For those looking for a cost-effective way to add
solid-state storage to your notebook computer, there are a few options
available to you. Transcend announced a USB 2.0-based 16GB ExpressCard SSD in
early April that allows you to delve into the SSD world without opening up
your notebook case.
Today, Lexar is also stepping into the fray with its own
ExpressCard SSD with auto-backup software. As with the Transcend card, the
Lexar ExpressCard SSD is USB 2.0-based so it supports ReadyBoost in Windows
Vista to help improve system performance.
"The ExpressCard standard is the ideal form factor for
leveraging PC card technology and providing notebook users with a simple, more
reliable way to significantly boost system performance," said Lexar's
Fashid Tabrizi. "With auto-backup software, the Lexar ExpressCard SSD will
be especially appealing for traveling business people, small- and home-office
owners, and anyone who wants a secure, hassle-free way to backup important
documents and literally add more storage to their laptop."
Lexar's new ExpressCard SSD is currently shipping in
capacities of 4GB ($129.99), 8GB ($199.99) and 16GB. Pricing information was not yet available for the 16GB model at
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