Hi this Bob from Plextor's Facebook team,
@Mike, Brian is right about the quality of the NAND - from what I understand the decision (I wasn't involved with it) to go with aggressive pricing on this drive is for two reasons: We're working very closely with Toshiba on this one and were able to get the flash more competitively. And as much as anyone else we're aware of the global economy, so the in some places the M3S marketing will highlight the SSD as a drop-in performance upgrade for a desktop/laptop (more economical than buying a new machine).
@mabolitz The compression on SF based drives in a technique to improve controller performance in terms of speed, with it SF drives can reach maximum performance with highly compressible data. The Marvell controllers we use don't implement it, but this means that performance doesn't vary so much for different types of data and that the performance quoted in our marketing should be more accurate. You can also use drive compression to get more on your SSD, but there is an active discussion going on about the pros and cons of that especially with different controllers.
@johnw42 storagereview were probably being kind as it's a new product, but it should have been caught in testing.
@Liam_xi the drive is in full production so if you go for the M3S it shouldn't take long to filter down through the supply line
@Brian I hope that we haven't hijacked the thread too much, looking forward to the updated review.
If we can be helpful we'll try and respond to comments we see in Storage Review.
In the meantime please do feel free to join Plextor Global Facebook and I'll try and keep the M3S updates flowing on that