The Newegg OCZ Vertex 450 Series 128GB SATA III Solid State Drive deal is available here. The rebate expires on Oct. 17, and is a $25 rebate, bringing the normal $104.99 price down to $79.99. Shipping appears to be $2.99, although ShopRunner members can get free two-day shipping.
Newegg charges sales tax in California, New Jersey, and Tennessee.
Even without the rebate, Newegg has a signficantly lower price than its big rival, Amazon.com. The same drive is available at the Internet giant for $123.99. Amazon.com now charges sales tax in many locations, too.
The drive includes an Acronis True Image HD cloning software registration key to ease the transition from an older hard drive to this new one. Both the Amazon.com deal and the Newegg deal included the True Image software key, so it appears this is standard for this SKU.
Mail-in rebates are troublesome enough, but OCZ is following the recent trend of offering the rebate via an American Express pre-loaded reward card.
SSDs are the wave of the future in terms of storage, but cost has kept adoption now. Only recently have prices dropped to the point where consumers are beginning to pick up the drives for use in their desktops and laptops. Typically, a relatively small boot (and main) SSD is used for booting and "most used" applications, and is paired with a larger hard drive for use for data and media.
For example, a 2TB -- compare that with 128GB -- hard drive will might about the same price as this one. Amazon.com, in fact, has a 2TB Western Digital Green series hard drive for about $89. That is, of course, a standard hard drive, not an SSD.
The OCZ Vertex 450 Series 128GB SATA III Solid State Drive Features up to 525MB/s read speeds; up to 290 MB/s write speeds; and a three year warranty. The read speeds are up to par with several other SSD deals we've seen recently; the write speeds, though, lag about 40 percent behind other, more expensive drives that we have featured lately.