You wouldn’t buy a brand-new car with a Ford Model T engine. So why would you merge onto the information superhighway with a laptop that uses an old-school mechanical hard drive? If you want a fast, responsive notebook ─ and why wouldn’t you ─ you have to get a solid-state drive (SSD).
When it comes to overall performance, a laptop’s storage drive is infinitely more important than other components, like its CPU, RAM and graphics chip. As you boot the computer, open applications and switch between tasks, your processor is tapping its fingers waiting for data to load from the disk. Even if you’re not opening files, transferring data or launching apps, your OS and software are using virtual memory (aka swap files) in the background.
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