HP S700 Pro SSD review

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OUR VERDICT

The HP S700 Pro SSD is an excellent solid state drive for business use, offering fast speeds and excellent build quality.

FOR

  • Fast
  • Good price
  • Great build quality
  • Dependable

AGAINST

  • Not the fastest
  • SATA 3 remains a bottle neck

HP used to be mainly known for PCs and printers, but since those markets began to struggle, it has also turn its hand to components, such as the HP S700 Pro SSD.

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As the packaging proudly exclaims, this is a solid state drive (SSD) that values high performance, durability, quiet operating volume, and power efficiency – all top concerns for people who are looking for hard drives to install in professional environments where they need to run constantly.

At $269.99 (around £210, AU$350) for the 512GB version (which we tested), $169 (around £130, AU$220) for the 256GB version and $89.99 (around £70, AU$1120) for the 128GB version, the HP S700 Pro is competitively priced, though slightly more expensive than the SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB SSD (though you do get a bit more storage space for your money).

As it is SATA 3, it’s not as expensive as a PCIe/M.2 SSD, such as the Toshiba OCZ RD400 512GB, which costs £315 (around $385, AU$500). For that price you are getting a lot more speed, however.

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Features

The HP S700 Pro uses new 3D NAND technology, which Micron promises will prolong the life of the SSD thanks to an advanced wear balancing algorithm that the company uses in conjunction with the NAND chips.

While no one wants to lose data thanks to a dying hard drive, when it comes to professional and business use cases (which the HP S700 Pro SSD is aimed at), data loss can be truly catastrophic, which is why HP is so keen to talk about the various technology – and rigorous testing methodologies – that it uses to ensure the HP S700 Pro SSD is as robust and secure as possible.

This includes full tests at HP laboratories, and the use of Higher Order LDPC Error Correction for high speed parallel decoding and real time error correction. It also has a very low power draw when the device it is installed in is in sleep mode – this is especially helpful if you install the HP S700 Pro SSD in a laptop – as the lower power draw will help keep the laptop’s battery charged for longer.

The metal body of the drive also acts as a heat sink, keeping it cool when in use. The MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) is an impressive 2,000,000 hours – so you can be pretty confident that the HPS700 Pro will be a reliable device to store your files on.

While the common SATA 3 port is showing its age these days, HP promises up to 565MBps sequential read and 520MBps sequential writes. Nowhere near the speeds of M.2 SSDs, but if it can hit those targets it will still offer a substantial speed increase over standard hard drives with moving parts.

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Performance

So does the HP S700 Pro SSD reach the speeds that HP promised? The good news is that it did – and then some. In our CrystalDiskMark benchmark tests – which tests the speed of the drive – we recorded sequential read speeds of 562.3MB/s, roughly what HP promised.

The sequential write speeds proved to be around the same as what HP promised, hitting 509.9MB/s.

The ATTO disk benchmark backed up these results with 562.8MB/s read and 517.3MB/s writes. There usually is a speed difference, with sequential read speeds being faster (as it’s easier to just read data, rather than write it to disk), but with the HP S700 Pro SSD the speeds are pretty close – which means this is a consistent performer regardless of what tasks you’re using it for.

The SanDisk Extreme Pro achieved 547MB/s read and 509MB/s write speeds, making it a slightly slower drive than the HP S700 Pro, with the Samsung 850 Pro managing 550MB/s and 525MB/s read and writes.

So, the HP S700 Pro holds up very well against its peers.

We also performed some real-world tests, which saw the HP S700 Pro transfer a 1GB file in just 24.07 seconds – so moving large files shouldn’t be an issue with this hard drive. Overall, we were very impressed with the performance of the HP S700 Pro, which offers fast read and write speeds that often exceed its competitors.

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We liked

The HP S700 Pro is a nicely-designed SSD that comes with a number of features that help prolong its lifespan and ensure that it is a safe and secure place to store files.

Its read and write speeds are very good for a SATA 3 solid state drive, and the price is nicely competitive as well.

We didn’t like

There wasn’t really anything we didn’t like about this drive. It’s not quite the fastest we’ve tested, but it offers very good, and consistent, performance.

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Final verdict

If you want a dependable hard drive with plenty of features for making sure it won’t fail and lose your important files and documents, while offering fast – and consistent – speeds no matter what tasks you ask of it, then the HP S700 Pro is an excellent choice.

We were very impressed with both its build quality and its speeds, and the price is pretty good for what you get as well.

It’s not quite the fastest SSD we’ve tried – and certainly doesn’t compare to the much more expensive M.2 drives coming out – but if you’re in the market for a dependable SSD for your business needs, we’d heartily recommend this drive.

(techradar.com, https://goo.gl/uTjUwb)

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