Quite possibly the best single upgrade you can make to a computer without one
I have a 3yr-old laptop i use for work that isn't due for replacement by my corporate lords and masters for another year. In the meantime, the machine was becoming nigh-usuable, with extended stints where i would do something like open a new spreadsheet, and then the machine would just sit there for 30+ seconds with the hdd light simply staying on (not even a flicker) while the machine did whatever it does when you have a dozen spreadsheets, 10 browser tabs, a bunch of word docs, and a bloated e-mail program all open at once.Finally, out of frustration, i ordered the 250gb of this drive for sixty bucks, it's primary attributes being decent performance combined with a dirt-cheap price compared to the competition.Packaging wasn't exactly ornate, with a box, a tray, anti-static bag, and the warranty/rudimentary instruction sheet. I started with putting mine in a spare usb sata enclosure i had lying around (some usb 2.0 thing i've had a few years.) the drive was recognized immediately (note: if you are used to usb sticks or external drives, it's good to know that internal drives don't come pre-formatted.) i then downloaded and started the cloning program, which immediately gave me an error message. After i closed the error message, the program offered to update itself. After the update, the program came up fine, and found the drive. A few button clicks later, the clone had started; by morning it was finished (likely well before then.)i shut down my laptop and swapped out the spinning disk for the new ssd, hit the power button and... Wow!!! Booting used to be several minutes before i could see the windows desktop, and several more minutes before the disk light would turn off while the machine checked for updates, did security checks, etc. Now, i was sitting with an idle machine in about 30 seconds after hitting the power button. No longer do things bog down when switching applications.I have no idea how, precisely, this compares with the other ssd's on the market, other than the fact this one is cheaper, but i can say that compared with a spinning disk, the thing pretty much runs at lightspeed.