Super Talent has launched what it hopes will be the obvious choice for anyone looking to upgrade to solid-state storage in the near future: a dual-interface SSD which can connect via SATA or USB.
The UltraDrive MX SSD, announced by the company earlier this week and first spotted by SlashGear
, features a neat system which the company hopes will make it easier for users to upgrade their system to run on an SSD.
While those of a technical mindset - such as you, dear reader - would find the installation of an SSD simple, the thought of having to somehow back up all the data and re-install and operating system fills most computer users with a sense of dread. By adding a USB port to the gadget, Super Talent is hoping to make it easy for users to clone the contents of their existing mechanical hard drive to the UltraDrive MX before swapping the two over - without the need to buy an additional SATA to USB converter.
Although the USB connectivity is designed to appeal to the less technical, Super Talent doesn't appear to have scrimped on the specifications: using a JMicron 616 controller, the UltraDrive MX hits 250MB/s read and 180MB/s write speeds - not the fastest in the world, but certainly a worthy performer. TRIM support is also included as standard.
The UltraDrive MX is expected to start shipping in September in 60GB, 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities, but so far Super Talent hasn't offered any clues as to pricing - but with the company stating that the UltraDrive MX "represents a premium consumer offering [fitting] nicely between our Value Line and Enterprise SSD offerings
" expect to pay extra for the convenience of USB.
Do you think a USB/SATA dual-interface device is a good idea, or is it a waste if all you're going to do is use it once to initially load your data on and then never remove the SSD from your machine? Share your thoughts over in the forums