Pros Affordable, easy to transfer data w/ transfer kit, computer starts up in less than 5 seconds
Cons SSD's still relatively expensive for larger storage sizes
Summary I was considering two routes to make my computer life less stressful due to slow performance. I was either going to sell my 2012 Dell 14z w/ i5 and 8gb RAM and upgrade to a high-end i7 processor. Or I was going to gamble that a SSD would speed up my computer like I was wanting.
I went with the Crucial m4 256GB solid state drive. I opted for the one that included the transfer kit. I literally clicked 2 or 3 buttons, waited an hour and a half (240GB of data to transfer), and I was ready for the hardware install. I watched a You Tube video for 2 minutes, took another 5 minutes to swap the hard drives, and started my computer. It now takes less than 5 seconds to start from being turned off completely. It used to take anywhere from 20 to 30 seconds and even then if I opened programs too quickly they would freeze and create even more headaches. I ran a speed test and I am getting faster read and write speeds than those advertised by Crucial.
A solid state drive is a must for anyone who doesn't leave their computer on all the time and hate waiting for start up. Or if you want programs to open quicker and be more stable. I can't say enough about how fast my computer runs now or how easy the Crucial transfer kit made the process.
Pros Good price, 256GB for around $200. Great speed, even in a SATA II computer. Works with no problems so far. Recovery was a breeze. Snappy and responsive. Great product.
Cons Have yet to see any cons, with the exception being my machine cannot take full advantage of it seeing as the '09 MacBook Pros are SATA II, not SATA III.