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Is a mSATA-based SSD something that you have to have, like a 2.5" SSD was on the desktop when Intel launched its X25-M? That depends on your application. Many decent Arrandale-based Core i5 notebooks cost in the neighborhood of $600-$800. Tacking another $100 to $200 is a hard sell, especially if you're not running the enthusiast-oriented workloads that make an SSD so attractive for your workstation at home.

On the other hand, we've seen how the performance of an SSD helps contribute to efficiency, too, making the SSD 310 a potential battery-saver. At the same time, the device was also created to address environments where the 2.5" form factor simply is not viable. In those applications, an mSATA-based SSD could prove key to enabling plentiful storage at a reasonable performance level.
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Meh it is not better than my vertex LE (same as Vertex 2)

I'll wait for the vertex 3 to come out
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Meh it is not better than my vertex LE (same as Vertex 2)

I'll wait for the vertex 3 to come out
Yes, but is your Vertex a fraction of the size of a credit card?
    
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Yes, but is your Vertex a fraction of the size of a credit card?
It's 2.5 ,not as tiny as a credit card, but it can be equipped in laptops too
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Wow... that is tiny!

Shown with it's SATA adapter:

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It's 2.5 ,not as tiny as a credit card, but it can be equipped in laptops too
Uhh it's not 2.5" It's the size of a mini-PCIe card. You can put it into a 2.5" adapter if you want to use it in a laptop/desktop without a mSATA port
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It's 2.5 ,not as tiny as a credit card, but it can be equipped in laptops too
No, not at all, not the way this will be.

Look at the size; this will allow laptop makers quite a lot more room to play with. Plus with how standard things are, you can just give a laptop 3 Mini-PCI-E slots, lead the antenna wires to 1 of them, and voila you have 1 slot free for another SSD/wireless card/ 3G mobile broadband card.
    
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Uhh it's not 2.5" It's the size of a mini-PCIe card. You can put it into a 2.5" adapter if you want to use it in a laptop/desktop without a mSATA port
I think he's talking about his own 2.5" drive.
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Originally Posted by Eduardv View Post
Meh it is not better than my vertex LE (same as Vertex 2)

I'll wait for the vertex 3 to come out
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It's 2.5 ,not as tiny as a credit card, but it can be equipped in laptops too
Me thinks you missed the point:

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At the same time, the device was also created to address environments where the 2.5" form factor simply is not viable. In those applications, an mSATA-based SSD could prove key to enabling plentiful storage at a reasonable performance level.
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This is pretty awesome.
I guess they are going to sell some to apple or other compatible mac book airs.
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