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I'm going to buy an Acer Aspire One netbook, and the only thing I'm not decided on is the storage. I know the HDD beats the SSD in terms of wear-out time, but the SSD is a lot more 'shock-proof', so I count that as a score draw. The only thing I don't know about is the effect on battery life of the two options.
So, which one gives better battery life?
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SSD but it isn't drastic.
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Thanks for that - I'll probably disregard the battery life point then.

Can you tell me just how worried I should be about the SSDs life? If you assume daily use (not just net surfing), will it wear out within a couple of years? A HDD is supposed to last 7-10 years if memory serves - just how much shorter is the SSDs life span?
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From what i know, you can also buy replacement batteries. A little more awkward, but useful if you carry it around in a bigger bag or soemthing.

Where are you getting yours from Chem? I looked in Comet today and they were about £180 iirc.. For the base model, with Lin-something OS, 512RAM and the 8Gig SSD.. I think that's the one i'm gonna go for.


edit - also, 7-10 years?? a) i don't think this is entirely realistic, and b) who owns anything computer related without upgrading for 7 years?? I dunno..

Edited by wigseryc - 12/17/08 at 10:09am
post #5 of 22
The SSD will last about the same time as an HDD if you're doing normal net-surfing, etc. Recently, SSD's have gotten a lot better in terms of number of writes before the memory wears out, so I wouldn't count your first point against an SSD, nor against the HDD.
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post #6 of 22
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Wigs - don't tell anyone, but Amazon have the 1Gb RAM 120Gb HDD w/Linux at £200 delivered.

You can get replacement batteries, but it's extra cost and hassle changing them, it's not something I'd like to rely on.
I'm still undecided on the SSD/HDD debate, I don't like the idea of an already small storage solution shrinking within a year or so. That said, I don't like the idea of one day turning it on, only to hear a light scratching and the CMOS reporting a drive failure (through an excessive shock).

Oh, and HDDs do last that long as we've got a couple round here (old P4 system is 7 years old, we've also got an 800MHz Duron too which is even older). Granted, the PCs are next to useless for modern apps, but it's not the point as they still run Win98 fine. An Atom-based netbook isn't going to break any speed records, ever, so I'd quite like it to be fully functional for at least 3 years, preferably over 5.
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Man, i always forget about Amazon! They've also got the 8GB SSD one for £170.. And seeing as i wont be storing much on this, i think i'll go for the cheaper option. Plus the extra shock-absorption would be a bonus, i can see myslf regularly chucking it into a backpack or something.

5 years on a HDD seems reasonable, but with more movement than a normal drive.. I dunno.. I could see myself upgrading before that time anyways.. Hmm.. That and i can see myself using a removable SD card much more frequently to transfer data and what not..
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I'd go for the HDD version myself, i'd want to be able to store a few movies on it for long journeys and stuff. Programmes and bits and bobs are only getting bigger, 8gigs just wouldn't cut it for me.
    
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What's the difference in weight between the SSD and the HD models? Minimal i assume..

I think price is gonna be the final decider for me in this battle.
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i really know just about nothing about SSD but i would assume unlike the regular drives they do not have any physical moving parts therefore require less power?? im just guessing lol
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