I’ve recently bought a used Dell XPS 13 9370 from eBay, as I wanted an inexpensive laptop that I could just put in a backpack and carry around to uni and when I’m traveling.
The problem, and the reason why it was so cheap, is because the battery seems to be on its last legs. I’m planning to open it and replace the battery, so while I’m at it, I thought about upgrading the SSD.
As I’m currently on a bit of a budget, I thought rather than getting a 1TB or 2TB PCIe 4.0 drive that I could reuse in a PC build some years down the road, I’d settle down for a relatively inexpensive, but still decent PCIe 3.0 drive.
Any recommendations at around €50 for a PCIe 3.0 500GB/512GB drive? It currently has a Samsung PM961 256GB drive, which I find a bit too small, and is at 97% health according to CrystalDiskInfo. I thought about getting a 1TB drive for the piece of mind, but I have a feeling half of that would still suffice just fine. I’d be using the laptop for uni work and photo editing on the go, after all, and the photos would be uploaded to my file server regularly.
I thought about sticking with Samsung, as the 980 that’s in my parents’ PC works pretty well, and I can get a 970 Evo Plus for just €2 more. But are there better deals to be found from other manufacturers? A good thing about Samsung drives is that they’re omnipresent, meaning it’s easy to find a PC shop selling one.