PROS / The Crucial M500 solid-state drive is fast, and Crucial has fantastic help and support options.
CONS / This is a 2.5-inch form factor SSD that does not come with a 3.5-inch mounting kit.
VERDICT / Installation may prove tricky, but the Crucial M500 is a fast and reliable solid-state drive.
The Crucial M500 solid-state drive may be at the bottom of our lineup, but it can still hold its own. This SSD is quick and efficient and will do the job in just about any machine. A Marvell controller drives this device along with MLC flash-component technology and SATA 3 compatibility. This SSD supports the TRIM command and S.M.A.R.T. monitoring, and is ROHS compliant. It has a form factor of 2.5 inches, but unfortunately does not come with a 3.5-inch mounting kit. Unless your computer is built to house 2.5-inch drives, you will need to purchase a separate mounting kit to install this SSD.
The Crucial M500 solid-state drive has impressive sequential read and write speeds of up to 500MB/s and 250MB/s, respectively. This device is capable of random write speeds of up to 60,000 IOPS. It has a seek time of 0.1ms – which is standard for solid-state drives. This device is shock resistant up to 1,500G (G forces), with a life expectancy of 1.2 million hours. While this is a good life expectancy, it falls a little short of those for competing SSDs. The Crucial M500 also consumes a bit more power during operation than most SSDs, using 1.5 watts while active.
Capacity offerings for the Crucial M500 solid-state drive are great, but it is lacking in a minimalistic option. You can pick up a Crucial M500 in capacities of 120, 240 and 480GB, as well as a massive 960GB drive. While there are several multi-terabyte HDD options, it is rare to see a consumer-level solid-state drive offer such a high storage capacity. This, of course, comes with a high price tag. We were disappointed by the lack of options smaller than the 120GB offering from Crucial, but the 120GB M500 is affordable and can serve well as a boot drive for your OS.
Help and support options from Crucial are outstanding. You can contact a technical support representative via telephone or email, or initiate a live chat session on the website. Also available from the Crucial website are a FAQs section, community forum and an online manual for the Crucial M500 SSD. Furthermore, you can download firmware updates directly from the source, which is much more reliable than performing a search for updated drivers.
The Crucial M500 solid-state drive isn't a bad choice for those looking to upgrade their existing storage device. If you want a high-capacity consumer-level SSD, Crucial has a massive 960GB option with your name on it. Read and write speeds on this SSD are impressive. We are disappointed by the lack of an included 3.5-inch mounting kit, but this is a small concern. The Crucial M500 is a good choice for a solid-state drive.