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.