If you've bought a new laptop in the past year, there's a good chance that hiding somewhere inside is an mSATA slot. Using that to add an SSD is a much better method than replacing the hard disk with a 2.5in SSD, since you can use the existing hard drive for storage purposes after moving your OS and software to the mSATA SSD. More and more consumers are becoming aware of the advantage of such an upgrade, and while the number of separately sold mSATA SSDs is still very low compared to normal SSDs, it's a growing segment.
Kingston and RunCore recently sent us their new mSATA SSDs, which we are taking a closer look at today. From Kingston we received the 60GB and 120GB versions of the mS200 SSDs, and RunCore provided the 120GB version of the Pro V mSATA SSDs.
The mS200 mSATA SSDs are part of Kingston's System Builder series, which means they're primarily intended for companies that assemble laptops. But you can buy these separately as well, even if they do come pretty bare. That's not really an issue, however, since you can find good data migration software for free, as you will find out in this article. The one thing you could be missing is a screw for the mSATA slot, but a solution for that is stealing one of the screws from the Wi-Fi module in your laptop. They're usually fine with one less screw to hold them in place.
The mS200 SSDs are based on the SandForce SF-2241 controller, related to the very common SF-2281 used in countless SSDs. The SF-2281 can have up to eight channels, but the SF-2241 is limited to four. That means the performance can be somewhat lower, but that's largely compensated for by SandForce's compression methods. You can read the rest of Kingston SSDNow mS200 / RunCore Pro V 120GB mSATA SSD's preview on Hardware.info (opens in new tab).