Wednesday, January 7th 2009

ASUS Loads Up Notebook with Massive 512 GB SSD

ASUS is preparing the industry's first notebook with a 512 GB solid-state drive (SSD). The ASUS S121 comes in an ultrathin form-factor while carrying hardware that puts it in the grey-area between netbooks and UMPCs.

The S121 comes with a 12-inch LCD screen with a compact yet rugged chassis. It is powered by an Intel Atom processor running at 1.33 GHz and 512 MB of RAM. Its storage is care of a rather massive 512 GB SSD. Its availability and price isn't known at this point, though we suspect that with the exclusiveness built around this product coupled with ASUS categorizing it outside its ULPC/netbook lineup, it will carry a rather high price tag.

Source: TechConnect Magazine
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7 Comments on ASUS Loads Up Notebook with Massive 512 GB SSD

#1
OrbitzXT
Whats the battery life on something like this? SSD's use less power than traditional hard disks don't they?
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FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
a 512Gb ssd?? I think Asus are trying a it too hard to win customers...

the market is saturated with net books & Eee laptops that its kicked up some pretty fee-arse competition. Obviously will have to wait & see if the pricetag justifys buying a laptop with 512Gigs worth of SSD. - On the other hand if you have enough ram you could probably set it up as some sorta cheap server.
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#3
Binge
Overclocking Surrealism
I think this is amazing O.o They might sell a bunch of these on the drive alone.
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zithe
by: OrbitzXT
Whats the price tag on something like this?
Fixed.
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#5
ITman
by: FreedomEclipse
a 512Gb ssd?? I think Asus are trying a it too hard to win customers...

the market is saturated with net books & Eee laptops that its kicked up some pretty fee-arse competition. Obviously will have to wait & see if the pricetag justifys buying a laptop with 512Gigs worth of SSD. - On the other hand if you have enough ram you could probably set it up as some sorta cheap server.
A cheap server is $1500 - $2000 (at least the way I see it). Somehow I think this thing is going to be north of that ;)
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FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
My latop armed with only 80Gb (yes ONLY 80Gb) stormed countless numbers of libraries near & far in search of free internets. I could sit there gaming & downloading for 7 hours & id still manage to get roughly around at least 20gb of torrent data before i rushed home & 'docked' it with my Ol' Faithful here & zipped all that shit over across the next work for my quick anime fix...

512Gb SSD is O-V-A-H-K-I-L-L like George Clooney announcing hes homosexual kinda overkill

Its NOT powerful enough to game on unless the games can be software renderd
theres only so MUCH you can download before u run outta crap to download
& how often are you gonna fill the 512 up even half way with music & other media????? though in this sense its a great idea as the 2nd function of this laptop/netbook is Portable Storage.

the market is devided up into a few different catagories:

Medianuts - Audiophiles, Media (Music & Video) Editors & Music Engineers, CAD/CGI engineers etc

possibly not powerful enough to encode videos/music & render video at a decent speeds unless you enjoy waiting & stuttery low fps performance = Limited Use

great choice for Audiophiles who want to lug their WHOLE collection like everywhere. = Strike!!

Gamers

Dont even think about it.... = Very Limited Use

Business people

how many of them will store about 20years of powerpoint presentations?? on top of that Id think they'd rather store it on a USB key instead. but i suppose they will like the battery life of the laptop & generally the whole portability issue & the ability to hook up to the net almost anywhere = Limited Use

Regulars

who dont do much of anything & dont care or know much about whatevers 'hip' the so called 'lambs to the slaughter' for computer sales people. I dont see a regular guy using up even 300Gbs of space. = Limited Use

Tech heads

the ablility to run network diagnostics, hack wi-fi connections & download shit for hours & hours or set it up to function as a server. = 50/50 i suppose. with enough ram it would make a decent server, but im not sure the CPU is upto handling the stress of being a games server too well
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puma99dk|
wasn't Asus saying out a month or two ago they will stop using Intel Atom processors to save money in the Eee?

but this one looks nice 12,1inch screen, Intel Atom, 512gb SSD but only 512mb memory that's just the bottom with that low memory but i hope it's upgradable:laugh:
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