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Crucial BX200 SSD review: Good for casual users, but not for slinging extra-large files

Jon L. Jacobi | Nov. 10, 2015
Crucial’s new BX200 is the company’s first TLC (triple-level cell/3-bit) NAND drive, and I hope it’s the last.

Maybe you’re asking “When exactly am I going to be copying 3GB, 6GB, or 12GB?” Not often, but it’s not fun when you do. So the question remains: what are you willing to give up to save a modest amount of cash? The Crucial MX200 MLC drive shown in the comparisons above costs about $320 on the street, or roughly $20 more than the non-discounted BX200. Sandisk’s MLC-based 960GB Extreme II was available for under $300.

In addition to being up front with me concerning the BX200’s performance (once I asked about it), Crucial also plays nice with users, bundling a version of Acronis’s True Image HD for copying your data onto the BX200. The drive itself, which is only 7mm thick and very light is also quite power-miserly.

That said...

If you’re a power user, don’t even consider the BX200. Or the OCZ Trion, or the Toshiba Q300. Even if your needs are simple, you’ll be happier in the long run (actually when you install the operating system in half the time) with an MLC drive. Skip lunch a couple of days. It’ll be worth it. I promise.

One caveat: the SSD market is currently in flux so it would probably behoove you to hunker down until Black Friday and see how it shakes out. If TLC drives wind up half the price, that’s a different story.


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