Kingston 480gb ssd  £67.99 / 240gb £39.95 - Amazon
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Kingston 480gb ssd £67.99 / 240gb £39.95 - Amazon

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Refreshed 11th Aug (Posted 9th Aug)
Kingston’s A400 solid-state drive dramatically improves the responsiveness of your existing system with incredible boot, loading and transfer times compared to mechanical hard drives. Powered by a latest-gen controller for read and write speeds of up to 500MB/s and 450MB/s1, this SSD is 10x faster than a traditional hard drive1 for higher performance, ultra-responsive multi-tasking and an overall faster system.

Also more reliable and durable than a hard drive, A400 is built with Flash memory. There are no moving parts, making it less likely to fail than a mechanical hard drive. It’s also cooler and quieter, and its shock and vibration resistance makes it ideal for notebooks and other mobile computing devices.

A400 is available in Multiple capacities from 120GB–480GB2 to give you all the space you need for applications, videos, photos and other important documents. You can also replace your hard drive or a smaller SSD with a drive big enough to hold all your files.

This SSD is designed for use in desktop and notebook computer workloads, and is not intended for server environments

Fast start-up, loading and file transfersMore reliable and durable than a hard driveMultiple capacities with space for applications or a hard drive replacement
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  • More reliable and durable than a hard drive
  • Multiple capacities with space for applications or a hard drive replacement
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leighbeef7 m ago

Grab one quick before Amazon change their prices.


The amount of money I've wasted by thinking like this...
An SSD in my opinion is the biggest factor most users should look for in a new PC, having the latest and greatest processor is cool but generally people don't use the full potential of their processors, thus seeing no huge benefit, whereas an SSD is an instant speed boost in more or less all areas: Boot tomes, app/software loading, less cooling required, quieter, and for storage, get an external HDD for £50!

If your laptop or desktop breaks it's backed up, if you need to share files it's easier to just plug your external into another device instead of finding your USB's or using the cloud which can take ages depending on internet speeds, let alone larger files which often require paid subscriptions to share online.

Overall, get an SSD if you can, don't buy hard disks in 2018 unless you're competent enough to change it yourself!
Edited by: "itsmattyjayy" 11th Aug
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HOTHOTHOT!
Grab one quick before Amazon change their prices.
leighbeef7 m ago

Grab one quick before Amazon change their prices.


The amount of money I've wasted by thinking like this...
Really need a cheap 1TB SSD
Good price.
Is it wise to use one of these for storage or just stick to boot drive? I have an SSD as a boot drive and two other HDD's with media etc. Would it be worth replacing one with this?
got the 120GB for £25 for the OS system for my dads PC, rather rapid and quite impressed with it
trakker111 m ago

Really need a cheap 1TB SSD


have a look at sshd's its a half and half of ssd and hdd, it auto manages your data so what gets used the most gets stored on the ssd and less onto the hdd
ok deal still needs ot be cheaper for what it is. The crucial mx500 and sandisk plus? deals earlier are better drives.
I managed to get Amazon to refund the difference I paid other day (£7). They said they'll do it this one time as an exception. Saves me posting the current one back for the sake of £7.

Wotan21 m ago

Is it wise to use one of these for storage or just stick to boot drive? I …Is it wise to use one of these for storage or just stick to boot drive? I have an SSD as a boot drive and two other HDD's with media etc. Would it be worth replacing one with this?


No.
Media storage doesn't benefit from an SSD. Stick to an SSD for boot and mechanical for storage.

Games will benefit from an SSD but how much will vary from title to title.
Edited by: "FireOnAWire" 9th Aug
brad2557713 m ago

have a look at sshd's its a half and half of ssd and hdd, it auto manages …have a look at sshd's its a half and half of ssd and hdd, it auto manages your data so what gets used the most gets stored on the ssd and less onto the hdd


Usually only around 8gb is ssd. But agree they’re good bang for buck.
FireOnAWire27 m ago

I managed to get Amazon to refund the difference I paid other day (£7). …I managed to get Amazon to refund the difference I paid other day (£7). They said they'll do it this one time as an exception. Saves me posting the current one back for the sake of £7.No. Media storage doesn't benefit from an SSD. Stick to an SSD for boot and mechanical for storage.Games will benefit from an SSD but how much will vary from title to title.



I don't game so not an issue, just wondered if it was worth buying for storage but will stick to the standard hdd then! Thank you
Reason for the recent price drops on SSDs is the imminent release of Samsung's new QLC NAND tech that's about to make 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB SSDs a lot cheaper: theverge.com/cir…ion
NAND flash prices are crashing and will keep on crashing. There is an oversupply and it is going to last. So fill your boots with flash drives and SSDs while they are cheap.
It may sound daft but as i have been upgraded 2.5" SSD's 250gb to 500gb, i have bought external usb3 caddies for the old SSD drive and use them instead of thumb drives. Last week i upgraded an M2 250gb drive and it now it is in a caddy not much larger than a thumb drive really an far more reliable and cost effective for the capacity i think, works with my computers samsung phone and asus tablets no problem.
I saw 480gb and saw the title price and amlllmost leaped off my chair with joy!!! Then read on
Stupid prices..I payed 90£ for 256gb last year..ffs..
Edited by: "danflorin3" 9th Aug
Ordered. Heat added. Thanks
Just bought one of these, works perfectly. Been this price for about a week now
danflorin315 h, 22 m ago

Stupid prices..I payed 90£ for 256gb last year..ffs..


The past 2 years have had stupid prices. Black Friday 2016 Amazon sold 525GB SSD for £105 I believe - prices are finally below that again now. That's not stupid, it's about time!
eatmorefish22 h, 21 m ago

The amount of money I've wasted by thinking like this...


I think I have thousands over the years like this. Best to think do you need it
Excellent price, had been waiting for 240gb to drop below £40. Not the fastest, but quicker than the 9yr old Crucial M225 SSD it's replaced, and twice the capacity.
Great discount. Too bad that is last year price... cheeky amazon!!!!
2 years after we alll thought they would be this price (or less) from now on they finally are.Lets get rid of those awful spinning rusty discs.
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chapchap49 m ago

2 years after we alll thought they would be this price (or less) from now …2 years after we alll thought they would be this price (or less) from now on they finally are.Lets get rid of those awful spinning rusty discs.


yes, no operating system should reside on a spinning disc! I've not looked back since 2012 but amazed many people still haven't made the move. Best upgrade you can do to a PC regardless of age.
would this be good as a portable drive if fitted in to a slim enclosure?
realredbarron73113 h, 15 m ago

would this be good as a portable drive if fitted in to a slim enclosure?


Yes it would be fine. A USB3 enclosure would be best for the extra speed capacity.
Spend the extra £9 and get the crucial mx500 drive instead of this. Kingston sucks.
spannerzone5 h, 37 m ago

yes, no operating system should reside on a spinning disc! I've not looked …yes, no operating system should reside on a spinning disc! I've not looked back since 2012 but amazed many people still haven't made the move. Best upgrade you can do to a PC regardless of age.


Absolutely.

I've had my X25-M G2 80GB since 2008. Cost around £220 IIRC. A great drive.
It's long since retired but still got it and works just fine.
I pitty the fools still rocking mechanical boot drives. Stop living in the past
Installing an SSD as a boot drive can be a boon to many and certainly makes any machine feel as fast as we might want it to be.

Not everybody lives their lives at breakneck speed though and in this present day, so many machines still come as standard with mechanical drives.

Many people are also not technical and have not desire to go near the process of swapping one out for the other, no matter how easy it might actually be to do. Some might not want the additional expense either for something that doesn't give them issues right now.

The real tipping point will only come when solid state storage comes as standard from the factory and with the same kind of storage capacities that mechanical drives have at present.

Until such time arrives, the reality of the present is that mechanical drives are very much in prominent use as boot drives.

Or in other words, the past is still very much the present in so many areas.
realredbarron73117 h, 6 m ago

would this be good as a portable drive if fitted in to a slim enclosure?


yes, you dont even need another enclosure as the plastic casing is already an enclosure for the circuit board inside. You can use a usb to sata connector, then again and enclosure inluding usb cable does not cost much more than just the cable. I have both, most of my ssds are aluminium ones (toshiba, Liteon and Crucial). I wouldn't risk the plastic sandisk without an enclosure though
Edited by: "fiqqer" 11th Aug
reddit6 h, 51 m ago

Installing an SSD as a boot drive can be a boon to many and certainly …Installing an SSD as a boot drive can be a boon to many and certainly makes any machine feel as fast as we might want it to be.Not everybody lives their lives at breakneck speed though and in this present day, so many machines still come as standard with mechanical drives.Many people are also not technical and have not desire to go near the process of swapping one out for the other, no matter how easy it might actually be to do. Some might not want the additional expense either for something that doesn't give them issues right now.The real tipping point will only come when solid state storage comes as standard from the factory and with the same kind of storage capacities that mechanical drives have at present.Until such time arrives, the reality of the present is that mechanical drives are very much in prominent use as boot drives.Or in other words, the past is still very much the present in so many areas.


True but once people, normal non technical people experience an SSD they'll never want to go back to regular drives, it's just that they don't know what they're missing. Manufacturers still insist on supplying is that mechanical drives can offer huge storage and sadly a non techie buyer will buy 2TB of spinning disk instead of 240GB of SSD if the price is much the same. Bigger is better in their eyes.

I just feel that it's such an easy, massive improvement that can benefit all users that it should be standard, we've had these things being affordable for nearly a decade and yet people still persist with old spinning things.

Some may recall comments online, back when 120GB drives got to around the £80 in 2012 - many were reluctant to switch, stating they needed size and could live without the faster boot time (they'd convinced themselves SSD's only boosted boot times and not much else) - funny how most of those comments have gone now.

I suppose vinyl will be making a comeback next!
Edited by: "spannerzone" 11th Aug
An SSD in my opinion is the biggest factor most users should look for in a new PC, having the latest and greatest processor is cool but generally people don't use the full potential of their processors, thus seeing no huge benefit, whereas an SSD is an instant speed boost in more or less all areas: Boot tomes, app/software loading, less cooling required, quieter, and for storage, get an external HDD for £50!

If your laptop or desktop breaks it's backed up, if you need to share files it's easier to just plug your external into another device instead of finding your USB's or using the cloud which can take ages depending on internet speeds, let alone larger files which often require paid subscriptions to share online.

Overall, get an SSD if you can, don't buy hard disks in 2018 unless you're competent enough to change it yourself!
Edited by: "itsmattyjayy" 11th Aug
brad255779th Aug

have a look at sshd's its a half and half of ssd and hdd, it auto manages …have a look at sshd's its a half and half of ssd and hdd, it auto manages your data so what gets used the most gets stored on the ssd and less onto the hdd


Didn't know that
Rathore9th Aug

Good price.


The best price so far...thanks
eatmorefish9th Aug

The amount of money I've wasted by thinking like this...


me too
spannerzone11th Aug

True but once people, normal non technical people experience an SSD …True but once people, normal non technical people experience an SSD they'll never want to go back to regular drives, it's just that they don't know what they're missing. Manufacturers still insist on supplying is that mechanical drives can offer huge storage and sadly a non techie buyer will buy 2TB of spinning disk instead of 240GB of SSD if the price is much the same. Bigger is better in their eyes.I just feel that it's such an easy, massive improvement that can benefit all users that it should be standard, we've had these things being affordable for nearly a decade and yet people still persist with old spinning things.Some may recall comments online, back when 120GB drives got to around the £80 in 2012 - many were reluctant to switch, stating they needed size and could live without the faster boot time (they'd convinced themselves SSD's only boosted boot times and not much else) - funny how most of those comments have gone now.I suppose vinyl will be making a comeback next!


I totally agree with you...
fiqqer11th Aug

yes, you dont even need another enclosure as the plastic casing is …yes, you dont even need another enclosure as the plastic casing is already an enclosure for the circuit board inside. You can use a usb to sata connector, then again and enclosure inluding usb cable does not cost much more than just the cable. I have both, most of my ssds are aluminium ones (toshiba, Liteon and Crucial). I wouldn't risk the plastic sandisk without an enclosure though


I have also done this in the past. It works fine...
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