California based Super Talent Tuesday announced the launch of a new line of mini PCI-Express SSDs that were designed explicitly for the Asus Eee PC.
Available in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB the mini PCI-Express cards give EeePC owners the ability to upgrade the storage on their Asus netbook at pretty cheap prices. The standard EeePC has 20 GB of storage, which, if you’re using the computer for light work such as browsing the web or for writing university assignments, is probably alright. However, anything more than that means you could find yourself lugging the netbook itself and an external to store all your files. Fine for a lot of people, but most buy the Eee so they can carry something light.
Pricing for the SSDs looks pretty decent. All with maximum read/write speeds of 40/15 MB per second, 16 GB will set you back $53, while 32 GB and 64 GB will cost you $79 and $149 respectively. Super Talent say the cards are sampling now but say they’ll go into mass production in November.
One of the big questions asked when the Eee came out was why there wasn’t more space and the reason most people favored was cost. In order to keep the price down, Asus had to decide what would seem like a decent enough amount of space but wouldn’t drive the price into the rough. In reality, these cards would likely be a pretty decent gift for someone who bought an Eee because they liked the fact that it was small and portable, but soon realized that 20 GB wasn’t enough space for all the pictures they can’t stand to take off the computer.