Segate Technology today announced it is shipping the third generation of solid state hybrid drive (SSHD) products for laptops and desktops. The new Seagate Laptop SSHD replaces the popular Momentus XT hybrid drive and is just 7mm-high so that it can fit inside current laptops and most thin and light Ultrabooks. These new hybrid drives combine the best of both traditional hard drive technology and solid state drive hardware to deliver an attractive balance of fast performance and high capacity at an affordable price.
Why should laptop owners care?
There are some simple realities that most laptop owners have to face. Traditional hard drives have a massive capacity at a low cost, but they just aren’t fast by today’s computing standards. Who wants to wait 30+ seconds for Windows to boot or more than a few seconds for applications to load? Solid state drives (SSDs) offer blazing fast speed, but only lower-capacity drives are within the price range of most consumers and businesses. This is where Seagate’s SSHD lineup comes in.
The Seagate Laptop and Laptop Thin SSHDs can deliver both SSD-like speed and hard disk drive capacity in a single affordable package. In fact, Seagate is boasting these new drives offer the most affordable way to increase your laptop performance and storage capacity. With storage performance up to 40 percent faster than previous generation Momentus XT, the Laptop and Laptop Thin SSHDs can — when compared to traditional 5400rpm laptop hard drives — add as much as 30 percent to total system performance in a Windows PC regardless of the processor inside the system. These products also enable system builders to build high-performance, high-capacity systems, including new thin and light laptops, at mass-market price points.
Seagate claims SSHD technology is up to 5 times faster than a standard 5400RPM notebook hard drive and you can boot a Windows 8 laptop in less than 10 seconds with a new SSHD.
The 1TB Laptop SSHD and 500GB Laptop Thin option provide the space needed to download, store and stream media content such as Steam gaming or high-definition video without sacrificing performance or responsiveness.
Kirk Schell, vice president of Seagate’s commercial PC group said in a press release that “Dell plans to incorporate Seagate technology across an array of our next-generation products” and you can bet that Dell isn’t the only OEM planning to take advantage of new hybrid drive technology in 2013.
Seagate didn’t provide detailed MSRP information on the new drives at the time of this writing, but they expect these drives to retail for around the same price of current hybrid drives and premium hard drives with similar capacities.
For more information on Seagate Solid State Hybrid Drives please visit the Seagate SSHD website.