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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 This means that the notebook is based around the outdated 915GMS chipset and features Intel GMA900 graphics.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be for the best as its $3,700 USD price tag would surely make potential buyers do a double take -- especially given the outdated components surrounding the fabulous storage disk.

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By Clauzii on 5/24/2006 10:57:08 PM , Rating: 2
In addition, stored data can be more easily retrieved from flash memory than traditional hard drives when PCs are dropped or liquid is spilled on the device. These mobile computing devices are the ideal solution for professionals and executives who are constantly on the move.

The typical notebook PC will generate around 30dB of operating noise, while the Q30-SSD will operate in complete silence. This is an unprecedented feature for people who want to use their PC in a library or other places where noise is not allowed.

These are from Samsungs site, which makes me write two things:

1: The first statement means I can throw more around with it at even drink a beer or five while jamming around with the thing :)

2: If the second statement is true (for which I see no reason why it shouldn't be - especially considering the library statement ;) it means the "Poor Slow Thing" is TOTALLY SILENT - nothing less :)

Thank You Samsung.
You make A noisy world more enjoyable :)

RE: Read!
By Scabies on 5/25/2006 2:36:06 PM , Rating: 2
Executives and professionals, dropping and spilling?

RE: Read!
By Clauzii on 5/26/2006 5:10:35 AM , Rating: 2
Working at dusty construction sites :) etc....

RE: Read!
By lemonadesoda on 5/30/2006 5:02:10 PM , Rating: 2
Careful in your reading. "Retrieve" does not mean the laptop is still working after your drop/spill. What is means is the data is recoverable even though the laptop is smashed. This is really important for some professionals/executives where the DATA is actually worth MUCH MORE than the laptop. Especially if there is time-critic info that needs to be retrieved.

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