Plextor is a company that many MyCE members know and remember very well mainly for their optical drives, starting back from the SCSI CD-R/RW and CD-ROM drives, and moving forward to DVD and BD burners. Moving forward then… and as it was expected Plextor has moved into the SSD world. Plextor might not have a huge history on Solid State Drives but that doesn’t mean that you can underestimate them. A year back MyCE had tested the PX-256M2S SSD, and the results were very impressive at that time, you can read the review here. A year has passed and the next generation of Plextor SSD’s is now available which promises higher speeds, longer warranties and greater support, also a lower price and better performance. So what more can you ask for?
We will try and answer this question. But before we move on let’s take a quick look on the M3 series. The M3 series comes on three different sizes, 64GB, 128GB and a 256GB drive. Each drive is loaded with the latest technology that Plextor has to offer, starting with SATA III / 6Gbps Marvell controller and the TOSHIBA NAND. Plextor offers a five year warranty and some more innovations that we will be taking a closer look at in this review.
Plextor company information
Before we start our review we need to take a look at the history of Plextor. A history that started back in 1918 but became more known to us in 1998 when Plextor marketed its first CD-R/RW drive. You can read the full history of Plextor by clicking here.
The Plextor PX-256M3 SSD
Time to take a closer look at the package and what it comes shipped with.
Inside the box
The package contained the PX-256M3 256GB SSD, two packs of fixing screws, a 3.5 inch to 2.5 inch converter bracket and a CD-ROM containing the instruction manual and the Acronis True Image software.
The Plextor PX-256M3 series SSD
The Plextor PX-256M3 SSD drive has a brushed aluminium finish, and the Plextor logo printed in White. The size of the drive is the typical 2.5” 69.85 x 100 x 9.5 (W x L x H) and it will fit in most laptops.
The underside of the drive has the SATA power and data connector, also a sticker that has all the info that is needed, such as, the Serial number and model of the drive and also we can see the manufacturing date of the drive, January 2012 for our test drive. The firmware that the drive comes with is version 1.01, and four mounting holes for the drive.
Now let’s head to the next page, where we will be having a more detailed view of the PX-256M3 SSD…..