After I posted on the Chromebook today I went back and dug up a post I had saved from a blog I follow.
I'm sure you know that the Chromebook has a SSD (basically a flash drive) instead of the usual hard disk. But did you know that SSDs have a short lifespan/high failure rate?
Jeff Atwood over at Coding Horror has been into SSDs for a couple years now, and he recently posted about this. His friend had bought 8 SSDs in the past 2 years and they all died. Here's how long they lasted:
- Super Talent 32 GB SSD, failed after 137 days
- OCZ Vertex 1 250 GB SSD, failed after 512 days
- G.Skill 64 GB SSD, failed after 251 days
- G.Skill 64 GB SSD, failed after 276 days
- Crucial 64 GB SSD, failed after 350 days
- OCZ Agility 60 GB SSD, failed after 72 days
- Intel X25-M 80 GB SSD, failed after 15 days
- Intel X25-M 80 GB SSD, failed after 206 days
That's an average lifespan of 227 days. Not months, days.
But on the upside, the Chromebook could bepopular. That would mean that the vast number of replacement requests will force Google to automate the replacement service and contract it out. Turn-around could be as short as a few days.