Kingmax 128GB SATA II SSD Review

By on December 27, 2011
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Speedy, small and affordable.

Good: Fast operations, very slim profile, looks good, TRIM support, RAID compatible
Bad: With SATA II ports, this SSD should have been out at least a year back.
Price: AED 550
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Kingmax Technology has made a name for themselves in the PC memory market, especially with their Nano Gaming RAM modules. While the company is also known for its memory cards, they recently announced their entrance into the SSD market.

Today I’ll be looking at the Kingmax 128GB KM21 SATA II SSD. Yes, they have also entered the market with the 120GB SMP35 SATA III SSD, but today I’ll be looking at the slightly more affordable model first. Keep in mind that SATA III motherboards have yet to penetrate the global PC market. Laptops in particular are using SATA II based boards, although many new high-end laptops do support SATA III.

Still, with the KM21 SATA II drives, Kingmax is primarily targeting the laptop market, especially given its ultra-low profile, measuring just 100 x 70 x 7 mm. That height of 7mm is particularly noteworthy as most standard 2.5” drives are around the 9.5mm mark. This means that the Kingmax KM21 SSD should easily fit in any slim laptop, even the new ultrabooks; making it an ideal and cheap hard drive upgrade.

Now the KM21 SSD seems to be made of thin sheets of brushed aluminum, or some other metal with a matt black finish. The standard holes are in place to secure the SSD in any 2.5” or 3.5” mount. The rainbow colored holographic stickers on the top and bottom of the drive give it a very subtle touch of colors. Overall the KM21 SSD looks very beautiful, if such a term can be applied to hard drives. The low profile and black metal finish gives it a very subtle look, like it’s ready for operations in the Batcave!

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

  • sam

    Hi Taimoor, where can I purchase this model in Dubai?

    • Taimoor Hafeez

      Golden Systems in Al Ain Center will be selling it by February.

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