The Good The 2.5-inch SATA 3 (6Gbps)-based Samsung 830 series solid-state drive offers great performance, is well-built and good-looking. The drive comes with helpful desktop software for Windows.
The Bad Due to the thin profile, the Samsung 830 series requires padding or a laptop kit, which costs extra, to fit in most existing laptop computers.
The Bottom Line If the price is right, you don't need to look any further than the Samsung 830 series to upgrade your computer's internal storage to the best possible performance.
|Samsung 830 SSD||Samsung SSD 850 Evo||Seagate Backup Plus/Slim portable drive||Seagate Expansion Portable Drive||Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable External Hard Drive|
|Price||$551 Amazon.com||$209 Amazon.com||$130 Dell Home||$150 Amazon.com||$92 Amazon.com|
Samsung 830 SSD
It's really hard to rate a solid-state drive (SSD) without knowing its exact pricing, and that's just what we had to do with the Samsung 830 series. Samsung has been very tight-lipped about how much the 830 costs and will not reveal that until the drive is available for purchase in October. For now the company says that the new drive will be priced similarly to other SSDs of the same standard and capacities on the market and promises that there won't be any "surprises" with the final pricing. For this reason we'll update the rating of this review if the actual price of the drive turns out to be significantly different.
Pricing aside, the Samsung 830 series makes an excellent SSD and it's also one of the best-looking on the market, something that's not a must-have but still a welcome bonus for an internal drive, in case you want to use it as a gift. Supporting SATA 3 (6Gbps), the drive also matters where it's most important: it's one of the fastest among all standard SSDs we've seen.
If you're in the market for a worthy upgrade for your desktop or laptop computer, the Samsung 830 series is definitely worth the consideration.