Gadgets Tech Solutions

Best SSD for home use. What to consider before buying?

Last Updated on September 2, 2021 by Shivanandana Hegde

Choosing the best SSD for home usage is such a confusing task!. With marginal difference in cost, there are so many options available in market.

This guide will help you to pick one without any ‘post purchase guilt’. 🙂

best ssd for home use
Image taken from Web

Firstly, replacing your laptop’s HDD with SSD makes a huge difference in laptop’s performance and power consumption.

If you know the basics already, you can directly jump to: –

Why replace existing HDD with SSD?

Why replace a large capacity HDD of your laptop to a smaller capacity, expensive disk? If 10 reasons are enough for you, read this article to know why you should get an SSD.

Choosing best SSD for home user in terms of Storage:

best ssd for home user is expensive

SSD is a relatively new technology in the market. Although the first SSD (of just 20MB) was developed as early as 1991, the commercial sales of SSD started only after 1998.

So, in terms of memory, you’ll mostly end up buying something less than half of your existing HDD (unless you can afford more). Cost of 1TB SSD is close to a new laptop!

But still, you’ll be mending your laptop’s speed at least by 10 times!!. Be it boot time, read/write, gaming, power backup, heating or overall responsiveness.

When I replaced my HDD with SSD, my 8 old laptop/desktop will feel feel so much younger.


My 8 years old laptop with Intel i3 2330M, processor and SSD can easily beat 2 year old laptop with Intel i5, 6th gen processor with HDD. ?

Of course, I’ve also attached HDD performance, clearly it’ll show why you should upgrade to SSD from HDD. ?

Just look at the HUGE difference between HDD (first 2 image) and SSD performance!! ?

How to choose the Best SSD for a home use?

SSD is completely different from HDD. It is important to understand the difference before buying.

HDD is like plain empty space where you keep filling data in FIFO manner.(First In First Out).

SSD on the other hand is like a ‘mini-computer’ in itself. Therefore, it is not just an empty space to put data on. There are hundreds of operations that happen when writing and reading the data. There is a dedicated micro-computer/processor inside an SSD. It has it’s own cache, it’s own programming etc.

So, it is like having a small computer within your computer that allocates space, manages read/write operations. You even have firmware upgrades to your SSD.

best ssd formula (Samsung vs Crucial)

That is why just “Price/GB = Value” formula won’t work on SSD. ?

Every company has their way of programming their SSD.

What determines SSD performance?

There are various types of NAND operations (way to read, write and store information within SSD) like SLC, MLC, TLC, eMLC, QLC etc and this list will grow over time.

Bottom line is that right now, SLC (Single Level Cell)is most expensive but very durable and suitable for enterprise/business. QLC (Quad Level Cell) being cheapest but less durable.

Mr. John Weaver in this page has given detailed information on differences with Pros and Cons of each type of NAND operations

So, it’s not just top brands like Samsung, Seagate or Crucial but you can even go for ADATA SSDs with better NAND technology. The difference between one type to other is the NAND read/write technology you just read earlier.

FINAL VERDICT:– For a considerable price difference, if you are a home user with normal gaming and storage stuffs, the best SSD to buy is Crucial MX500 SSD. It is actually of high quality and serves the purpose very well.
I have been using both Samsung 860EVO and Crucial 500MX and I haven’t notice any practical difference when copying, reading, writing, gaming etc on both. Hence, I can conculde that they are identical in performance for human perception. Crucial is actually better in some aspects. ?

To summarize, if you are a regular home user, buy whichever is inexpensive in the same class of SSD. Fancy scores and numbers on papers are not going to make any practical difference!!

Easy Buying Guide to choose best SSD

NOTE:- The ‘Average‘ in below table means it is still 10 times better than HDD. It’s only in comparison with other SSDs.?

Purpose NAND Flash TypeCostPerformanceSSD Choice
Home, regular user
* Less intensive tasks:
Ex: MS office, email, browsing, video etc
QLC or higherCheapAverage✔️
Home intensive user
* Medium Intensive tasks
Ex: Low graphics gaming, multi tasks, multiple desktops
TLCReasonableAbove Average✔️
Home extensive user
* Very intense User
Ex: Gaming, Photo/Video Editing, Laptop on for 24X7.
MLCSlightly ExpensiveBetter✔️
Business/ Enterprise Users:
* Cost is no concern
SLCVery ExpensiveBest
(Long life)

What to know before you buy the best SSD that fits your needs?

  • The firmware(software) on your SSD should be updated and latest. – It is a tiny computer remember?
  • You can download Crucial SSD Executive tool for authentication, future firmware upgrade etc. Similarly Samsung has Magician Software
  • If you buy 500GB but only get about 465GB usable. Well, this is the case with all memory devices and the 7% loss actually helps for random file operations.
  • There are ways to further optimize SSD using manufacturer’s software but mostly you’ll lose more space.

Now that you know so much about SSD will you make the choice? ?

Additionally, here is a detailed comparison of Samsung 860EVO vs CrucialMX500

Like Reading Smart Content?

Join hundreds of Smart Readers.

* Only new post notifications.
* No promotions, No spams whatsoever.

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

By Shivanandana Hegde

Shivanandana Hegde is a data analytics and marketing expert working with clients across India, SEA and NA region. His interests are in optimizing online sales, personalization, electronic devices, communication networks, and cloud computing.
His emphasis on Generative AI is to create value through localized AI models, reflecting his commitment to innovation and data privacy.
He also specializes in data collection, first-party data, and CDP (Customer Data Platform) strategies, enhancing client's understanding of customer behavior for strategic decision-making.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Get notified on new posts.

Choose your preferences

No Spams whatsoever. Digilitica will never share your personal data with any third party.
Read our Privacy Policy.