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