Intriguing, but I am not familiar with this brand at all so kinda iffy on it.
They’ve been around for a long time, but this is the first SSD I’ve seen from them. The Amazonians do not appear to be impressed with earlier offerings.
Sure enough, seems like the 512GB version of this drive dies 6 months to a year after install. Nope. Nope nope nope.
Amazon users gave Centon 120-480GB SSDs only 2.6 stars in 15 reviews. Users said Centon SSDs lasted 1-7 months before they died.
Name brand 1TB SSDs from Crucial, Samsung, SanDisk, and WD are selling for $150. They can last 3-5 years, so average cost is $30-50 per year.
Why risk your valuable data on a cheap 1TB SSD other users said last 1-12 months? $100 for 6 months means average cost is $200 per year.
That’s not counting your time (labor cost) to install the SSD, OS, and Programs. Plus the constant hassle to backup your data every month.
I took the risk on a cheap SSD once. It died in 6 months. Tried 2 data recovery services. Goodbye family photos and tax returns.
Tempting, but I would need to know what the limited warranty is going to cover in about 3 or 4 years. I don’t want to be stuck with a 25 dollar gift certificate and without a computer for a few days just because the thing died on me. At ~100 with tax, it is just too high of a risk. At 75 with tax and shipping, I would have gotten one.
Well at least you were able to restore your photos and tax documents from backups!
Guys, there are no reviews of this specific model. SSDs within a given model line can have variable components. You’d kind of be taking a risk with a drive like this, but reviews of other drives don’t necessarily apply to this one. The Centon C-380 480 GB was re-branded as the Inland Professional 480 GB from MicroCenter, and it got good reviews (before they switched to a completely different SSD,) so this is basically just a brand-new (to us) SSD to which you can’t really have any expectations, good or bad. If you want to give it a shot, buy with a CC that gives you some purchase protection.
With 2/3 of the Amazon reviews offering one-star rating, this brand is a hard pass. Unreliable storage is worth less than zero.