Toshiba offers Q Series Pro PC Internal Solid State Drive kit for laptop upgraders

Toshiba offers Q Series Pro PC Internal Solid State Drive kit for laptop upgraders

Summary: The new Ultrabook-friendly SSDs will be available later this month in 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB capacities, starting at $159.99.


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. 

Topics: Storage, Hardware, Laptops, Toshiba

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  • Re: Internal Solid State Drive kit for laptop upgraders....

    As larger SSD's become available the option of upgrading becomes more appealing. There's not such a trade off gigabyte wise now although price is still to high for many but upgrading to an SSD certainly on a high spec. Laptop makes sense.

    I have upgraded my non-retina MacBook Pro's with 512GB Crucial M4 SSD's and they have been transformed. Apple offer an interesting option in the iMac called a Fusion Drive which is a SSD/HDD hybrid so you get similar performance to an SSD with the capacity of an HDD although expensive.

    I have stuck with the standard 1TB HDD on my 21" iMac (2012) as an upgrade is not an option but it is possible on the 27" iMac from the same year. I believe the Apple Store are offering Fusion Drives on both the 2013 iMac's.

    Whether the platform be Mac or Windows for many at present SSD's are still out of their price range. No doubt prices will fall and gigabytes will rise at which time the death of the HDD will become imminent but its not going to be any time soon.
  • Price

    I can buy quantity one ultra fast Samsung 840 terabyte SSD Drives for $600. What is the deal with the computer manufacturer wanting such a gigantic markup?

    Although my favorite is the Surface Pro 2 512Gb for $500 more than the 256Gb model at $1799! Without a keyboard! Microsoft ain't exactly going for the volume market.