It's a common price point nowadays, though not necessarily sans a deal of some sort. That is to say, $150 for a solid-state drive ranging from 240GB to 256GB is a common price point. Newegg's promotional pricing, though, is a one-day only affair, as it is a Shell Shocker deal. This Shell Shocker Deal, for the Toshiba Q Series 256GB 2.5in Solid State Drive is priced, exactly, at $149.99 and includes free shipping.
However, Newegg.com charges sales tax in California, Tennessee, and New Jersey. For comparison's sake, that price is about $25 than the same drive at Newegg.com's huge rival, Amazon.com. To be clear though, the giant Internet retailer, Amazon.com, no longer eschews sales tax in as many locations, meaning that it's sales tax advantage is gone for many.
The current list of states that Amazon.com collects sales tax for is:
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Dakota
- West Virginia
New Jersey and California, two of the states that Newegg.com charges sales tax in, are included in that list. Tennessee though, is not.
This SSD uses Toshiba's 19nm Toggle-Mode 2.0 MLC NAND along with a Marvell controller. It is rated at a Max Sequential Read rate of up to 552MB/s and a Max Sequential Write rate of up to 501MB/s.
SSDs are, of course, far faster than standard mechanical hard drives, which must reposition a magnetic head in order to read data. None of that is necessary with an SSD, but there are other issues, instead. What has kept adoption down, until now, has been the cost of SSDs. For example, a 2TB, not GB, standard hard drive can be found for about the same price at Amazon.com, and that would be for a drive that runs at 7,200rpm, not 5,400rpm as some lower cost hard drives do.
Due to the cost issues, at this point, many use an SSD as a boot drive, and then add a secondary large capacity hard drive for storage of data and perhaps lower priority programs that they run less frequently. An SSD is essentially flash storage in the form of a drive, and tablets and smartphones use them as well as laptops and computers.