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Solid State Drive Performance: MacBook Air (SSD) Vs MacBook Pro (HDD)

- 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.

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3 comments

  1. James | November 25, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    But SSDs have finite number of cycles and then they are toast, it is not all roses with SSD

  2. Sean | November 25, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    HD’s have a lot less number of cycles before their toast, so what you said makes so sense. SSD’s will surpass HD’s by a long shot.

  3. Peyton Stafford | November 26, 2011 at 1:17 am

    So, what are the numbers about cycles? Not more. Not less. Audited numbers of cycles.

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