Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Feb 2008 22:39 UTC
Apple After reviewing the HDD model, Ars now looks at the SSD variant of the MacBook Air. They conclude: "The USD 1300 question is whether the SSD is worth the extra cash. The answer seems to be no. I experienced only moderate gains in battery life and not very noticeable speed differences. The one major benefit of the SSD model is that it doesn't cause the same types of slowdowns as the HDD model during times of high disk activity, and that's certainly a huge plus. Speedy read times are great, too, but they are balanced out by pokey write times. Still, even if it's more usable, it's hard to justify the huge price difference for the SSD model."
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by transputer_guy on Fri 8th Feb 2008 15:41 UTC
transputer_guy
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2005-07-08

Well SLC Nand Flash is headed for much better speeds at least from Micron (joint venture with Intel). At 200MB/s read and 100MB/s write, its about time too (see EET).

Actually #1300 isn't bad for a 64GB SSD, though I hope the market will produce them in much smaller sizes too, 4-8G would suit me fine, just don't store media files on them.

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