Duh: All the computer guys of the world have been pimping the technology for a few years now, and the price is finally at a reasonable place and the storage space is large enough to match that of the standard laptop offering (post floods).
Hard drive vendors shot themselves in the foot by becoming more unreliable than any other time in recent memory.
All we are waiting for is for the average value vendor to start offering SSDs in place of standard HDDs on the low end sub $500 systems for SSD domination to truly begin...
And not those crappy SSDs from old Netbooks either...
[citation][nom]TheBigTroll[/nom]as expected. what makes this news so exciting?[/citation]
What makes this particularly exciting, and interesting, is that the good 'ol HDD has been the #1 bottleneck in systems for years. Take an old Core2Duo with an SSD, and a brand new i3 with SSD and do some basic tasks like web browsing, document editing, and media viewing. You and I may notice a little difference, but it is an admitedly small difference in the user experience for such workloads that 90+% of users would never know. Get into more involved things like games, heavy flash content, or other hefy CPU workloads and the difference becomes more obvious, but for the average user, the thing they hate about their computer is not the computer but the HDD in it.
What makes things interesting is that this is the first upgrade users can make in a very long time that genuinely extends the life of their computer, and offers HUGE noticeable performance gains that can be appreciated for everyone, while the cost to convert is relatively low.
SSDs are the #1 reason for a lack of new PC sales. You can buy a whole new computer (without an SSD) for $5-700... or for $1-300 you can have an SSD installed in your current system and have everything transferred over, and have a system that feels like a new machine. That is some pretty simple math, and if PC makers want to move machines then they are simply going to have to make SSDs a standard feature, or at least a hybrid drive if space is a concern.
That is because of, despite a lot of analysts failed to notice, W8 hybrid tablets are actually selling quite well. In fact, the more popular models are hard to find right now. And those tablets usually come with SSDs.
Having said that, the RT tablets are not doing well, as expected for a device with almost no applications to run on.
[citation][nom]CaedenV[/nom]SSDs are the #1 reason for a lack of new PC sales. You can buy a whole new computer (without an SSD) for $5-700... or for $1-300 you can have an SSD installed in your current system and have everything transferred over, and have a system that feels like a new machine. That is some pretty simple math, and if PC makers want to move machines then they are simply going to have to make SSDs a standard feature, or at least a hybrid drive if space is a concern.[/citation]
SSD upgrades are probably down in #2 or #3 spot for decline in PC sales.
First, tablets. With a decent sized screen, many are using these for basic web browsing, tweeting, online shopping etc. Thus, less need for a 2nd PC or Laptop.
Secondly, Tell me your "old" dual core machine with 2-4gb RAM isn't fast enough to do the same basic tasks that make up 90% of what people use computers for. (You average user has no clue what photoshop rendering speed, zip compression, video encoding fps etc. are, and they probably use a console for gaming.)
So we get down to the SSD upgrade and OS reload scenario. Most people don't know what the heck us geeks are talking about when we start spouting that off. And, I don't see comercials for the geek squad touting the need to upgrade to an SSD. (They'de rather sell you an iDevice anyhow) So it is hard for me to except this as #1 reason for lack up pc sales. But - I do agree with you, for those in the know this is the way to go.
My own analysis of why pc sales are stagnating has more to do with software than ssd sales. The world has taken a step back by 10 years on the software front due to the limited hardware capabilites of mobile devices. Traditionally, we have seen the need to upgrade every 2-3 years due to advances in software needs. But the market has stagnated with dual-quad core. We need to see some killer app that is power hungry and needs to be fed more cores to see a surge in pc sales. The problem with that, is the heavy lifiting is now done in the datacenter with most apps these days. So who knows when we'll see the need for more power in the desktop.
As far as SSD goes, I can see these replacing spinning disks soon for basically the same reason as I stated for CPU power. Everything can be stored and shared via a datacenter, so there is less need to have a ton of GB locally. (Unless you care about privacy, and security of course).
i agree. ssd's have nothing to do with slowing pc sales. 128GB ssd's that you can install an os and programs on finally hit the $90-100 price range. unfortunately until ssd's can offer TB's of space at a reasonable cost regular hdd's are still required.
[citation][nom]fuzzion[/nom]My 3 year old intel 128gb ssd is offended by your comment and challenges you to another use of 3 years. /pew pew[/citation]
I am talking about the 4 and 8 GB SSDs that used to come with netbooks that were painfully slow (much more so than an SD card.