Review: Netac N550S Elite
Reviewed by: Antonis Sapanidis
Provided by: Netac
Model: Netac N550S 240GB SSD
Firmware version: O1217A
With every review begins a journey, that pumps and excites you. This time it’s also the introduction of a new manufacturer, Netac. Netac is a Chinese company that started in 1999 and they focus on manufacturing flash memory products, such as USB flash storage, portable hard drives, and solid state disks, together with security and encryption of USB flash storage and portable hard drives. You can find out more about Netac simply but visiting their website.
Netac has send me their N550S Elite 240GB SSD to review. The drive uses TLC NAND, and it’s available in three capacities 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB. Netac offers a three year warranty for the SSD, so everything looks okay from this perspective. Now we’ll move to the more interesting part and start this review of the Netac N550S Elite SSD, as always by taking a look at the package, and its contents.
The Netac N550S Elite 240GB SSD
As always I will start by taking a look at the package and the contents that are included with the Netac N550S Elite 240GB SSD. We’ll start with the package.
The front of the box is very clean looking and has some very basic information about the drive.
Here is the back of the box.
A look at the top of the Netac N550S Elite 240GB SSD. The thing that catches the eye immediately is the blue colour of the SSD.
…and the rear of the Netac N550S Elite 240GB SSD.
Inside the box there is only a printed page that has the warranty info and some general information about the drive.
Inside the SSD we find a very small board that has SK Hynix TLC NAND, NANYA RAM, and the Silicon Motion SM2256K AB controller.
On the other side we find two more SK Hynix TLC NAND.
Specifications of the Netac N550S Elite 240GB SSD
In the pictures below we get a more detailed view of the specifications and the features of the Netac N550S Elite SSD series, as they appear on the official website.
The information that Netac provides for the N550S Elite SSD is very limited but they say that the drive is using TLC NAND, and also they have two images from AS SSD and CrystalDiskMark to give you an idea of the performance of the SSD. It would be nice to have more details about the N550S Elite and hopefully this will happen in the future. The SSD is available in three capacities, 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB. Netac has sent me the 240GB drive to test, so let’s start by taking a look at CrystaDiskInfo.
In the above screenshot we can see all the available info for the Netac N550S Elite 240GB SSD.
Let’s head to the next page where we take a look at our testing methods and the review PC.