Solid State Drives are faster, more energy efficient, and quieter than hard drives, just to name a few of the reasons many computer users prefer SSDs over HDDs. But they also cost more, which is why you often find laptops with 1TB hard drives selling for less than models with 256GB SSDs.
That’s probably not going to change this year. Analysts at DRAMeXchange report that mainstream SSD prices are expected to go up by as much as 16 percent in the coming months, which means that while PC makers will probably continue to ship systems with SSDS, it’s likely that most mainstream models will continue to sport 128GB or 256GB drives rather than pricier 512GB or 1TB models.
There are multiple reasons for the price increase. But they basically boil down to supply and demand.
PC and phone makers are buying up inventory in order to meet customer demand. But at the same time, SSD manufacturers are shifting their focus away from existing 2D-NAND MLC solid state storage to 2D-NAND TLC and 3D-NAND storage technologies.
All told, that’s driving up the price of the formerly cheap(ish) stuff.
So the same thing that’s been true for the past few years will likely continue to be true for much of 2017: if you want faster storage, buy a device with an SSD. If you want more storage and don’t care as much about the speeds, get a HDD. And if you want the best of both worlds, consider a hybrid solution that uses both technologies, with the operating system and software running from an SSD, and a large hard drive holding all of your documents, music, movies, photos, and other files.