Top positive review
Did not align at first, but after that it has delivered excellent speeds, good customer service
January 12, 2019
This is obviously a DRAM-less SSD with actual 223GB storage. The case is a cheap-feeling plastic, but this was not a bother to me. I assumed I was making a good purchase due to the heavily discounted price (28) from a reputed brand that is just making an entry.
Edit: after two days, I received a response from the customer service, and on their suggestion, I performed partition alignment, but using MiniTool Partition Wizard Free. After alignment, it has delivered excellent overall read/write speeds. It turns out cloned disks are not automatically aligned unlike fresh and clean installs of OS on a blank disk.
I have bumped my rating to 5/5, because of the quick customer service response that I was certainly not expecting, as well as for the increased speeds.
I have an i7-7700/12GB 2.4GHz system running Windows 10. I had a WD Blue 1TB (WD10EZEX) boot disk before I upgraded to the 240 GB Pioneer SSD. The one I received was manufactured in Dec 2018 - I assumed it shipped with the latest firmware.
After you install it physically, you don't see it in "This PC". You'll have to open 'disk manager' and format the 'unallocated' space with default settings by creating a simple volume.
I referred to the HowToGeek article on SSD migration using EaseUS ToDo Backup free tool. After backing up my data, it took me about an hour for the cloning, not 10 mins like they quote in the article. I think it depends on the SSD used.
Speeds were not comparable to another user's (from Nov 2018), at the same occupancy (48%) as shown in picture. I am giving 3 stars only because of this. Otherwise, I'd have given 4/5. I'd expect variability (10-20%) if I purchase this one in the future, a sign of low quality.
I should have bagged an Intel 545s 512gb when it was on sale for USD 55, which would have been the ultimate value for money.