Computers users of the world can soon rejoice – the prices of SSD’s are continuing to drop over the months. In a recent post from Computer World, they note that they are starting to reach parity with traditional hard drives. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of using an SSD on your computer yet, our team at Browning IT would highly suggest it. For the last eighteen months SSD’s have been the standard disk roll out to all of our clients, family, friends and personal machines.
Pricing aside, we always recommend looking for the SSD’s that are warrantied for 5 years or more. This usually puts you in the ‘prosumer’ or Enterprise class pricing range but you won’t regret it. The SSD speeds will be noticeable in all aspects of your day to day computing – office apps, reboots – and even power computing. Throw some extra precious dollars away to make sure you get a good quality drive that also performs well.
While it’s difficult to be completely impartial, the staff at Browning IT have had great results with the Intel 530, Intel 730, Intel 535 and Samsung Pro lines of SSD’s. They cost a few dollars more but the data integrity and warranty options make them worth every penny. We take no compensation in mentioning any products or series at Browning IT. These opinions are purely based on deployment experience and several years of using devices; as well as user feedback.
Microsoft has pumped out yet another laptop/ultrabook replacement in the form of the Surface Pro 4 / Surface book. A great idea and specifications has met it’s match in the demand department. The device sold out during pre-orders in the first three days for the ‘Book’ model, in all variants.
It’s no surprise that the device is a hot ticket item with the specifications it has. Sporting the 6th gen Intel processors, 12 hours of battery life, optional dedicated Nvidia graphics, SSD and a 3000×2000 resolution makes it a well powered machine. The Surface Book model has an attached keyboard base – which is flexible and allows you to bend it backwards to use the device like a tablet.
A nice gift from the big heads at MS is that the device supports the previous dock models and power adapters from the Surface 3 models. Here’s hoping they have fixed some of the other complaints I had in the previous model – the noise and heat on the Surface 3 was awful…
‘Why can’t I use the WiFi in the boardroom to get my work done?’ I get this question at least once a week. The simple fact of the matter is that WiFi was designed as a solution to the problem of drilling holes in marble floors. Technology like this is wonderfully convenient – but seriously lacking in real world performance for medium to heavy use tasks. The name for the technology may have changed from B to G, N to AC over the years but it is still inherently the same ethereal signal.
Clients such as mine are used to stable office environments that can perform through the worst of user errors. WiFi still remains the bane of my existence in answering questions and complaints. Even with the best of off the shelf technology today, you still don’t even get half of what a cable can do reliably. The average in this round up (albeit these are consumer grade devices) is about 17MB/s to a max of 60MB/s variable. You will want to note upper case on the second letter – MegaBytes per second. WiFi advocates like to measure in Mb/s which is an aggravating metric for users that interact with a PC that reports all data transfer speeds in MB/s. Eight bits in a Byte people.
Why would I get so riled up about WiFi performance? On a bad day, awful configuration and a slow disk at either end of the transfer wired performance hits about 30-50MB/s sustained. Average around my office, home and clients work place is 110MB/s. Peak performance in perfect environments is up to 140MB/s. These metrics come from run of the mill devices too – nothing that costs a fortune to buy. Another important point to note from the article is the real world aspect of all their tests. Everyone’s house and set up will be different. The faster the WiFi technology – the smaller the wavelength. That means a significant performance drop for every wall or object you have to travel through.
All of this to say that they are not bad devices. Quite the opposite – each of them has some really neat features and their performance of their predecessors technology is vastly improved. The big point to take away here is that WiFi is not meant to replace a wire. It is a tool of convenience for simple tasks – web browsing, occasional data transfer between devices, gaming, streaming video. So when IT rolls their eyes about using the WiFi around the office to get anything important done; or supplies a lame excuse as to why they don’t want to discuss it with you – remember that getting the job done right will require a wire.