Imation M-Class SSD review

  • £264

Is this SSD a wolf in sheep's clothing or a duck in a wooly hat?

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Our Verdict

Certainly not the best storage solution to be had considering some of the SSD competition and even struggles to keep up with old rotational drives

For

  • 3.5-inch form factor

Against

  • Slow read/write speeds for SSDs
  • Expensive

SSDs are always expensive, that's something we can now take for granted. Sometimes you get the odd bargain cropping up, such as Kingston's li'l 40GB lightening rod, the SSD Now V-series, but by and large you're going to be forking out a hell of a lot of cash for the privilege of no moving parts.

The usual trade-off though has been in terms of speed; a good SSD can outperform even the fastest of HDDs. So is Imation's M-Class a good SSD?

Sadly for them, no. I'll get the positive out of the way first, as that'll take less time; it's been created in a 3.5-inch form factor so you can fit it in any standard HDD bay. Good-o, though increasingly irrelevant given the brackets that are now cropping up for the 2.5-inch drives.

Now the negatives. It's slow in modern SSD terms and falls well short of the promised 150MB/s and 90MB/s read/write speeds. It's also got rather low random 4K writes, simulating the constant, small writes that occur during normal drive operation.

Indeed, it takes quite something to make the Barracuda XT we've looked at seem like a bargain. Even when plugged into a SATA 3GB/s interface it's still just as quick as this drive, and it's 2TB of storage towers over this 128GB offering.

And it's cheaper. So if you want a quick SSD for bootdrive shenanigans then the far cheaper Kingston drive is a good, speedier bet, but if you're happy to spend £250 on a drive with this sort of performance then the Barracuda XT or WD's Caviar Black is for you.

But whatever happens, steer clear of the M-Class.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSolid State Drive
Product FamilyM-Class
Drive InterfaceSATA
Drive Width3.5"
Drive Interface StandardSATA/150
Brand NameImation
Drive TypeInternal
Storage Capacity128 GB
Maximum Read Transfer Rate150 MBps
Maximum Write Transfer Rate90 MBps
ManufacturerImation Corp
Product Model27514
Product NameM-Class Solid State Drive (MLC)
Product LineM-Class
Manufacturer Part Number27514
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.imation.co.uk
Marketing Information

Imation M-Class SSD, based on the MLC technology, will change the way you look at computing. Lightning fast boot time. Application that load in a fraction of the time. The power to run graphic , design application and game the way they were meant to run. Imation M-Class SSD deliver outstanding protection from drops and electrostatic shock. Imation M-Class SSD are ideal for users ready to advance to the next level of computing performance.