We had a few days to get to know the new Samsung 64GB Solid State Hard drive. The first thing I noticed when looking at the hardware portion of the drive is how light it is. Yes it has a nicely machined aluminum enclosure, but when holding this 2.5inch drive in your hand, you forget how light something can be without magnets, platter, and armature inside. The drive weighs in at just 2.6oz, which is about 2/3 of a normal 2.5inch drive. Now this may not sound like much, but when you add this into the sum of parts in a laptop, every ounce counts.
Intel is now shipping their new Solid State Hard Drives. The X18-M is a 1.8inch drive and X25-M is a 2.5inch drive for mainstream usage. The Intel X18-M and X25-M Mainstream SATA SSDs are available in 80 gigabyte (GB) capacities, with 160GB versions coming by the end of the year. "The 80GB drive achieves up to 250MB per second read speeds, up to 70MB per second write speeds."