[QUOTE=tmc8080;2665770]For $18k it makes me wonder how much the R&D & MFG process REALLY cost…
many times these prices are overinflated because there is ZERO competition not becuase it just costs a multiple of $18k ($3k, $6k, $9k) to stamp out one drive to a niche market.[/QUOTE]
This. Pretty much explains why SSD remain a marginalised technology.
That, and hard drives are tried and tested technology that has proven to be very reliable - and for most people who like myself use desktops, they won’t see any considerable advantage for me to make the switch to SSD.
I have no doubt they are better - But it’s that Betamax vs. VHS chicken and egg situation. Betamax offered superior picture quality; but it came at a cost. Only a small handful of manufacturers sold Betamax. VHS was sold to any and every manufacturer who wanted to make a quick buck - and the quality difference was negligable to the consumer.