Both support hardware encryption, which is important for most laptops.
Simply set up a hard disk (or SATA) password in your bootup BIOS, and your laptop's data will be encrypted from thieves.
Many other SSDs can be found cheaper, but do not have built-in hardware encryption.
Non-hardware encryption (software based) can lower your system performance and is less secure.
Looking to buy a laptop computer?
Search Ebay for used or refurbished laptop computers, to find a lot on sale right now for around $200 to $400 with 3rd generation (or better) Intel processors.
Some of those do have touch screens, but you would need to look at the specs before buying.
Look at the condition of a used/refurbished laptop, since some may have damage, scratches, or broken/missing parts.
Google for the laptop's owner's manual, and find instructions on how to replace its memory and hard drive.
Some laptops, like Apple laptops and some convertible laptop/tablet computers, are difficult (or impossible) to replace a hard drive with an SSD.
If you cannot upgrade a used laptop, its longevity may be short.
Does the laptop's battery carry a good charge, and can it be replaced?
Most laptop batteries will be dead in 2-3 years, and replacements (if possible) can cost $30 to $90 depending on the model.
Factor a replacement battery into the cost of buying a 2-3 year old laptop.
What CPU is inside the laptop, and how does its CPU score compare to your old laptop on CPUBenchmark.Net?
Read the seller's reputation history.
Depending on the laptop you have, it often takes is a screwdriver and 15 minutes time to upgrade its drive to an SSD, which can improve the laptop's performance by about 4 times.
Add a couple hours to transfer files from your old hard drive, and re-install (or upgrade) your operating system.
- Intel 730-Series 240GB SSD $130 (expired: sold out from Amazon, but available at Newegg)
A third-party vendor on Amazon is selling an Intel 730-Series 240GB Solid State Drive for $124 today.
It usually sells for around $150.
This is a great hard drive for laptops.
Not only is this SSD extremely durable and reliable, but it includes a 5-year warranty and has built-in hardware encryption (full specs).
If you go into your laptop's bootup BIOS configuration, look under the SATA hard drive configuration, see if a "hard drive password" feature or "disk encryption" (or similar name) are available.
If you set a disk password, this should enable full hardware encryption for your SSD.
If your laptop is stolen, your data stored on the SSD is encrypted and secure even if they remove the drive and try to access it from another computer.