I’ve written many times in the past about the benefits of an SSD drive. Moving data to and from a mechanical drive is one of the biggest slowdowns on most computers. Using an SSD drive speeds up the process dramatically and can make your whole computer faster.
If speed is the pro, then price is the con. As time passes, the price of SSD drives continues to drop so you aren’t paying as much of a premium for speed. Of course the speed and reliability of these drives also continues to increase.
One of the best choices today is the SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB. It is one of the fastest drives currently available and the 480GB of space is likely enough to handle the storage space needed by most users into the foreseeable future. If you work with really large files such as video editing, you’ll likely want a mechanical drive to store all that extra data. As I write this, the drive sells for $284.99 on Amazon bringing it down to just over 50 cents per gigabyte. One of its best features is the 10-year warranty. That’s a lifetime in the world of computers!