The Samsung 860 QVO 1TB solid state drive (opens in new tab) is down to $99.99 on Amazon. This is a unique sale that's part of Amazon's deals of the day. The 860 QVO normally sells for around $130. While we have seen it go on sale in the past, it actually hasn't dropped much from that street price this year at all. The last big sale we saw was a drop back in December. Today's deal is its second lowest ever and easily the best deal of the year.
Samsung 860 QVO MZ-76Q1T0 1TB solid state drive (opens in new tab)
Uses latest technology. Has read/write speeds of 550 MB/s and 520 MB/s respectively. Has hardware-based encryption and a three-year limited warranty. Uses SATA interface for up to 6 GB/s but is backwards compatible with older versions.
The 860 QVO is different than Samsung's other SSDs like the 860 EVO (opens in new tab), and despite using newer tech is actually much less expensive at the moment. It uses a QLC NAND controller, which is one of the newest technologies in the SSD world. It's not a technology that has become completely widespread yet, although it probably will. One of the only other consumer-level SSDs we've written about with QLC is Intel's 660p NVMe M.2 SSD (opens in new tab), and NVMe M.2 SSDs are an entirely different beast than SATA SSDs like the 860 QVO.
Samsung's drive is really the only QVO SATA SSD worth talking about. The biggest improvement of the QVO over previous generations is in the cost, which is why the 1TB version of this drive is much less expensive than comparable drives.
The 860 QVO has read/write speeds of 550 and 520 MB/s respectively. It also comes with a three-year warranty. It can also accelerate those write speeds with an intelligent TurboWrite feature and maintain a high-performance with a larger variable buffer. You can secure your data with the built-in security options, including AES 256-bit hardware encryption. The drive uses a SATA 6 GB/s interface, but it is compatible with previous generation slower SATA interfaces. You just won't get as much out of it.
J.D. Levite has been in the deals game since 2012. He has posted daily deals at Gizmodo, The Wirecutter, The Sweethome, and now covers deals for Android Central, iMore, and Windows Central. He was there for the first Prime Day and has braved the full force of Black Friday. If you cut him, he bleeds savings. But don't try it for real. That's a metaphor.
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