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A few days ago, when I was writing about the conflicting power consumption claims for solid-state drives (SSDs), it cost an extra $999 to get one in your new MacBook Air. Well, no more. Apple has revised their pricing: the premium for SSD over mechanical hard […]

ScreenshotA few days ago, when I was writing about the conflicting power consumption claims for solid-state drives (SSDs), it cost an extra $999 to get one in your new MacBook Air. Well, no more. Apple has revised their pricing: the premium for SSD over mechanical hard drive is now only $599.

The new price point, presumably anchored in the dropping cost of the memory that goes into these drives, is starting to look pretty reasonable. I’ve certainly paid $500 for drive upgrades in the past (though that was always for capacity, not technology). Personally, I’m waiting to see what the long-term reliability looks like from early adopter experience, but if this trend keeps up, my next laptop is likely to have no moving parts beyond the fan.

How much would you pay to switch to SSD in your laptop? Or would you?

  1. Why would you pay for SSD in a laptop that is so fragile you have to be careful with it all the time? After all not everyone cuts his birthday cake with air. In other words – are there actually any reasons for getting ssd? You have to do a backup anyway and you’ll probably sell the notebook before your hd dies.

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