M.2 NVMe SSDs have changed the storage landscape forever. Everyone wants them because they are many times faster than SATA-based SSDs and slot right onto most motherboards. With few exceptions, modern M.2 NVMe SSDs are so fast that mainstream users are now focusing on value over all-out performance. It's becoming difficult for most users to discern a difference in user experience between select value oriented and flagship type NVMe SSDs.
The M.2 NVMe value segment is exploding because you can now get SSDs that were cost prohibitive a short time ago for a steal. Kingston is looking to be the value segment leader with their newest M.2 NVMe offering - the A2000 series. Kingston's A2000 series has a whole lot to offer at what is at this time the lowest cost NVMe SSD with TLC flash and DRAM we can find.
Kingston's A2000 series SSDs offer built-in hardware encryption, a five-year warranty and even Acronis migration software is included. The 1TB version we have on the bench today has a MSRP of just $99.99 (we've seen even lower street prices). The A2000 series pairs SMI's potent SM2263ENG 4-channel controller with Micron's latest 96-layer NAND and Kingston's' own DDR4, all on a single-sided M.2 x 2280 PCB.
Let's dive in and take a closer look:
The drive ships in a familiar blister pack, in-fact it's the same packaging Kingston uses for their SATA SSDs.