The world’s biggest laptop vendors no longer sell laptops with hard drivesat least in the US.
Research carried out by Pro on Dell.com, Lenovo.com and HP.com on more than 100 laptop models revealed that the HDD has been completely phased out of product lines due to a combination of chassis rationalization, lack of demand for laptops with hard drives, and declining component prices (eMMC and SSD).
Hard drives followed optical (CD/DVD) and floppy drives on the path to storage obsolescence. As a whole, the 2.5-inch form factor is likely to be significantly reduced, if not eliminated entirely, in laptops by the end of the year as the average price for solid-state drive storage continues its downward trend. Hard drives still maintain a presence in desktop PCs, where they often come in a larger, more pervasive form factor (3.5 inches), where they don’t carry the same stigma as their laptop counterparts.
Farewell to the click of death
Laptop HDD lost to SSD because they are much slower, more fragile, bigger and consume more power. Its low price and high capacity were the saving grace, but with so many cloud storage providers around, high capacity quickly became an issue, which explains why so many laptops come with 64GB and 128GB SSDs, especially on lower end of the market. The smallest-capacity 2.5-inch HDD, by comparison, comes in at 500GB.
Next in step is eMMC, an embedded memory storage popular among entry-level and super-cheap devices like the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go and usually found on smartphones. It tends to be much slower and available in smaller capacities, which is why we generally recommend avoiding laptops with this storage technology.
However, it’s not the end of the road for hard drives; they are still very useful as external hard drive storage where they are still the most cost-effective, especially at very high capacities (4TB to 20TB). And with 30 TB hard drives in the pipeline, there’s still a lot going on for them, especially in data centers.
Please note that the search results apply to consumer laptops only. A lonely Dell business laptop – the Vostro 14 3400 – comes with a 1TB hard drive. The search did not extend to other smaller vendors like Acer, Asus, MSI, Gateway etc.