Any company's / product's reviews are the null hypothesis, and you have to come up with evidence against the null hypothesis.
Assume a store sells WD 500gb blues, and there are 2 reviews, one says "Had it for 2 weeks and it blew up, but I returned it within the 2 weeks, so OK", and the other says "Had it 2 weeks, so far, so good". The null hypothesis is that the failure rate is 0.5. It probably isn't actually 0.5, but that's what the company's website says, so it's 0.5 as a null hypothesis. If you buy one and it does/doesn't blow up in 2 weeks, it isn't evidence against the null hypothesis. If you buy 100 of them and only 2 or 3 blow up, then that is evidence against the null hypothesis.
If there are 20 reviews and none of them say that it failed, then that doesn't mean that the failure rate is zero, but it does indicate that it may be a reliable product.
If there are 20 reviews of a similar, competitive product and people say "don't be fooled that these things are so reliable, because I had to RMA the one I bought", then one may think that the null hypothesis is "reliability A > reliability B". But if they are both reliable, then you would need a ton of data to show that "A > B".
Looking at Newegg reviews, May in fact be better than looking at 3rd party reviews. Depends on the Item.
3rd party reviews are often good for Power supplies, Not so sure on SSDs – Yes there great at providing benchmarks, But often do not really provide good info on reliability A) they do Not really perform a test and B0 Often reley also on user input.
Based on the above My Recommendation is Samsung F3 ( may change if Seagate messes it up) and WD blacks and stay away from WD Green and Blue drives and Seagate.
SSDs probabaly have a Higer ""BS" rating based on Used destroying them (ESD), lack of Knowedge, and compatability issues - BUT again, for large enough sample the Percentage Of BS is the same for Brand X vs Brand Y. I do NOT even look at sample rates below 30 -> 50 %, and I read the 1 and 2 egg ratings to see if there is a common tread.
For SSDs: Both the M4 and the Samsung 830 are an excellent choice. Normally I go by price between the two - More than say $15 I go with the cheaper one. If going into a laptop and concerned about power, the M4 is a better choice between the two.
New Plextor Model, M3 Pro Good choice, not sure it’s worth the cost difference. Good read. http://www.anandtech.com/show/5851/plextor-m3-pro-256gb...
I think you will be happy with the M4.
Have 2 128 gig M4s Plus a 256 Gig M4
Have 2 128 gig Samsung 830 Plus a 256 gig 830 arrived this evening - still in the mailer.
Have had NO problems with either M4 or the 830 and while ther may be diff in benchmarks, in real life usage I don't reall see a diff.