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 This means that the notebook is based around the outdated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make potential buyers do a double take -- especially given the outdated components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.