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    Dell offer SSD drives in a select number of latitude and Vostro notebooks. Look at the 55, 62,63 series latitudes.

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    I wouldnt risk a hybrid drive personally. Whilst in theory they are fantastic (use the SSD component for OS bootup and the remaining drive spin for applications), I would rather stick with one OR the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    Yes, got one in an MPS server and it makes logons almost instant for cached users which is most in its current deployment.

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    I might get one and put it in my laptop to have a play.

    Does it just present itself to the system as a single drive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    I might get one and put it in my laptop to have a play.

    Does it just present itself to the system as a single drive?
    It appears as a single drive - essentialy the SSD component caches the most used files on the SSD (so Windows OS and common applications) then the HDD component is left to do file storage (photos/ect).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesfed View Post
    It appears as a single drive - essentialy the SSD component caches the most used files on the SSD (so Windows OS and common applications) then the HDD component is left to do file storage (photos/ect).
    As above, the cache is adaptive and block based so will just cache the most commonly accessed blocks but will change it if it changes. It takes a short while for it to figure out what needs to be cached but for staff laptop use it should be ideal as it should be able to cache most of the startup stuff, some logon stuff and common apps so for most of the application stuff it will be blindingly quick.

    I would totally agree with getting one in to have a play with and with a decent amount of RAM in the laptops the result should be even better as there will be another level of cacheing as well.

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    ordered one of those drives... will see how it goes in my laptop

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    Just had Acer in giving us a demo of some upcoming models..

    Really really liked the Travelmate 8481G... 8GB Ram, i7, 128GB SSD, carbon fiber case, light as a feather.. a bit out our budget though, but Im tempted to get one for myself

    http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/31/a...super-thin-bez

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    Just had Acer in giving us a demo of some upcoming models..

    Really really liked the Travelmate 8481G... 8GB Ram, i7, 128GB SSD, carbon fiber case, light as a feather.. a bit out our budget though, but Im tempted to get one for myself

    Acer TravelMate 8481 series laptop shown off with super thin bezel, or so you think -- Engadget
    Eep, I hope for your sake that their support is a little better for Australia directly than it is to NZ, another shocker of a vendor for support in NZ unfourtunatly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    Eep, I hope for your sake that their support is a little better for Australia directly than it is to NZ, another shocker of a vendor for support in NZ unfourtunatly.
    Their support is great, all of our student laptops are all acers, and we have the TravelGuard insurance on them all. I guess them having their HQ here in sydney helps too

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    Their support is great, all of our student laptops are all acers, and we have the TravelGuard insurance on them all. I guess them having their HQ here in sydney helps too
    Yea, in comparison we are still waiting for a server PSU 6 months later along with a few other issues which make them rather high on my avoided vendors list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    Yea, in comparison we are still waiting for a server PSU 6 months later along with a few other issues which make them rather high on my avoided vendors list.
    We have 4 hour support on our Acer Servers, tech is normally here within the hour.. Is yours just a standard warranty replacement?

    Ask for a copy of the Escalation procedure if you don't have one. Ive got contacts right up to the Technical Services Director's mobile number..

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    We have 4 hour support on our Acer Servers, tech is normally here within the hour.. Is yours just a standard warranty replacement?

    Ask for a copy of the Escalation procedure if you don't have one. Ive got contacts right up to the Technical Services Director's mobile number..
    It was supposed to be shipped wth the server, a server which was late by 5 weeks and when it finally got there it was holidays and paid for before it was realised that it was missing. I hope it dosen't break as I have no faith it would ever be fixed by their warrenty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    so SSD is a moot point here then? Or do dell supply them if you ask specially?
    Your Dell account manager/3rd party supplier can spec them. We got them specced but didnt buy them in our E6420's in the end. E6420 are great machines so far, you can get 13" models so might make them a bit lighter?

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