OWC Announces 480GB SSD for New MacBook Air

OWC's 480GB MacBook Air SSD

Other World Computing has just announced its latest Mercury Aura Pro Express solid-state drive designed for the latest generation of MacBook Airs. Boasting a whopping 480GB of storage, the upgrade offers nearly 4x more capacity than currently available from factory available SSDs, and is an incredible 68% faster.

As you’d expect from an SSD, however, especially one designed for the latest MacBook Air, these babies come at one heck of a price. The 480GB upgrade will set you back a staggering $1,579.99, but you’re not going to find this kind of storage for Apple’s ultra portable notebook anywhere else.

The Mercury Aura Pro Express SSDs are compatible with both the 11- and 13-inch 2010 MacBook Airs and come in sizes of 180GB, 240GB, 360GB and now 480GB. With price tags of $479.99, $579.99, $1,179.99 and $1,579.99 respectively.

Solid-state drives can offer significant speed improvements over traditional HDDs, as the MacBook Air has proved. Unfortunately, while the technology is still fresh prices remain relatively high. But if you can afford the upgrade, it’s well worth it.

[via MacRumors]

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