Sorry, I ask these questions because I just bought the Sony laptop and still have a couple of weeks to decide whether to return, exchange or upgrade it. I want to see if someone has a better suggestion. Thanks again.
I use the laptop for Photoshop and HD movie editing (may try 3D HD camcorder in near future). So I bought the Sony Z series i7 laptop to run these applications. I chose this one mainly because it is light weight (3.1 lbs) and is packed with desktop power. I'm quite impressed with the SSD, quite a bit faster than my old laptops, especially the startup.
However I have some questions regarding the SSD. I understand all hard drives will fail one day. But a few articles pointed out that the info may last longer in the traditional rotational hard drive than a SSD, is that true? Based on some hypothetical calculations, I have seen SSD projected lifespan anywhere from 13 years to 25 years, which is not bad at all, certainly outlasting any laptop. Does anyone have an expert opinion or actual knowledge of SSD to comment whether these calculated projections sound reasonable?
I also want to see if someone can comment on my strategy. At this time I think the big advantage of SSD is faster performance. On the other hand the traditional hard drive is more cost effective for long term storage of data. So I plan on using my laptop with SSD for processing the files and softwares, then store multiple copies of finished files in different external drives, rather than spending $1000 more to upgrade to 512 GB SSD. For a little more than half that price, I bought 4 TB worth of external hard drives. Currently I have >150 GB data of photos and videos, and still growing. Does someone else recommend a better strategy?
And does someone know a better portable laptop than the Sony Z series i7, ideally less than 5 lbs? I like the lightweight because I can carry it on trips and finish the photos and videos before coming back home. The Mac book pro is good but cannot easily burn blu ray disks of my HD video and is a bit heavier. The Mac book air is light but slow, only has Core2 Duo. Alienware is too heavy and is more for gaming. Dell is cheaper but still a bit heavier than the Sony, and performance is not better.
Thanks in advance for your expert opinion.