OWC announces SSD uprades for MacBook Air

The Mercury Aura Pro upgrade solution for 2012 MacBook Airs offers up to 480GB of storage space.

The non-standard design makes it hard for users to replace the Air's internal drive.
The nonstandard design makes it hard for users to replace the Air's internal drive. OWC

It's generally easy to upgrade your computer to a standard solid-state drive (SSD) as long as your computer supports the standard 2.5-inch hard-drive design. The MacBook Air, however, doesn't, so most people are stuck with the machine's relatively limited stock storage.

OWC announced today the OWC Mercury Aura Pro SSD, which is designed specifically for 2012 MacBook Airs. Instead of the standard design, the new SSD comes in the same design as those used inside the supported Air; it's shaped more like a stick of system memory than a hard drive.

OWC says the Mercury Aura Pro is powered by the popular SandForce controller and supports Tier 1 Synchronous NAND, promising to deliver sustained data rates over 500MBps. The new drive offers up to 480GB of storage space -- that's four times more than the top stock capacity of the Air. The best thing about the drive is that it comes in a do-it-yourself kit that has all you need to replace the drive on your own. The kit includes a USB 3.0 enclosure for you to reuse the Air's origial SSD as an external drive.

The Mercury Aura Pro comes in 120GB, 180GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities that cost $168, $225, $320, and $645, respectively. The 240GB version is available immediately, but the rest will be available starting August 6.

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