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  • Up to 360 GB SSD with OWC Mac Book Air Upgrade Kits

    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
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Up to 360 GB SSD with OWC Mac Book Air Upgrade Kits started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      Anyone who is willing to spend almost $2000 just on a hard drive, would buy something a lot better than a MacBook Air
      Lol agreed
    1. Darrius777's Avatar
      Darrius777 -
      I'll wait for the price of ssd to come down. In the mean time I'll snatch up a 128 MBA off craigslist.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      That's is a premium price! If you can deal with a computer thats a little thicker than using that money for a MacBook pro would be the way to go. But that wouldn't be why you have an air.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Meh it's only money
    1. shadow-evillink's Avatar
      shadow-evillink -
      Man u could buy external 1tb for less than 100$!! WTF. That is just a waste of $$$. Whats funny is some dumbas is gonna buy it too. That my 2 cents!
    1. EddieLeonard's Avatar
      EddieLeonard -
      give it a few months i bet the 360 version will be about 600 - 800
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by Xenthis View Post
      The equivalent in the PC world to the Mac. It sure looks pretty until you have to pay for it.
    1. slickric's Avatar
      slickric -
      awesome that someone is making these available again but $1200 is just taking the piss
    1. Mobiman's Avatar
      Mobiman -
      We will have to wait for a serious price drop
    1. xToMToM96's Avatar
      xToMToM96 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Captinsmooth View Post
      Whats better than a MacBook Air?
      MacBook Pro

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    1. psilocybin's Avatar
      psilocybin -
      i totally disagree with macbook pro being better than macbook air.
      what makes it better? a macbook air can boot in 10 seconds, battery life is far better than mbp, and is extremely easier to carry around. there is no "better", it also depends on your life style and what your using it for
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      I plan on replacing my MacBook Pro's Superdrive with an SSD, even just a 40GB or 60GB to have OS X and my most used Apps on it and keep my photo's, movies and music on the standard HDD.
    1. macala.vdr's Avatar
      macala.vdr -
      I agree with psilocybin, as far as I know there isn't any better laptop exist up until this day. I am waiting for upcoming MacBook Pro and hoping it would have flash storage just like MacBook Air. SSD is slower than some hard drive but flash storage is much faster and more reliable.