While there have been many new 2.5-inch-standard solid-state drives (SSDs) being introduced to the market in the last two years, it's not every day that you run into one that comes in the new low-profile 7mm thickness. The first one was introduced a few months back by Intel, the
The purpose of the new 7mm thickness is so that the drive can fit in an ultrabook, or other ultraportable laptop, without changing the standard SATA port configuration. This means that when needed, the drive can still be used with regular notebook and desktop computers.
And the RunCore meets that purpose almost perfectly. It comes with a drive-bay converter for it to fit in a desktop computer but doesn't offer any extra padding for it to firmly fit in a regular laptop drive bay. This is not a big problem since most laptops comes with a drive tray of their own.
In my testing, the drive offered the most important thing about a storage device: performance. In fact it outdid the Intel 520 series by a small margin. The drive is budget-friendly, too, with the suggested price of just around $1.50 per gigabyte for all of its capacities, ranging from 120GB to 480GB. This means that street pricing will likely get even lower.
For more information on how the drive will make an excellent replacement drive for your system, check out the