As hardware makers release ever-faster and higher-density solid-state drives, customers tend to worry about one thing: price. Getting an SSD still means paying many more dollars per gigabyte than for a mechanical hard drive. (At least until the economy collapses and we start having to trade goats and chickens for them.)
Super Talent has tried to stray from the norm somewhat by adding two affordable SSDs to its MasterDrive series. The 128GB MasterDrive LX is rolling out at $299, while its 64GB sibling has a launch price of only $179. Both have 2.5" form factors, 300MB/s Serial ATA interfaces, and respective read and write speeds of 100MB/s and 40MB/s.
Like most SSDs, these babies should be able to handle ungodly amounts of shock and vibration, and Super Talent points out that they draw less power than mechanical hard drives. According to the official spec sheet, the 64GB MasterDrive LX SSD can also take 35 years of 50GB write and erase operations per day, while the 128GB can handle just over twice that. Both models only carry one-year warranties, though.
The two drives should start shipping next week, so you can probably expect them to show up at Newegg and other retailers early next month.
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