Kingston SM2280S3240GB 240Gb M.2 SATA SSD Review

Posted by Heath Coop on Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 9:23am

Kingston M.2 SM2280S3240GB SSD


Kingston offers a wide variety of memory and storage products. They have grown to be the world's largest independent manufacturer of memory products. With global headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, Kingston employs more than 4,000 people worldwide. They are regarded as one of the “Best Companies to Work for in America” by Fortune magazine.

Recently, M.2 SSD’s have been released to the market. M.2 is designed to replace the order mSATA standard and offer higher speeds. The drives are available in two versions, SATA and PCIe. SATA drives offer comparable speeds to common 2.5 inch SSD’s, while PCIe drives can offer speeds up to 10 Gb/s. The Kingston SM2280S3240GB 240Gb M.2 SATA SSD we will be looking at today is a SATA version. It promises speeds that rival almost any other SSD on the market, but in a form faster much smaller.

Kingston's take on the SM2280S3240GB 240Gb M.2 SATA SSD

Kingston’s M.2 SATA solid-state drive features a thin, compact form factor that saves space in small design embedded systems, appliances and ultra-thin computing devices.

It meets the M.2 industry standard and integrates into designs with next-generation connectors. It’s caseless to allow for easier design-in and lighter weight than a cased SSD and match today’s thin-and-light systems. Its 2280 module optimizes performance with advanced garbage collection, wear-leveling and TRIM support to keep performance consistent over the life of the drive.

DevSleep, a new addition to the SATA specification, is an efficient power management option that minimizes power consumption and extends battery life.

It also features firmware-based power loss protection to maintain data integrity. This enables the drive to recover if there’s ever an unsafe shutdown.

For added peace of mind, the M.2 SATA SSD is backed by a three-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston® reliability.


  • Popular M.2 Size — 22mm width, 80mm length
  • NAND Flash memory based — shock resistant with lower power consumption
  • Supports Intel’s SRT — combines capacity advantage of HDD with performance improvements of SSD in dual-storage configuration
  • Supports S.M.A.R.T. — monitors the status of your drive
  • Supports TRIM — maintains maximum performance of compatible operating systems
  • Guaranteed — 3-year warranty and free technical support


Specifications are up next.