Dell adds SanDisk flash drives to Latitude notebooks as hard drive alternative

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dell_latitude_D420.jpgDell has announced that it will be offering its Latitude D420 ultra-mobile and D620 ATG semi-rugged notebook computers with SanDisk 1.8-inch 32GB solid state (Flash) drives instead of a hard drive.

Dell is committed to offering them across the next generation of its Latitude notebooks as they are more reliable, offer increased performance, and are quieter.

Engineering tests have shown that these drives have an operating shock tolerance of up to 1,300 Gs – twice the rating of mechanical drives. The probability of failure is also three-and-a-half times less than that of hard drives.

The improved system performance has been measured at up to 23%, and boot time decreased by 34% compared to hard drive based D420 and D620s.

The drives are available from today as a customised configuration, priced £295.

Apple has been rumoured to be developing ‘subnotebooks’ with flash memory.

Andy Merrett