One of the questions we're frequently asked is whether it's worth purchasing a solid-state drive now. The reasons for doing so are compelling. Creamy-smooth performance emanating from ultra-quick access times, silence, power efficiency and a small form-factor are just some of the benefits. The downsides, however, are price and sub-standard performance from drives when in a well-used state.
Looking at a range of performance drives, one should expect to pay around £125 for a 64GB model, £250 for a 128GB drive, and around £500 for a 256GB SSD. That's a lot of money, no matter which way you look at it, especially with 1.5TB traditional hard drives etailing for £90.
Crucial is looking to drive down the cost of high-performance SSDs by launching a range of drives with keen pricing. Knowing that most SSDs tend to be intrinsically similar underneath, thereby negating much of the advantage of branding, Crucial may have a hit on its hands. We take a look at the range-topping 256GB model and evaluate whether it's worth £400.