As an experiment, I used an Intel 256 GB 600p, the large green Sintech adapter, and kapton tape on an early 2015 Macbook Air.Looking for some general advice - my main questions are 'what brand/type is most problem-free', and 'what are chances of success (i.e. should I pay the extra money for a larger drive)'?
Running an early 2014 Macbook Air, with 128g ssd; High Sierra and no need to run previous versions. My priority is bigger size - at least 500g, with as problem-free as possible. Losing hibernation would not be a big problem, but I do rely on the problem-free simple sleep (open and close many times a day). Speed would be nice but not top of the list; I can live with somewhat reduced battery life.
I'm looking first at the Intel 600p line, next the Kingston KC1000. Difference in price is roughly as in other markets. If I was confident it was all going to work and speed bump on the kingston is noticeable, I might pay the difference.
Going up to 1000g would be a nice bump and future-proof this computer for just about everything I use it for now (or would be likely to, it's never going to be fastest but that's okay).
However, I wouldn't like to spend the extra money to go to 1TB and then find it doesn't work. (I'm willing to take the chance on the 500gb). I'm unfortunately in a market where returning things that aren't defective is more miss than hit.
On installation: understand the points about Kapron tape. I understand with high sierra should not be necessary to use an ubuntu disk (can do if necessary), just format with disk utility (I have bootable recovery flash drives). As I understand, no need to disable the hibernation unless it causes problems. Other key steps?
I've also noted the various adapters. I've ordered one (cheap as chips that may be the sintech), will have access to buy the recommended sintech in due course.
I booted the Air with a USB High Sierra installer, formatted the disk, and installed High Sierra. No Ubuntu/Linux disk was required.
There is a bit more battery drain with the 600p than the OEM Apple drive but not enough for me to worry about. I have used it over the past few weeks and there have been no kernel panics during use or when opening the lid from hibernation, no problems with rebooting the machine, no problems with cold boots, and no changes to High Sierra's default settings were necessary.
I know these are the results from an early 2015 Macbook Air but I think you will find from reading this thread that the 600p is solid replacement.