Crucial m4 256GB mSATA SSD Review

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Design
      • 8
      • Features
      • 8
      • Performance
      • 9
      • Durability
      • 9
      • Utility
      • 9.5
      • Total Score:
      • 8.70
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Good performance, high capacity and relatively low price.
    • A good option for boosting the capacity of your Ultrabook.
    • An effective solution for boosting the performance and storage of notebooks that have an mSATA slot.
    • Essentially the same as Crucial's proven 2.5" m4 SSD.
  • Cons

    • Faster mSATA SSDs exist (but are more expensive).

The surprisingly small mSATA standard might be relatively new, but as new laptops continue to get thinner and lighter, these new drives will likely dominate the notebook storage market. We took a closer look at the Crucial m4 to see if it lives up to the performance of larger SSDs.

Until recently mSATA SSD capacities stopped at 128GB. However, several brands of 256GB mSATA SSDs have recently appeared with pricing which is not placing a large premium for small size (unlike small notebooks). Consequently, adding or upgrading an mSATA SSD is now an affordable option. Reviewer John Ratsey had been holding off on buying a Samsung NP900X4C ultrabook because of its limited storage capacity, but when he spotted that the Crucial m4 256GB SSD was available, and at a price much lower than expected, he immediately placed orders for the SSD and the latest Samsung ultrabook.

In order to get a better understanding of SSD performance in a real life situation it is appropriate to look at a more comprehensive benchmarking package which measures the storage performance over a range of different activities chosen to be representative of likely usage. We examined how the Crucial m4 performed in a number of benchmarks in the full review on NotebookReview.com but the short answer is that the m4 scored up to six times faster than the stock SSD that comes installed inside the latest Samsung Series 9 ultrabook.

Pros:

  • Good performance, high capacity and relatively low price.
  • A good option for boosting the capacity of your Ultrabook.
  • An effective solution for boosting the performance and storage of notebooks that have an mSATA slot.
  • Essentially the same as Crucial’s proven 2.5″ m4 SSD.

Cons:

  • Faster mSATA SSDs exist (but are more expensive).



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