SSD prices continue to plunge(46 posts)
Rick, one of the reasons why prices of PC components are high in Europe is the sales tax (e.g. 19% in Germany) and import duty (11% in Germany). And those percentages have to be included in the posted price. In Germany it is illegal to post a price without the taxes.
That alone increases the prices by 30%. In Germany an item usually costs the same in Euros as it costs in Dollars in the US - and the Euro is worth appr. $1.30. On top of that you rarely have any sales like e.g. on Newegg. So you nearly always pay the recommended manufacturer price.
There was a little give on cars in recent years because the EU liberated the laws. On the new car I got in Germany in October I got a 5000 Euro break ($6500). With some other makes I could have done even better.
@whs, Thanks for the Good Explanation.
As for SSD Storage, it was only a few years ago that most folks only needed a couple hundred GBs of storage so
256 GB and 512 GB SSDs are not bad.
I'm still trying to figure out what folks need +1 TBs of storage for since most stuff is already in the free cloud ??
Not everyone has access to the cloud all the time or they are stuck with a bandwidth cap. Add to that the ephemeral nature of many sites. Cloud data storage is not 100% reliable so there is a need to have redundacy in place. Hence, local storage. SSD storage is still too expensive to be practical for most people but the day is coming when spinners will be replaced by SSDs; I'll probably live long enough to see it (and I doubt I will live another 20 years). The technology is available now; it's the cost that is holding it back. Still, laptops with 512 GB SSDs aren't far fetched now. I'm surprised I haven't seen any with an SSD boot drive and a spinner yet.
LF, there are quite a few upscale laptops that have an SSD and a spinner. The SSDs are usually small (20 to 30GB). Look into the Ultrabooks. There you find them.
There are also a few 17" laptops that have 2 disk bays. One is usually empty where you can put a SSD in. Last resort is to use the CD reader bay and put a SSD in.
Ah, but are the SSDs being used for boot drives (the size suggests not) or to cache the spinners?
I almost bought a 17" laptop that had two 160 GB spinners five years ago (I'm glad I didn't).
@ whs. I checked out the Dell Rick linked but I couldn't find anywhere that would say if the SSD was used for a boot drive or for caching. I read something somewhere recently that said there was a new laptop standard that calls for allowing room for an SSD to be used for caching.
This just in: NewEgg has a Samsung 840 500GB SSD, normally $365, for $328.49 with promo code EMCYTZT2678 for today only. methinks you have to sign up for NewEgg's daily email ads to use the code.
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