I must admit for the longest time I was a holdout when it came to solid state drives. While all of my friends and even co-workers were building super PCs with SSD's, I was chugging along on my dual 7200.11 RAID 0 setup thinking those SSD's couldn't be that much faster. Now that I've converted all of my personal computers over to solid state, the one thing I really miss is the capacity I had previously.
As we saw in the review, synthetics don't paint the full picture for the Laptop Thin, as the drives caching algorithms aren't set to boost performance in any one benchmark, but rather in a daily use scenario. With my time I have had with the Laptop Thin drive, I have honestly enjoyed the experience. I do all of my normal activities without a noticeable decrease in performance and if my chassis wasn't built with a window, I would never know the difference between this and the SSD I normally use in practical terms.
Any day now we should hear on the release of the new Ultrabook spec, something I have been waiting for since the release of the last spec back in June of 2012. With this will come tighter restrictions on power consumption, Z-Height and even minimum drive speed. In all honesty, I think the Laptop Thin is ready for the challenge, and while I wasn't able to test the power consumption today, the test equipment is on the way, and we will touch base again and let you know how it came out.
With Seagate launching the Laptop Thin and Laptop SSHDs we can go back to the days of high capacity low-cost drives, with the added benefit of a bit of NAND to speed things up. As we seen in our PCMark testing, there are massive gains to be made using this Hybrid technology and it's certainly a welcomed addition.
So, saying it once again, the hard drive isn't dead, Seagate just reinvented it with the Laptop Thin SSHD.