The deal, available here, is for Seagate's first entry into the solid-state consumer drive world. It has a List Price of $219.99, with Instant Savings of $30.00 (14 percent) to $189.99, but with an additional $40 off coming via a mail-in rebate. That makes the total price sub $150, which seems to be the sweet spot for drives in the 240GB to 256GB storage range.
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Limit (1) one rebate per person, billing address, company, or household. The rebate must be postmarked within 60 days of purchase. This rebate is in U.S. currency and may be paid with a prepaid reward card. It expires on Oct. 25, at Midnight Eastern Time on the date listed.
In addition, this is customer appreciation week at TigerDirect.com. Those who place an order between the dates of Oct. 20 and Oct. 26 will receivfe a $10 off Coupon Code that they can use on their next order which totals $50 or more. Notably, the coupon code is only good until Nov. 23.
As we said earlier, this is Seagate's first entry into the solid state world (both it and Western Digital, the biggies in hard drives, took their sweet time). It features a LAMD controller, dual ARM processor cores, and uses Toshiba's Toggle 19nm NAND flash. Includes ultra-slim 5mm and 7mm form factors. Specifications say it supports up to 530 MB/s read; up to 440 MB/s write; SATA 6Gb/s interface; 4K random read up to 80,000 IOPS; and comes with a three-year warranty.
Solid-state drives (SSDs) are the future of storage. However, the prices for SSDs far exceed the prices for standard hard drives. Only now are prices dropping to a point where they are reasonable enough for consumers to opt-in in larger numbers. Still, the prices differ greatly. For example, a Seagate standard hard drive with a similar price -- $150 -- would provide 3TB or 4TB of storage, far greater than this drive.
Typical use of SSDs is to have a small SSD for the boot drive, and a secondary standard hard drive for media or other data.