Top rated Samsung 840 Pro-Series 256GB SSD for only $195, free shipping

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Here is yet another eBay deal for a solid-state drive in the sweet spot that occurs around 240GB - 256GB, with this deal being for the Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB Solid State Drive.

This deal, available here, sets the price at $195, with free shipping. The seller, buydig, is an Internet retailer in its own right. The seller charges sales tax in New Jersey.

Expedited ship[ping is available, with standard free shipping slated to arrive on or before Wed. Oct. 30 to the West Coast, using eBay FAST 'N FREE shipping. For $17.98, expedited shipping will get this SSD to you on or before Tue. Oct. 29, again on the West Coast, or for $25.99 a buyer can get one-day shipping.

For the sake of price comparisons, the the Samsung 840 Pro-Series 256GB is available at for $214.99. That includes free Amazon Prime shipping for Prime members. However, charges sales tax in many states, now, meaning that those not in New Jersey might see an even larger price advantage per the eBay deal.

This is currently one of the highest rated and fastest consumer solid state drives. It features Samsung's three-core MDX controller, 2xnm Samsung Toggle DDR 2.0 NAND. along with 540MB/s read and 520Mb/s write speeds and 100k IOPS.

This drive is costlier than others, but it's that "Pro" moniker that makes the difference. The reason for the price differential between this and other drives can be seen among Samsung drives, as well. The 840 Pro uses Samsung's Toggle Mode MLC Flash rather than the newer, lower-cost, and slower TLC (triple-level cell) NAND flash in Samsung's own 840. The warranty terms are also different; the 840 has a three-year warranty, while the 840 Pro is warrantied for five years.

Finally, we always warn eBay buyers to take care and to check the feedback rating of any eBay seller. In this case, as we noted abov e, the seller, buydig, is an Internet retailer in its own right, making it already someone you can, in general, trust. In addition, on eBay alone it has 172277 feedback ratings with 99.4 percent positive feedback. With this many deals, there is no way to maintain a 100 percent positive feedback rating, so this deal can be trusted.

There are only a limited quantify of these drives available. At the time of this writing, there have been 176 sold.