Summary: This drive is QUICK. My Windows 8 machine boots in seconds, and I never have to wait for any folders or simple applications to load. When I am moving files around I almost have to double check that I even did anything because of how swift this is compared to my old 1TB 7200rpm magnetic drive. The price was awesome when I bought this, but I am sure there are larger, faster, cheaper options out there today. I'm still enjoying this and it has remained durable thus far.
Summary: I don't believe in synthetic benchmarks. I need to see some tangible change in my everyday work load. I upgraded to this from a SATA II SSD and yes, I do see a quickening of some of my video editing tasks. Also, the size is just enough that 75% of the time I don’t have to use a secondary SSD as a scratch drive (Photoshop, etc).
Pros: Speed. Why else would you buy an SSD? Heat? None. Electric usage? My machine is a pretty hefty rig (oc’ed 2600K, 680 SLI, RAID 5) so any reduction in electric usage is just a drop in the bucket.
Cons: None so far. Real test will be to see how it is running a year or two from now.
Summary: I can speak to the other user who had issues with drives being detected when installed in a MBP. We had the same issue at my College, but it turns out that the flex cables needed to be replaced. It was very odd, but we figured since the drive was readable from a sled that perhaps it was the cable in the MBP. Turns out we were right.
Pros: Solid performance. Works well with MBP unibody.