Today is your lucky day if you want to add 256GB of Solid State Disk storage to your computer and you have around $658 burning a hole in your pocket. You can snag the newest 2.5-inch Corsair flash drive at the cost of $2.57 per GB. Sounds expensive, but it’s not just any flash memory inside. Nope. Corsair says:
“The P256 uses specially selected Samsung MLC flash memory and a sophisticated Samsung Controller IC, coupled with 128MB of super-fast cache memory and Native Command Queuing (NCQ) support for blistering, stutter-free performance, delivering read speeds of up to 220MB/sec and write speeds of up to 200MB/sec.”
For nearly $700, that memory better be specially selected. ;) Obviously, the speed and battery life claims for SSD can vary based on the testing and usage scenarios, but Corsair says that in the labs, these drives have added up to 25 percent more battery life on mobile computers.
At this price, I’d say the drive is best suited on higher-end, better-performing devices. For netbooks that cost half as much as this drive, you’re likely better off with a much less expensive Mini PCIe card. You won’t find one with this much storage capacity for the price, but for around $200, you can add a respectable 64GB of flash storage. As for me, I’m going to stick with the “cheap and risky” route: keep my local storage needs low and rely heavily on cloud services. Yes, you can all laugh at me and say “I told you so!” if one of those services goes under.