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Alienware m9750  (Source: Alienware)
Alienware embraces solid-state disks for its notebooks

The use of solid-state disks (SSDs) continues to expand with the announcement that Alienware will offer the speedy drives in its Area-51 m5550, Area-51 m9750 and Aurora m9700 notebooks.

Alienware is offering customers a wealth of options when it comes to SSD configurations. Customers can choose a single 32GB SSD, a 32GB SSD combined with a 200GB 7,200RPM HDD (which should provide a nice compromise of speed and storage capacity) and dual 32GB SSDs in a RAID-0 configuration (for maximum performance). The dual-drive configurations are only available on the Area-51 m9750 and Aurora m9700.

"Alienware's new flash-based solid state drive solutions dramatically accelerate performance for mobile storage applications," said Alienware Associate Director of Product Marketing Bryan de Zayas. "From blazing load times to rock-solid durability, all the essential features that customers look for in a notebook are maximized in Alienware mobile systems loaded with solid state drives."

The new SSD options are currently available from Alienware's online website. A single 32GB SSD will set you back $500. Stepping up to the 32GB SSD combined with a 200GB HDD costs $800. Going full bore with dual 32GB SSDs will add a whopping $920 to your total bill.

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By gramboh on 7/24/2007 3:55:51 PM , Rating: 2
Does SSD save battery by not having to spin the drive?

On an unrelated note, man Alienware stuff is so ugly. I remember loving their cases back in the 90's but it's so cheesy and bulky looking now (mobile and tower). I guess my taste now is to more subtle looking cases like Antec P180 or Apple's notebooks.

RE: Battery?
By Parhel on 7/24/2007 4:41:07 PM , Rating: 2
I typically prefer the more conservative looking computers as well. But, their laptops aren't nearly as over-the-top looking as their desktops are.

My friend has one, and it's actually pretty tame. You wouldn't be at all out of place bringing one in to a conservative office setting. Even the light-up eyes on the alien face don't look silly.

RE: Battery?
By TomZ on 7/24/2007 6:21:02 PM , Rating: 2
Does SSD save battery by not having to spin the drive?

SSDs feature far greater reliability, faster boot times and faster application start-up times than hard disk drives. SSD can also improve battery life by up to 20 percent in notebooks.

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