We hand out Editor's Choice awards sparingly, but it's not hard to see why Crucial's 256GB RealSSD C300 solid-state drive earned one—you know, what with it ending up at the top of the scoreboard in a sizable majority of tests.
The neat part is that Crucial charges a surprisingly small premium for that level of performance. The 128GB version of the RealSSD C300 sells for $374 with free shipping at Newegg right now, which isn't far from the $350 price tags on similar-capacity Corsair and OCZ drives with SandForce controllers. Along the same lines, the 256GB RealSSD C300 sells for $680, while 240GB SandForce offerings will set you back around $645-665.
We should mention one caveat: the 128GB RealSSD C300 probably isn't as quick overall as its 256GB sibling, especially when writing, because of the memory chips used to reach its smaller capacity. Crucial does however quote identical read speeds for the two C300 variants. Both drives also have 6Gbps SATA connectivity and three-year warranty coverage. If you can afford a 128GB or 256GB solid-state drive to begin with, setting aside a wee bit more for a RealSSD C300 sounds like a pretty good idea to us.