Other World Computing has just rolled out a whole lot of upgrades and updates for the 2010 MacBook Air series, debuting their very own OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express Solid State Drive as well. This new addition to the lineup will be able to offer up to four times the capacity of the factory storage space, while featuring 7% over-provisioning and SandForce DuraClass data protection. The SSDs are extremely speedy – making them nearly 70% faster compared to the 2010 MacBook Air’s factory drives, and will also boast of up to 3.5x speed boosts in critical 4K random read/writes over the stock drive.
The Mercury Aura Pro Express will ship in 180GB, 240GB, 360GB and 480GB configurations, where they are all capable of achieving sustained read speeds up to 285MB per second and writes up to 275MB/second. Those figures are worth bragging about if you are the competitive type – making them around 40% superior over the original MacBook Air SSD in real-world use. The devices rely on chip-based 128-bit AES data encryption and intelligent “recycling” so that you will be able to experience behind-the-scenes benefit of advanced free-space management.
Now for the price – these upgrades won’t be cheap though, as the 180GB SSD model will cost $480 while the 240GB SSD model is going for $580. As for those who want the 360GB model, that is going for a whopping $1,180 with a $1,580 price tag for the mother of them all – the 480GB upgrade.