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Solid as a rock

I don't know whether to shout for joy or cry from sadness. Samsung has announced the world's first PC with a NAND flash-based solid state disk (SSD). The joy comes from the fact that the 32GB SSD makes Samsung's 12.1", 2.56 pound Q30 notebook completely silent. With the spinning hard disk drive gone, there is absolutely no noise. In addition, the SSD can withstand twice the impact force of a traditional hard drive, offers 300% faster reads (53MB/sec) and 150% faster writes (28MB/sec), boots into Windows XP 25-50% faster and weighs roughly half as much.

So how could I possibly be sad with all of these positives? Samsung has decided to throw the 32GB SSD into its ancient (in the computer world) Q30 notebook. This means that the notebook is based around the outdated 915GMS chipset and features Intel GMA900 graphics. That also means that memory is limited to DDR2 400 spec. The processor also is a rather meager 1.2GHz Celeron M 753. Not even a Pentium M at least?

For now, it appears that the Q30-SSD is a Korean market only notebook. That may be for the best as its $3,700 USD price tag would surely make potential buyers do a double take -- especially given the outdated components surrounding the fabulous storage disk.



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painful price
By Drexial on 5/23/2006 6:53:20 PM , Rating: 2
OUCH, i could get 15 2 Gig SD Ultra 2 disks for that kind of memory.... and while i understand its nto a direct comparison, its also not that different. there is no way a 32 gig drive should cost that much. if they were going to make the price that high they should have added $500 more into it and given it a better memory,chipset, and PCU. then atl;east there could be soem masking in the price. and atleast pretend not all the cost was the drive. plus you would actualy feel like you bought somthing.





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