Greg Gazin - November 14th, 2012
If you purchase a MacBook Air, newer MacBook Pro with Retina display or an ultrabook these days and chances are the storage is a solid-state drive (SSD). Compared to traditional magnetic drives that have spinning platters and floating heads, SSDs have no moving parts. Of course being a newer technology, SSDs have had a much higher cost per megabyte compared to standard hard drives, but with prices falling and their significant advantages, they may now be worth looking at for your storage needs.
Chris Vandergaag - May 11th, 2012
Macbook Air is a hit for Apple, and its success has spurred competition in the form of Ultrabooks, Intel’s spec for the next generation of ultra-slim, lightweight and energy-efficient Windows laptops. Both make traditional notebooks feel like bloated antiquities that pose a risk of denting your thighs, and burning your junk. (Though as an aside, you know you probably have it pretty good, when your biggest problem is “my laptop is too heavy and hot.”)
I love my mid-2011 Macbook Air—tucked into a backpack on the go and plugged into an Apple Thunderbolt Display at home, it’s become my primary machine. Equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor and a solid state hard drive (SSD), it outperforms the 2007 iMac it replaced in every way, except for one: upgradability. What happens when a Macbook Air runs out of hard drive space? Read more…
GetConnected - November 25th, 2011
Solid State Drive (SSD) technology is taking the mobile computing world by storm. The performance advantages of SSD technology over traditional Hard Disk Drives (HDD) are substantial. To demonstrate just how much a Solid State Drive can improve a laptop’s performance, we put a 2010 MacBook Air (with a Solid State Drive) against a much more powerful 2011 MacBook Pro (with a Hard Disk Drive).
The advantages of the Solid State Drives are not just faster boot times, applications loading faster and less waiting around, they are also more durable. Solid State Drives are basically flash-drives and they have airtight construction and no moving parts which makes them ideal for mobile computing.
You will pay a premium for SSD technology, but prices are dropping and in the near future most laptops will have Solid State Drives.