The Vertex retail package is about twice as thick as that of the Apex, although the thickness isn't attributed to any additional padding but rather the thick boxy side of the drive container that you see above. Not pictured is the installation guide and warranty information which is inside the box portion on the right. Like the Apex, no other accessories such as SATA power adapters are provided, but then again, who needs that these days anyway? If your desktop power supply doesn't have an SATA connector, you shouldn't be reading this.
The drive itself is the same size as a typical 2.5" notebook hard drive. The majority of the casing is plastic but the backside is metal which should increase durability and maybe help with internal cooling. The product name is printed on a sticker on the front and you can find the obligatory warranty info / serial number / etc. data on the bottom of the drive.
Although the Vertex is based on a notebook style form factor, it can just as easily be used as a desktop drive. Desktop usage brings a lot of benefits, including reduced heat, a smaller footprint and absolutely no noise / vibrations. Such a small drive gives the user some flexibility when mounting inside a standard ATX case. For example, tucking an SSD out of sight to eliminate unslightly cable clutter is much easier than with a standard 3.5" HDD.
More just ahead...