1. Paul Daniel Ash's Avatar


    Other World Computing released a new line of solid state drive (SSD) expansion kits for the late-2010 11 inch and 13 inch MacBook Air. The Mercury Aura Pro Express kits, available in 180 GB, 240 GB, and 360 GB sizes, offer not only larger but faster storage than the stock drives, thanks to the Sandforce controller which provides 22% faster sequential read and write speeds than Apple's SSD.

    OWC offers a 180 GB SSD for $499.99, 240 GB for $579.99 and 360 GB for a staggering $1,179.99, or about as much as an 11-inch MacBook Air with 128 GB. What all that gets you, in addition to more storage than is available from Apple, is industry-leading performance. The Tier 1/Grade A Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND Flash in the Pro Express will supposedly support sustained sequential reads of up to 285MB/s and sustained sequential writes up to 275MB/s with its Sandforce controller. OWC promises that its "DuraWrite" wear-leveling and block management technologies will maintain performance, where other SSDs would slow down over time.

    What's not clear is whether OWC will avoid the fate of PhotoFast, which tried to sell SSD upgrade kits for the Air but were forced to stop exporting the kits under pain of losing their MFi (Made For iPod/iPad/iPhone) certification. So it's probably best to snap to it if you're thinking of ordering one of these. OWC is currently estimating shipping times of 19 days.

    Source: Cult of Mac
    2011-01-14 02:08 AM
  2. blueblaze4444's Avatar
    Awesome...I might actually buy a MacBook Air now
    God Bless
    2011-01-14 02:09 AM
  3. whereswaldo's Avatar
    Anyone who is willing to spend almost $2000 just on a hard drive, would buy something a lot better than a MacBook Air
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    2011-01-14 02:26 AM
  4. law111's Avatar
    Nice, now we're talking.
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    2011-01-14 02:32 AM
  5. Cowboy's Avatar
    2011-01-14 02:33 AM
  6. Bebeto's Avatar
    Wow! very cool !!!
    2011-01-14 02:42 AM
  7. Captinsmooth's Avatar
    Anyone who is willing to spend almost $2000 just on a hard drive, would buy something a lot better than a MacBook Air
    Whats better than a MacBook Air?
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    2011-01-14 02:44 AM
  8. ash3s2012's Avatar
    Whats better than a MacBook Air?
    My iPhone 4 lol jk
    2011-01-14 02:50 AM
  9. saunupe1911's Avatar
    Whats better than a MacBook Air?
    You are obviously confused if you think the Mac book air is the best notebook available for purchase - or even at that price point.

    But hey, to each his own
    2011-01-14 02:52 AM
  10. iPhoenix3g's Avatar
    You are obviously confused if you think the Mac book air is the best notebook available for purchase - or even at that price point.

    But hey, to each his own
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    2011-01-14 02:59 AM
  11. JedixJarf's Avatar
    So it will work great for the first 2 months then the lack of TRIM from the os will start to kick in lol.
    2011-01-14 03:02 AM
  12. bigboyz's Avatar
    My MacBookPro :]
    2011-01-14 03:35 AM
  13. StealthBravo's Avatar
    That's a premium for a drive for sure
    2011-01-14 03:40 AM
  14. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
    can Mac book air pcs, jailbreak iPhones and ect? I wanna know before I buy one? can I add a separate drive too it via USB??
    2011-01-14 03:50 AM
  15. alyshehata's Avatar
    2011-01-14 03:55 AM
  16. ty22's Avatar
    And apple shuts them down in 5.......4.....3........2..................
    2011-01-14 03:56 AM
  17. Zman920's Avatar
    I rather buy an alianware for the money.
    2011-01-14 04:36 AM
  18. Xenthis's Avatar
    whats better than a macbook air?
    alienware!

    Windows 7 x64
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    Sony Optiarc 24x
    2011-01-14 05:12 AM
  19. mikerlx's Avatar
    Why? Seriously, that's a huge option for a 11" Macbook Air that doesn't have a DVD drive that u probably would want to store media on whereas a MacBook Pro would be a better option.
    2011-01-14 05:13 AM
  20. boxxa's Avatar
    Hahah wow. $1200 for a hard drive? I am actually perfectly fine with 128GB of storage on my MBA. My music is on my iPhone and sync everything to Box.net
    2011-01-14 06:27 AM
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