I recently purchased a lower end gaming laptop for my wife. She’s not a gamer, but the specs filled her needs (mostly) and the price was right. The only thing it was lacking was an SSD. As I’ve bought other Crucial SSDs before ( an M4 that’s been getting 4-5hrs use per day for 7 years ) and have had good luck with them, I felt comfortable trying another of their products.
Upon booting up the laptop for the first time to complete the setup process, the low speed 5400RPM drive was noticeable. Once setup was complete I found the laptop so slow, I was actually worried that something wasn’t working correctly. I’ve been using SSDs in all my machines for so long, I forgot how painful it can be to run without one. Why anyone would build even a “low” end gaming laptop without an SSD boot drive is beyond me.
When purchasing a Crucial SSD, you get access to the Acronis True Image software. I popped the SSD into my external drive enclosure and cloned the boot drive while the OS was up and running. No need for a bootable usb. I switched the SSD in and booted up without issue. The difference in boot times and performance was immediately noticeable.
If you’re a numbers person, there are lots of sites out there that compare benchmarks on various SSDs. This drive is not the top of the line but the average user is unlikely to notice much difference in performance. This drive is a good mix of reliability, performance, and price.
*Disclosure: I received a complimentary “Crucial BX500 240GB SSD” through the Amazon Vine Program in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.