I don't have a very specific requirement in mind, although I was browsing reviews for small(ish) capacity drives when the Toshibas piqued my interest. I like to have a few options on a shortlist so that I can grab a good deal if one appears, or just pick the best deal available at short notice if necessary. That said I think it's at the 128GB capacity where the Toshiba looks most interesting as a price vs performance choice. So, not necessarily in order, here are a few comments and questions in my mind about the Q-series: - I agree Toshiba SSD as a consumer/retail purchase hasn't been much of an option until now. It does look like they are making a push into the end user market, but whether they will back away again and leave it to OCZ remains to be seen. However, if I was forced to bet a shiny penny I'd predict this push into retail will continue because Toshiba HDDs have been the mainstay of some very large pan European retail chains, I think the brand and partnership works for those retail chains and they will prefer to continue selling Toshiba as the mainstream, mid price choice. How that compares to USA and Canada I'm not sure. - Q-series is using a Toshiba/Marvell controller with no DRAM cache, one of the reviews claims that canned benchmark performance is erratic (which might explain some users saying their drives are slow) but real application performance is typically very good, getting close to the best of OCZ, Samsung and Sandisk (high praise which I'd like to see backed up by other independent testing) - I prefer to look at StorageReview and Anand to get an overall idea of how good an SSD really is, but so far the reviews on Q-series have been at Hardware.Info (Q-series) and TheSSDReview (Q-series Pro.) I'd like to see more testing outside of the usual suspects of benchmarking programs as it's very typical for manufacturers to make a products that looks good in benchmarks and mediocre in real use. - how consistently do the drives perform? how good are they when nearly full? how do they cope with poor housekeeping (especially if building or recommending a system for non-enthusiasts and their families who might fill their PC with rubbish and then start complaining that their system got really slow.) - power consumption in all reviews so far suggests that Toshiba is extremely power efficient, beating Samsung and Intel. - I wouldn't have given Toshiba any consideration until now as previously their kit has been sold with OEM status and the only warranty available has been 100% with the sellers. The retail drives should have Toshiba support, although I have some doubts about how good this support might be (I don't see a lot of positive talk about Toshiba warranty support, but quite a lot of complaints, although OCZ probably are as bad, Sandisk are slow (Czech Republic RMA base for Europe) and other brands have RMA bases in Asia) - questions remain of how reliable the Toshiba SSDs are, and how resilient they are to power sudden power failures. I guess the OEM drives must be fairly reasonable in terms of reliability, but how do they stand up to unexpected power loss. I believe Intel are pretty good, but very few consumer drives have power loss protection, only the Crucial M500s? - my preferred system configuration is to have one SSD for a couple of OSs (Windows, Linux) + applications and a second SSD for games + workspace. For the OS drive 120GB is enough, but we know the best performing drives are 240GB and larger. - I think that for a long time the Samsung 840 Pro was the best 128GB option despite it being slower than the 240-256GB alternatives. OCZ Vector 150 and Sandisk Extreme II may now rival the 840 Pro at this capacity, but they are all relatively expensive and usually it seems like a better option to just pay the difference and get better value 240GB anyway. The Toshiba may get close to the leaders, but at a noticeably lower price which makes the 120GB a more attractive option.