Solid-states drives are sexy for many reasons: They tend to be faster, lighter, more rugged, and cooler than their spinning-platter predecessors. Unfortunately, they've also carried a premium price tag. But that is starting to change.
According to DealNews, prices on 64GB SSD and 120GB SSDs have been steadily sliding, narrowing the price gap between them and standard disc drives (check out the DealNews story and chart for all the details). While the prices are still high compared with regular drives, with each passing month they become a more viable upgrade option.
Regular hard drives contain spinning platters and movable read/write heads. In comparison, an SSD has no moving parts, making it more energy efficient, quieter, and faster. You'll notice these differences in several ways. Computers boot up and wake faster, for example. Popular laptops like the MacBook Air come standard with SSDs and Apple proudly touts these advantages.
The lack of moving parts also makes them more rugged, a good quality for laptops.
"The price of SSDs are still very expensive," said Dong Ngo, who reviews storage devices for CNET. "Yes, they are cheaper now compared with a few years ago but still very expensive compared to regular hard drives and even system memory."… Read more