Verbatim SSD 240GB review

A decent drive that’s marred by its comparatively high price

8 Jul 2012
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
232
inc VAT

Specifications

240GB sata solid state disk

Verbatim isn’t known for its SSDs, so it’s no surprise that the firm doesn’t have a whole range of drives from which you can choose your favourite. Its consumer offering doesn’t even have a name. The simply titled Verbatim SSD provides 240GB of space which equates to 222GB when formatted. That’s more than enough for a Windows installation and a host of oft-used applications.

Perhaps predictably, it’s the same old story on the inside and out. The Verbatim drive is powered by the SandForce SF-2281 controller and, like many of this month’s other contenders, a 2.5in to 3.5in adapter bracket and a data backup and migration utility is included in the box, which means it’s ready to use as soon as you get it home. It also comes with a three-year warranty, as is typical with a lot of solid-state disks.

Verbatim SSD 240GB

The SF-2281 has delivered mixed results, but it performed well here. The Verbatim’s large-file write test score of 308MB/s is entirely respectable, and its large-file read test result of 384MB/s is even better, beating the Ultimate-award-winning Corsair Performance Series Pro.

The Verbatim SSD was decent when handling small files, too. Its write speed of 83MB/s is acceptable, and its small-file read test score of 61MB/s is also fast compared to other drives we’ve recently tested.

Our main qualm concerns its price. It’s £229 for this 240GB model, making it 95p per gigabyte and a little expensive. If you’re going to spend that much, you may as well go for the Ultimate award-winning Corsair Performance Series Pro, which is even faster and no more expensive in terms of price per gigabyte.

Basic Specifications

Rating ****

Storage

Capacity 240GB
Formatted capacity 223
Price per gigabyte £0.96
Interface SATA3
Power connector SATA
Cache N/A
Seek time N/A
Bearing technology N/A
Noise (in normal use) N/A

Buying Information

Price £232
Warranty three years RTB
Supplier http://www.morecomputers.com
Details www.verbatim-europe.co.uk