What SSD Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals could there be?
These drives can feature some expensive technology, so it makes sense to hold off purchases until any SSD Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals are released. But what could the discounts be? Well, we think it’s likely there will be some Black Friday SSD discounts available on some of the storage sizes and brands. Our price history analysis suggests Samsung SSDs could see discounts in the region of 10-20%, with similar likely for SanDisk devices. However, Crucial drives could see larger price drops around 30%. These are only estimates, so we recommend to return for any updates on SSD deals for Black Friday 2018. Find out more about some popular models below.
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Find out more about SSDs this Black Friday
SSD stands for solid state drive, an alternative to HDDs or hard disk drives, probably something you are familiar with in the form of USB flash drives. Both are used for storage, with the difference between the two relating to how that data is stored and accessed. At its basic level, a hard drive is a magnetic metal plate called a platter that stores your persistent data. In order to access it, the platter must be spinning and a mechanical read/write arm called an actuator then drops down to read the data.
An SSD still stores data, but uses integrated circuits and microchips rather than magnetism as its method of storage. As such, it has no moving parts so is less likely to become damaged in the event of an impact, like dropping your laptop. It therefore has the potential to keep your data safer. An SSD is also usually faster because, unlike an HDD, it doesn’t have a platter that has speed up to operating speeds before data can be accessed. Additionally, SSDs don’t suffer from fragmentation, which can slow down HDDs.
Are there any Disadvantages of an SSD?
One of the downsides of SSDs is that the common capacity tends to be lower than what’s available for HDDs, with a lot of consumer options ranging from 120 Gb – 1 TB. Another potential drawback is the price – more reason to look for Black Friday SSD deals! On average, the price per Gb of storage is currently higher with an SSD. In an article published 9th June 2018, PC Mag estimate roughly 4-5 cents per Gb for an internal HDD and around 25 cents per Gb for an internal SSD. Although, this will likely fall in the future as the technology develops and production benefits from scale. If there are any SSD Black Friday deals, things could be different too!
An internal SSD is a drive designed to be used within a computer or laptop. There are different form factors – the design and shape of the drive – available. So when you are looking out for internal SSD Black Friday deals, be sure it is compatible with your machine before you make a purchase. Check out some popular internal SSDs this Black Friday & Cyber Monday below.
Samsung 850 EVO SSD
The Samsing 850 Evo is a popular choice for those looking for an internal SSD, designed to be used in PCs, laptops and ultrabooks for everyday computing. There are 250 Gb, 500 Gb, 1 TB, 2 TB and 4 TB options available depending on your storage requirements. Samsung claim the device has sequential read speeds of up to 540 MB/s and write speeds up to 520 MB/s, with variation possible based on system environment, form factor, and capacity.
Samsung 850 PRO SSD
The 850 Pro is another internal SSD from Samsung, designed for more intense computing such as gaming and business use. It comes in 256 Gb, 512 Gb, 1 TB and 2 TB options, with Samsung stating a slightly higher sequential read speed than the 850 EVO of 550 MB/s.
Crucial MX300 SSD
The Crucial MX300 is another popular internal SSD, owned by the large flash drive manufacturer Micron. The devices come in 275 Gb, 525 Gb, 1 TB and 2 TB options, with a 2.5 inch SATA form factor designed to fit most PCs and Macs. The company state the MX300 has a sequential read speed of 530 Mb/s, with a write speed of 510 Mb/s. Although, the 275 Gb model has a slightly lower write speed of 500 Mb/s. Again, actual usage speeds may vary.
An external SSD is a device designed for storage on the move or as a back up for your files and data. As it is a portable device, you may want to consider factors like durability and security when looking for external SSD Black Friday deals. Check out some popular options below for 2018, and be sure to check connectivity compatibility!
SanDisk Extreme 500
The Extreme 500 is an external SSD from designed for durability. SanDisk claim the device is shock resistant up to 800 G and vibration resistant up to 5.35 gRMS, 50-2000 Hz, with an operating temperature range of 32°F to 113°F and storage range of -4°F to 158°F. It also comes with a rubber bumper for added protection and 128-bit AES encryption software with password protection for security. There are 120 GB, 250 GB, 480 GB, 500 GB and 1 TB models available.
Samsung T5 Portable SSD
The T5 is a new model of the Samsung T3 SSD range. It has a sleek and compact design, with Samsung claiming it is shockproof for falls up to 2m (based on controlled lab conditions). Additionally, it features optional password protection with AES 256-bit hardware encryption. Samsung state the T5 has a max read speed of up to 540 MB/s and max write of up to 515 MB/s, with 250 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB models available.
WD My Passport SSD
The WD My Passport is a portable SSD from the popular data storage company Western Digital, who also produce a range of NAS devices. Similar to the other models, it is password protected with 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption and WD claim it can withstand falls of up to 6.5 ft. The device is super compatible, being USB Type-C and USB 3.1 Gen 2 ready, but also USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and USB-A compatible. There are 256 GB, 512 Gb and 1 TB models available.