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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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RE: Faster, But Costly
By TomZ on 7/24/2007 7:48:44 PM , Rating: 2
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I cannot imagine people would use a laptop as their only PC - which would be the only reason to demand huge capacity

Tons of people use a laptop as their only PC, both for home and business use.

I just loaded up a new laptop, and I loaded just the "essential" apps and data (no multimedia yet), and that used 100GB out of the 250GB drive. There's probably another 40-50GB of apps that I'll be loading as I need them, plus my 10GB ripped CD library. I also use Vista which has a slighly larger disk footprint compared to XP.


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