Benchmark Results & Final Analysis
It's important to remember the HP EX900 is not an enthusiast-grade SSD. Performance enthusiasts will be disappointed, but casual computer users will quickly fall in love in this SSDs' brisk responsiveness.
The EX900 is a light-use HDD and SATA SSD replacement designed to give users the performance of NVMe at a low price point. Performance wise, the HP EX900 500GB is a well-rounded consumer NVMe SSD for its intended applications. We're used to just migrating storage from one system build to another, but the EX900 lets you add a new and faster layer to the system.
The drive also gives notebook users with both SATA and PCIe storage an upgrade path. Our Lenovo Y700-17 that we use in two of our tests ships with a SATA HDD and a SATA M.2 SSD. The EX900 drops right in the M.2 slot and easily outperforms the drive it replaced. It also delivers the same battery life while having four times the sequential performance and nearly twice the random performance. The same scenario will play out in a number of newer notebooks.
One of the big selling points for this product over many of the others is guaranteed HP compatibility. The company that manufactures the drives under license has to run HP's strict compatibility tests. The drive obviously works in other company's products, but unlike other SSDs, these were tested and tuned for maximum support in HP products.
All this praise doesn't mean you should buy the HP EX900. We recently analyzed other products to find the best value NVMe SSD. That honor falls to an HP product, but not the EX900. At the time of writing, Newegg Business' website lists the 512GB HP EX920 at just $172.99, which is lower than the $199.99 MSRP. The 500GB EX920 is an excellent value even at $200, but the new price makes it tastier. Meanwhile, the EX900 retails for $179.99.
Even without the EX920 price drop, we feel the 500GB EX900 is slightly overpriced for what it is. We would feel better about this product at $150. At the very least, HP should match the MyDigtialSSD SBX at $159.99. MyDigitalSSD turns the pricing screws on other companies with its low pricing. Companies looking to compete in the low-cost entry-level NVMe space have to produce lower-cost products. The EX900 is a good SSD for casual users, but it has a pricing problem that needs to be addressed before we can recommend it.
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