REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The MyDigitalSSD Smart Series 256GB mSATA SSD was unexpected to say the least. I had not returned two days from Computex and the MyDigitalSSD package arrived. My admiration and choice of review for mSATA drives has never been a secret and I had been anxiously awaiting the ADATA XPG SX300 for testing as it would be the smallest, highest performing and largest capacity SSD in the world, that was until Matt Dawson’s package with the new MyDigitalSSD Smart Series 256GB SSD (AKA SX300) arrived.
How Matt managed to wrestle this mSATA SSD out of the hands of ADATA, even before their release, simply amazes me. And then to see that it is still clearly labeled as the SX300 is truly icing on the cake. Simply, MyDigitalSSD now has the top performing and highest capacity mSATA SSD in the world right now and until another company can achieve 256GB capacity in an mSATA form factor, this won’t change. Add to that the fact that My Digital SSD, a relatively small guy in the big pond, has the reputation of ADATA to rely on and this was a stroke of marketing prowess. ADATA is definitely a big fish.
Examining performance, the fact that this is one of the top five SSD results we have had in typical SSD form factors says it all. It reaches lightning fast SATA 3 speeds with ease and this was as obvious as can be when conducting transfer speed tests with AS SSD Copy Benchmark. Having this in any of todays ultrabooks is pure gold. MyDigitalSSD includes a standard three year warranty, whereas, the XPG SX300 will be five years when released but this is by no means a deal killer. As well, I would like to know exactly what specifications the NAND flash memory hold and will update the report once confirmed.
Last but not least, we need to examine pricing. Technically, as this is the highest performing and highest capacity mSATA SSD in the world, and that very few mSATA SSDs have reached consumer sales just yet, should mean that having a premium mSATA SSD will demand a premium price; not so in this case. A quick look at Amazon shows clearly that the MyDigitalSSD Smart Series SSD is the second lowest priced mSATA available today, the first being the MyDigitalSSD Bullet Proof 3 Series which we we will get to in a few days time. For now, here are some prices to check out:
Trust me when I say that, any thoughts of playing the waiting game here, will result in the loss of a great drive because they won’t last. The MyDigitalSSD Smart Series 256GB is perhaps my favorite evaluation to date and easily earns our Editor’s Choice Award!