How well did Toshiba Q300 rise to the users’ expectations?
Before going out on the market with their Q300 SSD, Toshiba tested the waters through their OCZ brand by releasing the Trion 100. Soon after looking at the market reaction, Toshiba released the Q300 and Q300 Pro SSDs. Similar in the hardware department as the Trio 100, Toshiba Q300 was meant to be an entry-level SSD.
OCZ has been functioning under Toshiba when the Trion 100 got released. While OCZ is not a widely known brand, we can all agree Toshiba is a household name for its products. When it comes to the Q300 SSD, this was a low-end product to cater for those on a budget, but how was it met by the public? Was the Toshiba Q300 SSD successful when it got launched? What did it offer? Is it still a good piece of hardware in 2020?
Read our Toshiba Q300 SSD Review and you’ll get all the details you need to know.
Toshiba Q300 SSD – PROS AND CONS
+ Pros: a good upgrade from a traditional HDD
– Cons: low performance per price, only three years warranty
The Toshiba Q300 SSD didn’t exactly fare well in benchmark tests, and for an SSD launched in 2015 for “everyday computing,” the price it asks for the performance it pulls is too high. Competitors like the entry-level Plextor M6V offer much more performance at a better price. When it launched, the Toshiba Q300 SSD was not really budget-friendly.
It was $99.99 (120GB), $159.99 (240GB), $309.99 (480GB) and $449.99 (960GB). Meanwhile, for a 1TB Samsung 850 Pro, users would pay $430 – and remember that Samsung 850 Pro was a top-tier SSD.
But price aside, the Q300 is not that bad. Let’s see the technical specs, benchmark results, and reach a verdict.
Toshiba Q300 SSD – TECHNICAL SPECS
- NAND: Toshiba A19nm 128Gb TLC
- Controller: Toshiba TC58
- Sequential Read: 550 MB/s
- Sequential Write: 530 MB/s
- 4kB Random Read IOPS: 87k
- 4kB Random Write IOPS: 83k
- Endurance Rating: 240TB (960GB model), 120TB (480GB model), 60TB (240GB model), 30TB (120GB)
- Warranty: 3 years
With a 2.5-inch drive design and a SATA port on a side, the Toshiba Q300 SSD is a standard SATA drive that will fit any device that has a standard SATA hard drive. The Toshiba Q300 SSD also comes with a copy of NTI Echo drive cloning software, which you can download from the Toshiba website after you register your SSD on their website. The software does come with some free and handy options, such as Macrium Reflect.
With the Toshiba Q300, you also get the support for TRIM and garbage collection, as all SSDs feature. What you won’t get in this SSD is encryption which should be a must if you’re using the SSD in a corporate or business environment.
The warranty for a Toshiba Q300 is 3-years old, compared to a 10-year warranty you can get for top tier SSDs like the Samsung 850 Pro SSD or the SanDisk Extreme Pro, who are much more performant and cheaper than the Q300.
Toshiba Q300 SSD – BENCHMARK TESTS
User Benchmark Scores
- Sequential Read Speed: 448 MB/s
- Sequential Write Speed: 385 MB/s
- 4K Random Read Speed: 24.9 MB/s
- 4K Random Write Speed: 70.2 MB/s
- Sequential Mixed IO Speed: 322 MB/s
- 4K Random Mixed IO Speed: 31.7 MB/s
- Sustained Write Speed: 143 MB/s
Looking at the results the premium Samsung 850 Pro SSD has, we see around 38% increase in speed, and at a much better price. While at launch, the 850 Pro was more expensive, the prices went lower and the Toshiba Q300 didn’t stand a chance when it came to price/performance ratio. Even the Samsung 850 EVO was 37% much better than the Q300, and at a low launch price.
Toshiba Q300 SSD – VERDICT
Toshiba’s suggested price at the time of launch was 47 cents per gigabyte for the 960GB model, and nearly 83 cents per GB for the in the 120GB version. Meanwhile, the more capable Samsung SSD 850 EVO (120GB) was price at only 59 cents per GB.
The Toshiba Q300 SSD was going to keep up with the competition only if the company considerably lowered the price and offered something as good as the Samsung 850 SSD lineup.
If we were in 2015, we would say don’t buy the Toshiba Q300 SSD – not only is it slower than the competition, but it also doesn’t keep up with the low prices a low-range SSD should have. For its price tag, it fails to deliver enough performance.
Obviously, in 2020, SSDs are much cheaper and a lot more performant. If you’re looking for a Toshiba SSD, you can always take a look at the 2017 Toshiba XG5 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD, which is quite powerful and not very expensive.