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Kingston Technology Offers SSDNow M Series Bundle

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Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, announced today it is shipping a bundle kit with the popular SSDNow M Series 80GB and 160GB solid-state drives. The SSDNow M Series are the Intel X-25M SATA SSDs. The bundle combines the solid-state drives (SSD) with the software tools necessary to clone the contents of one's hard-disk drive to the SSD, as well as installation hardware.

"This all-in-one kit is the perfect solution for enterprise companies, corporate end users and consumers to incorporate SSD technology into existing systems," said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. "The Kingston SSDNow M Series Bundle makes moving the operating system, applications and all other data from a hard-disk drive to a solid-state drive quick and easy whether for a notebook, desktop or workstation."



The bundle kit includes:
  • SSDNow M Series 80GB or 160GB (Intel X-25M SATA SSDs)
  • Acronis True Image hard drive cloning software and CD installation guide
  • USB 2.5" enclosure with accompanying USB cable (for notebook PCs)
  • 2.5" to 3.5" drive bay mounting brackets and screws (for desktop PCs)
  • SATA data and power cable extenders (for desktop PCs)
Kingston SSDNow M Series Features and Specifications:
  • Fast: 250MB/sec. read, 70MB/sec. write
  • Durable: no moving mechanical parts, enabling the SSD to handle rougher conditions
  • Guaranteed: backed by a three-year Kingston warranty, 24/7 tech support
  • Form factor: 2.5"
  • Interface: SATA 1.5Gb/sec. and 3.0Gb/sec.
  • Capacity: 80GB, 160GB
  • Storage temperatures: -55° C to 95° C
  • Operating temperatures: 0° C to 70° C
  • Dimensions: 69.85mm x 100mm x 9.5mm
  • Weight: 86 grams (+/- 2 grams)
  • Vibration operating: 2.17 G (7–800Hz)
  • Vibration non-operating: 3.13 G (10–500Hz)
  • Power specs: Active: 0.15 W TYP; Sleep 0.06 W TYP
  • Life expectancy: 1.2 million hours mean time before failure
  • Operating shock: 1,000 G/0.5 msec operating and non-operating
Source: Kingston
 
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That's kinda cool, but I think they would have saved a bit of money (themselves and for the consumer) if they just put a USB 2.0 jack on the actual SSD, although the extra protection of an enclosure is nice.
 
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So is this better than a hard drive in every way? I'd get that 160GB if it was worth it.
 

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its a pretty good idea. I would get one if they weren't so expensive. As they are the intel SSD's, they are $$$$
 

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This bundle should be priced around $700.
 
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$700 ????? FFS!?

Well.. I'd love to Win one for free - I think its a great product, but I wouldn't even consider it at 1/4 of that price! That's just insane...

I don't CARE what the market precedent is for SSD's even $175 for 160GB is pretty steep.
 
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I'd pay 150$ for that. Gonna take a while for prices to reach that point though...
 
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The bundle doesnt add much value over a bare drive Intel X25-M. Yes, nice to add a few plastic/mounting bits. But they need to price it the same as Intel X25-M so people see some value in Kingston offer over Intel. But to add a significant markup to the prices isnt doing much for most consumers.
 
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I find it kind of odd that Kingston only just announced this now seeing as these bundles have been available for at least a couple weeks now
 
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I find it kind of odd that Kingston only just announced this now seeing as these bundles have been available for at least a couple weeks now
It all depends on your (external) marketing company. If you develop a product and dont give your marketing company enough notice, then they will take off the easter holidays *just* at the moment you launch the product.

By the time they get back... then start their process of PR, a few weeks are lost.