We've been reviewing quite a few high-end SSDs recently, with suitably high-end price tags to match. The notable exception here has been Kingston with its SSDNow V Series, coming in at around £100 for 64GB's worth. Now we have the even cheaper SSDNow V Series 40GB Desktop Upgrade Kit, which can be yours for around £86.
The 40GB Desktop Upgrade Kit, as the names suggest, offers a complete package for easily upgrading your computer's main system drive. Aside from the SSD itself, you get a red SATA data cable, a four-pin to SATA power adapter and solid metal 3.5in to 2.5in converter rails with the necessary screws. A key addition is a CD containing hard drive cloning software, meaning (in theory) that you should just be able to transfer your OS and applications painlessly to this new drive - as long as they take up less than 40GB, that is.
First off let's get the software out of the way. What you get is actually a custom copy of Acronis' True Image HD. Acronis is a well-known name when it comes to disk utilities, and deservedly so. True Image HD is intuitive to use and works well. You need to insert the CD at bootup, after which the software gives you a choice between continuing on to Windows or starting True Image. From there you can select automatic or manual Backup, Recovery or Clone Disk operations. In our testing it worked quickly and flawlessly.
Getting onto the drive, its construction inspires more confidence than most. While by no means even remotely fragile, most of the SSDs that come through our office are made using a strong upper shell and weaker metal baseplate. The Kingston, on the other hand, has a shell that completely surrounds it, so there isn't a hint of flex anywhere. Another good point in its build quality is that there is no exposed circuitry. With many other drives dust could easily get into the inner shell, but Kingston's are sealed better than most. Life expectancy is one million hours, which is pretty much par for the course.