When buying a new laptop, one of your first decisions is the type and size of storage drive it should contain. Ideally, it should save and retrieve data quickly, so you're not waiting for extended periods each time you boot up the system, launch a software program, or save a video. It should also have enough space to securely save all of your important data, from the operating system (OS) to company business documents to social media images and files.
It's a highly personal decision, based on individual needs. One popular choice for today's consumers is a 512 GB SSD laptop -- that is, a laptop that contains a solid state drive (SSD) with 512 GB of storage space. We know these models are popular because Lenovo sells thousands of such systems each year. To help you shop, we've dedicated this page exclusively to Lenovo 512 GB SSD laptops.
You might be asking, "With some laptops offering 1 TB or more of storage space, will a 512 GB SSD laptop be enough for me?" The simple answer is yes. Unless you're encoding videos for streaming or some other storage-intensive activity, 512 GB is a lot of space. Even after committing 40-60 GB to the OS, you'll still have 450 GB or more to save your important files and personal memories.
Plus, with more users storing files in the cloud nowadays, giant PC storage volumes are generally considered less important today. The key for consumers is to balance the kind of storage (fast or slow) you desire, the storage volume (big or small) you need, and other factors such as system weight, battery drain, and so on.
Why buy a 512 GB SSD laptop from Lenovo?
Solid state drives are incredibly fast. And while they were once limited to small storage volumes, they are now built in sizes up to 1 TB or more. They're more expensive than traditional magnetic hard drives (HDDs), however, which makes choosing the right size an important consideration for most buyers.
Here are some of the factors that have made 512 GB SSD laptops so popular:
Fast speeds – SSDs store data in flash memory, similar to what's used in smart phones and digital cameras. Unlike HDDs, there is no magnetic disc to spin to align with a mechanical recording arm, so SSDs can store and retrieve data almost instantly. Boot-ups last only seconds on an SSD laptop versus a minute or more on an HDD model.
Small sizes – Because they function so differently, SSDs are much smaller and lighter than traditional storage drives. It's one reason a 512 GB SSD laptop is so thin and lightweight compared to other systems with similar capacity.
Durability – Users of HDD laptops have learned -- sometimes painfully -- that such drives can be damaged if the system is dropped or jostled forcefully. SSDs have no moving parts, making them far more durable for users who rely on their laptops as mobile devices.
Quiet efficiency– The absence of moving parts also helps SSD laptops run more quietly compared to other models (say good-bye to that annoying "spinning" sound!). And since flash-based SSDs use less power than their more mechanical counterparts, they're ideal for battery-operated systems such as laptops.
With these advantages and many others, it's easy to see why so many buyers today purchase a Lenovo laptop with 512 GB of storage. They're available across our lineup -- from Think product line and versatile Yoga 2-in-1s to Legion gaming PCs and stylish IdeaPad Laptops & Ultraportables. Which one is for you?