What are the benefits of upgrading existing PC/Laptops with SSDs?
Adding a solid-state drive (SSD) to your computer is simply the best upgrade at your disposal, capable of speeding up your computer in ways you hadn’t thought possible. But as with any new technology, there’s plenty to learn.
We are proud to work with multiple IT manufacturers and software vendors to be able to provide a tailored solution to each of our customers requirements. Where we see new technology trends We like to establish the best price vs features comparison and ensure the solution has longevity.
We have been working with SSDs since 2008. At that time these new hard drives were both costly (£440 for 80gb) and not overly reliable. Now we see 250gb drives for under £100 and rarely see failures, certainly not above the rest of the PC components average.
FIRST OF ALL – WHAT IS AN SSD?
An SSD is a Solid State Drive, fundamentally this is the same type of hardware you see on USB Flash Drives, on SD cards in your cameras and Micro-SD cards in your smart phones. This may be all well and good, but why use flash memory in a PC or Laptop? The biggest reason is speed, which makes it a contender for the best upgrade component.
Solid State Drives (SSDs) have no moving parts, all information is stored on microchips.
Conversely, the traditional hard drives have moving parts – the arm moves across the platters of disks to retrieve or write information from/to the storage. This movement, and the spinning of the disk, means the time to seek the data is longer than the new SSD route.
SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN IN THE REAL WORLD?
Seeking a Word document from My Documents on a traditional PC is not going to take long regardless of the speed of a processor or hard drive. However, booting a Windows machine and loading applications takes a lot of requirement from a hard drive. Millions of lines of code are being read and dozens of applications are being loaded behind the scenes, the quicker the disk is at reading this code and loading the applications the quicker the user can get on with doing some work – gone are the days of pressing the power button and immediately walking to the kettle to make a morning coffee – the boot times on Windows 7 or 8 are on average 18 seconds, and shut down around 5-10 seconds.
This means that any updates do not cause much of a problem with a manual reboot, as well as installing new applications. In comparison the fastest of traditional hard disk drives (HDD) will boot in well over 50 seconds, let alone the HDD you may well be using today which could be 3 or 4 minutes.
Customers are becoming used to ‘instant on’ – for example iPads and Tablets are on (from a stand by state) in a second, so why wait for a PC? Clearly a PC has a completely different architecture to a tablet or smart phone and can do a lot more, but that does not stem the tide for users wanting faster and better methods to work alongside their new found time saving i-thing and smart devices.
Previously, we have supplied Intel and Crucial SSDs, these were the early adopters and expanded their range of SSD products which in turn led to more competition, which in turn drove the price down. SSDs will still be more expensive than traditional HDD, but the price per gigabyte has fallen by half in the last 12 months and although you would not want to store your entire databases or movie collection on one they are now the mainstay.
In fact, if price is the main factor, We would recommend an SSD upgrade rather than a step up in processor, especially for non CAD, PhotoShop or Video operators (who would benefit from a faster processor AND SSD upgrade).
We now recommend the Samsung Evo range of SSDs with capacity ranging from 120gb to 1Tb. These are high performance drives with an enhanced controller – the brains in the hard drive to read and write the data. This also means the write speeds are up to 520mb/s!
The other benefit of these drives is power – they are much more energy efficient than the spinning hard drives and are self-monitoring to reduce the risk of overheating.
For the average Office worker an SSD is the single best upgrade for the PC. Customers need to bear in mind that if this is to upgrade an existing machine an operating system reload would be required.
If a new PC or laptop is required we would strongly recommend the SSD option especially with the affordability dramatically improving – which should continue offering more speed and Gigabytes for the pound.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
We can provide advice and supply Sold State Drives. We have the knowledge, skills and commitment to help you implement technology solutions that match your exact business needs.
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