Full review: Samsung 470 solid-state drive
CNET's Dong Ngo reviews Samsung's new 470 series solid-state drive.
If you're looking for a storage device that offers the ultimate performance, a solid-state drive would be it. Case in point: the all-new
The drive was superfast in our testing. It's also light and really good looking, which is somewhat of a waste because you won't have many chances to show it off once it's installed inside a computer. Like all SSDs, the Samsung has no moving parts and therefore uses less energy and is potentially much more durable than traditional platter-based hard drives.
The Samsung 470 SSD is an internal storage device designed to work anywhere current 2.5-inch SATA 3Gbps hard drives are used. Basically, it would make a perfect replacement for your laptop's storage.
The question is if you should get it. The drive's top capacity version, 256GB, is slated to cost around $700, which translates into about $2.70 per gigabyte. To put this in perspective, a high-speed 500GB 2.5-inch hard drive costs just around $70 or a mere 14 cents per gigabyte. That's not to mention you can get laptop hard drives with up to 1.5TB of storage space nowadays.
However, when you take another look at the Samsung 470 and its performance, there are still compelling reasons to get it. It's a painful decision to make, as you know by now.
It's always hard to strike a balance between pricing, storage space, and performance when it comes to storage devices. So if you're still wondering, which you likely are, check out