The 3 Best SSDs to Buy for 2020
Hard drives are still the standard storage devices for computers in 2020. However, the next years of the decade may see the solid state drives (SSDs) overtake the old reliable hard drives in terms of numbers. Cost, the one hurdle SSDs have had vs. hard drives, is becoming more reasonable. Although the cost vs. storage capacity still favours hard drives, the disparity is definitely shrinking.
There are many advantages to SSDs compared to the traditional electro-mechanical hard drive. The mere fact that SSDs do not rely on a spinning disk mechanism to read and write data already provides a huge boon when it comes to durability. This is because SSDs store data on semiconductor cells. This feature of SSD's also means that they are generally faster and more reliable with regard to accessing data stored.
That said, it is best to invest in SSDs that are both cost-effective and would last a good deal of time. Before you consider upgrading your old SSD (and performing a data erasure on your old drive using the RedKey USB data wipe tool), it would be a good idea to review some of the upgrade options. As there are multiple brands and models to choose from, let’s take a look at the most promising SSDs that are available for the open market as 2020 begins.
Samsung SSD 850 Evo
Available in 120GB to 2TB capacities and priced from $65 to $800, the Samsung SSD 850 Evo is a standard 2.5 inch SSD that uses 3D NAND Flash memory technology. It is, likely, the most cost-effective SSD out for the consumer market. The Samsung SSD 850 Evo is so named due to it being an “evolution” of its sibling the Samsung SSD 850 Pro.
The most notable attribute of the Samsung SSD 850 Evo is its extreme endurance. The 3D NAND technology has been rated at an endurance of writing 40GB per day at an estimated lifespan of 5 years (which is also the length of its warranty). Given that the average user will use far less than 40GB, it will likely function for longer than that.
The only tangible drawback for the Samsung SSD 850 Evo is its built-in Samsung Magician software. This is because the software only works with the Windows OS, which does not function on other platforms such as Mac or Linux, for example.
WD Black (NVMe) SN750
Although slightly older (as it debuted in early 2019), the WD Black NVMe SN750 is an SSD that offers a lot of bang for your buck. With the smallest capacity at 250GB at only $62.99 and the 2TB version at $449.99 (as of this writing), the variants of the WD Black NVMe SN750 are some of the largest capacities of SSDs at an affordable price.
More than that, it is rated at 200 Terrabyte Writes (TBW) per 250 GB of capacity. While the warranty of the WD Black NVMe SN750 only covers 5 years, it is very likely to last 10 or so. The downside is that the WD Black NVMe SN750 is specifically designed for gaming units. For more mundane tasks, it would not be cost-effective. Moreover, its idle power consumption is slightly higher than a similar SSD in this price range, which has a significant impact in the long run. Did we mention how good it looks too?
Transcend SSD 370s
Generally, Transcend hardware products are known for their low price while maintaining an average quality and lifespan. The Transcend SSD 370s appears to be following this “tradition” as well. The model has one of the broadest range of capacities for SSDs with as low as a 32GB capacity and up to 1 TB. Ranging from $22 to $360 in price, the Transcend SSD 370s can fit any budget and most purposes.
However, with that affordability are caveats to consider. First, there is no 2 TB version of this SSD model, which may put off the some of the potential buyers. Secondly, the Transcend SSD 370s variants only issue a warranty of 3 years. This may come off as a red flag for consumers, as the standard warranties for SSDs in the market at this range are 5 to 10 years.
Which SSDs to buy?
The Samsung SSD 850 Evo, the WD Black NVMe SN750, and the Transcend SSD 370s have a lot going for them with the range of cost, versatility, endurance, and capacity, and an argument can be made for each one as being the “best buy”. Consider the observations presented above and make an informed choice.
Regardless of which SSD you choose, it is recommended to invest in a reliable data destruction tool that is simple and easy to use. Data erasure should be a hassle-free task, which is at the core of the RedKey mission statement for its business and product line.
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