WD Blue 500GB SSD Review

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Our Verdict 

  • The Good: The WD Blue SSD is faster than any regular hard drive and you can write a ton of data to it before it wears out.
  • The Bad: The drive is expensive and doesn’t justify the added cost. It has a short warranty.

About Western

  • Western Digital Corporation (commonly referred to as Western Digital and often abbreviated as WDC) is an American computer data storage company and one of the largest computer hard disk drive manufacturers in the world.
    Headquarters are located in San Jose, California.
  • Western Digital was founded on April 23, 1970, by Alvin B. Phillips.
  • Western Digital employees over 76,000 people.
  • Such longevity and experience in the hard drive industry makes this drive even more reliable.

Product Details

  • The Western Digital solid state drive is a fast drive. Programs load so much quicker and windows itself loads so much more rapidly with this solid state over most traditional drives.
  • The major flaw with SSD’s though is the cost. This drive has a sale price of $158.33. Yes this is much more expensive than traditional spinney drives.
  • However our purpose for this specific drive was for an everyday business PC.  With a solid state such as this our business PC was able to perform at maximum speeds. Programs on your PC run much faster with a SSD as such.
  • This SSD just doesn’t have enough storage nor will it last a long time. Therefore, we recommend having a traditional hard drive which you can keep all your important files on to keep for a very long time. Yet by having this SSD you can run programs at much faster speeds.

WD Blue 500GB Internal SSD Specs

  • Capacity: 500GB
  • Interface: SATA III 6Gb/s
  • Form Factor of 2.5inches or 7mm
  • Firmware: X41000WD
  • Controller: Marvell 88SS1074
  • Sequential read: up to 545MB/s
  • Sequential Write: up to 525MB/s
  • Random Read IOP’s: up to 100K
  • Random Write IOP’s: up to 80K
  • Meantime to Failure (MTTF): 1.75Million hours
  • Endurance Rating 200TB (Terabytes written)
  • WD FIT Lab Certification for compatibility across a wide range of laptops and desktops
  • Free downloadable WD SSD Dashboard to monitor the status of the drive and Acronis True Image backup utility
  • 3 Year limited warranty


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