CNET First Look
Samsung 470If you want something that's fast, energy-efficient, lightweight, and durable, and don't mind the hefty prices, the Samsung 470's outstanding performance will make it worth the investment.
Hello, my name is Dong Ngo and I have something here that will make a great gift for, well, myself and anybody for that matter--the all-new 470 series solid state drive from Samsung. Now, the reason why it makes a great gift for anybody is because it looks great, coming in this fancy jewelry box here and the drive itself is also really nice with its aluminum casing and orange color on the edge. The drive is also very fast in our testing and it's super light. The reason why it is on my wish list and will likely remain there, however, is because it's just too expensive, I can't afford it. This top-tier version here with 256 gigabytes costs a whopping $700. That's about $2.70 dollars per gigabyte. Traditional hard drives on the market can offer about 6 times the amount of space and costs around 12 times less per gigabyte, so, in short, this is a sort of device that gives me a huge conundrum, I want it so badly because it's so cool and fast, and I don't think I should get one at all because it's just so expensive, and did I mention that it's really expensive? But I would for sure be glad to take it as a gift or even as an alternative to an engagement ring. Other than that, the Samsung 470 has the same size as standard 2.5-inch hard drives. It supports SATA 3Gbps standard and will work in any application where traditional laptop hard drives are used. Like all SSDs, the Samsung has no moving parts and therefore uses less energy, it's more durable, and, best of all, it's easily about twice the speed of traditional hard drives. If money is not an issue, this will make a great replacement for your laptop or even desktop internal hard drive, be it a PC or a Mac. For more information on the drive's performance, check out the in-depth review at CNET.com. Once again, my name is Dong Ngo and this has been the first look at the 470 series solid state drive from Samsung.