It's weird to get excited about a 128GB Crucial CT128M4SSD2 solid-state drive for $79.99 shipped when you can also buy a 1TB portable USB 3.0 hard drive for the same price. (See what I did there? I snuck in an extra bonus deal.)
Yet, it is exciting, because that same SSD sells for at least $100 everywhere else (including Newegg, where it's $109.99). So for well under $100, you can outfit your desktop or laptop with a blazing-fast drive that has enough space to actually be practical.
The CT128M4SSD2 is a 2.5-inch drive that provides 128GB of solid-state storage. You know, the kind that has no mechanical parts and therefore will never suffer the dreaded "click of death." SSDs also consume less power (read: your laptop's battery will run longer between charges) and generally run a helluva lot faster than traditional drives.
If you're into specs, the drive has a SATA III interface and supports sequential read/write rates of up to 500/175MBps. Crucial promises a mean-time between failure (MTBF) of 1.2 million hours.
Perhaps best of all, the drive comes with a three-year warranty. And if you pay with a Discover card, you can get free one-day shipping by applying coupon code DSCVRFSP at checkout.
One final note: if you're planning to install this in a desktop, you'll need a drive-bay converter to hold it in place. You may also need a SATA cable, as the product specs don't mention one being included in the box (though you'd think there would be).
The user reviews for this drive on both Amazon and Newegg are overwhelmingly positive.
My personal experience is that replacing a pokey platter-based laptop drive with an SSD results in vastly superior bootup and shutdown speeds and longer battery life. And because I don't need a ton of storage (thank you, cloud!), this is more than ample space for me. Your thoughts?
Bonus deal: For a limited time, Meritline has the refurbished Roku 2 XS with HDMI cable for $82.99 shipped. Coupon code MLCK910TNL1 drops it to $69.99 shipped, though I must warn you that Meritline's codes expire after a limited number of uses, and there's no way to know when it'll hit that number. As of right now, it's still working. The Roku 2 XS is the top-end Roku box, and even at $82.99 it's a steal.
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