We received a review sample, and put it to the test in the same MacBook Pro used to try out the earlier MX300 SSD.
The box only contains the drive and a spacer, which is only needed with systems designed for drives that are 9.5mm rather than 7mm thick. If you are installing the SSD in a desktop computer that lacks 2.5in drive bays, a 2.5in to 3.5in converter bracket should also be on your shopping list.
The tools you'll need to physically install the drive depend on the computer, but typically one or two screwdrivers will do the job. For example, we needed a 00 Phillips driver to remove the lower case of our MacBook Pro and to release the drive from its mounting, plus a T6 Torx driver to swap the mounting pins from the old drive to the new one.
Crucial provides general instructions for the installation process, with step-by-step guides for many Mac models. An Internet search will often reveal detailed instructions or a video demonstration of how to install a drive in a particular computer.
The MX500 is capable of sequential reads at up to 560MBps, and up to 510MBps for writes, according to Crucial. Using BlackMagic's Disk Speed Test utility, we recorded 511.7 MBps reads and 467.8MBps writes.
That compares favourably with the 473.5MBps and 411.7MBps that we saw in our test of the MX300, although the difference isn't really noticeable in everyday use. That said, if you still have a hard drive in your notebook you'll really appreciate the added performance delivered by an SSD.
The street price of the 1TB MX500 that we tested is around $400. You'll probably get change from $750 if you opt for the 2TB version, but that's still a fairly serious investment so we doubt many people would go for the larger drive "just in case" the extra space proved useful.
Moving in the other direction, the 500GB version is about $200, with the 250GB model completing the range at around $120.