Upgrading from an old HDD to a brand-new SSD is definitely the biggest upgrade you can bring to an older PC since it will make it respond around 10 times faster.
However, SSDs are still relatively expensive compared to HDDs, and not everyone can afford to buy 1TB or 2TB versions. That is why we’ve compiled a list of what we think are the best SSD models that you can buy that have storage capacities between 250 and 500GB.
Note: Deals are subject to change. Keep in mind that the price tag often varies. We recommend going on the vendor’s website to check the price. Some of the products may be out of stock by the time you’ve made your purchasing decision. So, hurry up and hit the buy button.
What are the best 250GB and 500GB SSDs?
- Powered by Samsung V-NAND Technology
- Good for rendering large-sized 4K videos and 3D data used by the latest applications
- Sequential read and write performance levels of up to 550MB/s and 520MB/s
- Includes AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption compliant with TCG Opal and IEEE 1667
- The price tag is above that of other SSDs with the same storage space
The Samsung 860 EVO is on the top of our list for good reason. It is arguably the fastest SSD available, and it is among the few that actually reach the designated speeds in real life.
More so, they are built to last, and they can handle a lot of data writing and wipes, which is something you’d expect when dealing with large amounts of data, such as 4K videos or 3D data.
- Comes in storage variants between 250 Gb and 4 TB
- Sequential read speeds up to 560MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 530MB
- WD F.I.T. Lab certification for compatibility with a wide range of computers.
- The price tag
- Doesn’t come with SATA III cable or adapter bracket
The WD Blue 3D NAND isn’t a name that is all that known, but the SSDs they produce come as a pleasant surprise, as their quality matches that of top-tier brands.
Not only that but if you are ever thinking of an upgrade, this model comes in storage capacities of up to 4 TB of data, allowing for HDD-level of data.
- Comes in storage variants between 120 Gb and 1.92 TB
- Balances out affordability and performance
- Fast start-up, loading, and file transfers
- More reliable and durable than a hard drive
- Multiple capacities with space for applications or a hard drive replacement
- Not as fast as other SSDs in the same league
The Kingston A400 can be considered the everyman’s SSD, as it offers the basic benefits of having an SSD, but without the part where you run out of money after buying it.
This is especially useful if your budget is already forcing you to limit yourself to 250 GB and 500 GB variants, but keep in mind that it is without sacrificing much of the quality.
- 3D NAND and SLC Cache technologies
- 7mm slim design suitable for Ultrabooks and Ultra-slim notebooks.
- Supports TRIM command
- Supports Garbage Collection technology
- Supports ECC (Error Checking & Correction)
- Has a limited lifespan
- Only comes in 256GB storage capacity
The Silicon Power 3D NAND A55 SLC is an SSD that is specially designed for those looking to upgrade their laptop or ultrabooks thanks to the extremely slim design.
More so, it has many technological features that deal with data loss prevention or data recovery, which is something that happens more frequently with laptops rather than desktops.
- Sequential reads/writes performance up to 520/450MB/s
- Lower power consumption and noise level
- Free downloadable ADATA SSD File Management and Data migration software
- LDPC error-correcting code to ensure data integrity
- General construction on par with the price tag
The ADATA SU635 QLC SSD is probably the most affordable overall SSD that you can buy, making it a great choice for those that for whatever reason need to buy them in bulk.
This affordability doesn’t overshadow quality though, as it is still capable or reaching high transfer speeds and it also has increased data integrity features.
SSD technology is still in its infancy, making it a relatively expensive choice compared to the traditional HDD.
Fortunately, SSDs come in a variety of storage options, and those that have between 250 and 500 GB should be more than enough for a handful of games and resource-intensive applications.
If you too want to make your PC as fast as lighting, but can only afford those with this storage space range, then at least make sure you are making a good investment.
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