SSDs have saturated the market ever since the Thailand flooding which had hard drive prices soar to unwanted levels. Now that prices are steadying again, we see SSDs finally in place in nearly all shops with them filling that spot where consumers are looking for the perfect price/performance product. As Kingston is setting-out to position the SSDNow V300 as an upgrader’s choice, value is the name of the game but before we talk about that let’s break down our scores.
For performance, we give the SSDNow V300 a solid 8 because there is still room for improvement. Build quality is an excellent 9.5, retaining the same design as its predescessors but having a slimmer profile. Also worth noting is that Kingston has fabricated some of the components, so this is a Kingston product through and through. Functionality is an above average 8.5, though SSDs may serve just one function its benefits to a general audience is limited by its performance and in this case, the SSDnow V300 does not fit well in the higher end enthusiast space to qualify in a wider range of usage. Bundle is also good with the Desktop/Notebook upgrade proving worthy bundles.
Finally we have value. Current pricing lists the 120GB variant at aroundÂ â‚±4,890. At this price range, the only competitors it has is from Sandisk and ADATA. We have yet to test any of those products so we can’t say anything regarding their value. Fact of the matter is, the value space is quite small in the SSD market and anything cheaper would have a smaller capacity or whatnot. Many upgraders would feel at home with 120GB especially those who just need a faster system with pretty much an on-the-cloud setup working for them. With availability the only thing holding back the SSDNow V300, its really hard to come by in our local market but we can see it aplenty in most international e-tailers so we’re hoping Kingston’s local distributor finds the time to get some of these babies to the local shore.
In closing, the Kingston SSDNow V300 provides a good choice for those looking to set-up a snappier, low-power, and quiet system. The SSDNow V300 is backed by 3-years of warranty and comes with free 24-hr tech support. We give the Kingston SSDnow V300 our top Recommendation and Bronze Award!