Despite having only four NAND flash memory chips on a tiny 1.8″ PCB, the mSATA m4 managed to keep pace with larger 2.5″ drives, including Crucial’s original m4 and most of the 2.5″ SandForce SF-2281 SSDs. In fact, in both of our real-world application tests, the mSATA unit delivered the highest or second-highest score, succumbing only to the OCZ Vertex 4. Likewise, the drive fared decently enough in our file copy tests.
Pros: Tiny form factor, big on performance. Crucial’s track record on SSD products is excellent. Can be installed directly on mSATA motherboards. Miniature tech that works this well is simply amazing.
Cons: If you don’t require the small footprint, there are other equally attractive SSD options on the market.
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