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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. blueblaze4444's Avatar
      blueblaze4444 -
      Awesome...I might actually buy a MacBook Air now
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Anyone who is willing to spend almost $2000 just on a hard drive, would buy something a lot better than a MacBook Air
    1. law111's Avatar
      law111 -
      Nice, now we're talking.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
    1. Bebeto's Avatar
      Bebeto -
      Wow! very cool !!!
    1. Captinsmooth's Avatar
      Captinsmooth -
      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
      Whats better than a MacBook Air?
    1. ash3s2012's Avatar
      ash3s2012 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Captinsmooth View Post
      Whats better than a MacBook Air?
      My iPhone 4 lol jk
    1. saunupe1911's Avatar
      saunupe1911 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Captinsmooth View Post
      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
    1. iPhoenix3g's Avatar
      iPhoenix3g -
      Quote Originally Posted by saunupe1911 View Post
      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
      TROLL ALERT!!!

    1. JedixJarf's Avatar
      JedixJarf -
      So it will work great for the first 2 months then the lack of TRIM from the os will start to kick in lol.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      My MacBookPro :]
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      That's a premium for a drive for sure
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      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??
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      And apple shuts them down in 5.......4.....3........2..................
    1. Zman920's Avatar
      Zman920 -
      I rather buy an alianware for the money.
    1. Xenthis's Avatar
      Xenthis -
      Quote Originally Posted by captinsmooth View Post
      whats better than a macbook air?
      alienware!
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      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.
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      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
    1. smuggler's Avatar
      smuggler -
      This SSD thing (once a technology only utilized by video cameras mainly) is starting to get excitingly fast, I'd take the lesser of the three and just use that as my boot drive, and store everything else on an old fashioned moving part hard drive