The Sandisk Ultra Plus SSD is a midrange SSD aimed at the consumer market and offers double the storage space for a similar cost to the ‘performance’ SSDs.
Sandisk are reasonably new to the consumer market, but are very established in the OEM market. Having started out with a budget SSD myself, the main issue is the poor write speeds compared to read speeds, but Sandisk advertise speeds of 530 MB/s write, 445 MB/s read, not far off the big brother Sandisk Extreme II (reviewed here), with advertised speeds of 550MB/s read, 510MB/s write.
The Sandisk Ultra Plus does get near the advertised speeds and is a fast steady performer. If you’re not a power user, you wouldn’t notice the difference between the Ultra Plus and the Extreme. If you are a power user, the upgrade to the Extreme II is worth it for intensive applications.
I am still amazed with SSDs, how quickly the applications open. I see friends who are still struggling away on their laptops with 5200 rpm drives. They might as well be getting a coffee when opening an application!
Why do some SSDs not come with a cloning kit? Laptop owners would love the speed boost this gives, but it’s awkward to clone the drives as there’s not usually a second drive space. Does that make changing to an SSD then fall into the too hard pile?
The Sandisk Ultra Plus is not as fast as the performance SSDs, but offers great performance at a really reasonable price. If you’re looking to upgrade your computer and you’ve maxed the RAM, consider this, it’ll be the next best upgrade you make.