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Why Is An SSD More Recommended For Laptop Computers?

There has been a consensus by IT professional that a solid-state drive (SSD) is the best performance upgrade for your computer, whether it is a desktop or a laptop, taking into account that this computer is just a few years old (between 3 to 4) and its internal components are just at that age as well. What happens then is that the speed and performance of your rig is acceptable, your CPU is strong, your GPA card is solid, and you have pretty sufficient RAM for your applications and games to run smooth. When you upgrade any of these hardware parts, you will feel a difference, YES, but not the same as upgrading the traditional hard drive to a solid state drive (SSD). Because the performance gap between the two is really vast.

That’s for every computer, but why do we say that laptops will benefit more from an SSD than desktops? Well, that’s for several reasons that we are going to discuss here.

Reason #1: There’s no other option for laptops

While desktop computer users have the opportunity to speed up their storage subsystems performance up to four times or even more via RAID array, unfortunately this opportunity is not available for laptop users, for one simple reason: They have only one room for the hard drive, particularly notebooks and ultrabooks. Yes, there are larger laptops that come with an additional room for another hard drive and they may allow RAID between the two drives, but that has several disadvantages especially related to power consumption. Plus user is limited to only double the speed of their hard drive if they decide to go with RAID 0 on their laptops, while the slowest SSD provides a better speed than two laptop hard drives in RAID 0.

Reason #2: Low Power Consumption

One of the most significant advantages of laptops is their portability. That’s why their battery longevity is an important factor that determines good laptops. And laptop components are designed to consume as less power as possible to stretch out its durability until its put on charge again. Now what if you know that an SSD consumes as much as 40% less power than traditional hard drives? That’s surely of a great benefit. You can read more on this point in our article on the advantages and disadvantages of SSDs.

Reason #3: High Portability

As a laptop computer user, you’ll have to take it with you to different places and use it in various positions and attitudes in which increases the risk that your laptop may fall or get exposed to nonmagnetic fields or vibration. Here where an SSD shines. An SSD is almost fully protected from any bad effect that may result from those things, unlike traditional hard drives that get defected or impaired if subjected to these situations. Moreover, it has been reported that altitude has a bad impact on the performance of traditional hard drives and an SSD is just protected from that.

Updated: September 10, 2014 — 4:50 am
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