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Monday, March 12, 2012

Top 5 solidly priced SSDs:

...The state of solid-state
CNET editor Dong Ngo picks the best solid-state internal drives right now that are also reasonably priced.
The prices of solid-state drives are getting lower as there are more and more options on the market.
The prices of solid-state drives are getting lower as there are more and more options 
on the market. (Credit: Dong Ngo/CNET)
I have reviewed a few solid-state drives in the last few weeks and it's now time to update the list of top internal storage drives.
This list will be updated on a semiregular basis as more drives are reviewed. These are the latest internal drives I'd recommend based on their performance, design, and most importantly (especially for SSDs) pricing. The good news is, prices for SSDs have been going down, with many drives now costing just around $1.30 per gigabyte. They're still not cheap, but considering the boost in performance, they are now definitely worth the investment.
If you have had a computer for a few years and have been thinking about getting a new one, migrating its current hard drive to an SSD might be the best alternative. This way you save time from not having to set up a new computer and transfer the data over, and you also save money from not having to buy new software. A 240GB SSD can now be had for around $350, which is quite a lot but still much cheaper than buying a whole new computer. And yet the performance gain from the upgrade might prove to be all you need.
While not all SSDs are created equal, they are all so much faster than regular hard drives in terms of overall performance that the differences among them are only noticeable to those who have always used SSDs, of which even I can't claim to be one. That said, if you have a tight budget, just pick one that offers the most capacity for the least money.
Without further ado, here are the new top-five SSDs that you would want to use as your computer's boot drive, with the most recently reviewed on top.