Lighter laptops move to flash-based drives
With 500-gigabyte hard drives in laptops coming soon, why would you even consider buying a notebook with a seemingly paltry 32GB or 64GB solid state drive?
The answer, computer makers hope, is because those laptops will appeal to weighed-down road warriors and corporations tired of fixing the hard drives of employeesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ dropped or damaged notebooks.
Solid state drives, which use flash memory, are significantly more expensive than laptops with hard drives.
But with no moving parts, unlike hard disk drives, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re also considered more reliable and rugged, boot up more quickly and can offer longer battery life.
In the past year, several notebooks in the 2- to 4-pound range using flash-based solid state drives have been released by companies such as Dell, Toshiba and Sony. Prices range from $2,100 to $3,400.
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