Seagate has launched a new class of hard drive called the Laptop Ultrathin. At just 5mm high, it’s focused on the convertible market but could have broader implications too.
With SSDs gaining popularity, we sometimes forget that what traditional hard drives lack in performance, they can make up in affordability and capacity. Seagate is taking this mantra into the small form factor convertible PC / tablet market with their new Laptop Ultrathin hard drive.
By capitalizing upon the lessons learned with their SSHD Thin 500GB, the Ultrathin’s profile was slimmed down further and the components miniaturized to an extreme degree. So much so that this new hard drive is actually thinner than most current smartphones. Seagate has also one-upped Western Digital’s Blue Slim (which is 7mm thick). It also weighs just 3.3oz, uses the 2.5” form factor and boasts a rotational speed of 5400RPM. Unfortunately, without any onboard NAND like the SSHD series, perceived performance may suffer but its nonetheless good to have an alternative to capacity-starved SSDs.
For the time being, the Laptop Ultrathin will be sold exclusively to large OEMs and its first application will be within Lenovo’s upcoming Yoga 2 PC.