Report claims 55 percent of all retail laptops will carry SSDs by 2019

Report claims 55 percent of all retail laptops will carry SSDs by 2019 (Image source: Samsung)
Report claims 55 percent of all retail laptops will carry SSDs by 2019 (Image source: Samsung)
To enthusiasts, a primary SSD may seem like a no-brainer for new PCs. Unfortunately, everyday shoppers at most retailers are still drawn in by the higher capacities and lower price points that HDDs offer and not realize the immense performance benefits of SSDs. Two of the largest PC manufacturers in the world will purportedly push primary SSDs onto more budget and mainstream laptops in lieu of HDDs should NAND prices continue to decline.

Any PC enthusiast will tell you that upgrading from a mechanical hard drive to a solid-state drive can be one of the biggest and most immediate improvements a user can make. The differences are very obvious in day-to-day loads and to enthusiasts who are accustomed to using primary SSDs instead of primary HDDs. Nonetheless, walk into any brick-and-mortar electronics store and most laptops from budget models to even gaming models are still shipping with slow 5400 RPM HDDs to keep costs down.

A new report from DigiTimes is predicting that this could soon change as SSD prices continue to fall. Citing sources close to the publication, major manufacturers like HP and Dell are looking to boost adoption rates of 256 GB SSDs on more mainstream systems. The "oversupply of memory chips" and "improved yield rates" should make the move viable as early as next year so long as prices do not spike. Currently, many retailers are still pushing laptops equipped with primary HDDs since major manufacturers are able to reach more attractive sticker prices with very low-end HDD SKUs. As for the limited storage capacity of SSDs, vendors can still offer secondary HDDs alongside the primary SSD.

These entry-level SSDs are unlikely to be NVMe SSDs or QLC SSDs commonly found on the latest Ultrabooks, PCs, or gaming notebooks. Despite this, even the slowest SATA III SSDs can be almost an order of magnitude faster than the common 1 TB HDD. It's definitely a good start.

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Allen Ngo, 2018-04-26 (Update: 2018-05-15)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.