OWC Bumps Aftermarket MacBook Air SSDs to 480 GB

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Expanding on its line of aftermarket solid state drives (SSDs) for the new MacBook Air, Other World Computing today announced that it has added a new 480 GB option to the mix, up from the previous maximum of 360 GB.

Other World Computing today announced its OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express Solid State Drive is now shipping in an industry largest 480GB capacity for all 2010 Apple MacBook Air models. First announced at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show this past January, the OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express line now offers up to 4X greater capacity and up to 68% faster real-world performance than factory available options.

Pricing for the new 480 GB drive comes in at a hefty $1579.99, but power users looking for large storage capacities in an extremely portable machine may be interested in the options.

Just yesterday, we noted that Ars Technica had posted an extensive installation walkthrough and review of the OWC drives.

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121 months ago
You can buy this single 480GB drive, or for the same money, twenty 2 terabyte drives.

What a bargain!
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121 months ago
I remember being asked the question "who needs that much space" also when I bought my first 486 with a 640 MB hard disk.
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121 months ago
There are a lot of rich people out there...
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121 months ago
$1579 for an SATA-II drive? Hopefully a Sandy Bridge MacBook Air will be out soon with SATA-III but that is expensive. I wonder how many OWC will sell.
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121 months ago
I seriously doubt there are many people willing to pay $1579 for a 480 GB SSD for the MacBook Air. If you're dropping that much money on internal storage, you're probably better served by a MacBook Pro.
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121 months ago
More expensive than buying another MBA. Dang are people really willing to pay this much????
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