Samsung 750 Evo 500GB
Samsung’s latest budget SSD
£118 FROM Samsung, samsung.com/uk NEED S A Mac or drive enclosure with a 2.5-inch SATA III interface
Like the Kingston drive reviewed above, Samsung’s 750 Evo is a 2.5-inch SSD that can boost an older Mac’s performance, or be used in an external case. It offers more space, and is better value per gigabyte.
Like the UV400, we were pleased by improvements in minimum transfer rates over older drives we’ve tested; the 750 Evo outperformed them all, not least in random writes with a minimum transfer rate of 37.9MB/sec – Freecom’s Tough Drive Mini SSD Pro ( MF287) managed 34.7 and the UV400 reached 31.8.
Mean and max transfer rates are mostly within a whisker of the UV400, so the same points about random read and write operations apply, except it maxed out at 287.3MB/sec in random writes next to the UV400’s 333.1.
We’d pass on this for video projects, though it isn’t bad as general fast storage, such as a Mac’s startup disk. As an external, though, when you add an enclosure Samsung’s own T3 ( MF301) costs little more.
Samsung’s 2.5-inch drives all look similar, so be careful when you buy.