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.

Solid State Drive Stories February 1, 2016

expiredAmazon Gold Box–Everything for your home computer network: SSDs from $40, NAS from $159, Wifi Range Extenders from $33

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If you been looking to upgrade your home computers or network, today’s Amazon Gold Box is bound to have some deals for you. You can find nearly 5 star rated SATA 3 SSDs from Transcend and PNY in 128GB-480GB sizes range from $39.99-$124.99. Some match for all time lows.

If you are want to up your NAS game, you can pick up a highly-rated 6TB Internal Seagate Hard Drives for $214.99/ea. Where to put them? I love this QNAP TAS idea of adding a Streamer with Remote Keyboard to their NASes allowing you an end to end solution for putting large amounts of videos on your TVs. At $159/$259 for 1/2 drive bays and 4/5 star ratings you really can’t go wrong here.

If you want a monster NAS, Western Digital NAS  are $362.99 for 8TB or $438.99 for 12TB. These are no brainer prices and frankly cost less than the bare drives inside them. If you have a superior Synology NAS, you could buy this 12TB WD NAS, rip out the drives and still be ahead.

For those looking to up their networking game, Amazon offers the DD-WRT compatible Linksys WRT1900ACS Dual Band router in their classic Blue enclosure. This is basically one of the best  routers out there at its lowest price ever. Does your current router need to reach further out? Want to steam music while you garden or mow your yard? Pick up one of two TP-Link AC Range extenders from $32.99-$79.99. Or, if you want to extend your Ethernet network over your powerlines, nab this D-Link AV2 2000 Gigabit extender for $59.99. Speaking of D-Link Gigabit, I don’t recall a good 24-port Gigabit hub being less than $65. Today’s the day.

There are some other knick knacks inside today’s Goldbox as well starting at just $4. Check out everything.



Solid State Drive Stories January 22, 2016

expiredSamsung 850 EVO 1TB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive: $290 shipped (Reg. $329+)

Amazon is offering the Samsung 850 EVO 1TB 2.5-inch Solid-State Drive for $289.99 shipped (matched on Newegg’s official eBay Store). That’s $210 under the original price, matching our previous mention and the best we can find.

This drive has a 4.7/5 star rating from more than 7,700 Amazon customers and sits as the third best selling option behind smaller capacity EVO 850 drives. This 2.5-inch, 1TB SSD features 3D V-Nand tech, 540/520MB/s read/write speeds and is backed by a five year warranty. Or use it as a speedy external drive with one of these highly rated SSD enclosures from $10 Prime shipped.

Solid State Drive Stories December 3, 2015

expiredLenovo IdeaPad 2.16GHz/2GB/16GB SSD 11-inch Touchscreen Chromebook $170 shipped (Orig. $330)

Adorama via eBay Daily Deals offers the Lenovo IdeaPad N20P 2.16GHz/2GB/16GB SSD 11-inch Touchscreen Chromebook for $169.99 shipped. This is nearly 50% off the original listing, $129 less than Amazon’s current third-party listing and the lowest price that we have ever seen for this Chromebook. Rated 3.9/5 stars.


  • Intel Celeron N2830 Dual Core Processor
  • 2 GB DDR3 RAM
  • Can open/edit MS Office files using free embedded QuickOffice editor or Google Docs
  • 16 GB Solid-State Drive (SSD)
  • 11.6-inch Screen, Integrated
  • Google Chrome OS, 8-hour battery life

Solid State Drive Stories November 24, 2015

SanDisk 960GB Ultra II 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive: $175 shipped w/ Visa Checkout (Reg. $300)

Newegg is offering the SanDisk 960GB Ultra II SATA 6Gbps SSD for $199.99 shipped. If you pad your order to over $200 (this audio cable will do the trick), enter the code VCOBF15 and use Visa Checkout to drop your price down to $174.99 shipped. That’s $25 off the regular sale price/ Amazon’s current listing and the lowest we can find. It has read speeds of up to 550MB/s and write speeds of up to 500MB/s. Amazon shoppers gave it 4.6/5 stars.

Solid State Drive Stories November 22, 2015

expiredPortable Solid-State Drives: SanDisk 120GB $60, 240GB $80, Samsung T1 500GB $168 + more capacities

Portable solid-state drives are an excellent medium for carrying around valuable documents or as a way to quickly transfer media from one location to another. While traditional portable hard drives may be cheaper, the difference in speeds is notable.

Amazon has dropped the price on two of SanDisk’s Extreme 500 Portable USB 3.0 Solid-State Drives in two different capacities. The 120GB model is available for $59.99 shipped (Reg. $85), while the larger 240GB capacity can be had for $79.99 shipped (Reg. $120). Both models are also available at B&H and Adorama. This is the first significant price drop on each model since its release this summer. Features include transfer speeds up to “4x faster” than traditional hard drive, no moving part and a “shock-resistant” design. I personally use this hard drive to store and transfer my GoPro videos while I am away from my home computer. While ratings are somewhat slim, they are very positive.

Samsung has launched its Black Friday promotion, delivering a few nice deals on its Portable T1 Solid-State Drive in three different capacities. Adorama offers the lowest prices on each model and throws in a free copy of Assassin’s Creed (on 500GB/1TB), with Amazon and B&H coming in at just a few dollars more.

These are all the lowest current prices that we can find on these highly-rated drives. Features include speeds up to 450MB/s, 256-bit encryption, and a “slim/compact” design.

expiredSamsung 11-inch Chromebook 2 2.16GHz/2GB/16GB SSD: $149 shipped (Reg. $190+)

Best Buy offers the Samsung 11-inch Chromebook 2 XE500C12-K01US 2.16GHz/2GB/16GB SSD for $149 shipped. Also available at Amazon for $1 more. This is a savings of $101 off the original price, $41 less than the next reputable seller and the lowest current price we can find. Rated 4.4/5 stars by over 400 Amazon customers.

Features include:

  • Intel Celeron 2.16 GHz Processor
  • 16 GB Solid-State Drive (SSD); No CD or DVD drive
  • 11.6 inches 1366 x 768 pixels LED-lit Screen
  • Chrome Operating System; Silver Chassis

Solid State Drive Stories November 10, 2015

expiredCrucial 2.5-inch 480GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive $140, Samsung 250GB 850 EVO $75 shipped

Newegg offers the Crucial (BX200) 2.5″ 480GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive for $149.99, but when you use the coupon code AF15SSD1109A the price drops to only $139.99 shipped. That’s $10 off the original price/ Amazon’s current listing and the lowest we can find for it. 


  • Sequential reads/writes up to 540 / 490 MB/s on all file types and random reads/writes up to 66k / 78k IOPS
  • More than 13x faster than a typical hard drive and 40x more energy efficient
  • More durable than a hard drive – no small moving parts that are prone to failure and available in 2.5-inch form factor in capacities up to 960GB
  • Includes an activation key for Acronis True Image HD software for easy data migration
  • Compatible with the free Crucial Storage Executive tool for easy drive monitoring and maintenance

Amazon shoppers give Crucial products high ratings overall.

Newegg also has the 250GB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5″ Solid State Drive (MZ-75E250B/AM) for $74.99 when you use the coupon code AF15SAM119A at checkout.


Solid State Drive Stories October 27, 2015

expiredGrab the best-selling Acer Chromebook 2.6GHz.2GB/16GB SSD (refurb) for $120 (Orig. $170)

Newegg offers the manufacturer refurbished Acer (CB3-111-C670) 2.6GHz/2GB/16GB SSD for $119.99 shipped. Today’s deal is $40 off the original price and Amazon’s new condition listing, a match of our previous mention and the lowest current offering we can find. 

This is the best-selling laptop at Amazon, garnering a 4.4/5 star rating from over 1,000 customers.

Features include:

  • Intel Celeron 2.16 GHz Processor
  • 16 GB SSD Storage; No optical drive
  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels, LED-lit Screen
  • Chrome Operating System; Moonstone White
  • 90-day warranty from Acer

If you don’t mind a rebate card, the effective price drops down to $99.99 if you print out and send in this form.

Solid State Drive Stories October 12, 2015

expiredAmazon Gold Box – Crucial & Lexar storage up to 65% off: Solid-State Drives 1TB $270, 500GB $140, 250GB $64, more

Today only, as one of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers up to 65% off select Crucial and Lexar solid-state drives, USB flash drives, microSD cards, and more. Prime members receive free 2-day shipping on the entire lot, while all other buyers will need to spend at least $35 to sidestep shipping fees.

Some of our favorite deals from this sale include a trio of fast Crucial solid-state drives. Upgrade your aging MacBook with one of these SSDs to improve boot times, reliability, and overall performance. Deal pricing is as follows:

Solid State Drive Stories October 1, 2015

expiredVisionTek 120GB USB 3.0 Pocket Solid State Drive: $80 shipped (Reg. $100)

Amazon offers the VisionTek 120GB USB 3.0 Pocket Solid State Drive for $79.99 with free shipping. That’s $20 below its regular price and the best deal we’ve ever seen. Head to this post for a full overview of this super-fast drive. Rated 4 out of 5 stars from 85 Amazon reviewers.

  • Built for rugged portability: No moving parts and an aluminum housing safeguards your data from drops and impacts.
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 performance: Up to 455MB/s reads and 440MB/s writes… up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0!
  • UASP mode support: enables multiple simultaneous commands for faster and more efficient transfers as well as lowers CPU utilization.
  • DuraClass Technology: Ultra-efficient block management & wear leveling offers maximum drive and data reliability.
  • Use with nearly any computer: Compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux systems with a USB 3.0/2.0 interface.
  • Keychain grommet: allows the drive to easily attach to a set of house / car keys.

Solid State Drive Stories September 18, 2015

expiredSamsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-inch Solid-State Drive: $150 shipped (Reg. ~$170)

Beach Camera via eBay Daily Deals offers the Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-inch Solid-State Drive (model MZ-75E500B/AM) for $149.99 with free shipping. As a pricing comparison, it generally sells for $160-$180 and today’s deal is a match for the best we’ve seen. Features include a 2.5-inch form factor, 3D V-Nand technology, 540/520MB/s read/write speeds and a five year warranty. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars from 4,987 Amazon reviewers.

Be sure to check out our how-to if you’re looking to upgrade your old MacBook to a fast solid-state drive.

Solid State Drive Stories September 8, 2015

expiredAmazon Gold Box – Sandisk SSD, memory card & flash storage up to 60% off: 128GB Flash Drive $30 (Orig. $60), more

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon is offering up to 60% off select SanDisk Storage products. At the time of writing there are about 20 different choices of discounted flash drives, solid state drives, memory cards and more. That number will likely dwindle as the day goes on, so be sure to jump on these soon if you’re interested. On top of being the best price we can find, everything in the sale ships free for Prime members or on orders over $35:

Here are our top picks from the sale:

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