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OWC Launches 480GB SSD For MacBook Air

OWC (Other World Computer) has announced yesterday its new Mercury Aura Pro Express SSD now shipping in an industry largest 480GB capacity for all new 2010 Apple MacBook Air models. The solid state drive was first announced at the CES 2011 earlier this January. The MAPE SSD offers up to 4x greatest capacity and is up to 68% faster than factory drives. The new drives are available for all 11.1″ and 13.3″ MacBook Air models. Buyer beware, solid-state technology is still rather expensive but is a great added measure to ensure your data stays protected. Here will be Apple’s add-on price for the upgrade:

● 180GB Mercury Aura Pro Express with 7% over provisioning & three year warranty – $479.99
● 240GB Mercury Aura Pro Express with 7% over provisioning & three year warranty – $579.99
● 360GB Mercury Aura Pro Express with 7% over provisioning & three year warranty – $1179.99
● 480GB Mercury Aura Pro Express with 7% over provisioning & three year warranty – $1579.99

MacSales Blog list the following key features, and essentially, you get what you pay for:

Doesn’t Slow Down With Use Like Ordinary SSDs

Ordinary SSDs offer fast read/write performance during first initial uses, but then experience significant write speed degradation over repeated usage. Independent simulation tests conducted by leading drive performance experts like MacPerformanceGuide confirm OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express SSD’s ultra-efficient Block Management & Wear Leveling technologies are able to eliminate virtually any reduction in data transfer speeds over heavy long term usage of the drive and without dependency on less than effective OS TRIM management.

Up To 100X Greater Data Protection

Utilizing SandForce DuraClass technology, the OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express is able to provide up to 100X higher data protection than provided by ordinary SSDs as well as leading enterprise class hard disk drives. By combining the highest level of Error Correction Code (ECC) and SandForce RAISE (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) technology along with 7% over provisioning, the Mercury Aura Pro Express provides RAID like data protection and reliability without loss of transfer speed due to parity.

Earns Industry Expert Praise & Accolades

Out of a field of more than 230 exhibitors and thousands of exhibited products at this past January’s Macworld 2011 conference, the OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express SSD was named one of 10 Macworld Expo 2011 “Best of Show” products by Macworld magazine as well as earning “Best Mac Hardware” honors by MacLife magazine.

• OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD

Benchmark tested by BareFeats as the industry’s fastest SSD available, the Pro 6G SSD provides up to 559MB/s sustained reads and 515MB/s writes for nearly SATA 3.0 bus saturating speed.

• OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD

Ultra high performance 2.5″ SATA 2.0 SSD for demanding portable and desktop tower use.

• OWC Mercury Extreme Pro RE SSD

RAID-Ready Enhanced performance with 28% over-provisioning for data centers, network operation centers, and dedicated RAID installations. Used to set overclocking world record!

• OWC Mercury Legacy Pro

First and fastest SandForce processor based IDE/ATA SSD available for pre-Intel PowerPC based Mac notebooks, PCs, and other notebook/laptop computers.

Photo Courtesy of GoneWalkabout
Photo Courtesy of GoneWalkabout