Solid State Drive Stories June 7, 2016

expiredBring a little horsepower to your old Mac w/ a fast SanDisk Ultra II 960GB Solid-State Drive for $200, more

Update (6/8 3:00pm): Newegg’s eBay Store also has the Mushkin ECO3 120GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive for $34.99 shipped (Reg. $45).

Newegg’s official eBay Store offers the SanDisk Ultra II 2.5-inch 960GB Internal Solid-State Drive for $199.99 shipped. It carries a list price of $320 but typically sells for between $230-$240 on Amazon and other online retailers. Today’s deal is a match of our previous mention and the best offer available by $30 from a trusted retailer.

SanDisk’s Ultra II internal solid-state drive features a 2.5-inch form factor, read/write speeds up to 550/500Mbps, nCache 2.0 technology that “optimizes performance by writing everything into the drive’s high-speed buffer” and a three-year warranty. Rated 4.6/5 stars by 1,757 Amazon customers.

You can easily swap out your existing Mac hard drive for this speedy option by following our step-by-step guide. Or you can pair your new hard drive with this USB 3.0 external enclosure that includes three USB 3.0 ports for $20 Prime shipped.

Amazon is also discounting Samsung’s popular T3 Portable USB-C/3.1 External Solid-State Drives. These offer quick speeds in a tiny form-factor, perfect for accessing media and more on-the-go. The standout price drop is the best-selling 500GB model which recently dropped to $149.99 shipped. This deal is also available at Dell and Newegg. It typically sells for around $180.

Solid State Drive Stories May 29, 2016

expiredSamsung 11.6-inch Chromebook 2 2.16GHz/4GB/16GB SSD: $169 shipped (Reg. $225+)

Best Buy offers the Samsung 11.6-inch Chromebook 2 2.16GHz/4GB/16GB SSD (model XE500C12-K02US) for $179 shipped. That’s good for $110 off the original MSRP, $10 less than our previous mention and the best offer available.

This Chromebook has an 11.6-inch display, 2.16GHz Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of memory plus a 16GB solid-state drive. There is also a built-in 720p webcam, one USB 3.0 port, and 802.11ac connectivity. Samsung’s Chromebook 2 is rated 4.3/5 stars by 797 Amazon reviewers.

Solid State Drive Stories May 4, 2016

expiredUpgrade your Mac w/ a speedy Crucial 500GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive for $130 shipped (Reg. $150+), more

Newegg offers the Crucial MX200 2.5-inch 500GB Internal Solid-State Drive for $129.99 shipped. For comparison, this drive carries a list price of $180 and typically retails for around $150 at online stores like Amazon. Today’s deal is $5 less than our previous mention and the best available. Features include read/write speeds of 555/500 MB/s and a three-year warranty. Rated 4.7/5 stars by over 1,200 Amazon customers.

Next up, Newegg’s official eBay Store has the ADATA Premier SP550 960GB 2.5.-inch Internal Solid-State Drive for $187.99 shipped. This hard drive has a MSRP of $270 but goes for $200 or more at Amazon (previous all-time low). Although it doesn’t feature the speeds of Samsung’s 850 EVO line, this is a pretty crazy price for a (nearly) 1TB hard drive. It has 520Mb/s speeds and ships with a three-year warranty. This is the #1 new SSD release at Amazon where it has collected a 4.6/5 star rating from 282 customers.

Be sure to check out our handy guide that details how-to upgrade your Mac with a new internal drive. If you’re looking for a speedy external option, pair your new SSD with a USB 3.0 enclosure for added flexibility.

Solid State Drive Stories March 29, 2016

Samsung 850 EVO 1TB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive $260 shipped (Orig. $470)

Update (3/29 5:40pm): Amazon has now matched Newegg’s eBay listing at $259.99 shipped.

The official Newegg eBay Store is offering the Samsung 850 EVO 1TB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive for $259.99 shipped. That’s about $210 under the orignal listing, $23 below Amazon, $10 better than our previous mention and the best we can find. About 9,500 Amazon customers have left a near perfect review score and it ships with a 5 year warranty.


  • Capacity: 1TB
  • Form Factor: 2.5 inch
  • Interface: SATA 6Gb/s (Compatible with SATA 3Gb/s & 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
  • Energy efficient – improves battery life by up to 50 minutes vs. hard disk drives
  • Worry-free data security with AES 256-bit, TCG/Opal v.2 and Microsoft eDrive full-disk encryption
  • Backed by a five-year limited warranty
  • Cable, screws, and bracket sold separately

If you’re looking for something a little bit smaller, we still have a great deal on the highly rated Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD. We also still have SSD enclosures for $7 Prime shipped right now, which can be a great way to bring some SSD storage on the road with you.

More details:

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.

Enhanced RAPID mode

Samsung’s Magician software enables RAPID Mode for up to 2x faster performance* by utilizing unused PC memory (DRAM) as a high-speed cache. The newest version of Samsung Magician supports up to a 4GB cache on a system with 16GB of DRAM.

Solid State Drive Stories March 24, 2016

expiredDaily Deals: PNY 2.5-inch 120GB Internal Solid State Drive $38, Insignia 2-Way Speakers (Pair) $20, more

In today’s Daily Deals, we have from Best Buy the PNY (CS1311) 2.5-inch 120GB Internal SATA Solid State Drive for $37.99 shipped. That’s $12 off the original list price and $7 less than Amazon’s current listing. This “fast, power saving drive” has read speeds of up to 560MB/s and write speeds up to 420MB/s. Rated 4.9/5 stars from 99 Amazon shoppers.

More new deals for today:

Insignia 2-Way Indoor/Outdoor Speakers (Pair) $20 (Orig. $40) | Best Buy

Nerf N-Strike Modulus ECS-10 Blaster $25 (Orig. $50) | Amazon

Continue on for more details on today’s top product and a roundup of our best deals:

Solid State Drive Stories February 10, 2016

expiredInternal 2.5-inch Solid-State Drives: Samsung 850 EVO 1TB $280 (Reg. $300+), PNY 240GB $60 (Reg. $80)

Update (2/11 11:15am): Adorama via eBay Daily Deals offers the 500GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD for $139.99 with free shipping. That’s a match for the lowest price we’ve ever seen.

Adorama via eBay offers the Samsung 850 EVO 1TB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive for $279.99 with free shipping. Today’s deal is $280 off the original list MSRP, $19 less than Amazon, $9 off our previous mention and the lowest current price available.

Over 7,400 Amazon customers rate this solid-state drive 4.7/5 stars. It is also one of the best-selling models. Features include a 2.5-inch form factor, 3D V-Nand technology, 540/520MB/s read/write speeds and a five year warranty.

Next up, Amazon has the PNY 240GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive for $59.99 shipped. Also available at Best Buy. That’s good for 25% off the original list/regular going rate and the lowest price we can find.

Features include a 2.5-inch design with read/write speeds of 550/520Mb/s, “ultra low power consumption” and a three-year warranty. Early reviews are positive, much like the rest of PNY’s SSD options. It is also the #1 new release in its category at Amazon.

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