Since 2010, KitGuru has been driving the notion that all systems should boot off an SSD. With the pricing on SSDs so competitive across the board – and laptop companies telling us how important battery life is – why do the vast majority of notebooks come with a cruddy old hard drive instead of a turbo-powered solid state drive? KitGuru puts on war paint and goes to investigate.
SanDisk is one of the oldest and most trusted names in memory, so when we evaluated its ~£130 256GB Ultra Plus drive, we were not surprised to see it do well in the KitGuru Labs.
Take off the VAT and some margin for the reseller & distributor – and you can imagine that this product would cost around £80 in bulk from a factory in the Far East.
The terribly slow drives used by most of the laptop vendors might cost something like £30.
So we have a £50 difference for an SSD that will change your mobile computing life completely.
So why do weak-to-average laptops cost so much when you want a decent SSD in them?
In our opinion, it’s just SAD that laptop companies have insisted on taking lots of really powerful components – and then putting the huge weight of a traditional hard drive around the laptop’s neck, to ensure slow/cranky performance.
The price of SSDs was in free fall last year, so there’s no reason for vendors to carry on crippling laptops with 5,400 drives.
KitGuru says: It’s time for liberation without a huge price. More power for all please.
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