For those who didn't get an SSD as part of their latest system, Toshiba has announced its new Q Series Pro PC Internal Solid State Drive kit. You can get your choice of three different capacities, depending on your storage needs -- and budget.
You probably don't need to be told that SSDs provide quicker boot-ups than traditional hard drives, though they cost more per gigabyte. While there are plenty of internal models to choose from, Toshiba hopes the Q Series Pro will stand out thanks to its mobile-friendly form factor: At just 7mm thick, it can be added to Ultrabooks (if they are user-upgradeable) and the company throws in a spacer if you want to use it in a standard size laptop with a 9.5mm drive bay.
Performance specs for the SATA 3.0 drives include 554MB/s average sequential read speeds and 512MB/s average sequential write speeds. You also get NTI Echo software to assist in data migration. According to X-bit Labs, the new drives will make use of second-generation 19nm MLC NAND flash memory.
Unfortunately, more technical details about the Q Series Pro have not been released yet. We do know that they will be available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities later this month for $159.99, $309.99, and $739.99, respectively, from Toshiba's website as well as Best Buy, Amazon, and other retailers.