On December 23, Kingston hosted an event to promote awareness of solid state dives (SSD) at the same time allowing enthusiasts to try them out first hand. Dubbed as ‘SSD No Challenge’, the event was organised in three venues in Hyderabad – Cyber Gateway, Ananth Technologies Ltd and Cyber Pearl, which attracted over 1200 attendees.
The participants at the event
Kingston organised two different challenge rounds: a speed test and a death match. In the first round, the boot up times, and time taken in opening different applications, simultaneously were tested. The death match challenged participants to drop their hard drives from a distance of 5ft. Only upon winning both the rounds would the participant walk away with a free SSD (we don’t know what capacity, though). Let’s just say a lot of people walked home with ruined hard drives as there’s no way for a conventional HDD to survive the second test.
It’s a good initiative from Kingston as many people are still unaware about SSDs and how they function. Hopefully, by next year the prices may drop further, in order for SSDs to go mainstream and we’ll know that’s happened once OEMs start bundling SSDs as part of the standard configuration.