SK hynix Canvas SL308 250GB
A STRAIGHTFORWARD SATA SSD, BELOVED OF SYSTEM BUILDERS FOR ITS RESPECTABLE PERFORMANCE AND RELATIVELY LOW COST
W e frequently see the Canvas SL308 in custom systems from British PC builders. And why not? It’s a decent SATA drive, delivering performance that keeps up with the competition, and it’s no more expensive than any other drive of similar capacity.
When you open the box, the Canvas does feel rather like an OEM drive, with no accessories or glossy brochures to welcome you to the world of SK hynix. Drop by the website, though, and you can download the manufacturer’s Drive Manager and Data Migration tools, which are nicely put together, with friendly and attractive front-ends. It’s just a shame that these utilities don’t give you any control of over provisioning – and the migration tool is pretty basic, so if your old hard disk contains more data than will fit on the new one, you’ll need to have a clear-out before you start the cloning procedure.
Aside from the 250GB model we tested, the SL308 is also available in a 120GB capacity, but this isn’t cost eective. A better bet is the 500GB model, which can be had for a reasonable $370. That makes it a possible alternative to the Crucial MX300, and write endurance is similar too, at 75TBW for the 250GB drive and 150TBW for the 500GB model. Just note that the SL308 lacks hardware encryption.