Crucial says reliability, not blistering speed is critical for consumer SSDs. Enter the Crucial BX500 SSD for you and me.

Speedwise it is three times faster than a spinning hard disk. Cost-wise it comes from using VNAND and a SATA interface that gives 540/500Mbps sequential read/write speeds. In comparison a top-of-the-line, uber expensive model offers 3500/3000Mbps.

GadgetGuy agrees. “While it is nice to have V8 speeds under the bonnet Joe and Jane Average seldom save files larger than a few megabytes. The difference in saving a 1GB file to this drive is scant milliseconds.”

Crucial want to see the end of unreliable spinning disks (as they are wont to as a memory manufacturer – Micron).

Teresa Kelley, VP & GM, Micron Consumer Products Group comments

“It is time to make the transition from hard drives to solid-state technology. SSD technology is now more mainstream than ever. But the focus on speed and the associated cost has scared users away. If you are ready to switch the Crucial BX500 offers performance and reliability at a competitive price from a brand consumers trust.”

Crucial BX500 SSD specs (US website here)

  • 120, 240, 480GB capacities
  • 2.5” format (7mm high)
  • SATA 6.0 interface
  • 3-year warranty
  • Acronis True Image for Crucial
  • Data loss protection via the Multistep Data Integrity Algorithm
  • Protection from overheating via Adaptive Thermal Monitoring tools
  • Faster writes via Dynamic Write Acceleration technology

Best Uses

It will replace any 3.5 or 2.5” SATA HDD in a desktop or laptop. It is ideal to give your laptop a new lease on life.

Crucial BX500 SSD

Acronis True Image will clone your existing disk to the SSD, so replacement is just swapped out but an inexpensive USB to SATA adapter is required. There are no Windows Activation issues, 

It works equally well on Windows or MacBook.

There is an install guide here.

US pricing (Australia TBA) is $28.79, $47.79 and $79.99 – way cheaper than higher speed NVMe PCIe SSD.