High Capacity SSD Roundup: What’s The Best SSD For Your Laptop?

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If you’re looking for a 240+ GB solid state drive for your notebook then we’ve got four contenders from OCZ, HyperX, and Verbatim that deserve your consideration.

Overview

Five years ago the majority of laptop PC users in the world probably had no idea what a solid state drive (SSD) was. Today, you can find a variety of high-speed, shock-resistant SSDs on store shelves right next to “old-fashioned” hard disk drives (HDDs). The advantages of SSD storage are clear for a notebook: You get incredibly fast data storage (which makes Windows or any other operating system run faster during start up, launching applications, and even shutting down) and you get added durability since SSDs have no moving parts and are less likely to be damaged (less likely to lose data) in the event that you accidentally drop your laptop.

One of the biggest disadvantages to SSDs is that it’s hard to find a SSD with the same high capacity as a traditional notebook HDD and the cost per GB of storage is generally much higher for SSDs compared to HDDs. Those issues are slowly becoming a thing of the past as more manufacturers offer higher capacity SSDs at prices that consumers and small businesses might actually be able to afford.

We’ve decided to take a closer look at four SSDs with capacities of 240GB or 256GB in order to determine if any of these SSDs offer a compelling value for laptop users. The Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB, the OCZ Vertex 4 256GB, the Verbatim 256GB SATA II and the Verbatim 240GB SATA III SSDs all promise to deliver class-leading performance at their street prices between $180 and $240.

Which is the best SSD for laptop owners? Keep reading to find out.



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