The Toshiba TR200 is an SSD that clearly is marketed as a hard drive replacement, and with that in mind I can start this conclusion. As always let’s highlight the one thing that did not impress me, and as you have probably guessed it would be the write performance of the drive. When the drive is pushed the write speed drops, and this is something that you can mainly see in the IOMeter test, but in real world use you won’t be hammering the drive with lots of writes. Overall I would like to have seen better numbers, but this would also require Toshiba to install some extra RAM and in the end this would have increased the cost of the drive. The positive is that in real world usage the drive gave some very nice results when tested.
Now let’s deal with the positives, and the first one would be the price. Toshiba has a MSRP price for the TR200 480GB drive of 149 US dollars, which is very aggressive pricing. We also have a three year warranty for the Toshiba TR200 and build quality is excellent.
The read performance of the Toshiba TR200 is its strong point, and in most of the tests that I ran it was able to give very good results in almost all the synthetic benchmarks, but those tests are just numbers. The Toshiba TR200 SSD was able to impress me with its real world performance, starting from the read read/write test that I do, then showing that it can keep up with other drives, and finally in the task that most of us will be asking if it will be able to deliver, a solid performance. Having the drive filled with data and almost zero free space is something that I don’t recommend, but I had to do that to run my tests, and the Toshiba TR200 had very good performance, not only for the numbers with AS SSD, but also in the real use that I did in between those tests. Plus you can use the SSD Utility to set some over provisioning and this will also increase the drive’s performance.
Toshiba includes the SSD Utility software, and I have to say the software is very user friendly, something that is important since most of us want to have info about the life of the SSD, and its overall performance, but want all this in a human readable form. In this respect it delivers, along with more advanced options for those that want more information and greater control.
Ultimately the Toshiba TR200 will introduce you to the world of SSD at an affordable price, and as an OS drive is a very good option, so no more excuses to continue spinning rust. Also if used as a spare drive to store your games, pictures, music, or movies etc., you will have more free space on your NVMe SSD.
To sum up, this is what I would say:
“The Toshiba TR200 is an excellent choice to replace your old hard drive giving life to your system, and all this at a very impressive price.”
Therefore, I give the ‘Very good’ rating to the Toshiba TR200 480GB SSD and the Myce ‘Safe Buy’ award.
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