.

SATA III Stories July 29, 2014

expiredSamsung Solid State Drives: 840 EVO Series 500GB $225 (orig. $480), 850 Pro Series 256GB $185 (Reg. $200)

Newegg is offering some great prices on SSDs today including the popular 500GB Samsung 840 EVO 2.5″ SATA internal solid state drive for $224.99 shipped using code EMCPCHA23 in the cart. That’s $255 off the original price, about $27 under Amazon’s current listing, and the lowest we’ve seen on the 500GB model by $5. Featuring read/write speeds of up to 540 Mbps and 520 Mbps, the EVO series solid state drives can be an excellent way to come some enhanced performance out of your older Mac or PC, among other things.

The 840 EVO series drives have received a near perfect 4.8/5 star rating from over 3,200 Amazon customers.

We are also seeing our first discount on Samsung’s new 850 series that launched earlier this month. Newegg is offering the 256GB Samsung 850 Pro Series 2.5″ SATA III internal solid state drive for $184.99 shipped using code EMCPCHA22 in the cart. That’s $15 off the regular price and both the first and best discount we’ve seen since release.

The 850 Pro series features “read performance reaches up to 550 megabytes per second (MB/s), with write performance of up to 520MB/s” and Samsung’s proprietary V-NAND technology. You can check out a full rundown and a product video in our launch post.

While reviews are still thin due to just releasing, the 850 series have been receiving positive ratings with 4+ stars all around.

SATA III Stories June 24, 2014

expiredSamsung 840 EVO 2.5″ Solid State Drives: 120GB $70, 250GB $120, 500GB $240 shipped

Updates:

Newegg via eBay is offering the Samsung 840 EVO 2.5″ 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive for only $69.99 shipped. That’s $40 off the list price and tied with our previous mention as the lowest we’ve seen for this SSD. It received a near perfect 4.7/5 stars from Amazon customers and great reviews.

If you’re looking for a bit more storage than that, Rakuten has the 500GB version for only $239.99 shipped. That’s $110 off the list price and within $10 of the lowest we’ve seen for it.

Features include:

  • Worry-free data security with AES 256-bit full-disk encryption
  • No moving parts means no hard drive spin ups, no noise and superior data protection
  • An innovative lightweight design that allows you to work smarter and play longer.
  • Sequential Read Speed 540 MB / Sequential Write Speed 410 MB / Random Read Speed 94K / Random Write Speed 35K
  • Samsung’s TurboWrite technology, 840 EVO can deliver much faster sequential write speeds compared to the previous 840 model, tripling the speed from 130 to 410MB/s in 120GB drives, and doubling it from 250 to 520MB/s in 250GB drives

Also available, eBay has the Seagate 600 Series 480GB SSD – 2.5″ Form Factor, SATA III 6Gb/s, Up To 500 MB/s for only $189.99 (Reg. $419.99).

SATA III Stories May 6, 2014

Update: Ebay is beating Amazon on the 250GB Samsung 840 EVO Series 2.5-inch SATA III SSD at $130 shipped.

Amazon is offering the 250GB Samsung 840 EVO Series 2.5-inch SATA III SSD for $139.49 shipped today. That’s more than $110 under the original price, about $40 under the average selling price, the current low and within a couple dollars of the lowest price ever. An aging Mac or PC can really benefit from a fresh new SSD like this with its speedy read/write speeds of up to 540 Mbps and 520 Mbps. You also get data security with AES 256-bit full-disk encryption.

It has received an almost perfect 4.8/5 star rating from over 2100 Amazon customers and comes with a 3 year warranty. If you’re looking for a large capacity mobile storage solution, check out our 256GB USB 3.0 flash drive round-up.

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SATA III Stories April 28, 2014

expiredSanDisk Ultra Plus 2.5″ 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive $110 shipped (Reg. $200)

One of Newegg’s Daily Shell Shocker Deals today is the SanDisk Ultra Plus (SDSSDHP-256G-G25) 2.5″ 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive for only $109.99 shipped. That’s $90 off the list price, $30 less than Amazon’s current listing, and the lowest we could find for it.

The Sandisk Ultra Plus features:

  • Do-it-yourself hard-drive upgrade enhances system performance
  • Exceptional read speeds for faster application loading
  • Fast write speeds for quicker file transfers
  • Reliable solid state architecture
  • Included 2mm spacer makes installation easy
  • Capacities up to 256 GB
  • Backed by a three-year limited warranty

SATA III Stories February 1, 2014

expiredSamsung 840 Pro Series 256GB Internal SSD $180 shipped (Reg. $270)

Newegg via ebay is offering the Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB SATA III MLC Internal SSD for only $179.99 shipped. That’s $90 off the list price, $20 less than Amazon, and a match to the lowest price we’ve seen it for. Over 1,000 Amazon customers rated it well with 4.7/5 stars and excellent reviews.

  • Experience PC performance you never thought possible
  • Enables you to boot up your computer in as little as 15 seconds
  • Energy efficient – improves battery life by up to 50 minutes
  • Solid-state design provides greater shock protection for data and brushed metal case blocks dust and corrosion
  • Worry-free data security with AES 256-bit full-disk encryption
  • 100-percent genuine Samsung components from the #1 memory manufacturer in the world

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