While there are some newer controllers on the market which can offer higher performance in some areas there is no doubting that the XLR8 Pro is a fast drive. The results in real world testing show it to be very competitive and there is a lot to be said for buying an SSD which has firmware (and a controller) that has had time in the market to iron out minor issues with the initial product.
So that brings us to value where the XLR8 is very competitive. We don't get any free software or drive caddy here but the retail price is noticeably lower than the likes of Samsungs 840 Pro and we do get a decent warranty too. It was also nice to see a bundled SATA cable too... these should always be included with new drives, even if not everyone needs them.