Review: Hyper X 3K 120GB Solid State Drive

FAST AND FURIOUS: Kingston's Hyper X 3K 120GB Solid State Drive.
FAST AND FURIOUS: Kingston's Hyper X 3K 120GB Solid State Drive.

Next time your hard disk drive fails, you might want to consider replacing it with one of these.

It's a solid state hard disk drive which, because it has no moving parts, reads and writes data considerably faster than the traditional spinning hard disk drive.

Unlike the conventional drive there's no wear and tear with one of these beauties, and when paired with the latest generations of central processing units like Intel's SandyBridge or IvyBridge, they will give your machine a new lease of life.

Even with older processors you'll notice a heck of a difference in start up times.

This model is 120 gigabytes which makes it ideal for your operating system, such as Windows, and other programs, such as Office, but because it's not a good idea to fill a disk to more than 90 per cent of its capacity you might choose a more conventional disk for your other data such as word processing files and music. There's also a 240GB model but even that will be too small as a sole drive.

It's pretty easy to configure your PC to run the operating system from one disk and save files to another.

This model sits in a 2.5-inch bay, so it'll fit in your laptop, and comes with a 3.5-inch adaptor, so it will fit in your desktop.

It has a read speed of 55 megabytes per second and a write speed of 510MB per second.

These solid state drives, which use flash technology present in camera cards and USB sticks, are fast, quiet and shock resistant. No wonder they are at the heart of the new ultrabook class of PCs. They will become the hard disk drive of choice in the future.

Hyper X 3K 120GB Solid State Drive

From Kingston, RRP: $261 on

Waikato Times