Originally Posted by msindi
Looking to pull the trigger on an Envy 15, given the price reduction and debating whether to pay the etra $500 for the SSD.
Only willing to do so if this is a higher-end SSD that will outperform th 7200 RPM SATA
As Q said, pretty much any SSD will outperform a traditional spinning hard drive. The difference between lower-end and higher-end SSDs is in their reliability, and that's based on the controller and NAND memory cells they use. The most reliable consumer SSDs currently use the Indilinx Barefoot controller. You can call HP and ask which controller the SSDs they sell are using, and if it's the one I mentioned, it will more than likely be okay. If the one they're selling uses a Samsung controller, I'd personally avoid it (they have a known performance degradation issue when the drive gets filled up) and if it's an Intel controller, keep in mind that you'll get very high read speeds but write speeds that are comparable to a 7200RPM hard drive. If they don't know which controller it uses, then don't buy an SSD from them. Buy one yourself at a later time.